Wolfman Books is a small press dedicated to hybrid and experimental non-fiction, poetry, and artist books, largely but not exclusively focused on Bay Area writers and artists.
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BLACKFISHING THE IUD
by Caren Beilin
Blackfishing the IUD is a daring and demanding memoir by author, Caren Beilin, about reproductive health and the IUD, gendered illness, medical gaslighting, and activism in the chronic illness community. Rhapsodic and unabashedly polemical, Beilin scrutinizes the literary, artistic, and medical history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, as she considers the copper IUD’s role in triggering her sudden onset of chronic autoimmunity. As the title makes abundantly clear, the book is an argument that the copper IUD is sickening quite a lot of women—and that we listen first and foremost to women’s testimony to begin to resolve it.
Blackfishing the IUD is a necessary and searing polemic. Deftly shifting between literary history and emerging scientific research, Caren Beilin defiantly insists on the truth of her own experience—and demands that medicine take the anecdotal reports of women like her seriously.
— Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick
As I read I thought of alchemy, Beilin is an alchemist. She transmutes metal, in this case copper, into something that flames and sings and questions and fights. It's a supranatural work that quests after healing but also finds and makes sense in its paradoxes.
— Johanna Hedva, author of On Hell
56 Pages • 7 critical and creative responses • 13 Images • Visitor responses to the original exhibition • 5.5” x 8.25” • Responses to the work of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Miatta Kawinzi, Lizania Cruz, Zach Ozma, Grace Rosario Perkins, Camille Lee, and Stephanie Lindquist.
Edited by Tara Marsden & Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle
New Body is a collection of critical and creative responses to “Social Objects,” the powerful 2018 group exhibition curated by Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle at CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA. The exhibition examined communication as both practice and medium—addressing, among other themes, familial connection, alternative immigration dialogues, and the relationships between queerness and labor—and focused particularly on artists identifying as FQTPOC. Composed of individual responses to each of the artists in the exhibition, New Body is an expansion of these conversations and an extension of that communicative sociality beyond the confines of the gallery.
Contributors include Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Tara Marsden, Ruth Gebreyesus, sair goetz, el李, Sarah O’Neal, and Tania Butterworth.
Two essays • Riso-printed, saddle-stitched zine • 16 pages each
ESSAYS IN PRINT 001 & 002: in partnership w/ Art Practical
by Victoria Gannon & Maria Porges
Essays In Print is an occasional series from Art Practical and Wolfman Books, bringing selected pieces from Art Practical's online platform into print. The essays are published in pairs as limited edition risographed zines. Essays In Print aims to broaden the scope and readership of these incredible works, while bridging communities and challenging prevailing publication norms.
First up in the series are two brilliant essays: "The Metrics of Backpacks" by Victoria Gannon and "Some Thoughts on Art and Work" by Maria Porges.
104 Pages • 11 essays • 13 Images • 4.8” x 7.3” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-9-9 • Essays on the art and literary work of Ana Mendieta, Lynne Sachs, Dolores Dorantes, Geoffrey Farmer, Etel Adnan, The Otolith Group, Anaïs Nin, Juliana Huxtable, Chris Duncan, Janet Cardiff, and Ragnar Kjartansson
BLANK SIGN BOOK
by Anne Lesley Selcer
Blank Sign Book is a collection of innovative art writing from poet and essayist Anne Lesley Selcer. Writing in the confluence of politics and aesthetics through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more, Selcer’s debut collection culminates the interdisciplinary thinking and formal risk of fifteen years of public critical writing.
Selcer’s work has been nationally and internationally commissioned and solicited by museums, galleries and art magazines. Anchored by the feminist, queer, and decolonial thought of Susan Sontag, Saidiya Hartman, Lisa Robertson, Micha Cárdenas, and many more, Blank Sign Book explores representation from the image to the agora. The essays are embedded deeply within the pleasure of art and the power of artist. They consider topics from the materiality of the internet, protest, sound, and gentrification, to teenage literary obsession, femicide, and decolonized time. Blank Sign Book unfolds within Selcer’s decade long investigation of Western beauty, from which two award-winning poetry publications have emerged. With lyricism, incisive clarity and a deep commitment to the power of art and artists as a vehicle for experimental advocacy and radical insight, Blank Sign Book displays Selcer’s capacious and assiduous grasp as an art writer and cultural thinker to be read for decades to come.
Blank Sign Book emerged from Anne Lesley Selcer’s tenure as inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure.
163 Pages • 13 Full-Page Color Spreads • 3 Black & White Photographs • 5.25” x 6.75” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-7-5 • Cover art by Grace Rosario Perkins
Edited by Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini Castillo
Color Theory brings together womxn and gender non-conforming working artists of color from four generations to explore the intersections of race, gender, class and labor in and around art institutions. Edited by Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini Castillo, these reflections, stories, and remedies (through essay, image, and poetry) engage a multidisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue around ethical aesthetics, systemic oppression, and the ritual landscape. More than a simple indictment (though indict it, unabashedly, does), Color Theory is a must-read collection of communal solidarity, critical resistance and creative healing. “We are not afraid of color,” the editors declare, “because we are the embodiment of color.”
Contributors include Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Nasim Aghili, Onyinye Alheri, Grace Rosario Perkins, Leila Weefur, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Jen Everett, Keara Gray, Shah Noor Hussein, Las Nietas de Nonó, Vreni Michelini Castillo, Maya Gomez.
3 Plain Notebooks • 4.8" x 7" • 114 Pages each • White Pages
3 BLANK BOOKS
by Wolfman Books w/ Lena Gustafson, Woody De Othello, and Marcela Pardo Ariza
Pack of three artist-designed journals/notebooks, specially made for Wolfman Books’ 5th Anniversary. With covers by Lena Gustafson, Woody De Othello, and Marcela Pardo Ariza.
FIVE FINGERED BEING
Grace Rosario Perkins
Featured in New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”: The 20 Best Coffee-Table Books to Give, According to Art People
162 pages • 24 page photo portfolio + illustrations throughout • 4.75” x 7.25” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-4-4 • Cover art by Ed Ntiri
THE BLACK AESTHETIC SEASON II
Edited by Zoé Samudzi
Featured in Hooligan Magazine: The Black Aesthetic Collective: 'To be announced', 'to be assessed', and 'to be actualized' • Featured in the East Bay Express: Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves • Featured in conversation at BAMPFA: Black Life, The Black Aesthetic
The Black Aesthetic Season II is composed of personal essays, critical responses, interviews, and artistic ephemera in response to the second season of The Black Aesthetic Film Series, which showcased films made by contemporary independent Black filmmakers and attempts to define and demarcate boundaries around “Black” aesthetics.
Contributors include Zoé Samudzi, Christian Johnson, Leila Weefur, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Ismail Muhammad, Ra Malika Imhotep, Jamal Batts, Shah Noor Hussein, Ryanaustin Dennis, Ed Ntiri (photographs)
124 pages • 30 color photographic spreads • 12 color film stills • 28 pages of black & white archival photographs and printed material • 7.9” x 5.8” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-2-0 • Cover art by Jamie Holley
THE BIGNESS OF THINGS: New Narrative and Visual Culture
Edited by Daniel Benjamin and Eric Sneathen
Reviewed in Jacket2: An Archive of Feeling
The Bigness of Things surveys the intersection of New Narrative, San Francisco’s queer- and punk-infused writing avant-garde, and visual culture, through photographs and essays on visual art, literary journals, and film.
Essays by Matt Sussman, Brandon Callender, Jamie Townsend, Stephanie Young, Ismail Muhammad, Syd Staiti, Brandon Brown
Art from the Homes of Bruce Boone, Robert Glück, Jocely Saidenberg, Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
Stills from the Films of Marc Huestis, Abigail Child, Cecilia Dougherty, and Leslie Singer
94 pages • 25 black & white images • 7.0” x 4.6” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-1-3 • Cover art by Soleil Summer
BLACK AESTHETIC SEASON ONE: Black Women in Film
Edited by Ryanaustin Dennis
Featured on KQED Arts: Oakland Film Series Asks: Is There a Black Aesthetic? • Featured in the East Bay Express: Introducing The Black Aesthetic Collective’s Very First Publication • Featured in the East Bay Express: An Oakland Film Series Examines the Black Aesthetic
In Black Aesthetic Season One, a new generation of Black artists, critics, and thinkers responds to the deeply influential and often forgotten legacy of 20th century Black film. It is at once a critical companion to independent Black film and a collective investigation into the multiplicity of Black identities through essays, interviews, poetry, screenplay, visual ephemera and photographic stills.
Contributors include Ryanaustin Dennis, Christian Johnson, Anaiis Cisco, Yetunde Olagbaju, Jamal Batts, Malika Imhotep, Jordan Brown, Leila Weefur, and Soleil Summer
150 pages • 35 color spreads • 5.25” x 7.875” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-0-6 • Cover art by Hannah Klein
Text by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein
Featured in Best American Non-Required Reading 2017 • Reviewed in STRANT Magazine • Reviewed in LA Review of Books: The Last Bastion of Free America?: Meagan Day’s “Maximum Sunlight” • Excerpted in The Towner: Stuff Out There That Isn’t There: Esoterica in Nevada’s Great Basin • Featured in Reno News and Review: Silver State Stories: What’s New in Nevada Literature
Maximum Sunlight is a timely and incisive portrait of the people, communities, anxieties, and contradictions that make up what many think of—now, more than ever, after the 2016 election—as rural white America. Told through a series of candid interviews and sharp observations of town life in tiny Tonopah, Nevada, journalist Meagan Day (Jacobin Magazine) and photographer Hannah Klein create a book that is both traditional reportage and searching portrait of this eccentric and yet archetypal desert town.
A CIRCUIT OF YIELDS:
Conventional Wisdom for Giants
Poetry by Jacob Kahn with illustrations by Jack Metcalf
A Circuit of Yields: Conventional Wisdom for Giants is a book of incantatory vignettes, lurid advice columns and remonstrative dirges for giants. Kahn's poems are equally matched in their whirling obsessiveness by Metcalf's strange guidebook-style illustrations.
52 pages • 14 illustrations • Cover art by Jack Metcalf
NEW LIFE QUARTERLY
Wolfman New Life Quarterly is a literary arts quarterly magazine of profiles, columns, reviews, features, as well as selected poetry, fiction, art portfolios and non-fiction, focusing on the intersection of arts and community, while highlighting emerging voices and the exuberant, overlooked, experimental margins. It’s locally centered in the Bay Area, but reaches far beyond.
Interested in carrying the quarterly? It's distributed nationally by Small Press Distribution and Small Changes Inc. in the Northwest!
Featured/Recommended in The Believer: Believer Recommends III • Featured in the East Bay Express: East Bay Sees a Slew of New Print Publications in 2017
ISBN: 978-1-7332761-0-8 • Cover art by Justin Carder
ISSUE 5: Summer 2019
Freshly redesigned to start the second year of New Life!
new writing from
Blair Johnson • Claire Mullen • Claire Stringer • Evan Kennedy • Isabel Balée • Jennifer Williams • Jerónimo Rüedi & Kit Schluter • Jordan Karnes • José Vadi • Juliana Delgado Lopera • Kathryn E. Styer • Laura Woltag • Lisa Pradhan • Lydia Magyar & Emerson Whitney • Madeline Gobbo • Matt Sussman • Miranda Tsang • Nadia Shihab • Ra Malika Imhotep • Rita Bullwinkel & Liza St. James • Sanford Jenkins • Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta • The Burl Concentrate (Sarah-Dawn Albani & Connie Zheng) • Zoé Samudzi
Francis Mead • Jamuna Shrestha • Andy Puls • Andrew Wilson • Nicole Shaffer
visual art by
No School at 2727 California Street • 5/5 (fivefifths) Multimedia Collective • Ricki Dwyer
book selections by
232 Pages • 2 full color art portfolios • 20 correspondences • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-8-2 • Cover art by Justin Carder
ISSUE 4: Correspondence
A special issue of New Life Quarterly dedicated to artist correspondence! Through emails, WhatsApp messages, Google Docs comments, voice memos, in-the-mail letters, and other correspondences, twenty pairs of artists engage in conversation across mediums and across the globe.
new writing and art from
Barbara Browning • Avery Trufelman • MI Leggett • Jasmine Gibson • Heather Dewey-Hagborg • Emerson Whitney • Brandon Shimoda • Dot Devota • Dongyi Wu • Kwame Boafo • Mitsuko Brooks • Paul Mpagi Sepuya • Ra Malika Imhotep • Nicole Lavelle • Mary Welcome • Dorothy Santos • Jeannine Ventura • Thanh Hằng Phạm • Andrea Abi-Karam • Davey Davis • Claire Boyle • j.j. Mull • Sophia Dahlin • Julio Linares • Leora Fridman • Yosefa Raz • Vreni Michelini Castillo • Ana Karen • Hannah Kingsley-Ma • Claire Buss • Kate Robinson Beckwith • Amanda Davis • Chelsea A. Flowers • Philip Košćak • Jamie Townsend • Oki Sogumi • Margaret McCarthy • Till Krause • BAMPFA Art Lab
160 pages, full color • 8” x 10.875” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-6-8 • Cover text by Eric Sneathen
ISSUE 3: Summer 2018
new writing from
Amy Berkowitz • Julian Talamantez Brolaski • Justin Carder • Pia Cortez • Davey Davis • Leora Fridman • Ali Giordani • Blair Johnson • Jacob Kahn • Jordan Karnes • Kevin Killian • Tara Marsden • Charlie Macquarie • Margaret McCarthy • Louise McCune • Claire Mullen • Zoé Samudzi • el李 • Eric Sneathen • Avery Trufelman • Helen Shewolfe Tseng • José Vadi • Leila Weefur • Jennifer Williams
Maya Dusenbery • Sarah Burke • Lauren Whitehead • Geoff Saba • Sarah Toshie Cargill • Pete Lee • Summer Mason
visual art by
Muzae Sesay • PJ Gubatina Policarpio • Helen Shewolfe Tseng
book selections by
164 pages, full color • 8” x 10.875” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-5-1 • Cover art by Coco Spencer
ISSUE 2: Spring 2018
new writing from
Caleb Beckwith • Caren Beilin • David Brazil • Justin Carder • Pia Cortez • Leora Fridman • Ali Giordani • Blair Johnson • Jacob Kahn • Jordan Karnes • Hannah Kingsley-Ma • Amy Langer • Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta • Tara Marsden • Margaret McCarthy • Louise McCune • Claire Mullen • Zoé Samudzi • Clara Sankey • Liza St. James • Claire Stringer • Avery Trufelman • Miranda Tsang • Leila Weefur • Jennifer Williams
E.H. Mann • Raphael Villet • a Golden Dog Z• oe Donnellycolt • Sophia Wang • Andrew Evans
visual art by
Jade Ariana Fair • @laurencessss • Dionne Lee • Alton, Brian, and Molloy McMullen • Marcela Pardo Ariza
books selections by
Tongo Eisen-Martin • Colin Winnette
164 pages, full color • 8” x 10.875” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-3-7 • Cover art by Coco Spencer
ISSUE 1: Winter 2017
new writing from
Lindsey Boldt • Justin Carder • Matt Carney • Pia Cortez • Leora Friedman • Madeline Gobbo • Blair Johnson • Jacob Kahn • Jordan Karnes • Rachel Khong • Nicole Lavelle • Tara Marsden • Louise McCune • Margaret McCarthy • Holly Meadows-Smith • Claire Mullen • Zoé Samudzi • Avery Trufelman • Miranda Tsang • Leila Weefur • Maya Weeks • Jennifer Williams • Akande X
Stephen Steinbrink • Jennifer Williams • Jenny Odell • Abdullah Shakur • Umeko Motoyoshi • Jeff Cheung • Gabriel Ramirez • Jessie Alsop • Lena Sok • Yalie Kamara • Sarah Simon • Astrid Elisabeth
visual art by
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo • Samantha Espinoza • Abdullah Shakur • Paolo Yumol • @laurencesss • Coco Spencer
books curated by
ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION: 4 Issues
We also publish Wolfman Editions, small-run artist editions, objects, and publications that often feature the work of resident or exhibiting artists. Head to our online store to learn more about them!
Blankets are 48 x 68", 100% cotton, black and off-white, woven in the USA, and come with an 8 page risograph zine, “holding mourning.”
HOLDING MOURNING Blanket and Zine
by Malaya Tuyay
We are so excited to work with the incredibly talented Malaya Tuyay to turn one of her gorgeous illustrations into a woven blanket. Malaya is a Bay Area-based interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, installation, textiles and digital media, whose work navigates the intersections of her queer mixed-race Filipinx-American identity and aims to channel the remembrance and celebration of ancestors that have been lost in translation or forgotten. Malaya often creates work centered on grief—she uses her practice to open up space for conversations about death and mental illness that are often considered taboo.
From Malaya: “This project is my way of sharing my personal experience with grief. Mourning is something that I hold everywhere I go, especially because I wasn’t given the tools to mourn completely. So many communities who face oppression know grief in many different forms (loss of loved ones at the hands of the government, loss of culture and land taken by colonizers, loss of identity, the list goes on) but are often not given the space to mourn completely, or to heal. It is important for me to share my story with grief because I want to start a dialogue around our grief and around our healing. It is important to tell people that their pain is real and they are allowed to feel it however it may take form without shaming or silencing them.”
BAY AREA SMALL PRESS SPRING 2019 CALENDAR MUG
Illustrated by Krusty Wheatfield
We asked a bunch of our favorite local presses to send us info about their spring new releases, and then we printed that info onto an 11 oz. yellow mug, with a Krusty Wheatfield illustration on the other side! The mugs come with a mini-zine/catalog sharing more info about participating presses upcoming releases. Now you can finally enjoy your coffee while learning about all the rad new books coming out from Bay Area small presses! Yes!
Participating presses: Transit, Most Ancient, Neuro Fuzzy, Floss Editions, Two Lines, Sming Sming, Irrelevant Press, Dogpark, Colpa Press, and of course Wolfman Books!