June 4, 2008



With our interns!

This just in:
Four of our interns are reading for the Columbia College Chicago Poetry program at Printer's Row this Saturday. Helen Kiernan, Rachel Finkelstein, Jess Rose, and Jennifer Watman will read (in this order) with other students from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Columbia tent at Harrison and Dearborn. 

They'll be reading for about 10 minutes each. Come support them like they support us!

June 2, 2008

Everyone, Switchback Books will be hawking our wares and generally causing a ruckus at the table we are sharing with dancing girl press this weekend at the Printer's Row Book Fair. Also nearby are our FFM, forever fest-mates, Featherproof Books.

Tables are numbers 327 & 329, which is where we were last year, just to the right when you're facing Dearborn Station.

Finally, I'm reading with John Tipton for the Poetry Center of Chicago at the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Stage, 11:30 on Saturday. For a complete list of all the events (Katie Ford, anyone?), click here. Hope you can make it out!

May 23, 2008

So, we're a little out of the gate promoting this one, but we are very excited that there's a new independent lit fest in town, the brain child of Fixx Reading Series host Amy Guth and Leah Jones.

There's a stellar lineup of panels, featuring (hrmm, is there a word for poetry-only literati??) poets/publishers Bruce Covey, Danielle Pafunda, and Jill Alexander Essbaum, among others. Chicago fiction favorites Elizabeth Crane, Cris Mazza, and Jonathan Messinger will also be featured, again, among many, many others!

Please check out www.pilcrowfest.blogspot.com for more info. 

I'm on a panel—"The Gatekeepers Panel: Librarians, bookstore employees, editors and profs dish" (1:00 Sat at Trader Todd's)—so if you're around, please stop by and say hi!

May 20, 2008

Series A is held at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago at 5020 S.
Cornell (easy to get to from Metra or the #6) at 7:00.

Sarah Rosenthal is the author of three chapbooks: How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Bird Dog, Milk, Xcp (Cross Cultural Poetics), can we have our ball back, 14 Hills, Tripwire, Shampoo, Tin Lustre Mobile, Mirage/Period/(ical), Tinfish, and Bombay Gin, and her work has been anthologized in hinge: A BOAS Anthology (Crack Press, 2002), the Faux Press Bay Area Anthology (Faux Press, 2005), and The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005). Her interviews with Bay Area poets have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Jacket, How2, Rain Taxi, and Xantippe.

Kristy Bowen is the author of the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006) as well as several chapbook projects, including...

May 14, 2008

Photography by Switchback Design Editor Cathy Nieciecki will be on display at the WithInsight Spring 2008 show! 

Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. The show opens Sunday, May 18th, 12-4 PM, and will run through August 2008.

May 8, 2008

Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson
The Widow Party

Links Hall
Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10, 8pm
Sunday, May 11, 7pm
$12 ($10 students)

The Widow Party is collaboratively written and performed melodrama, Wild West show, political thriller, pageant, and farce. With song, dance, projections, sound effects, and mimicry of preposterous acts, visions and revisions of characters, media, genres and events will change, interrupt, and harmonize with each other. 

Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson are the co-founders and co-editors of Action Books and Action, Yes, a press and web-quarterly for international writing and hybrid forms. They are both published authors. 

Collaborators: Patrick Durgin teaches literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the editor of two collections by the performance and proto-language poet Hannah Weiner. Jennifer Karmin co-curates the Red Rover Series and is a founder of the public art group Anti...

May 6, 2008


May 8, 2008

Reception 5:30 p.m.
Program 6:30 p.m.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL

The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media is a proud partner of the Chicago History Museum's OUT at CHM, an annual series exploring the history of LGBT art, politics, and culture in Chicago. This installment takes a look at the history of transgender activism in Chicago and across the country. Queer historian and filmmaker Susan Stryker will explore the events from the drag queen prostitutes who rioted against police in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to the collapse of the Lavender Panthers.

April 22, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
Judy Chicago - The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation

Join us as we welcome world-famous feminist artist Judy Chicago and celebrate the release of the book, The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation, about the artist’s most iconic exhibition, now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. A monumental installation project, The Dinner Partywas created, between 1974-1979, as a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. It employs numerous traditional arts & crafts media, including ceramics, china-painting, and an array of needle and fiber techniques. Chicago will discuss the project and its recent history and incarnation in book form, and take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. 


If you haven't yet been to the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, where The Dinner Party is now pe...

April 8, 2008

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported both events!

April 1, 2008

Come support Jess Rose in her auspicious Citywide debut!

Ninth Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival

Thursday, April 3, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia College Chicago
Music Center Concert Hall
1014 South Michigan Avenue

The Columbia College Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival brings together 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities to read their work. A reception follows the reading.

The 2008 readers are: Columbia College Chicago, Jess Rose; Chicago State University, Iman Byfield; DePaul University, Joe Collins; Loyola University, Chelsea Eckel; National-Louis University, Terra Cooks; Northeastern Illinois University, Eugene Wagendorf; Northwestern University, Amanda DeMarco; North Central College, Kevin Michael Christy; Roosevelt University, LeeAnn Whittemore; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jennifer Swann; University of Chicago, Kevin Busch; University of Illinois-Chicago, Beatriz Ruiz.

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