Space is the Place Afrofuturist Envisioning
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Space is the Place Afrofuturist Envisioning

SPACE IS THE PLACE is an interactive outerspace installation, utilizing afrofuturist aesthetics to re-envision our hopes, dreams, and fears about the future.

In collaboration with BAMBDFEST:2019 - multi-day, multi-venue festival in celebration of the Black Arts Movement Business District and Black arts, culture, and economics in Oakland, CA - SPACE IS THE PLACE honors the afrofuturist traditions of storytelling, art creation, community-building, and imaginative partying. http://www.bambdfest.com

Featuring: Live DJ set by a cosmic oracle, zines from MAJI press, liberational numerology installations, and a photobooth of futurist ephemera.

All are welcome, inspired clothing is encouraged.

More artists, guests, and details to be announced.

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David Kuhnlein, Adam Malinowski, Dave Chatroom at Wolfman Books
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

David Kuhnlein, Adam Malinowski, Dave Chatroom at Wolfman Books

We will be holding a special poetry reading at E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7 p.m, for an event organized by San Francisco-based poet Kevin Killian.

Our readers will be local favorite Dave Chatroom, and two visiting writers from Michigan. Admission is free!

Wolfman Books is located in downtown Oakland, at 410 13th Street.

Bios of our writers follow:

Dave Chatroom is a transplant from the soggy post-industrial sprawl of Southeastern Michigan. Who builds a city in a swamp? His writing is concerned with our bodies, where we stand, what the ground is made of & how we stick together in the face of forces bent on our separation and demise. Dave currently lives in Berkeley.

David Kuhnlein writes poems, essays, and music reviews. His work has recently appeared in Bathhouse Journal, Mirage/Period(ical), and Washtenaw County’s Current Magazine. He is currently editing a collection of essays centering illness, embodiment, and chronic pain. He lives in Hamtramck (Michigan).

Adam Malinowski is a poet currently completing a master’s in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University. He teaches First-Year Writing to college freshman and co-facilitates the bi-weekly Advanced Poetry Workshop at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His work can be found at Poets Reading the News, Philosophical Idiot and Mirage/Period(ical). He lives in Detroit.

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What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV Book Release Party
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV Book Release Party

***Friday, March 1st, Wolfman Books, Downtown Oakland, 7:00pm*** The “What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV” Book Release Party Featuring Readings By

Alec West
Philip Staley
Lena Nicodemus
Joseph Kim

Alec West is a 26 year old East Bay native. He has worked with incarcerated youth as a mentor and writing instructor. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a degree in activism, organic agriculture and creative writing. When he’s not writing you can find him at music events and poetry slams, hiking in the woods, or splitting lanes down Martin Luther King or San Pablo on his bike. He is working on a Master’s in Education as an education specialist and hopes to become a special education teacher. “What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV” is his first book.

“What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV” is a collection of prose poetry based on the author’s experiences growing up in the Bay Area. The work focuses on themes of addiction, rebellion and hope as characters struggle against a world that would grind them up. Through disaster, the book brings the reader into the highs and lows of living life with eyes open, leaping and landing heart-first. Survival comes at a cost, but the lessons learned can bring healing across generations.

Philip Staley is a psychiatric nurse in the Bay Area and a contributor to the Green Windows Writing Anthology.

With over a decade of occult research and perfecting the art of the mental health report, Philip's writing focuses on the underworld components of emotional landscapes. He manages to weave tension, humor, and a melancholy sovereignty into relatable fiction narratives.

Philip has been a near lifelong writer, cultivating plots and storylines for numerous roleplaying groups. His professional duties have taken him through the most desperate locales of several cities, and these experiences have shaped his writing and polished the neo-noir lens, through which he evaluates the world.

As a Bay Area writer, Philip Staley enjoys field trips to unconventional locations with a laptop, some headphones, and a daring sense of curiosity.

Lena Nicodemus is a writer/therapist/human originally from Baltimore, Maryland and now settled in Oakland. By day she works with children with autism and their families and by night she writes sometimes biting, sometimes gentle works ranging in topics from explorations of the fear about not having enough time to survival humor about rape culture.

Lena’s work has appeared in local publications and performances such as Quiet Lightning, Bay Area Generations, and the Green Windows anthology.

“Lena Nicodemus’ writing expands our own world. She moves through her life with her heart open, curious, and demanding then gifts her listeners by recreating in rich detail on paper the people and places she knows: from unanswered telephones to the variety of expressions possible on a child’s face; handmade bowls to grumpy voices. Her writing can bounce off the walls with anger or deepen a silence with intense love and compassion or demand answers to questions we didn’t realize we had. Her writing is always authentic and always relevant, even to those with a different experience.”
-Peggy Simmons, founder of Green Windows

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 Sophia Shalmiyev "Mother Winter" w/ Lydia Kiesling Reading & Signing
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Sophia Shalmiyev "Mother Winter" w/ Lydia Kiesling Reading & Signing

Come celebrate Sophia Shalmiyev’s brand new debut memoir, Mother Winter, with Lydia Kiesling, author of the also-quite-new and debut novel, The Golden State. The two will be reading from these incredible, critically-acclaimed books, with a signing to follow!

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to NYC in 1990. An MFA graduate of Portland State University, she was the nonfiction editor for The Portland Review and is a recipient of the Laurels scholarship and numerous Kellogg’s fellowship awards. She has a second master’s degree in creative arts therapy from The School of Visual Arts, where she worked with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her work has appeared in Vela Magazine, Bellows American Review, Electric Lit, The Seattle Review of Books, Ravishly and The Literary Review, among others; all with a feminist lens. She lives in Portland. Visit her website for more.

Lydia Kiesling is the author of The Golden State and a 2018 National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree. She is a contributing editor at The Millions and her writing has appeared at outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, The Guardian, and Slate. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

About MOTHER WINTER

MOTHER WINTER is the story of Sophia’s emotional journeys as an immigrant, an artist, and a woman raised without her mother. Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani father, Shalmiyev grew up under the stark oppressiveness of 1980s Leningrad. An imbalance of power and widespread anti-Semitism in her homeland led her father to steal Shalmiyev away, emigrating to America and abandoning her estranged and alcoholic mother, Elena. At age eleven, Shalmiyev found herself on a plane headed west, motherless and terrified of the new world unfolding before her.

MOTHER WINTER depicts in urgent vignettes Sophia’s years of travel, searching, and forging meaningful connection with the worlds she occupies. The result is a searing meditation on motherhood, displacement, gender politics, and the pursuit of wholeness after shattering loss. And ultimately, it is an aching observation of the human heart across time and culture.

Early praise for MOTHER WINTER:

"A rich tapestry of autobiography and meditations on feminism, motherhood, art, and culture, this book is as intellectually satisfying as it is artistically profound. A sharply intelligent, lyrically provocative memoir."—KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review) 

"MOTHER WINTER, Sophia Shalmiyev’s catastrophically bright, wavering motion of a memoir, forged through sticky clouds of pain, is vividly awesome and truly great."—EILEEN MYLES, author of Evolution

MOTHER WINTER is the wrenching story of her exile and grief, but it’s also a chronicle of awakening—to art, sex, feminism, and the rich complexities of becoming a mother herself. Like a punk rock Marguerite Duras, Shalmiyev has reinvented the language of longing. I love this gorgeous, gutting, unforgettable book."—LENI ZUMAS, author of Red Clocks

“Shalmiyev stubbornly, brilliantly pursues loss in this psycho-geography of immigration, grief displacement, and damage… Like the great modernist writers, Shalmiyev writes from, not about, trauma but at a pitch that’s witty, dry, sad, and laconic.” —CHRIS KRAUS, author of I Love Dick

“With sparse, poetic language Shalmiyev builds a personal history that is fractured and raw; a brilliant, lovely ache.”—MICHELLE TEA, author of Against Memoir

MOTHER WINTER slices through the conventions of narrative with the most delicate blade, ribboning what you think you know about memoir, homecoming, what it means to live in a female body, to live as a motherless mother, to be mothered by art and the arms of all that is strong enough to hold you. This book hypnotized me with its beauty and brutality. I feasted on Shalmiyev's sentences and they will stay with me for a long, long time.”—MELISSA FEBOS, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me

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Moira Crone, Rodger Kamenetz, and Ariel Resnikoff
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Moira Crone, Rodger Kamenetz, and Ariel Resnikoff

Two New Orleans based writers--poet and dreamworker Rodger Kamenetz and fiction writer Moira Crone--join forces with East Bay native and recent returnee Ariel Resnikoff for a speculative set of their latest work. All three of them habitually push hard on boundaries, whether it's the divide between conscious and subconscious life or the linguistic borders dividing cultures.

Rodger and Moira both taught writing at LSU in Baton Rouge for many years. Ariel is finishing up a PhD at Penn, where he has been very active as a teacher and a multilingual editor and translator.

Author of seven works of fiction, Moira Crone has won distinction for her short stories, novels, and her speculative fiction. In 2009 she received the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Southern Fellowship of Writers for the body of her work. Her 2014 novel THE ICE GARDEN, a coming of age tale set in the 1960’s South, won the Independent Booksellers Regional Gold Medal and was hailed by author Lee Smith, as “a heart-stopper.”   Her 2012 dystopian THE NOT YET, set in a drowned Louisiana in 2121, was one of seven finalists for the international Philip K. Dick Award, for sci-fi paperback of the year. She has received fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, Bunting Institute at Harvard-Radcliffe, and other institutions. Her works have been selected for the prize anthology New Stories from the South: The Year’s Bestfive times, have appeared in two dozen anthologies, and in such magazines as The New Yorker, MademoiselleTriQuarterly, Oxford American, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Image. She lives in New Orleans.

Poet, author, essayist, biographer, religious thinker and dreamwork practitioner, Rodger Kamenetz is probably best known for his breakthrough account of Jewish-Buddhist dialogue, The Jew in the Lotus. A serious student of dreams since 1999, his The History of Last Night's Dream was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Soul Series. His poems have appeared in hundreds of periodicals and 25 anthologies. His previous books of poetry include The Missing Jew, Stuck, The Lowercase Jew, and To Die Next To You. YONDER is his seventh collection. Kamenetz lives in New Orleans where he practices Natural Dreamwork. Visit him at kamenetz.com or  thenaturaldream.com 

Ariel Resnikoff  is a poet, translator, editor & teacher. His most recent works include Ten-Four: Poems, Translations, Variations (Operating System 2015), with Jerome Rothenberg, & Between Shades (Materialist Press 2014). With Stephen Ross, he is at work on the first critical bilingual edition of Mikhl Likht’s modernist Yiddish long poem, Processions; and with Lilach Lachman and Gabriel Levin, he is translating the collected writings of the translingual-Hebrew poet, Avot Yeshurun. Ariel is a contributing editor of Global Modernists on Modernism (Bloomsbury, forthcoming ‘19), an anthology of multilingual modernist source texts, as well as a commissioning editor at Jacket2. His writing has been translated into French & Spanish and is forthcoming in German in a special issue of Schreibheft.

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Shiv Kotecha, Ed Steck, and Syd Staiti
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Shiv Kotecha, Ed Steck, and Syd Staiti

Poets from all over! Converging in one place! On one night!

Shiv Kotecha is the author of The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). Writing can also be found in friezeArt in AmericaThe Brooklyn RailThe Believer and elsewhere.

Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press), and others. His work has been performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Chateau Shatto. He lives in Tampa, FL.

Syd Staiti is author of The Undying Present (Krupskaya 2015) and chapbooks In the Stitches (Trafficker 2015) and Verse/Switch & Stop Motion (2008). Work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, Tripwire, Amerarcana, and The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture (Wolfman 2017). Staiti has been involved with The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand, Small Press Traffic, and is currently a collective member of Light Field.

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Essential Media Skills for Artists, Activists & Curious Citizens
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Essential Media Skills for Artists, Activists & Curious Citizens

Media Makes the World Go 'Round: Essential Skills for Artists, Activists & Curious Citizens

For today's artists and organizers, skills for critically evaluating media and effectively producing it are essential. Whether you intend grow your practice, advance a cause or galvanize a community, this 90 minute workshop will introduce you to tools for thriving in today's media environment and techniques for deploying them. While we won't cover technicalities of any particular platform, we will show you how to craft a meaningful message and adapt it to the outlet best suited for your goals.

The ability to tell your story in the right way, in the right places to the right people is remarkably powerful. Our goal is to help unlock some of that power for everyday people, so that we might enrich our communities and one another.

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Then & Now: Diane Ward and Roberto Bedoya
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Then & Now: Diane Ward and Roberto Bedoya

We’re really excited to host two amazing, accomplished, dynamic writers and thinkers, Diane Ward and Roberto Bedoya!

Diane Ward was born in Washington, DC where she attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She received a doctorate degree in Geography from UCLA. Her poetry publications include a collaboration with Tina Darragh and Jane Sprague in the Belladonna Elders series, No List (no list) from Seeing Eye Books in Los Angeles, Flim-Yoked Scrim from Factory School, and When You Awake from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Her poem, “Fade on Family” was set to music by the Los Angeles composer Michael Webster and performed as part of The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound series at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. “InHouse,” a constructed poem, appeared in Kindergarde, the First Avant Garde Anthology for Children, edited by Lee Ann Brown. She curated an edition of the Poetic Research Bureau’s “live magazine,” @SEA, around the theme “Flows.” She has been a member of “The Reader’s Chorus,” performing in Los Angeles at MOCA, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the Velaslavasay Panorama. Her collaboration with the artist Ursula Brookbank is documented in the chapter, “Borne-away: Tracing a gendered dispossession by accumulation” in the edited book, Geopoetics in Practice, forthcoming from Routledge.

 Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded the City’s Cultural Plan. - “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan”. Through-out his career he has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. His essays “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging”; “Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City” have reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. In addition to his essays he is the author The Ballad of Cholo Dandy, a poetry chapbook (Chax Press) and an excerpt of his play “Decoto” is anthologized in Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997; ( Nightboat Books). He is a Creative Placemaking Fellow at Arizona State University.

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New Life Issue 4 Launch Party & Postcard Making Party
Feb
7
4:00 PM16:00

New Life Issue 4 Launch Party & Postcard Making Party

  • The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Oakland-based bookstore and downtown community arts hub, Wolfman Books is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of their art and culture magazine, New Life Quarterly and the first-ever “New Life Postcard Drive” on February 7, 2019, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF ISSUE 4 FOR HALF-OFF NOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE RELEASE! https://squ.re/2CiKl7Y

Or get it full price at BAMPFA!

New Life Quarterly is a literary, arts and culture magazine focused on the intersections of art and community—especially the exuberant, overlooked, and experimental margins—in the Bay Area and beyond. This issue is a special project dedicated to artist correspondence. Through emails, WhatsApp messages, Google Docs comments, voice memos, and actual letters, artists (including BAMPFA's very own Art Lab Archive) engage in conversation across mediums and across the globe.

To highlight the print collaboration between BAMPFA’s Art Lab and New Life Quarterly, Wolfman Books invites museum-goers to take part in the first-ever “New Life Postcard Drive” in the Art Lab. The organizers’ intention is to gather the community to make 1,200 one-of-a-kind postcards to be included with every copy of “Issue 4: Correspondence.” Attendees will be invited to create one, or two, or a dozen postcards, with ready-made postcard templates and materials provided. By joining in the “Postcard Drive,” participants will not only experience the intimate and generative spirit of artistic connection that animates New Life Quarterly, but actively help create and amplify it. All are encouraged to join this conversation, bring their community and create with the help of New Life editors, contributors, and Art Lab staff!

Besides the “New Life Postcard Drive,” the release party will feature onsite correspondence readings and performances featuring contributors and related artists. Attendees can grab copies of the magazine in the BAMPFA Bookstore and become a New Life contributor!

THIS EVENT IS FREE! And BAMPFA admission is also free every first Thursday!

New Life Quarterly “Issue 4: Correspondence” features 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

This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program. “Issue 4: Correspondence” is supported in part by BAMPFA, The Exploratorium, Mills College, AWP 2019, Jenny Lemons, Mirro Editions, The Key Print & Bindery, Alley Cat Books, PLAY Press, and Fish Publishing.

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Tess Brown-Lavoie, Leena Joshi, Victoria Ruiz and others!
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Tess Brown-Lavoie, Leena Joshi, Victoria Ruiz and others!

Come out for a night of poetry!

Tess Brown-Lavoie writes and farms in Providence, RI. Lite Year, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series, is her first book. Tess cofounded Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2011, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Leena Joshi's writing and art practice explore the relationship between the changing self and its environment through negotiations of genre and medium, with a focus on feminist, anti-colonial, and immigrant ideation. Her written work has appeared in The FeltMondayTagvverkLa Norda Specialo, Poor Claudia, and bluestockings magazine, among others. She is an MFA candidate in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. www.leenajoshi.com

Victoria Ruiz is originally from San Jose, CA. She has spent most of her adult life in New York and Providence, Rhode Island, where she learned how to be a grassroots activist, writer, Chicana artist, and vocalist for the bands Downtown Boys and Malportado Kids. She currently works on anti-police militarization campaigns in SF and the Free Kevin Cooper campaign. She and her high school best friend are rewriting a version of the Bakkai and she is trying to feel words that can even come close to Dionysus. 

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Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

Any Book of the Month Club

Any Book of the Month Club is dedicated to the shared exploration and experience of literature. It is a chance to share and discover great books, to accidentally revisit things you've read in the past, hopefully to tease out some new ideas about what you've just read, but mostly, the point of Any Book of the Month Club is to get together with a bunch of other people who like talking about books and then talk about some books you've read lately. And eat snacks.

DO:

  • Bring a copy of the book you want to discuss

  • Come with some ideas or questions, a passage you'd like to share, etc

  • Invite your bookish friends

  • Bring snacks, drinks, or $5. Your choice.


DON'T:

  • Be a hater. It's ok and totally fine if you want to bring a book that you did not like or that pissed you off. Just don't do that thing where you say "it's a bad book" instead of just saying "I really didn't like it at all." I-statements, people, I-statements.

  • Bring something you read ages ago. There are not a lot of rules here, but one of them is that you bring something you read in the past month.

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The Painting Salon Fundraiser
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Painting Salon Fundraiser

The Painting Salon Fundraiser 

January 19th, 2019 

7 - 10 pm 

Featuring DJ raaa

* DRINKS * 
* FOOD * 
* RAFFLE / DOOR PRIZES * 

Admission — Sliding scale of $1.00 or more 

We are excited to invite you to a fundraising event! 

We have big dreams and goals for the next year and we hope that you will be able to help us. Proceeds from tickets to The Painting Salon will go toward supporting our 2019 programming, primarily artist stipends. 

We believe it is important to value the work that artists do; consequently, we offer all our presenters a stipend for their time and contribution. 

The Painting Salon is a monthly lecture series aimed at fostering a dialogue about contemporary art in the Bay Area. Each month, we invite two artists to present their work at a new art space, gallery or artist studio. With the nomadic venue and expanding roster of presenters, The Painting Salon hopes to foster community by introducing new audiences to artists and artists to each other. Your support and attendance of this fundraiser will go directly toward helping us continue our programming and the ability to pay artists.

Admission will be taken at the door or the event. If you are unable to attend and would like to support us, contact us directly about making a donation.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Painting Salon is currently being organized by a new team of individuals that include Laura Rokas, Rachelle Bussieres, Camile Messerley, and Andrea Bacigalupo.

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Sky Trail: Jamie Townsend, Ivy Johnson, and Terry Taplin
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Sky Trail: Jamie Townsend, Ivy Johnson, and Terry Taplin

Come celebrate the release of Ivy Johnson's chapbook "Precious Moments" (Sky Trail, 2018) and Jamie Townsend's "Pyramid Song" (above/ground, 2018) with a reading at Wolfman. Joining Ivy and Jamie will be special guest Terry Taplin.

IVY JOHNSON is a poet and performance artist in Oakland, CA. Her book, As They Fall, is a collection of 110 notecards for aleatoric ritual and was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is co-founder of The Third Thing, an ecstatic feminist performance art duo. Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs published their self-titled chapbook, The Third Thing, in 2016. Her book Born Again came out with The Operating System in 2018. Sky Trail press just released her chapbook called Precious Moments, an excerpt from a full-length memoir she is currently working on.

TERRY TAPLIN is an MFA in Creative Writing Candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California where he serves as an assistant poetry editor at MARY: A Journal for New Writing and is the inaugural Lambda Literary Fellow. He holds a BA in Classical Languages: Greek and Latin. He is a former slam champion and the recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Prize for Undergraduate Poetry (academic year 2014-15). Terry lives in Berkeley, is an instructional assistant in the English Dept. at Berkeley City College, and is interning as a marketing assistant at Omnidawn Publishing. He is the author of fragmenta (Marigold 2016).

JAMIE TOWNSEND is a poet, publisher, and editor living in Oakland, California. They are half-responsible for Elderly, a publishing experiment and persistent hub of ebullience and disgust. They are the author of several chapbooks, most recently Pyramid Song (above/ground press; 2018) as well as the full-length collection SHADE (Elis Press; 2015). An essay on the history of the New Narrative magazine Soup was published in The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture (Wolfman Books; 2017) They are currently editing "Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader" forthcoming from Nightboat in 2019

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Zoé Samudzi in conversation w/ Joshua Sperling about his new book "A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger"
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Zoé Samudzi in conversation w/ Joshua Sperling about his new book "A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger"

Come celebrate writer Joshua Sperling’s new book, A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger. We love John Berger here at Wolfman and we couldn’t be more excited about this book! Sperling “draws on first-hand, unpublished interviews and archival sources only recently made available, to dig beneath the moments of controversy to reveal a figure of remarkable complexity and resilience.” Yes, please! Sign us up for that! Even better, Joshua Sperling will be in conversation with one of our local faves and New Life Quarterly columnist, Zoé Samudzi, who is also a Berger enthusiast.

The two will be in conversation about how Joshua came to the book, their different connections to Berger, delineate some themes or dialectical tensions at the heart of the book and ask you how these are pertinent to each’s current work and activism, including the processes of collaboration, the role of self-questioning and doubt during transitional political moments, the motive-force of love in activism, working inside/outside of academia, and so much more!

Copies of A Writer of Our Time will be available. You don’t want to miss this!

Joshua Sperling was born in New York City and grew up in California. His writing has appeared in the Brooklyn RailGuernicaFilm QuarterlyJump Cut and Bullett Magazine, among other publications. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature, Film and Media from Yale University and currently teaches at Oberlin College.

Zoé Samudzi is a Sociology doctoral student at the University of California-San Francisco, and writer and photographer. She is the co-author of As Black as Resistance (AK Press 2018). Her work seeks to merge political theory, visual studies, and critical approaches to science in service of a multidisciplinary means of articulating Blackness(es).

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Inflammatory Affirmations Closing Party And Kalahati Project Fundraiser!
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

Inflammatory Affirmations Closing Party And Kalahati Project Fundraiser!


It will be the closing of the Inflammatory Affirmations Poster series and a fundraiser for Project Kalahati. 

Inflammatory Affirmations Release Party Dec. 31 5PM-7:30PM

Join us for a New Year’s Eve pre-game at Wolfman Books. Inflammatory Affirmations was a 12 week collaboration with irrelevant press and artist-writer Ryanaustin Dennis. These provocations were meant for pissed-off optimists who wanted to blow of some conceptual steam. As we enter into the New Year we wanted to celebrate the end of the project and wanted everyone to join in the fun.

Make your own Inflammatory Affirmations for the New Year. We will supply the materials and bring some of your own to share.

Fundraiser Part

12-Week Packets available for $25-$30 proceeds got to Project Kalahati

Choose-Your-Own 5 Packs available $5-$10 Donation

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Any Book of the Month Club
Dec
23
5:00 PM17:00

Any Book of the Month Club

Any Book of the Month Club is dedicated to the shared exploration and experience of literature. It is a chance to share and discover great books, to accidentally revisit things you've read in the past, hopefully to tease out some new ideas about what you've just read, but mostly, the point of Any Book of the Month Club is to get together with a bunch of other people who like talking about books and then talk about some books you've read lately. And eat snacks.

DO:

  • Bring a copy of the book you want to discuss

  • Come with some ideas or questions, a passage you'd like to share, etc

  • Invite your bookish friends

  • Bring snacks, drinks, or $5. Your choice.


DON'T:

  • Be a hater. It's ok and totally fine if you want to bring a book that you did not like or that pissed you off. Just don't do that thing where you say "it's a bad book" instead of just saying "I really didn't like it at all." I-statements, people, I-statements.

  • Bring something you read ages ago. There are not a lot of rules here, but one of them is that you bring something you read in the past month.

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Coldmeal: The Winter Solstice Issue Release Party
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Coldmeal: The Winter Solstice Issue Release Party

***CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS*** 

Oatmeal Magazine is coming back for a special issue! COLDMEAL: The Winter Solstice Issue. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Since ancient times, it has been a night to gather together with your loved ones amidst the terrible cold of winter, to warm each other, to celebrate your connection, to strengthen that connection in order to resist the darkness. How do we hold each other in dark times? How do we imagine light when it is not with us, when the darkness seems interminable? What makes you afraid of the dark? What magic might be hidden there? Send us your stories, your poetry, your recipes, your spells; send us a map that will lead us to morning.

Please submit to oatmeal dot magazine [at] gmail dot com by DECEMBER 9TH. ♥

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We’ll be hosting a Breakfast for Dinner reading/release party for this issue at Wolfman Books on December 20th at 7 pm (the night before the solstice). Can’t wait to be cozy with you!

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Rachel Galvin, Ashley Warren, 최 Lindsay
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Galvin, Ashley Warren, 최 Lindsay

Three great writers! In town and live at the bookstore! Come say hi!


Rachel Galvin's new poetry collection, Elevated Threat Level (Green Lantern Press, 2018)was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler Award. Her other books include a poetry collection, Pulleys & Locomotion, and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets, which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation and was named one of the best poetry books of the year by the Boston Globe. She is also the author of a work of criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945 (Oxford UP, 2018), and co-translator, with Harris Feinsod, of Decals, from the Spanish of Argentine avant-garde poet Oliverio Girondo (Open Letter Books, 2018). Next year her translation of the poems of Mexican writer Alejandro Albarrán Polanco will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Her poems and translations appear in journals like The Boston Review, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, PN Review, and Poetry. She is a co-founder of Outranspo, an international creative translation collective, and an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago.


Ashley Warren is a Minnesota native currently living in Cambria, CA. Their work has appeared in several print and online publications including Packingtown Review, Convergence Magazine, Hiram Poetry Review, Santa Clara Review, Old Red Kimono, Red River Review, Roanoke Review, Words Dance Publications and Sandy River Review. TINY COFFINS, an experimental 100 page memoir about their mother's battle with Parkinson's Disease and an exploration of a mother/ daughter relationship, is their first book.


최 Lindsay is the author of Transverse, forthcoming from Futurepoem in Spring 2020. More of their writing can also be found in OmniVerseApogeeThe Felt, and elsewhere, including the Berkeley Art Museum’s recent exhibit, Way Bay, and a chapbook, Matrices (speCt! books, 2017). They are a Kundiman fellow and a Ph.D. student in English literature at UC Berkeley. Recent projects include a manuscript in and out of translation on the colonial history of leprosy in Korea, and a forthcoming collaborative installation at Interface Gallery. Visit them at www.lindsaychoi.com.

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Stephen Rodefer's "Safety"
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Stephen Rodefer's "Safety"

Please join us as we celebrate the reprinting of Stephen Rodefer's poem SAFETY, a long poem which is, in part, a translation of Sappho.

You are famous at home in bed.
You are famous abroad in the streets.
You are famous in the great lakes.
You are famous in Crete.
You are remembered forever
By the Oakland branch of contemporary dejection.

SAFETY will be read by Alan Bernheimer and include a short talk on the work by Sara Larsen.

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≈ Oakland Winter Gathering ≈
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

≈ Oakland Winter Gathering ≈

The Oakland Summer School is hosting a Winter Gathering! Please spread the word and join us for two days of workshops, discussions, performances, and celebration. All events are free and open. 

Movement // Memory

~Saturday, December 8th~

:: Daytime events at Starline Social Club ::

ELLIOT IKHELOA 
Surviving Subplots
10am-11am

BEAST NEST 
Presence as Liberation
11am-12:30pm

LARA DURBACK
Connective Tissue's Memory
1pm-2pm

MAX ELBAUM 
Radical History: Revolution in the Air
2pm-3pm

SHANE BAUER
The History of For-Profit Prisons
3pm-4pm

DROUGHT SPA (alex cruse + Kevin CK Lo)
VERY ETHEREALLY AN INSTANT SURGES
4:30pm-5pm

:: Evening events at E.M. Wolfman ::

TERRY COLLINS
Reflections on the S.F. State Student Strike
5:30pm-6:30pm

TONGO EISEN-MARTIN 
Towards A Very Usual Revolution
6:30pm-7:30pm

SADIE BARNETTE 
Dear 1968: The artist discusses reclaiming state surveillance of her father
7:30pm-8:30pm

~Sunday December 9th~

:: Daytime events at Starline Social Club ::

RAINA J. LEÓN 
Re-Member: Healing Ourselves and Our Ancestors through Joy!
10am-11:30am

ZOÉ SAMUDZI 
Constructing (A/a)rchives
11:30am-12:30pm

RA MALIKA IMHOTEP 
The Cotton Patch | An Invitation to Remember
1pm-2pm

JULIO MAGAÑA-SALUDADO 
United Farm Workers Organizing Committee: How Solidarity Prevailed
2pm-3pm

MONICA MODY 
Colonial Roots of Our Disenchantment
3pm-4pm

CAITLYN KILGORE, KATHARINE GRIPP, COLIN EPSTEIN
The Secrets of the Trees
4pm-4:30pm

:: Evening events at Nomadic Press ::

MICHAEL CROSS 
Reading from The Katechon
5:30pm-6pm

DAVID BRAZIL + SARAH PRITCHARD
Dietrich Bonhoeffer; or, Fighting Nazis for Jesus
6pm-7pm

TATIANA LUBOVISKI-ACOSTA + WENDY TREVINO
Poetry Reading
7pm-7:30pm

The Oakland Summer School is a collaborative, non-institutional space of gathering & study organized by a group of Oakland-based activists, artists, and educators.

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Poets Lisa Rogal, Maged Zaher, Caleb Beckwith
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Lisa Rogal, Maged Zaher, Caleb Beckwith

Three of the greatest living/non-living poets to be around the world at this moment will be converging for a single night at the bookstore for what will certainly be a fabulous evening. Lisa and Caleb have new work just out! Come by!

Lisa Rogal is the author of Morning Ritual (United Artists Books), and the chapbooks Feed Me Weird Things (Ugly Duckling Presse) and The New Realities (Third Floor Apartment Press). Her poems have appeared in Elderly, Visceral Brooklyn, Portable Boog Reader, Greetings, and Poems by Sunday, among other publications. A graduate of the MFA program at Long Island University, she currently teaches and lives in Sacramento, California.

Maged Zaher is the author of six books including a collaboration with Pam Brown, and a translation of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from The Stranger. He lives in Seattle.

Caleb Beckwith is a writer and editor living in Oakland, CA; the author of Political Subject (Roof Books 2018) and previous works include Heat Win and Hi, You're Beautiful (Gauss PDF 2014, 2016).

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A Recounting: Data, Disinformation & Blackness (at Guerrero Gallery)
Dec
1
to Jan 5

A Recounting: Data, Disinformation & Blackness (at Guerrero Gallery)

We’re really excited to be a part of a really incredible show, “A Recounting,” at Guerrero Gallery in SF. For the show, we have compiled book titles both into a reading list for show visitors, as well as a DIY station where visitors can pick and choose from stacks of pre-printed articles and book excerpts, assembling these into a physical reader. Archiving generations of writers and subjects who’ve acted as predecessors and contemporaries to the artists within A Recounting: Data, Disinformation and Blackness, the compendium of texts acts as a profound reminder that the subjects and themes touched on do not simply span the length of the exhibition, but are a component of a sustained lifetime of learning and curiosity.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE SHOW:

A Recounting: Data, Disinformation & Blackness

Annette Lawrence, Amy Elkins, Ariel Rene Jackson, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Mimi Onuoha, Paul Anthony Smith and Sadie Barnette

Curated by Elisa Durrette

Opening Reception: Saturday December 1st, 6-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: December 1st - January 5th, 2018

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois exhibited a series of data visualizations, depicting a range of information largely centered around Georgia and its recently emancipated Black population. Du Bois’ illustrations were packed with potent information, from the breakdown of Georgia’s urban and rural African Americans, to the types of occupations held by the state’s Black and white populations, and even such oddly peripheral yet telling information as the “Assessed Value of Household and Kitchen Furniture Owned by Georgia Negroes”. And while the information being portrayed provided a vital and intimate study of a deeply marginalized population, what’s perhaps most striking is the coupling of hard data with a wildly abstract yet free-flowing aesthetic through which these studies are presented. With over a decade having passed since Du Bois’ data visualizations were first exhibited, one has to wonder how the data and aesthetics of Du Bois’ studies have shifted into the present day–a space of inquiry that A Recounting seeks to excavate. 

Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as W.E.B. Du Bois’ data visualizations to economic and sociological studies like the infamous Moynihan Report and The Bell Curve that purported to tell the “truth” about Black folk, A Recounting seeks to offer viewers a new perspective on what we know (or think we know) about the Black experience as told by data, statistics and kitchen table wisdom. Each of the artists within the exhibition creates work that vividly illustrate the ways in which "official" and "unofficial" sources of information can be drawn upon both consciously and subconsciously to create new narratives about Black lives.

The artists within A Recounting utilize a variety of techniques through which information is archived, obscured, reoriented and displayed. From Amy Elkins’ Black is the Day, Black is the Night which uses a ratio of image loss determined by a subject’s time spent behind bars to years alive; or Paul Anthony Smith’s excoriated photographs in which the artist picks at and creates patterning and an underlying order within otherwise familiar moments; to Annette Lawrence’s graphite circular grids which are informed by the artist’s decision to reveal or withhold entries from a journal keeping practice going back 25 years–the impulse to obscure information becomes a constant throughout A Recounting with each artist’s practice yielding deeply divergent results. Others such as Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Mimi Onouha use the layering of imagery, symbols and information to speak to the ways in which language, semiotics and people are abstracted, represented and classified. And finally both Sadie Barnette and Ariel Rene Jackson focus on the function of memory as mediated through material: for Ariel this is represented through the raw earth and the ways this substrate has woven throughout her family’s history, and in Sadie’s case this is displayed through reproductions of a 1968 FBI file on the artist’s father. 

Whether through concealment, sampling, or the use of material as marker and metaphor, the artists within A Recounting, employ data in ways that (re)count the lived experiences of Black people in America and lay the groundwork for the new mathematics for the future.

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Paying respects to the writers and thinkers that have influenced the artists assembled within A Recounting, Guerrero Gallery in partnership with Wolfman Books are proud to present a reading list compiled by the artists involved–acting as both a loose companion to the exhibition and a vast wealth of knowledge in its own right. The artists within A Recounting were prompted to compile a short list of books or articles that have influenced their artistic practice or personal worldview, and the resulting list of texts is unsurprisingly as encompassing and nuanced as the works that grace the gallery space. 

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BPR Midterm 2 Chapbook Release
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

BPR Midterm 2 Chapbook Release

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Berkeley Poetry will be holding a release party for the second issue of our chapbook series: MIDTERM 2 - Counting, Recounting, including poems from Ayokunle Falomo, Daniel Benjamin, dezireé a. brown, Lo Ferris, Maxwell Shanley, and Tamara MC. The reading will be hosted at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore @ 410 13th St, Oakland, @ 7pm. Snacks & beverages provided! 

Readers:

Daniel Benjamin is a PhD candidate in English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. His dissertation explores how poets like Dorothy Wordsworth, Amiri Baraka, Jack Spicer, and M. NourbeSe Philip make space for multiplicity in their writing. He is the co-editor of The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture (with Eric Sneathen) and Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (with Claire Marie Stancek).

Lo Ferris is a poet and translator living in the East Bay. Their work can also be found in Fence, Bombay Gin, and The Atlas Review.

Maxwell Shanley is the author of There Are Trees (Drop Leaf Press, 2017). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New American Writing, DIAGRAM, CutBank, Border Crossing, Camas: The Nature of the West, Slipstream, Transfer Magazine, The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, Four Ties Lit Review, and has been performed by Theatrikos Theatre Company. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Sara Nicholson is the author of What the Lyric Is and The Living Method, both from the Song Cave. She lives in Arkansas.

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INVASIONS: Calvin Gimpelevich
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

INVASIONS: Calvin Gimpelevich

Author Calvin Gimpelevich is touring the West Coast in support of INVASIONS: the debut short fiction collection, just out from Instar Books! Come out to Wolfman Books at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, for an evening of rad new trans fiction by Calvin, as well as work from other local LGBT writers!

More on Invasions: http://www.instarbooks.com/books/invasions.html

“Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich's writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven't been. I'm hooked.”--Michelle Tea

About Calvin: Calvin Gimpelevich was born in San Francisco and has lived around the West Coast. A recipient of awards from Artist Trust, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Speculative Literature Foundation, 4Culture, CODEX/Writer’s Block, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, his work has appeared in Electric Literature, Plentitude, cream city, THEM, and other publications. He has cats.

Featured readers include:
Roberto Rodriguez
Natasha Dennerstein (https://www.natashadennerstein.com/)
Anton Solomonik (http://aaanton.com/)

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Book Launch: "Five Fingered Being" by Grace Rosario Perkins
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: "Five Fingered Being" by Grace Rosario Perkins

Join us at The Growlery in San Francisco to celebrate Grace Rosario Perkins' new book of paintings, "Five Fingered Being". The book is 52 pages, 8x11" and includes a short essay by Grace at the end. This book turned out so rad, and we're really excited to share it with you! We'll have some drinks and snacks to share, and Grace will be hanging some new work for the occasion. 

The gallery at The Growlery itself will be open from 1 pm onward with the actual book launch 6-9 pm!

Come hang out!

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Poets Cody-Rose Clevidence, Margaret Ross, and Rohan DaCosta
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Cody-Rose Clevidence, Margaret Ross, and Rohan DaCosta

Hey! Poets! Friends of poets! People dragged to poetry readings for various personal and professional reasons! You know what time it is! It's time for an amazing reading, courtesy of Cody-Rose Clevidence, Margaret Ross, and Rohan DaCosta.

Cody-Rose Clevidence lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with their dog, pearl. Their most recent book is FLUNG THRONE from Ahsahta (2018). Their first book, Beast Feast, also from Ahsahta, was a finalist for the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award in poetry and their little chapbook, Perverse, All Monstrous, is out from Nion Editions.

Margaret Ross was born in New York City. She holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the International Writing Program and Yale. Her first book, A Timeshare, was selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize.

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. Often approaching his work with great emotional sensitivity, Rohan explores complex dilemmas, and frequencies found in lovers, in families, in ecosystems, and in places. In his candid street photography and in his poetry, Rohan keenly examines intimacy and relativity, often finding the personal angle to political problems. In verse, he expresses the profound joy and quandary of black life in America. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective, which celebrates the unique work of artists, craftsmen, and activists from all over the world. His work in graphic design and clothing has been featured as limited edition merchandise at The Koppel Project in London. His photography has been featured at The Flight Deck Gallery as a solo exhibition titled Ordinary People (2018). His photography has also been featured at Root Division Gallery as part of a group exhibition titled Let Me Be a Witness (2018). His book of photography, poetry, and song, The Edge of Fruitvale, was published by Nomadic Press on April 28, 2018. He was recently awarded the Individual Artist Funding Grant by the City of Oakland for his upcoming show, Trap : Trauma : Transformation.

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Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore w/ guest Soleil Summer
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore w/ guest Soleil Summer

Come witness a live multimedia reading by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) and Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend, Dayglo Ayhole)! Ask questions! Buy books and have them signed on the spot!

PRAISE for UPGRADE SOUL:
Winner, Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
“It’s truly one of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision.”
— The Comics Journal

PRAISE for YOUR BLACK FRIEND:
Winner, Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic
Winner, DINKy Award for Best Mini
One of NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017

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Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary

Join us for a night of readings with Voice of Witness, a non-profit human rights organization in the Mission who publishes oral histories of human rights abuses. With a new book releasing this October with Haymarket Books, 6 x 10 —Voices from Solitary. This will be an event with author Mateo Hoke and a few of the narrators from the book centered around experience and mass incarceration throughout the US and beyond. 

Press Release Below: 

“Six by Ten is a deeply moving and profoundly unsettling wake-up call for all citizens. The use of solitary confinement is deeply immoral and we must insist that it be banned in all of our nation’s prisons. Immediately.”
—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Blood
in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

This compelling collection of stories told by people directly impacted by solitary confinement is the first book in a new partnership between Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books.

Each chapter presents an individual’s story and shows how Americans across the country and all walks of life find themselves held in solitary for years or even decades. In addition to fourteen evocative firsthand accounts, the book also includes essays and analysis on how solitary became such a prominent feature of the
US prison system today.

Narrators include:

Brian Nelson, who was taken by the Illinois Department of Corrections from solitary cell to solitary cell in prisons across the state for more than seven years in the 1980s and ‘90s as part of
an unofficial program that came to be known as “the Circuit.”

Mohammed Ali, who grew up in the Bay Area after his family immigrated to the United States from Fiji. Growing up romanticizing gang life, he escalated through youth detention, jails, and prisons before landing in solitary in a private immigration detention facility in Arizona.

Candie Hailey, a young mother accused of a notorious crime, waits for her day in court while detained in one of America’s largest jails on Rikers Island in New York City. She is held in solitary
confinement for more than two years before she is finally acquitted of all charges and released from jail.

Heather Chapman, who is fighting for the life of her son, Nikko. He was diagnosed as bipolar at a young age and spent time in youth institutions in Florida before being sent to solitary as a teenager.

Sonya Calico, who was sent to solitary in a men’s jail in Texas, supposedly for her own protection, and whose story helped inspire change for other trans people facing incarceration in Dallas.

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Poets Murat Nemet-Nejat, Sophia Dahlin, and Garrett Caples
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Murat Nemet-Nejat, Sophia Dahlin, and Garrett Caples

Poet Murat Nemet-Nejat is coming from the East Coast and will be joined by two Bay Area faves, Sophia Dahlin and Garrett Caples. It’s gonna be

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Murat Nemet-Nejat's recent work includes the poems Animals of Dawn (Talisman, 2016), The Spiritual Life of Replicants (Talisman, 2011), the collaboration with the poet Standard Schaefer "Alphabet Dialogues/Penis Monologues"; the translations Birhan Keskin's Y'ol (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), Seyhan Erözçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds (Talisman, 2010), the republication by Green Integer Press of Ece Ayhan's A Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies (2015); and the essays "Dear Charles, Letters from a Turk: Mayan Letters, Herman Melville and Eda" (Letters for Olson, edited by Benjamin Hollander, Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), "Holiness and Jewish Rebellion: 'Questions of Accent' Twenty Years Afterward" (Languages of Modern Jewish Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the memoir essay "Istanbul Noir" (Istanbul: Metamorphoses In an Imperial City, Talisman, 2011). He is the editor of Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman, 2004). He is presently working on the poems Io's Song and Camels and Weasels and a collection of translations from the Turkish poet Sami Baydar. Camels & Weasels is part of a seven-part serial poem The Structure of Escape which also includes the poems The Spiritual Life of Replicants and Animals of Dawn.

Sophia Dahlin is in Oakland, California, where she teaches with California Poets in the Schools and conducts generative writing workshops at this bookstore. Her work has recently appeared in Elderly, Still, Fence, and the Poetry Foundation's PoetryNow series. With Jacob Kahn, she edits a chapbook press called Eyelet.

Garrett Caples is the author of, most recently, Power Ballads (Wave 2016) and the editor of Preserving Fire: Selected Prose by Philip Lamantia (Wave 2018), among many other books. He’s an editor at City Lights, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series. Upcoming editorial projects include books by Stephen Jonas, Samuel Greenberg, and Penelope Rosemont.

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1st Annual Lit Crawl
Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

1st Annual Lit Crawl

Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

Join local presses, businesses, and literary magazines for the first-ever Lit Crawl Book Fair, in the heart of the Mission District just preceding the world-famous Lit Crawl! Browse the tables, bid on raffle prizes, grab food and drink from the Chapel's newly reopened Curio Restaurant, and brace yourself for the evening Lit Crawl madness! FREE!

Featured exhibitors include McSweeney'sStanford University PressWrite On MamasZYZZYVA Literary MagazineSanta Monica ReviewCinco Puntos PressCameron + CompanyWomen's National Book Association: San Francisco ChapterFiction AdvocateTransit BooksCatalyst PressLeft Margin LIT: A Home for the Literary ArtsABO ComixThe Green Arcade Books Ideas GoodsWTAW PressSpurl EditionsIFSF PublishingOperating SystemTimeless, Infinite Light, and E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore!

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