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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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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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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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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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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Jean Day & 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 & 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Cyborg Decadence: extra_TRANS_mission **After Party**
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Cyborg Decadence: extra_TRANS_mission **After Party**

Come party in full cyborg decadence with cyborg performance, queer film screenings + hot hot new paintings !

This is an afterparty to the EXTRATRANSMISSION book launch the night before [3/22 @ EBB] featuring the short film adaptation + performance of EXTRANTRANSMISSION (collaboration with Lix Z & Andrea AK), paintings by Joel Gregory, & screening by Ellis Martin. [note this is NOT a reading but it is a party]

Bios of presenters:

Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019] is their first book.

Lix Z is a queer nonbinary performance artist, art director, and writer. They also play synth in Telepathic Children.

Ellis Martin works with digital derivatives in the interstice of art and archive. He co-edited the forthcoming title, WE BOTH LAUGHED IN PLEASURE: THE SELECTED DIARIES OF LOU SULLIVAN with Zach Ozma. He remembers lying in bluebonnet fields as a child.

Joel Gregory is a visual artist and ex-poet living in Oakland, California. They are a co-founder of Timeless, Infinite Light.

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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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 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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Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Benefit Show
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Benefit Show

a wonderful gig at a wonderful place with wonderful people for a wonderful cause. cool!


w/:
COY BOUTS, the music of Vaylor Tick! sad songs good vibes https://taylorvick.bandcamp.com/track/my-idiot-brain

FAKE FRUIT: protopostpunk bowlingband
https://fakefruitmusic.bandcamp.com/

FREAK NO HITTER: cowfolk from heck
https://freaknohitter.bandcamp.com

SAMPLELOV: voice of angel, heart of gold
https://soundcloud.com/samplelov


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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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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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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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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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