August 10, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008
7:00 p.m.

Irish Eyes
2519 N Lincoln Ave (at Altgeld St)
Lincoln Park, Chicago

El: Brown, Purple (24hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 9, 11, 74

Poetry press Switchback Books needs to raise some cash, but don't expect this to be a somber affair. The publisher's staff will serve as bartenders and keep all of the tips for their till. No poetry is actually on the docket, but we're guessing that if they pour enough stiff drinks, someone will break into verse.

July 15, 2008

Kathleen Rooney will be reading from her collaborations with Elisa Gabbert at The Book Cellar on July 24th at 7pm. Cheri Taylor, Gregg Shapiro and Kate Dougherty will also be joining her and reading their work.

July 7, 2008

This May the University of Arizona Poetry Center hosted the Conceptual Poetics Symposium: Conceptual Poetry and its Others. The conference was charged, to say the least. It was at times heated and at others hilarious. A lot of exciting discussions were had, ranging from translation to collaboration and of course, querying just what is conceptual poetics today. Thankfully, the Poetry Center has made most of the conference available online via video, audio, and papers.

The conference included many women of conceptual/experimental/non-traditional/insert-phrase-of-choice-here poetics today, including: Tracie Morris, Caroline Bergvall, Vanessa Place, Cole Swenson, Laynie Brown, Marie Smart, Linda Reinfeld, Barbara Cole, Graca Capinha, and was moderated by Marjorie Perloff.

At the very last roundtable discussion on the very last day of the conference, Laynie Brown sent sparks flying with her question, "Why are women virtually excluded from the UBU web anthology?" and her composited response of...

June 27, 2008

"Feminist Interrogations" showcases feminist art works by emerging artists that do not privilege gender, but see it in conversation with questions of social justice in the global age. Featuring artists from Australia, the United States, and Europe, the artworks selected for "Feminist Interrogations" address how women's lives are impacted by and intersect with a variety of issues, such as consumerism, racism, reproductive rights, domestic violence, and the legacies of colonialism and war. Utilizing strategies that range from self-portraiture to collaborative practice, these artists provide an opportunity to engage in a wider dialogue of these complex concerns, as well as create sites of resistance." - Joanna Gardner-Huggett, juror

June 25, 2008

For those of you in the Chicago area, hip lit mag/broadsheet quarterly THE2NDHAND is having its release party tomorrow night at Ronny's. The theme of the night is a twist on weddings, and one of the featured performers is none other than Jill Summers, who, with her sister Susie Kirkwood will be debuting a new shadow puppet story show--HOTEL--, which she describes as a Victorian ghost story! Woooo! Here are the details:

THE2NDHAND No. 28 release party -- it's a wedding!
Thursday, June 26, 8 PM, $6@ Ronny's, 2103 N. California
Hosted by C.T. Ballentine & featuring:
Lauren Pretnar, Chris Bower, Jill Summers & Susie Kirkwood,
Fred Sasaki & Jacob Knabb, Kyle Beachy and the music of the Spectacles.

If you don't know about Jill Summers, you should. She's a writer of fiction and audio shorts and one half of a shadow puppeteer sister act, among other talents! If you can't make the THE2NDHAND shindig, check out her website for more information, and to read/listen to some of her work.


June 25, 2008

While cruising the Feminist Majority Foundation website, I couldn't help but notice an event called "Vagina Festival" to be held in NYC this October. Last year's Vagina Festival coincided with V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. 

Have you heard about this or did you attend last year? I'd be curious to read what folks have to say.

June 25, 2008

Hello Loves!

Please coddle and nurture me because this is my first posting to the Switchback Blog, and regardless of my general overage of wordiness in colloquial speech (or even better, via txt msging!), I feel slightly timid putting anything up here because I admittedly do not keep up with any art or trend via the internet (aside from checking a ton of horoscope pages, daily).

Nevertheless. I am posting to invite you (yes, YOU, ms/r/rs ADORABLE!) to a poetry extravaganza which will be happening Saturday, August 9th at the Mercury Cafe (1505 W. Chicago Avenue). This reading will feature myself (jen N.W.), as well as MANY other renowned local writers (the famed Thax Douglas of Chicago music scenesterdom!), and potentially some of our other beloved Switchback ladies. I will post an addendum to this post when I receive the final "billing" for the evening, but for now, mark down the date and get pumped for the Leo sun to shine down on us poets & poetfriends (fiends?) as we suit...

June 11, 2008


Krista Babbitt (Chicago), Andrea Dezso (New York), Jessica Hannah (Chicago), Sally Ko (Chicago), Ke-Sook Lee (Kansas City), Emma McCagg (New York), Lorraine Peltz (Chicago), Abigail Pope (New York), Susan Sensemann (Chicago), Stacia Yeapanis (Chicago).

The exhibition LADYLIKE is curated by Joanne Hinkel.

Koscielak Gallery Chicago
1646 N. Bosworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Opening reception
Friday, June 13, 2008
6:00 - 9:00 pm

LADYLIKE features the work of ten artists who represent the dynamic spectrum of contemporary feminist art.2007 was quite a year for commemorating feminist art history, from the unveiling of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art to the traveling retrospective "WACK!" Art and The Feminist Revolution! Out of these events dedicated to ’70s feminist art, the same forward-thinking questions kept surfacing: What does feminist art look like today? Where should feminist art go now? These questions have...

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