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March 8, 2012


Bowery Poetry Club || 308 Bowery, NYC 10012  ||  212.614.0505

[see Segue calendar]

Saturday March 10, 4:00-5:30 PM

Jennifer Tamayo is a writer and performer. Her book Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes was selected by Cathy Park Hong as the 2010 winner of Switchback Book's Gatewood Prize. She serves as the Managing Editor at Futurepoem and lives and works in Harlem. 

Tracey McTague has officially gone AWOL, and may never return. In her former life, she organized the Zinc Reading Series, and served as the editor and consigliore for Lungfull! Magazine. She is currently investigating the history of NYC through oyster middens.

Saturday, May 19, 4:00-5:30 PM

Mónica de la Torre’s books include two poetry collections published in the US, Talk Shows (Switchback) and Public Domain (Roof), and two others published in Mexico City, Acúfenos (Taller Dit...

February 6, 2012

Let Us Pour the Drinks

Switchback Books invites our Chicago friends and neighbors to let us pour the drinks this Thursday night! Our staff and editors will be behind the bar at Irish Eyes as guest bartenders from 7pm on to raise funds and offer poetic insights on top of a perfectly poured Guinness. All tips from  the night will go toward the publication and promotion of  our fabulous books.

Come support your favorite local feminist press and have a drink while you're at it! 

RSVP on our Facebook event or just stop by!

When: Thursday, February 9 at 7pm

Where: Irish Eyes, 2519 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

What: $2.50 bottle domestics, Shamrock ephemera, Poets behind the bar

February 4, 2012

Jennifer Tamayo may be coming to a city near you!  Check out her spring tour schedule for a chance to hear her read from Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011).

February 7 - Brooklyn, NY
Dangit I'm Thirsty Series at d.b.a. 
8:30 PM (details)

February 29-March 3 (AWP) -  Chicago, IL
The Dollhouse Reading Series presents On the Escape -- Friday, March 2 (details on FB)
Switchback, Coconut, & Horse Less -- Saturday, March 3 (details on FB)

March 10 - New York, NY
Segue Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club 
4-6PM  (details)

March 15-17 - Baton Rouge, LA
Delta Mouth Literary Festival

March 19 - New Orleans, LA 
Loyola University

March 21 - Chicago, IL 
Crossroads Fund Event

November 27, 2011

Please support our friends at Belladonna* by buying a (CHEAP!) ticket to their performance & auction:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 6:30 pm

Hi Art!
227 West 29th Street, 4th Floor (between 7th & 8th)
New York, NY 10001


Advanced ticket sales are only $12! At the door, tickets are $20.

Are you able to contribute a little extra to our benefit? Thank you! We really appreciate it!
Friend: For $25, you'll receive admission to the benefit and acknowledgement on our website.
Super Supporter: For $50, you'll receive admission to the benefit and acknowledgement on our website, a complimentary Belladonna* book of your choice, and our undying love and gratitude!
Belladonna* Lover: For $200, you'll receive two Benefit tickets, a full limited-edition Elders Series set, 5 signed chapbooks, and a one of kind Belladonna* bag.

Are you going to be out of town, but still want to support us? We'd love it if you could purchase a ticket on behalf of a local New York poet! Please include a note when you pur...

October 15, 2008

Advisory board member Joan Larkin is reading on Friday, October 24th at 
7:00 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at the West Side YMCA. Joan will be joined by Jeff Friedman. 

West Side YMCA
5 West 63rd Street 
between Central Park West and Broadway 
Admission is free

7pm Eastern

Joan Larkin is the author of My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2007). Her books of poetry include Cold River, A Long Sound, Housework, and Sor Juana's Love Poems, co-translated with Jaime Manrique. She edited the ground-breaking anthologies Amazon Poetry and Lesbian Poetry with Elly Bulkin and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time with Carl Morse, served as poetry editor for the first three years of the queer literary journal Bloom, and co-edits the Living Out memoir series at University of Wisconsin Press. Her anthology of coming-out stories, A Woman Like That, was nominated for Publishing Triangle and Lambda awards for nonfiction. She has received fellowships in po...

September 24, 2008

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...

September 9, 2008

Please come to Series A this coming Wednesday for another great
literary reading.

September 10th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Melissa Severin
Daniel Borzutsky

The reading takes place at the Hyde Park Art Center at 5020 S.
Cornell, Chicago, IL (Hyde Park). Parking is available, and it is
easy to access from both Metra and CTA. BYOB.

Visit http://www.moriapoetry.com/seriesa.html for info.

August 20, 2008

Howdy faithful readers of the Switchback blog,

I hope you will all consider heading down to the southside of Chicago this Saturday to support our friend Ian Whitmore. Ian has been lending a very needed hand with design work for us and he also happens to be a great photographer. I won't mention that he's a Tottenham fan. WHOOPS! If I can forgive him this, so can you.

August 23, 2008: Bridgeport All Stars. The Bridgeport All Stars show is a snapshot of work made by artists living and working in the community of the future.

People like: John Salhus, Linda Kim, Steve Badauskas, Steven Stankowicz, Rachael Marszewski, Rachel Welling, Judy Natal, Sarah Kenney, Kelly Schmal, Rhett Johnson, Brad Biancardi, Mr. Thor, Ryan Murray, Peter Skvara, Nick Depeder, Justin Goh, Gabe Lanza, Ian Whitmore, Vicki Fowler, Ray Emerick, Chris Smith, Ed Marszewski, Gina Hutchings, Nicole Lucaroni, Henry Glover, Thorne Brandt, Kimball Paul, Dave the Lightbulb Man, Aron Gent, Jose Mesarina, Nate Lee, Carl Virgo, Zipp...

August 18, 2008

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Switchback fundraiser on Thursday -- it was lovely seeing all of you. Special thanks to whoever played "Just Like Heaven" three times on the neon jukebox, and the staff at Irish Eyes for their kindness.

See if you can guess which photo wasn't taken on Thursday ...

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