March 27, 2014

An interview with Morgan Parker, winner of the 2013 Gatewood Prize, is up at BOMB magazine. She and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs discuss their artistic processes and interests.

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March 20, 2014

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the publication of A Table That Goes On for Miles, the first book of poetry from Stefania Heim and winner of the 2012 Gatewood Prize, selected by competition judge Brenda Shaughnessy. z

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Read an interview with Jane Carr in the new Brooklyn Quarterly

From A Table That Goes On for Miles


Because of the hills, we feel

lonely, because the river smells

closer than it is.

The country is only one language.

We say comfort and mean

that though there are more stars here

than we can imagine,

there is still one small, cream room.

It is small enough.

This is one kind of writing:

At the base of every hill

I imagine there is water.

But the water is farther off.

March 19, 2014

Dorothea Lasky will be judging the 2014 Gatewood Prize, Switchback Books' annual competiotion for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a woman writing in English. 

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She has also written several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2010). Her writing has appeared in POETRY, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places.

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