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. 

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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.

 
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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

COLOR THEORY

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.

 
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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

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Black Aesthetic Season II    Various Authors, ed Zo é  Samudzi    $12.00    Essays/Poetry/Criticism/Black Studies    Essays about and interviews with contemporary Black filmmakers by artists, writers and filmmakers. The second book based on The Black Aesthetic Film Series.

162 pages • 24 page photo portfolio + illustrations throughout • 4.75” x 7.25” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-4-4 • Cover art by Ed Ntiri

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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)

 
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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: 978-0-9983461-2-0Cover 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

 
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94 pages • 25 black & white images • 7.0” x 4.6” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-1-3 • Cover art by Soleil Summer

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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

 
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150 pages • 35 color spreads • 5.25” x 7.875” • ISBN: 978-0-9983461-0-6 • Cover art by Hannah Klein

MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT

Text by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein

Featured in Best American Non-Required Reading 2017Reviewed in STRANT MagazineReviewed 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 BasinFeatured 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.

 
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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.

52 pages • 14 illustrations • Cover art by Jack Metcalf

FORTHCOMING BOOKS

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!

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

conversations with
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
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. Head to our online store to learn more about them!