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April 9, 2014

"Benign negligence—whether in a grassroots book club, or on a college syllabus, or in a publishing house or magazine’s list—cannot simply be excused and accepted as an innocent blind spot."

Kathleen Rooney's article, "Who says American white men are better writers?" is on Women News Network today. Check it out!

For more information about Kathleen Rooney, visit her website: http://kathleenrooney.com/

For her newest novel, O! Democracy, click here.
For her Switchback title, Oneiromance, click here

April 19, 2013

Switchback author Kathleen Rooney writes about Jack Handey's relevance to contemporary poetry for the New York Times.


The Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates discusses the positive and negative responses she's gotten.


Samhita Mukhopadhyay digs into feminism's branding problem.


 The beginning of a new chapter in transgender literature.


Alexandra at Feministing on Dove's Real Beauty ads and the "One Direction Theory of Unknown Beauty."


West Virginia high school student Katelyn Campbell takes on her principal over a school sanctioned abstinence assembly.


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.

June 9, 2008

Switchback is pleased to reveal, live & in color, the cover for Kathleen Rooney’s Oneiromance (an epithalamion):

Winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, Kathleen Rooney’s Oneiromance (an epithalamion) explores the absurdity and divinity of the marriage ceremony through a dizzying dream sequence with playful verse that skillfully blends call and response with Shakespearean odes, romance and cynicism, storytelling and wordplay. Patty Seyburn proclaims: "These poems contain deep doubt and true sentiment, providing that pleasure-giving union of provocation and renewal." Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading with Oprah: the Book Club That Changed America (University of Arkansas, 2005).

May 21, 2008

VRZHU Press interviews Kathleen Rooney and Elisa Gabbert.

Check it out!

March 22, 2008

Hi everyone,

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!

xoxo y'all,


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.

Participating Presses:

Answer Tag Home Press
Cracked Slab Books
Dancing Girl Press
Featherproof Books
Fractal Edge Press
March Abrazo Press
Puddin' Head Press
Switchback B...

February 27, 2008

The new issue of Octopus Magazine features poems by Jessica Bozek and a book review by Kathleen Rooney.

January 22, 2008

The winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, as chosen by judge Patty Seyburn:

Oneiromance (an epithalamion), by Kathleen Rooney

Congratulations, Kathleen!

Patty Seyburn had this to say about her selection:

Oneiromance (an epithalamion) gives the marriage poem a case of vertigo, displacing while embracing the panoply of possibility when two people attempt to forge a life together. Kathleen Rooney creates a dream-state with fluid borders and a surreal set of laws that allow her to question inherited wisdom and perception, all the while converging on the altar from numerous (occasionally, numinous) angles. The romance persists between the narrator and the beloved—and crucially, between the author and language’s opportunities to address the nuances and edges of commitment deemed inexplicable. These poems contain deep doubt and true sentiment, providing that pleasure-giving union of provocation and renewal.

The other finalists were, in no particular order:

Warsaw Bikini, Sandra Simonds
I H...

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