Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Congrats to our 2014 Gatewood Prize Winner!

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce our 2014 Gatewood Prize winner, chosen by judge Dorothea Lasky:

But I Have Realized It by Crystal Curry

Crystal Curry is the author of But I Have Realized It: A Motivational Poem in Little Arcs, winner of the 2014 Gatewood Prize, selected by Dorothea Lasky (Switchback Books, forthcoming 2016), Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium, winner of the Slope Editions Book Prize, selected by Dara Wier (Slope Editions, 2010) and the chapbook Logotherapy Pant (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2008). Her poems, reviews and poetry articles have appeared widely in publications including The Volta, Coldfront, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes and others. Curry holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, an Ed.M from the University of Illinois and is a contract instructional designer, as well as a contributing editor at Coldfront Magazine. She lives in Van Cortlandt Village, BX, NYC with her husband, poet/artist Nico Vassilakis, their children and a little Boston terrier named Timaxzienie. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted manuscripts to our contest. We are continuously thrilled by the high-quality material we get year after year. 

Congratulations also to our finalists and semifinalists, chosen by our editors:


Phrasebook for the Unrequited Country by R.S. Armstrong
The Riots by Leora Fridman
The Jennifer Disease by Maia Elgin
The Ideal World by Elsbeth Pancrazi
Orbit Engine by Kit Frick

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tickets on Sale Now for Taste of Switchback 2014

Purchase tickets here.
RSVP on Facebook here

Your General Admission ticket includes:
  • Unlimited craft beer tastings
  • One complimentary raffle ticket (additional raffle tickets available for purchase)
  • A program book, including tasting notes and poems from Switchback authors
  • Light appetizers
  • Live and virtual readings by Switchback authors 
Live readings by Switchback authors Kathleen Rooney (Oneiromance) and Stefania Heim (A Table That Goes on For Miles)!

Interactive virtual readings and performances by Marisa Crawford, Alyse Knorr, Jenn Marie Nunes, Morgan Parker, Jennifer Tamayo, Monica de la Torre and Caroline Noble Whitbeck!

Stay tuned for an exciting list of award-winning brews and seasonals from Michigan's Saugatuck Brewing Company!


Attend The Swell's event the same night, featuring Switchback author Stefania Heim, and receive discounted admission at the door with proof of attendance. Wow, what a deal!


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Save the Date: Taste of Switchback 2014 is just around the corner!


This year's Taste of Switchback event is Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Join Switchback Books for an evening of unlimited craft beer tastings, expertly paired and presented alongside poems from Switchback Books' authors.

We had a blast with everyone who supported our event last year, and we look forward to seeing all of you again. Mark your calendars for a night of delicious beer and palate-quenching poetry from the Switchback catalog.

Information about ticket purchases, raffle prizes and beer selection coming soon!

Where: The Test Kitchen, 1511 West Cortez Street, Chicago, IL
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 (Time TBD)

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Exciting News (!): Forthcoming Switchback Title

Switchback Books is excited to announce that we will be publishing Alyse Knorr's Copper Mother!

Copper Mother was submitted to the 2014 Queer Voices Contest, and we loved it so much that we decided it must have a home in our catalog! Congratulations, Alyse, and welcome to the Switchback family!

 Alyse Knorr is the author of Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013) and the chapbook Alternates (dancing girl press, 2014). She received her MFA from George Mason University. Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, Caketrain, Puerto Del Sol, Drunken Boat, and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2012), among others. She is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Good News! 2014 Gatewood Prize Deadline Extended

In case you missed it with all of our exciting news last week, the 2014 Gatewood Prize submission deadline has been extended! We are now accepting manuscripts until 11:59 PM on June 1st, 2014.

Contest judge: Dorothea Lasky

A refresher on contest details and submission guidelines

Switchback Books Catalog

AND, check out 2013 Gatewood Prize Winner, Morgan Parker's website, to see what she's been up to!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congrats to the first-ever Queer Voices Winner!

Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the winner of our first-ever Queer Voices Contest, chosen by our judge, Dawn Lundy Martin:

AND/OR by Jenn Marie Nunes

Jenn Marie Nunes is the author of three chapbooks, including OPERA TRANS OPERA, w/ Mel Coyle, from alice blue books. She holds a BS from Cornell University and an MFA from LSU. Jenn Marie currently lives in New Orleans where she teaches creative writing at Southern University at New Orleans, co-edits TENDE RLOIN, on online gallery for poetry, and performs as [Bi]Nary with the New Orleans Poetry Brothel. You can find more of her work online at [PANK], Finery, Horse Less Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Fiction Southeast and Café Irreal. This is her first full-length poetry collection.

Congratulations, Jenn! Welcome to the Switchback family!

Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to our first-ever Queer Voices Contest. We are impressed by the high-quality material we received. So many thanks!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stefania Heim + A Public Space: May 16th in Brooklyn

Hey Brooklyn! Join A Public Space for a celebration of Stefania Heim's and Brett Fletcher's debut books, A Table That Goes On for Miles and A Hotel in Belguim.

Friday, May 16th, 2014
A Public Space
323 Dean Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11217


And, if you haven't already, get your very own copy of A Table That Goes On for Miles here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jennifer Tamayo Reads at the Ear Inn Series

Hey New York! Jennifer Tamayo (Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes, Switchback Books 2012) reads at the Ear Inn Series with Amy Lawless and John Casteen next Wednesday,  April 30th.

For Jennifer Tamayo's future readings, visit her website: http://www.jennifertamayo.com/events-performances/

Don't have a copy of Red Missed Aches? Want one? Shop the Switchback catalog, and pick up JT's book today!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Kathleen Rooney: Who says American white men are better writers?

"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.