Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Alex Walton, and Bill Carty
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Alex Walton, and Bill Carty

Alex Walton was born in Seattle and lives in the Bay Area. Michelle Peñaloza used to live in Seattle and now lives in California. Bill Carty lives in Seattle and was conceived in San Diego. Does this matter? Find out on June 20 when they read their poems at Wolfman Books.
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Alex Walton is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley. He was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. Some recent work is available in I, The Claudius App, and the PEN America Poetry Series.

Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2019 by Inlandia Institute.

Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy, published in April 2019 by Octopus Books.

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Poets Hai-Dang Phan, Katie Peterson, and Elizabeth Gross
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Hai-Dang Phan, Katie Peterson, and Elizabeth Gross

Three incrrrrrrredible poets! In town! At Wolfman! At once!

Hai-Dang Phan is the author of Reenactments: Poems and Translations (Sarabande, 2019). His work has been recognized by fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the American Literary Translators Association, and has appeared in The FabulistThe Iowa ReviewNew England ReviewThe New YorkerPoetryPrelude, and Best American Poetry 2016. Born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin, he currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City.

Katie Peterson is the author of four books of poetry, including A Piece of Good News, which comes out in Winter 2019. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at UC Davis, and she lives in Berkeley with her husband and her daughter. 

Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/artist in New Orleans. this body/that lightning show, her first poetry collection, was selected by Jericho Brown for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection of The Word Works Press and came out this spring. DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a chapbook in collaboration with artist Sara White, came out from Antenna in 2016.  She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides’ Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. She currently teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Tulane University and co-organizes The Waves Reading Series, showcasing the work of LGBTQIA+ writers since 2014. More about these projects, and links to online publications, at grosselectricworks.com

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Rise of the Black Panthers: Alan Clark Release
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Rise of the Black Panthers: Alan Clark Release

5 years ago I moved to the Bay Area to learn and illustrate the history of the Black Panther Party for self Defense. In that time I have released Issue one and now I am here to offer the second part to the five part series . 'The rise of the Panthers' Where we journey to Oakland 1966 where after the death of Malcolm X two young men decide to carry own the legacy of Brother Malcolm and respond to the call for new leadership and new direction. Join me and others (to be announced) for a conversation about solidarity, community action, and living in the trump era.

Also snacks.

Facebook page with info linked here: https://www.facebook.com/events/501411730395377/

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Blank Sign Book Release at Southern Exposure
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Blank Sign Book Release at Southern Exposure

Come celebrate the release of Anne Lesley Selcer’s debut collection of art writing, Blank Sign Book! We are so thrilled to be having this event at Southern Exposure (3030 20th Street, SF) as they were a partner to the book’s publication as the organization where Selcer was the inaugural Art Writing Fellow. There will be refreshments, readings, and performances—and books of course! See you there!

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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Jun
30
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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Jul
28
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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Orbiting Pluto Reading + Music
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Orbiting Pluto Reading + Music

Arkea is presenting our first Art event

Hosted by wolfman books

Crystal collective

June 15

7-9pm

FREE

This art even will showcase talent from all over the bay area. Arkea a clothing company based out of

Alameda and will be selling some of our hand screen printed garments as well as launching the first

volume of the Arkea zine. There will also be two separate poetry reading form the talent of Kai Sugioka-

Stone and Lauren Balino. Heading up the event will be the synth pop musical guest Orbiting Pluto.

There will be food and drinks and all ages are welcome!

Links to the artist

Arkea

https://www.arkea.shop/

Kai Sugioka-Stone

https://www.instagram.com/mind.compassion/

Lauren Balino

https://www.instagram.com/lazyboneslauren/

Orbiting Pluto

https://orbitingpluto.bandcamp.com/

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I LOVE SHOPPING BOOK TOUR: REN COOK, WENDY TREVINO, ALEXANDRA NAUGHTON, JESSE PRADO
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

I LOVE SHOPPING BOOK TOUR: REN COOK, WENDY TREVINO, ALEXANDRA NAUGHTON, JESSE PRADO

Come to E.M Wolfman on Friday, June 14th for the Oakland stop in Ren Cook’s I Love Shopping book tour. Featuring readings by Ren Cook, Wendy Trevino, Alexandra Naughton, and Jesse Prado.

Ren Cook’s I Love Shopping brings the specificities of relationships into relief, creating an expanse in which it is the things which assert that an orchid is different from a scientist or a ballerina are also the characteristics which underpin their commonality. Based in a fantastic world of speakers which could be anyone, Cook invites readers to place themselves inside the minds of the entire population of the world, be it an ancient rock, a child, a rose bush, honeysuckle, or the last of a particular type of orchid, eaten by a skunk in the night. 

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The Astrological Grimoire
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Astrological Grimoire

The Astrological Grimoire (Chronicle Books, 2019) is an illustrated interactive guide and workbook that uses the astrological calendar as a framework for considering introspection and self-discovery, creative practices, connecting with your intuition, and more.


The authors will be in conversation with Dorothy R. Santos on the making of the book and the role of ritual, astrology, tarot, and other DIY spiritual tools today. The event will include an interactive session with the audience that demonstrates how to use the book intuitively for the current astrological season.


Bios:

Helen Shewolfe Tseng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living and working in an expanding universe. Since 2014, she has co-hosted Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm, and she is the co-author and illustrator of The Astrological Grimoire (Chronicle Books, April 2019). Helen is a 2018-19 YBCA Fellow and the 2019 Designer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. shewolfe.co @wolfchirp


Melissa Graeber is a writer, editor, and former long-time teacher of wayward teens. She is the co-host of Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm, and co-author of the book The Astrological Grimoire, recently published by Chronicle Books. She has also had fiction and nonfiction work published by Medium, Sparkle and Blink, and the New Inquiry, and has been invited to read her work at events for The Believer, Quiet Lightning, and Red Light Lit.


Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer, curator, and researcher whose academic interests include digital art, computational media, and biotechnology. She is the host for the podcast PRNT SCRN produced by Art Practical. She is currently a Ph.D. student inFilm and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SFMOMA’s Open Space.

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Lindsey Boldt, Mohamed Asem, and Sara Larsen!
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lindsey Boldt, Mohamed Asem, and Sara Larsen!

Our old friend Lindsey Boldt is visiting us from the Pacific Northwest with a new poetry chapbook! And so is our new friend Mohamed Asem, from Portland, with a new memoir! Joined by our local friend Sara Larsen, with their brand new book!

Lindsey Boldt is the author of Some Ennui (2019) from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, <<(( ))>> (2016), Overboard (2012), Titties for Lindsey (2013), and Oh My, Hell Yes, (2009). Her writing has appeared in Wolfman New Life Quarterly, Troll Thread, The Drunken Boat, Elderly, and in many other venues. She was co-editor of the chapbook series, Summer BF Press, and taught poetry in Bay Area public schools for many years. She is now managing editor of Nightboat Books, and also works as a nanny and Reiki practioner in her hometown, Olympia, Washington.

Mohamed Asem is the author of Stranger in the Pen (2018, Perfect Day Publishing) and his work has appeared in Oregon Humanities, Eunoia Review, the anthology What Lies Beneath, and elsewhere. Born in California, raised in Kuwait and Paris, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sara Larsen is the author of The Riot Grrrl Thing (Roof Books, 2019) Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016), and All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of several chapbooks including Riot Cops En Route To Troy and The Hallucinated, among others. She lives in the Bay Area.

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Cacophony Society Reading and Signing
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Cacophony Society Reading and Signing

Launched in 1986, the Cacophony Society was a highly-influential, "randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society." This underground collective of pranksters, culture jammers, and thrill-seekers birthed Burning Man, inspired Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, and freaked out the squares with their proto-flash mobs of SantaCon. Please join us at E. M. Wolfman for the premier signing and reading of the recently issued paperback edition of this crucial counter-culture document first published in hardback by Last Gasp Publishers of San Francisco in 2013. Co-authors, John Law and Kevin Evans will sign and there will be short readings from the book Including a memorial for book co-author and cacophony society stalwart Carrie Galbraith RIP.

And if you’ve never heard of the Cacophony Society before, don’t fret. You may already be a member.

“Before the Internet vomited headlines by the millisecond and turned the minutia of a million boring Facebook lives into news, we were left the privilege of mystery. This was something The San Francisco Cacophony Society gave me in spades. Over the years, I would catch glimpses, collect pieces of a puzzle I was slowly assembling—a car crushed flat by an earthquake miraculously tooling down Golden Gate, toasters glued to buildings, news-clips of mock protests and costumed impostors, flyers for strange art spectacles. Now the puzzle is assembled in this gorgeous graphic collection, a book every lover of eccentricity and enemy of the status quo should enjoy.” – Margaret Cho

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Cartero Esperanza
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Cartero Esperanza

Cartero Esperanza: Servicio Postal en Solidaridad every 1st Sunday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. This is a gathering to write to queer and trans asylum seekers held captive in CIBOLA and South Texas detention centers. The experience of detention, especially for queer and trans people of color, is isolating, inhumane, unsafe and psychologically tortuous. Our privilege as “free-people” gives us the means to connect and mobilize support for our community on the inside. Through writing letters, we can provide a vital source of love and encouragement that can support their mental health and well being. The Sanctuary House coalition we are working with in Tucson, AZ has a growing isle of 30+ queer and trans asylum seekers inside detention that want to hear from us. Lets let our queer and trans family in detention know that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten, and that we want their voices to be heard. We have personal contact information for each person that we will share with you at the gathering, the writing guidelines for each detention center, and directions on how to send money directly to peoples commissaries. Bring pens, markers, stationary, and other art making / letter writing materials, and food / snacks to share. !!! PLEASE RSVP !!! by sending an email to mailto:guerrilladavis@gmail.com.

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

CURRICULUM: featuring Rachel Levitsky, Camille Roy, and Jennifer Scappettone

RACHEL LEVITSKY is the author Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003), NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and the poetic novella, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) as well as numerous chapbooks, most recently, Hopefully, The Island, part of an ongoing collaboration with the artist Susan Bee. Levitsky builds and participates in a variety of publishing, collaboration and pedagogical/performative activities, such “Geometries of Recognition” a movement poetry workshop turned super8 film by Stephanie Gray. In 1999 she founded Belladonna* which is now Belladonna* Collaborative. She teaches writing Pratt Institute, Naropa Summer Writing Program and lay institutions in NYC.

Camille Roy’s most recent book is Sherwood Forest, from Futurepoem. Other books include Cheap Speech, a play, from Leroy Chapbooks, and Craquer, a fictional autobiography from 2nd Story Books , as well as Swarm (fiction, from Black Star Series). She co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (CoachHouse 2005, re-issued 2010).

Jennifer Scappettone is the author of two cross-genre verse books, From Dame Quickly (Litmus) and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos), and of Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia UP). Her most recent chapbook is SMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED: Two Acts (The Elephants), a free downloadable e-book hailing from a libretto composed for "mixed-reality" performance. Her translations of the polyglot refugee from Fascist Italy, Amelia Rosselli, were collected in Locomotrix (U of Chicago P), and she is founding editor of PennSound Italiana. She has developed interactive and site-specific poetry in collaboration with other artists at places ranging from Counterpath Space (2019) to the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (2018), 6018|North for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome (2011), and Fresh Kills Landfill (2010-11). Links live at https://oikost.com.

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A reading: abreu, Basu, Sekhukhuni, Luboviski-Acosta
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

A reading: abreu, Basu, Sekhukhuni, Luboviski-Acosta

Wolfman is pleased to host an evening of poetry on 30 May 2019, 7–9pm, featuring Bogosi Sekhukhuni (Johannesburg), Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta (the Bay), Jayinee Basu (the Bay), and manuel arturo abreu (Portland). Each artist works in a slippage between text and image; between tenderness and critical inquiry. Free and open to the public; donation to artists suggested in support of abreu and Sekhukhuni's west coast arts tour.

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Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a lightworker. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has exhibited at the New Museum (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the 2017 African Biennale of Photography (Bamako), LUMA Westbau (Zürich), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Steve Turner Contemporary (LA), the 2nd Kampala Biennale, the 9th Berlin Biennale, the Dakar Biennale, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), MoMA Warsaw, and locally in Cape Town at Stevenson and Whatiftheworld, etc. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the tech-health artist group NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a visual culture bank and research gang called Open Time Coven, which investigates emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies.

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist and doula living in California. They work sometimes with the visual, sometimes with movement, sometimes with language, sometimes all three at once. Along with Elana Chavez, they’re a founding curator of The Cantíl Reading Series, and with Chavez and Angel Dominguez, a member of La Vidx Locx, a collective of queer Latinx poets. They’ve taught movement and filmmaking to children and adults alike. Work has been exhibited and performed in Los Angeles and the Bay Area: writing has been published in a chapbook, PDF, by Solar Luxuriance; appeared in Esferas; and featured on the SBSM album JOY/RAGE. A split poetry cassette with Elaine Kahn is due out from Practical Records in 2017. The Easy Body (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) is their first book.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They live/work in a garage in southeast Portland, and received their BA in Linguistics (Reed College, 2014). They use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent exhibitions, projects, and discourse at AB Lobby Gallery (PSU, Portland), Yaby (Madrid), MoMA and MoMA PS1 (NYC), NCAD Gallery (Dublin), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), Veronica (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and locally in Portland at the Art Gym, Yale Union, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, etc. abreu wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender) and one book of critical art writing, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press, 2018). abreu composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark. They also co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland.

Jayinee Basu (b. Kolkata) is a writer based in Oakland. She is the author of a book of poems entitled Asuras (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2014), and a speculative fiction novella entitled The City of Folding Faces (Lanternfish Press, 2019). She has written about art, illness, and science for a variety of publications, and her work has been translated into Spanish and Bengali. She is also the English translator of Sukumar Ray's HJBRL (Yapanchitra 2010). She has aided research on neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic brain injury, and is currently a second-year medical student at Touro University in Vallejo, CA.

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May
26
6:00 PM18:00

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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CURRICULUM: featuring Amelia Bande and reading by Jeanne Vaccaro
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

CURRICULUM: featuring Amelia Bande and reading by Jeanne Vaccaro

CURRICULUM is a monthly reading/performance that asks: What would a curriculum for collective study and political action look and feel like? Can simply being present together be a form of learning, a way of transforming one another? What is recuperable from decades past? What can we do that we have not yet done? The second CURRICULUM features writer and performer Amelia Bande, who describes this forthcoming work as:

A collective rehearsal, glowing capsules of intimacy. Our corrugated hunger will jump from the screen to the stage. Choreographed emojis and memes. Sad songs performed live to send later via text message. Do we live inside a miracle? 

Amelia Bande is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer from Chile. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Storm King Arts Center, Tang Museum, MoMA Library, MIX NYC, Abrons Arts Center, Participant Inc., BOFFO Performance Festival, and more. She has been an artist in residence at WORM Filmwerkplaats, The Shandaken Project and Yaddo. She is co-editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research. Her chapbook The Clothes We Wear was published by Belladonna in 2017.

jeanne vaccaro is a writer and curator  

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The Painting Salon: Leila Weefur and Minoosh Zomorodinia
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Painting Salon: Leila Weefur and Minoosh Zomorodinia

Please join us Thursday, May 23rd at Wolfman Books for a lecture by Leila Weefur and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

Snack and drink will be provided.
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Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind's eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity's relationship to the natural world. She earned her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute (2015), and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design (2006) and BA in Photography (1998) from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. She has received several awards and residences including MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute(2013), Kala Art Institute Media Art Fellowship(2018), and Djerassi Resident Artists Program(2016). She has collaborated with environmental artists collectives Open5 in Iran before moving to the United States in 2009. She has exhibited locally and internationally such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Root Division, SOMArts, Pori Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Isfahan, Iran. Currently she works and lives in the Bay Area and is Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College. Weefur tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, she explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space.

She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The Wattis, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York.

Weefur is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and a member of The Black Aesthetic.
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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 Salon hopes to foster community by introducing new audiences to artists and artists to each other. The Salon is currently being curated by Bay Area artists Laura Rokas, Rachelle Bussieres, Camile Messerley, and Andrea Bacigalupo.

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Broadstone Books Poets: Sara Cahill Marron, Barbara Leff, and Jackie Berger
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Broadstone Books Poets: Sara Cahill Marron, Barbara Leff, and Jackie Berger

An evening of poetry from three Broadstone Books Pressmates: Sara Cahill Marron, Barbara Leff, and Jackie Berger. Broadstone Books, based in Kentucky, publishes writers from around the country, with a diverse range of voices sampled in this reading.  Both Jackie (The Day You Miss Your Exit) and Barbara (And God Said...:  A Brief History of Creation) are local Californians, while Sara is visiting from Washington, D.C. reading from her recently released book (Reasons for the Long Tu'm) as well as some new selections.

Sara Cahill Marron is a poet and student of the law. She is the author of Reasons for the Long T'um (Broadstone Books 2018) and her poems have recently appeared in Atlas + AliceGravitas, and OUT/CAST, with new work forthcoming in the Newtown Literary Review, Cordella, and FLARE: The Flagler Review this summer. Relocated from Queens, New York she is currently living and studying in D.C. You can read more, find contact information and upcoming events at: saracahillmarron.com

Jacqueline Berger’s fourth book, The Day You Miss Your Exit, was published by Broadstone Books in 2018. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac. She teaches writing at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California and lives in San Francisco.

BARBARA LEFF, a recovering New Yorker, has lived in San Francisco for nearly 25 years.  Barbara’s collection,AND GOD SAID . . . A Brief History of Creation, based on the Book of Genesis, was nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the DaVinci Eye Award.  A co-founder of the Caselli Street Poets, Barbara’s next collection, LUCK, a collaboration with artist David Maxim, will be available in May of 2019.  Her work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Faultline, Eden Waters Press among others.

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Color Theory Bay Area Release Party (at CTRL+SHFT)!!
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Color Theory Bay Area Release Party (at CTRL+SHFT)!!

Join us May 11th for our official Color Theory release party at CTRL-SHFT! We are so excited to celebrate this book and all the incredible contributors! There will be:

DRINKS / SNACKS / ART / PERFORMANCES / FRIENDS

Come help bring this amazing book into the world! We hope to see you there!!!

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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Poets Samuel Ace and Samantha Giles
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Samuel Ace and Samantha Giles

I promise we didn’t plan it this way, but something’s just work out: two poets named Sam! One night! At Wolfman! Both have absolutely INCREDIBLE new books, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Samuel Ace is a trans/genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, most recently Our Weather Our Sea (Black Radish 2019) and Stealth with poet Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). Meet Me ThereNormal Sex and Home in three days. Don’t wash., a re-issue of his first two books, is forthcoming from Belladonna* in May, 2019. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writer Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in Poetry, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts. 

Samantha Giles grew up in an industrial section of Santa Monica, California and currently lives in the flatlands of Oakland, California. She holds a BSW from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Mills College. Giles is the author of Total Recall (Krupskaya, 2019.) Previous work includes hurdis addo (Displaced Press, 2011) and deadfalls and snares (Futurepoem, 2014), both of which won CA Conrad's Sexiest Poem in the years they were published. She was also a Headlands Center for the Arts Resident in 2017. An arts administrator, editor and curator, Giles has been the Director of Small Press Traffic since 2009. 

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A Night of a Thousand Karens
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Night of a Thousand Karens

Come celebrate Karen Tongson’s new book, “Why Karen Carpenter Matters”! The author will be reading from the book and there will be Carpenters covers by Sarah Gagnon (Hectorine) and Evan Hashi (Little Angry & The Sweets). And there will be complimentary wine courtesy of Minimo!

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Cartero Esperanza
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Cartero Esperanza

Cartero Esperanza: Servicio Postal en Solidaridad every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. This is a gathering to write to queer and trans asylum seekers held captive in CIBOLA and South Texas detention centers. The experience of detention, especially for queer and trans people of color, is isolating, inhumane, unsafe and psychologically tortuous. Our privilege as “free-people” gives us the means to connect and mobilize support for our community on the inside. Through writing letters, we can provide a vital source of love and encouragement that can support their mental health and well being. The Sanctuary House coalition we are working with in Tucson, AZ has a growing isle of 30+ queer and trans asylum seekers inside detention that want to hear from us. Lets let our queer and trans family in detention know that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten, and that we want their voices to be heard. We have personal contact information for each person that we will share with you at the gathering, the writing guidelines for each detention center, and directions on how to send money directly to peoples commissaries. Bring pens, markers, stationary, and other art making / letter writing materials, and food / snacks to share. !!! PLEASE RSVP !!! by sending an email to mailto:guerrilladavis@gmail.com.

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Jean Day &amp; Jacob Kahn Launch Their Books
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Jean Day & Jacob Kahn Launch Their Books

Please come celebrate the release of two books of poetry: Jean Day's The Triumph of Life (Insurance Editions) and Jacob Kahn's chapbook Mine Eclogue (Dirty Swan Projects).


Jean Day is a poet, union activist, and editor whose Triumph of Life is just out from Insurance Editions. Recent poems can also be seen in Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, The Delineator, Across the Margin, Open House, Breather, and Jongler (French). Earlier works include Daydream (Litmus, 2016), Early Bird (O’Clock, 2014), and Enthusiasm (Adventures in Poetry, 2006), among other books. Her poems have also appeared in many anthologies, including, most recently, Resist Much/Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) and Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America &amp; the UK (Reality Street, 2015). She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by University of California Press.

Jacob Kahn is an editor, curator, and bookseller at E.M. Wolfman Books, a small press and community arts hub, in Oakland, CA, and an editor of the poetry chapbook press, Eyelet Press. He is a 2018 Frontier Fellow at Epicenter in Green River, Utah and the author of the chapbooks 'Mine Eclogue' (Dirty Swan Projects, 2019) and 'A Circuit of Yields' (Wolfman Books, 2014). More essays and poetry can be found in Full Stop Quarterly, Paradise Now, Open House, Spork, Elderly, Mirage, and elsewhere.

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How to Do Nothing in Oakland with Jenny Odell and Liam O’Donoghue
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

How to Do Nothing in Oakland with Jenny Odell and Liam O’Donoghue

Come celebrate Jenny Odell’s new book How to Do Nothing (Melville House, 2019) with Odell herself and local podcasting hero Liam O’Donoghue. They are both friends of the store and we love what they do, so we can’t wait to have them in conversation irl!

Jenny Odell has stated that her inspiration for “How to Do Nothing” was “grounded in a particular location, and that is the Morcom Amphitheater of Roses in Oakland, California.” Odell’s countless hours observing birds and other wildlife in this quiet neighborhood park led to the creation of her critically-acclaimed new book about “resisting the attention economy.” In honor of the book’s theme of “reconnecting with the world around us,” East Bay Yesterday host Liam O’Donoghue will interview Odell about her relationship with the local environment and how it led to a belief that we should “fiercely protect our human animality against all technologies that actively ignore and disdain the body, the bodies of others, and the body of the landscape that we inhabit.”   

What can we learn from Oakland’s oldest tree? How does one befriend local crows? Why shouldn’t you panic if you get lost in Chapel of the Chimes? What is “manifest dismantling”? All these questions and more will be answered during this lively conversation.

Copies of “How to Do Nothing” will be available at this event.

Jenny Odell is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist who frequently works with personal archives, collections, and taxonomies. Because her practice exists at the intersection of research and aesthetics, she has often been compared to a natural scientist. Her work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF), Ever Gold Projects, the Barrick Museum (Las Vegas), Les Rencontres D’Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), Apexart (NY), the Lishui Photography Festival (China) and East Wing (Dubai). Odell has been an artist in residence at Recology SF, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the New York Public Library, and the Internet Archive. In 2016, Odell created a mural for the side of a Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma. Odell currently teaches digital art at Stanford University.

Liam O’Donoghue is the host and producer of the KPFA radio program East Bay Yesterday and co-creator of the Long Lost Oakland map. East Bay Yesterday explores stories of local culture, politics and nature and was named “The Best Podcast about the East Bay” in 2017 by East Bay Express. O’Donoghue’s journalism has appeared in outlets such as KQED Arts, Berkeleyside, Open Space, Mother Jones, Salon, KALW-FM, and the syndicated NPR program Snap Judgement. O’Donoghue has given presentations on local history at libraries, schools, museums, breweries and bookstores throughout the Bay Area.

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Writers from Headlands Center for the Arts
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Writers from Headlands Center for the Arts

Current and former writers based at Headlands Center for the Arts come to Oakland!

Join Amy Sohn, Hazel White, Anita Gail Jones, Mary O'Brien, and Emily Wolahan for an evening of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Amy Sohn’s novels include The Actress, Prospect Park West and Motherland. Her articles have appeared in New York, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, and The Nation. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Hazel White is the author of the poetry collections Vigilance Is No Orchard and Peril as Architectural Enrichment. She is an alumna of the Affiliate Artist program at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Anita Gail Jones is a current Affiliate Artist at the Headlands. She is a visual artist, professional storyteller and novelist, born and raised in Albany, Georgia, living in Northern California.

Mary O'Brien is a current Affiliate Artist at the Headlands where she is writing about the environment and the environmental art she creates with her partner Daniel McCormick, some of which can be seen at http://www.watershedsculpture.com.

Emily Wolahan
is the author of the poetry collection, Hinge. She is a current Affiliate at Headlands.

http://www.headlands.org/people/current-artists/

Photo credit: Andria Lo

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Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Breaking Borders Open Mic

Breaking Borders Open Mic is an anti-colonial event to uplift BIPOC voices and creativities, and to build a night of shared resistance against all borders. We are fundraising to host our upcoming medic training in the summer, a BIPOC collaboration with Frontline Medics, and to fund our ongoing efforts to provide non-hierarchical community medic and healing in the Bay Area. This event will be open for all, but our sharing space is reserved exclusively for black and brown voices. We welcome all BIPOC folks to share stories, poems, jokes, reflections, and songs as we build a night of creative resistance and community resilience.


Signups starting at 6pm, event starting at 7pm

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Mariposa Collective Info

We are a black & brown collective of community medics and healers, bringing together western medicine and our own traditions to hold trainings, skill-shares, and workshops in the Bay Area. We come from colonized, marginalized, and otherwise disenfranchised communities, and therefore our work is deeply rooted in anti-oppressive and non-hierarchical principles. Our collective is founded on these values, and serve as our drive to create community-led alternatives that reinforce our autonomy and refuse compliance with inaccessible, settler healthcare systems -- because only we keep us safe.

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CURRICULUM: featuring Jennifer Doyle and curated by Jeanne Vaccaro
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

CURRICULUM: featuring Jennifer Doyle and curated by Jeanne Vaccaro

CURRICULUM is a monthly reading/performance that asks: What would a curriculum for collective study and political action look and feel like? Can simply being present together be a form of learning, a way of transforming one another? What is recuperable from decades past? What can we do that we have not yet done? The first CURRICULUM features author and curator Jennifer Doyle reading from her new work, “Letting Go.”

“Letting Go” describes the costs of living with stalking and harassment; it is an extended meditation on the experience of pedagogical and administrative trauma, and a reflection on grief, love and loss in the scene of queer pedagogy. The backbone of this reading is a boiled-down account of the events behind the author's work on sexual harassment and campus security. It is an attempt to use storytelling to slow down our responses to harassment stories and the sense of crisis which attends to them. This performative lecture is part of a series of harassment texts — each written in a different key. This work is a victim's statement.

Jennifer Doyle is the author of Campus Sex/Campus Security (Semiotext(e), 2015), Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (Duke, 2013), and Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (Minnesota, 2006). Her work in gender studies has been published in journals such as differencesGLQRepresentations, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Qui Parle. She also writes about sports, her sports commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and Deadspin. She is a member of Human Resources Los Angeles, an independent arts space in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Nao Bustamante: Soldadera (Vincent Price Art Museum, 2015), the performance series The Tip of Her Tongue (The Broad Museum, 2015-2017) and I Feel Different (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2009-2010). 

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Unblock Your Writing or Art: Using Tarot and Neuroscience to Deepen the Creative Process
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Unblock Your Writing or Art: Using Tarot and Neuroscience to Deepen the Creative Process

Join Meg Hayertz (author of Tarot for Beginners) and cognitive scientist/poet/playwright Pireeni Sundaralingam for an evening of creative prompts, poetry, and tips for turning blocks into momentum!

6:00-7:00 Refreshments and Mini Tarot Readings by Meg Hayertz for Unlocking Creative Blocks

7:00 - 8:00 Book Talk, Poetry Reading and Creative Exercises

8:00-8:30 Optional sharing and feedback

Bios:

Meg Hayertz, author of Tarot for Beginners (Althea Press), believes creating is an act of listening. As the founder of Creative Momentum, she helps writers, artists, performers and academics unlock creative blocks, deepen their inspiration and finish their project. She holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies. Her fiction has appeared in The Louisville ReviewVoiceCatcher, and Door Is a Jar Magazine Blog. She was a finalist in the 2013 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Contest.

Pireeni Sundaralingam is a poet, playwright, and cognitive scientist. She is an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at CIIS, and a Fellow at the Exploratorium. Her poems have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review and Ploughshares, and been translated into five languages, and she has held national fellowships in both poetry, and cognitive science, including a fellowship in “Creativity & Neuroscience” as Salzburg Global Fellow. She is currently Principal Advisor on Human Potential for UNLive: the Museum of the United Nations.

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Healing and Accountability Workshop
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Healing and Accountability Workshop

Healing and Accountability Workshop

Come to EM Wolfman for a workshop designed for artists establishing or
reinvigorating collaborative partnerships using principles of
communication, accountability, love, and healing. The workbook
exercises would probably be useful or interesting to couples and
families interested in establishing frameworks using nonviolent
communication techniques.

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Poets Lotta Thießen (from Berlin!), Lauren Levin, and Alex Cruse
Apr
19
7:00 AM07:00

Poets Lotta Thießen (from Berlin!), Lauren Levin, and Alex Cruse

We’re hosting a last minute reading for the poet Lotta Thießen visiting all the way from Berlin, and they’ll be joined by local faves Lauren Levin & Alex Cruse! We’re so excited! Come by!

Lotta Thießen is a poet and translator living in Berlin. She co-organizes the reading and translation series artiCHOKE, and edits the internationalist feminist zine Vírgulentxs. Her chapbook Fragments of Baby is forthcoming in 2019. 

Lauren Levin is a poet and mixed-genre writer, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016), which won the SFSU Poetry Center Book Award, and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt, and aspirational Frank O'Hara.  They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, CA, are from New Orleans, LA, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent, and anxiety. 

alex cruse is a writer and artist based in Oakland. cruse is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017).

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LAABF Magazine After-Party, Hosted by&nbsp;Carla, amadeus magazine, and New Life Quarterly
Apr
12
to Apr 13

LAABF Magazine After-Party, Hosted by Carla, amadeus magazine, and New Life Quarterly

Come celebrate the communities that gather and form around print! Hang with Carla, amadeus, New Life Quarterly, and friends from the LA Art Book Fair after the fair wraps up on Friday night! We'll be staking out the back patio at El Cid, a bar and tapas restaurant about twenty minutes from The Geffen, where there will be magazines, DJs and friends.

El Cid 
4212 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla) is a quarterly magazine, online art journal, and podcast, committed to being an active source for critical dialogue surrounding L.A.’s art community. Carla acts as a centralized space for art writing that is bold, honest, approachable, and focused on the here and now.

Amadeus started out as a 36-page saddle-stitched zine and has since morphed into a quarterly print magazine, and bustling online and digital media platform that has fostered an expansive and close-knit network of artists. Amadeus communicates the necessity from which it is created: a magazine that doesn’t make any compromises; a vehicle for ideas and concepts; a tool to investigate what we’re most interested in. Amadeus functions as a space for artists to present their work and express their creativity, and to design a network through which people working in different disciplines can easily access new information, ideas and each other. We’re not trying to impose homogeneity of taste, opinion and fashion. Rather, amadeus is the magazine that gives voice to difference. We occupy the niche that falls between the world of underground “zines” and the mass market, and gather under the broad cultural canopy of art, music, design, skateboarding, food, fashion and youth culture: quirky, small-run, and highly individualistic.

New Life Quarterly is the quarterly arts and culture magazine from Wolfman Books. Founded in 2017, the magazine explores the intersections of art and community, highlighting the exuberant and experimental margins—providing a platform for contributors and readers whose identities exist at often overlooked intersections of race, class, gender nonconformity, and sexuality to cultivate and connect. Including profiles, columns, reviews, features, as well as selected poetry, fiction, art portfolios and non-fiction, New Life Quarterly is a platform for both emerging and established writers and artists who dynamically navigate the margins. It’s locally centered in the Bay Area, but reaches far beyond.

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L.A Art Book Fair
Apr
12
to Apr 14

L.A Art Book Fair

  • Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join E.M. Wolfman as we journey and table at L.A. Art Book Fair! We’ll be holding space from April 12th - 14th, please check back on our Facebook or Instagram for changes to our store hours during the 12th-14th.

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Cartero Esperanza
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Cartero Esperanza

Cartero Esperanza: Servicio Postal en Solidaridad every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. This is a gathering to write to queer and trans asylum seekers held captive in CIBOLA and South Texas detention centers. The experience of detention, especially for queer and trans people of color, is isolating, inhumane, unsafe and psychologically tortuous. Our privilege as “free-people” gives us the means to connect and mobilize support for our community on the inside. Through writing letters, we can provide a vital source of love and encouragement that can support their mental health and well being. The Sanctuary House coalition we are working with in Tucson, AZ has a growing isle of 30+ queer and trans asylum seekers inside detention that want to hear from us. Lets let our queer and trans family in detention know that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten, and that we want their voices to be heard. We have personal contact information for each person that we will share with you at the gathering, the writing guidelines for each detention center, and directions on how to send money directly to peoples commissaries. Bring pens, markers, stationary, and other art making / letter writing materials, and food / snacks to share. !!! PLEASE RSVP !!! by sending an email to mailto:guerrilladavis@gmail.com.

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Five Year Anniversary Party
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Five Year Anniversary Party

Omg it’s been HALF A DECADE!! Come celebrate and party with us!! We have new swag (totes, blankets, mugs, shirts) and publications to share, including work from so many amazing artists and writers. We’ll be hanging all night w drinks, food, tunes, hugs, high fives, dance moves, whatever you’re into. YES!!

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Lorraine Lupo, Connie Scozzaro, and Liv Grace
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Lorraine Lupo, Connie Scozzaro, and Liv Grace

Gear up for a fantastic reading at the store on Friday March 29th! Connie Scozzaro has a recent book out Marnie (Krupskaya), Lorraine Lupo has a brand new chapbook Dust Exchange w/ artist Max Jacobson (Slacks Books), and they’ll be joined by the amazing Liv Grace!

Connie Scozzaro was born in London and her first full-length book, _Marnie_, came out from Krupskaya press in January of this year.

Lorraine Lupo is the author of Dust Exchange (with Max Jacobson) (Slacks Books) and By Way Of (Green Zone). Her works has appeared in The New England Review, Fourteen Hills, Across The Margin and The Art Book Review, among others.

Max Jacobson is a licensed architect and holds a Ph.D in architecture from UC Berkeley.  He practiced in California for 40 years, teaching part time at UCB, DVC, and USF.  With his associates and partners he is an author of “A Pattern Language”, “The Good House”,   “Patterns of Home”, and “Invitation to Architecture”.  He lives in Berkeley with his wife Helen Degenhardt, and has a daughter, Taylor, an interior designer in Los Angeles.

Liv Grace does not believe in bios, nonfiction, top sheets, or celery. Their writing contains trigger warnings for mentions of rape, body and gender dysphoria, suicide, abuse, hopeless dystopic futures, Charlottesville, at least. Their work has been published in 8 Poems Literary Journal, Caper Literary Journal, INK & NEBULA, Bone & Ink Press, Looking Glass Magazine, and elsewhere.

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