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April 24, 2013

Our Classical Heritage (2010) from Elle Collins on Vimeo.

In 2010, Switchback approached several filmmakers and video artists and asked for pieces based on Switchback books, to be shown at that year's Printer's Ball. Long before I officially joined the Switchback staff, I had the pleasure of making this collage video based on Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device by Caroline Noble Whitbeck, featuring the text of the poem "Deathwatch." I tried to illustrate the tension between life and death, the present and the past, and the dialogue between the contemporary and the classical that runs through Whitbeck's work.

Elle Collins is the web coordinator for Switchback Books, as well as a graphic designer. She holds degrees in puppetry and film theory, and works in Chicago as a freelance designer and editor.

May 28, 2008

Check out what Kristina Marie Darling has to say about the first Gatewood Prize winner here: Bigcitylit.com

April 3, 2008

Steven Schroeder's review of Caroline Noble Whibeck's Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device is up at RATTLE.

January 28, 2008

Switchback Off-Site Reading

The What: Switchback is joining forces with Sarabande Books, Red Morning Press, and Red Hen Press to bring you a supernova-strength reading.

The Who: Ivy Alvarez, Thomas Heise, Peggy Munson (via DVD!), Liz Bradfield, Brandi Homan, Sean Norton, Jason Bredle, Charles Hood, Eva Saulitis, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin, Jen Tynes, Mónica de la Torre, Simone Muench, and Caroline Noble Whitbeck

The When: Friday, February 1st @ 7:00pm

The Where: 11th St Bar, 510 E. 11st St. (between Avenues A & B), New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-982-3929

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Switchback at the Bookfair

In addition to the stellar off-site reading we have planned, we also are sharing bookfair Table 290 with Featherproof Books. The booth is in Americas Hall I, and here's a link to a map. Please stop by and say hi and get your books signed by Caroline Noble Whitbeck and Mónica de la Torr...

December 29, 2007

The What: Switchback is joining forces with Sarabande BooksRed Morning Press, and Red Hen Press to bring you a supernova-strength reading.

The Who: Ivy Alvarez, Thomas Heise, Peggy Munson (via DVD!), Liz Bradfield, Brandi Homan, Sean Norton, Jason Bredle, Charles Hood, Eva Saulitis, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin, Jen Tynes, Mónica de la Torre, Simone Muench, and Caroline Noble Whitbeck

The When: Friday, February 1st @ 7:00pm

The Where: 11th St Bar, 510 E. 11st St. (between Avenues A & B), New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-982-3929

December 23, 2007

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!

Happy Holidays, and xoxo,
Brandi

November 28, 2007

Bethany of Midwest Book Review has a short and strong write up of Caroline Noble Whitbeck's Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device. Click here to read it.

November 13, 2007

Caroline Noble Whitbeck will read at the Publicly Complex Reading Series.

Caroline Noble Whitbeck holds a BA in Classics (Latin) from Harvard College and an MFA from Brown University. Born and raised in New York City, she currently resides in Philadelphia, where she is working toward a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device is her first book.


Where: Ada Books, 330 Dean Street, Providence RI
When: November 17, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM

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Meanwhile, Switchback Books will be sharing a table with our brothers-in-crime, Featherproof Books, at the 2007 DIY Trunk Show, an annual event bringing the talents of local Chicago artists together. 

Crafts from knit goods and art to jewelry and prints will be for sale, in addition to our lovely Switchback books. Please stop by and say hello!


Where: Pulaski Park Auditorium, 1419 W. Blackhawk Avenue, Chicago, IL
When: November 17, 2007 
Time: 10AM-4PM

September 8, 2007

We're thrilled to announce that Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device by Caroline Noble Whitbeck is now available. Get your hands on this powerhouse via Switchback's website, through SPD, or at Amazon.

C.D. Wright's a fan: 

Opening with benisons infused with invective, Caroline Whitbeck's debut book reveals the armature of a classicist and the musculature of a crunk artist. The tone is forever-young exuberant; the vocabulary crosses every threshold, yet they are but understory to a flaming canopy. So, "strap a beefsteak to that, throw a / trainwreck. Hands / down where the money is these / days."

As is Jen Tynes:

The white breaks and silences are just as captivating and curious as the word-thirsty explosions in these poems; both are the buzz rising from an underground something: part sarcophagus (flesh eater? flesh keeper?), part dynamic new kind of wiring.

Get your hands on your copy of Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device, the winner of the 2006 Gatewood Prize as...

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