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Events in the upcoming week...

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, Brandi SMALL PRESS SHOWCASE 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 Books SWAN DAY Switchback Books ( will host an event on Saturday March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., featuring mixed media presentations and collaborations of music, poetry, photographs, performance and more. The event, taking place at the newly opened Medicine Park ( space, aspires to stress and support the artist significance of the vibrant female artistic community in the Chicago area. Artists participating in the event include author and poet Kathleen Rooney with poet and Absent editor Elisa Gabbert, poet and Milk Magazine co-editor Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, poet and musician Jen Watman, poet Erika Mikkalo with artist Salem Collo-Justin, poet Nina Corwin with musician Suzanne Osman, multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Karmin with poet and editor of MoonLit Lisa Janssen, a performance by Murakami Sound Machine and readings by Switchback Books editors and poets Brandi Homan, Becca Klaver and Hanna Andrews. After the evening’s performances, DJ Melissa Grubbs will help set the tone for mingling and general merrymaking. Event organizers suggest you bring your dancing shoes and BYOB. SWAN DAY, conceived by The Fund for Women Artists, is a new international holiday that celebrates women artists. It will be an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March). The first SWAN Day will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2008. A $3 donation is requested and all proceeds will be donated to The Fund for Women Artists.

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