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Switchback/Dancing Girl Press Reading

SWITCHBACK BOOKS AND DANCING GIRL PRESS PRESENT: THE RELEASE OF DANIELA OLSZEWSKA'S THE PARTIAL AUTOBIOGRAPY OF JANE DOE AND MELISSA SEVERIN’S BRUTE FACT CHICAGO, February 5, 2008 -- A poetry reading and release party for Chicago-based poets Daniela Olszewska and Melissa Severin will be hosted by Dancing Girl Press and Switchback Books on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the California Clipper. Daniela Olszewksa’s chapbook, “The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe” and Melissa Severin’s chapbook, “Brute Fact,” both from the Dancing Girl Press imprint, will be available for purchase at the event along with other publications from both Switchback Books and Dancing Girl Press. Daniela Olszewska is an editorial assistant and intern coordinator for Switchback Books. Daniela holds a BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in recent issues of Wicked Alice, La Petite Zine, MiPOesias, Cranky, and Pebble Lake Review. Melissa Severin is the managing editor at Switchback Books. Melissa lives in Chicago and currently works in the search engine marketing industry. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New England College, and her poems have appeared in MoonLit, Wicked Alice, The Alembic, and The Cultural Society. The California Clipper is located at 1002 North California at the corners of Augusta Blvd. and California Ave., two blocks south of Division Street. Call (773)384-2547 for further information. About Switchback Books Switchback Books ( is a feminist press publishing poetry by women. Our definition of "women" is broad and includes transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals. Founded in 2006 by a group of students at Columbia College Chicago, Switchback Books publishes two books a year, one of which is the winner of the Gatewood Prize for a first book of poetry by a woman aged 18 through 39. Switchback Books welcomes young women writers who aren't afraid to look for answers in all directions. About Dancing Girl Press Dancing Girl Press (, an indie publisher, was founded in 2004 to publish and promote the work of women poets through chapbooks, journals, and anthologies. Formed as a print subsidiary of the online zine Wicked Alice, Dancing Girl seeks to publish work that bridges the gaps between schools and poetic techniques--work that's fresh, innovative, and exciting.


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