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An Interview with Roger Reeves
This weekend on Switchback, Poetry Editor Cassie Duggan has a chat with Roger Reeves, assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, about the state of poetry in the world: "So much of art is asking us to participate with and in it. You're not sitting in the church of poetry, passively. You say, hey I want to talk back to Eliot, or I want to talk back to Sexton, or I want to talk back to Natasha Trethewey, or I want to write something that disturbs this." You can read their entire conversation here
W.S. Di Piero's TOMBO and our May Podcast
This week on Switchback, we're offering up a new book review by Associate Nonfiction Editor Robert O'Connell of W.S. Di Piero's newest collection of poems TOMBO: "Early in the work, Di Piero establishes himself as a masterful observer, precisely matching word to image and building fleeting scenes both familiar and subtly alien." Also, be sure to head over to our media page and listen to Associate Poetry Editor Ryan O'Toole read and discuss a couple poems!
Issue 19 & Call for Submissions!
We are incredibly thrilled to bring to you today issue 19! Three essays, six stories, nine poems, and one artist's stunning visual work constitute our Spring issue. Of course you can read everything on our homepage, and forever in our issue archive. A special congratulations goes out to Lesley Wheeler, winner of this issue's Editors' Prize for her poem "Epistolary Art." And congratulations also to our first and second runners-up, respectively, Laurence Klavan ("Nucleus") and Christine Hennessey ("Hatchling"). The arrival of issue 19 means that we're reading submissions again for issue 20, which will be published this upcoming November. You can submit your work to us here. As always, thanks for reading and submitting to Switchback, we couldn't have done it without you.