BOOKS

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. 

Interested in carrying our books at your store? They are distributed through Small Press Distribution!

THE BLACK AESTHETIC SEASON II

Edited by Zoé Samudzi

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)

Responding to the films of Brontez Purnell, Anaiis Cisco, Jehnovah Carlisle, Yetunde Olagbaju, Summer Mason and more.

 

THE BIGNESS OF THINGS: New Narrative and Visual Culture

Edited by Daniel Benjamin and Eric Sneathen

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

 

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BLACK AESTHETIC SEASON ONE: Black Women in Film

Edited by Ryanaustin Dennis

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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 (cover)

ilms in the series Drylongso by Cauleen Smith, Short Films by Cecilia Emeke, Bush Mama by Heile Gerima, Ganja and Hess by Bill Gunn, All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story by George C. Stone, Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. by Leslie Harris, She’s Gotta Have It by Spike Lee

 

MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT

Text by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein

Included in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

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.

150 pages • 35 color spreads

 
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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.

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.

 

FORTHCOMING BOOKS

Color Theory forthcoming Winter 2018
Edited by Maya Gomez & Vreni Michelini Castillo

Blank Sign Book forthcoming Spring 2019
Anne Lesley Selcer

Blackfishing the IUD forthcoming Spring 2019
Caren Beilin

Anti Lab
Sarah Burke and Holly Meadows-Smith

Relations: An Atmospheric Anthology
Black Salt Collective

 

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!

READ THE QUARTERLY ONLINE IF YOU WANT!

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

Conversations with
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
Brontez Purnell
 

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

conversations with
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

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, and Akande X

conversations with
Stephen Steinbrink, Jennifer Williams, Jenny Odell, Abdullah Shakur, Umeko Motoyoshi, Jeff Cheung, Gabriel Ramirez, Jessie Alsop, Lena Sok, Yalie Kamara, Sarah Simon, and Astrid Elisabeth

visual art by
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Samantha Espinoza,  Abdullah Shakur, Paolo Yumol, @laurencesss, and Coco Spencer

books curated by
Rachel Khong

 

EDITIONS

We also publish Wolfman Editions, small-run artist editions, objects, and publications that often feature the work of resident or exhibiting artists. 

A full list of Editions is coming soon!