Going Gaga for Artifice and Femininity in the 21st Century
by Becca Klaver is up today over at Gaga Stimata!
"So you see, I recognize you, Gaga. People like us – artists, poets, singers, dancers, fashionistas – need, or once needed, to perform, bedeck, exhibit our identities as others, little monsters, queers, aliens, artists. It happens in every town. And in every town, now, people know who you are. And so they know who we are: you made us all famous."
Sense & Nonsense: A Poetry Workshop with Becca Klaver
Saturday, May 30, 12-4pm
$40 / $35 members - includes a ticket to the 7pm Switchback Books Reading
Through a variety of sensory and nonsensical experiments, in this workshop we will explore our relationships to each of the traditional five senses (especially those we take for granted), consider the additional senses that poets rely on (sixth, seventh, seventeenth), examine synesthesia and other sense-related poetic topics, and indulge in nonsense. Experiments may or may not include flâneuring, blindfolds, taste/smell/touch-tests, and speaking in tongues, or in Stein. Participants will be asked to bring a few simple supplies to aid in the experiments, and will use the material generated to compose one or more poems or short texts by the end of the workshop.
Becca Klaver was born and raised in Milwaukee, attended the University of Southern California (BA) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and currently lives in Chicago, where she...
FOURSQUARE 2.12 was guest edited by Hanna Andrews of Switchback Books, and it features Andrews, Brandi Homan, Melissa Severin, and Becca Klaver. Cover art is by Ozlem Haluk. Overruns are for sale at Etsy. Subscribe to FOURSQUARE.
On Saturday, September 13, Switchback Books hosted a Feminist Presses roundtable as part of Lifting Belly High: A Conference of Women’s Poetry Since 1900 with representatives from 13th Moon Press, Belladonna* Books, Fence Books, Kelsey Street Press, Paris Press, and Perugia Press. Participants read statements and discussed what it means to call a press “feminist,” and how that term is affected by history (from the 1970s to the 2000s), culture (motivations and philosophies from the second wave, third wave, and beyond), and the publishing market (how do the categories of “feminist” and “women” affect marketing and sales?).
Rachel Levitsky and Erica Kaufman explained that reading series and publishing outlet Belladonna* is “a pursuit based in desire,” not out of a impulse to rectify “essentializing or separatism or marginalization.” Poet Diane Gilliam read a statement by Perugia editor-in-chief Susan Kan, and talked about the positive experience of publishing with a small, woman-edited pre...
A big, huge congratulations to Founding Editor Becca Klaver, whose first chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette, will be published by The Greying Ghost Press, a division of Airforce Joyride! We are so, so proud of her brilliance, ambition, and general loveliness.
Also, check out Becca's new review of Brenda Coultas's The Marvelous Bones of Time at Tarpaulin Sky.
Two really big Switchback Books events are happening
this upcoming Friday and Saturday...
On Friday March 28, our next poet Kathleen Rooney and
Editors Becca Klaver and Hanna Andrews are reading as
part of the Poetry Center of Chicago's Small Press
Showcase with poets from several other Chicago small
presses, including our favorites, dancing girl press
and Featherproof Books.
On Saturday March 29, we're celebrating the first-ever
SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day with a night of
readings, collaborations, music, and more.
Details for both events are below, and I do hope
you'll join us!
SMALL PRESS SHOWCASE
Sponsored by The Poetry Center of Chicago
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7-10 pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Admission is free, though donations are welcome.
Answer Tag Home Press
Cracked Slab Books
Dancing Girl Press
Fractal Edge Press
March Abrazo Press
Puddin' Head Press
Here's hoping everyone is having a terrific holiday season, celebrating with loved ones!
Because it is the year's end, there are many, many people that we at Switchback would like to thank for all their hard work, support, and enthusiasm about our project. We hope you understand how much you mean to us!
Here are a few folks that I, personally, would like to thank. For everything:
Hanna Andrews, Becca Klaver, Kristin Aardsma, Cathy Nieciecki, Angie Homan, Daniela Olszweska, Mónica de la Torre, Caroline Noble Whitbeck, Peggy Munson, Beth Sampson, Jen Watman, Rachel Finkelstein, Melissa Severin, Addie Palin, Kristy Bowen, Jose Gonzalez, Joan Larkin, Arielle Greenberg, Simone Muench, David Trinidad, Zach Dodson, Jonathan Messinger, Kathleen Rooney, Denise Duhamel, Patty Seyburn, Steve Schroeder, Carol Muske-Dukes, Jen Steele, Erica Adams, Jess Rose, and Meredith Clark. You are much appreciated!