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

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

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

MORE INFO ABOUT THE SHOW:

A Recounting: Data, Disinformation & Blackness

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

Curated by Elisa Durrette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coldmeal: The Winter Solstice Issue Release Party

***CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS*** 

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

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

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

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

Any Book of the Month Club

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

DO:

  • Bring a copy of the book you want to discuss

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

  • Invite your bookish friends

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


DON'T:

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

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

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

Rachel Galvin, Ashley Warren, 최 Lindsay

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


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


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


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

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

Stephen Rodefer's "Safety"

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

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

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

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

≈ Oakland Winter Gathering ≈

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

Movement // Memory

~Saturday, December 8th~

:: Daytime events at Starline Social Club ::

ELLIOT IKHELOA 
Surviving Subplots
10am-11am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Sunday December 9th~

:: Daytime events at Starline Social Club ::

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

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

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

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

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

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

:: Evening events at Nomadic Press ::

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

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

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

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

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

Poets Lisa Rogal, Maged Zaher, Caleb Beckwith

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

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

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

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

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

BPR Midterm 2 Chapbook Release

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

Readers:

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

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

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

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

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

INVASIONS: Calvin Gimpelevich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come hang out!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore w/ guest Soleil Summer

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

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

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

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

Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary

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

Press Release Below: 

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

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

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

Narrators include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Annual Lit Crawl

Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

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

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

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Seawitches East Bay Release
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Seawitches East Bay Release

Celebrate Seawitches, a zine for waterpeople, at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland. We’ll have zines, shirts, bandanas, and artist prints for sale. Readings from our authors at 7PM and a sneak peek at Issue 003. Drinks, raffle, music, and more! Wolfman Bookstore is ½ block from 12th Street BART.

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Unlikeable Female
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Unlikeable Female

In response to gendered readings of forceful, opinionated, emotional female characters as unlikeable, the Bay's shiniest, brightest young lady writing talents bring their wonderfully flawed characters to life at this disagreeable reading you would never ever want to be friends with. Featuring Lydia Kiesling, Margaret Ross, C Pam Zhang, Jenny Xie, and Kate Folk. 

FREE, $5 suggested donation

Kate Folk - Kate Folk is a writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Granta, and many other publications. She has completed a story collection, Doe Eyes, and is currently at work on a novel about artificially intelligent limbs and a clandestine service that allows people to outsource their unpleasant emotional labor. Currently, Kate works as a college English instructor and co-edits fiction for Joyland Magazine: The West and the quarterly journal Your Impossible Voice. Originally from Iowa, she's lived in San Francisco since 2008.

Lydia Kiesling - Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions, where she has been writing reviews, essays, and the semi-regular Modern Library Revue since 2009. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Slate, and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. Her debut novel, The Golden State, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux's MCD imprint. Contact her at lydiakiesling@gmail.com.

Margaret Ross - Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare (Omnidawn, 2015). She lives in Berkeley and teaches at Stanford where she is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry.

Jenny Xie - Jenny Xie is a writer and design journalist based in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in journals like Ninth Letter Online, PANK Online, Necessary Fiction, Adroit Journal, Phoebe, Hyphen Magazine, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others. She won the 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction from Devil's Lake, the 2015 Narrative 30 Below Story Contest, the 2017 JoylandOpen Border Fiction Prize, and was included in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology. A Bread Loaf scholar, a MacDowell fellow, and an Aspen Words fellow, she holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. She is the Executive Editor of Dwell.com.

Pam Zhang - C Pam Zhang’s debut novel HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in the US, as well as several international publishers. Her short fiction appears in places like McSweeney’s Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and The Fairy Tale Review. She’s received scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Aspen Words, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Born in Beijing and raised mostly in the US, she’s still not quite sure where home is. Find her on Twitter @cpamzhang.

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Fresh Looks: Art Book &amp; Makeover Fair
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Fresh Looks: Art Book & Makeover Fair

Co-presented by Litquake and Small Press Distribution

Bay Area presses, zines, and design freaks join artsy forces with aestheticians to create one-of-a-kind, intertwined experiences of art and literature. Drag makeovers, affirmation exercises, cucumber-infused water, nail art, face paint (courtesy of Most Ancient), small presses: Press Play, Foglifter Press, Undertone Collective, Sming Sming, Colpa PressAwkward Ladies ClubTimeless, Infinite Light, miXed, Floss Editions, Queer Anxiety Babiez, Open Windows Cooperative, make it look like an accident, Publication Studio San Francisco, Lemon Drop Press, Muff, Pochino Press, and Nomadic Press.

Bring a book for the book swap! Music by LOWER GRAND RADIO

FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Poets Nate Klug, Kathryn Crim, and Jesse Nathan
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Nate Klug, Kathryn Crim, and Jesse Nathan

Three poets we couldn't be more excited about! No, seriously. We are really excited for this reading. It's gonna be so good.

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues, and Anyone, a book of poems. He works as a Congregationalist minister and lives in Albany, CA.

Kathryn Crim’s writing has appeared in The Threepenny Review, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. She is completing a dissertation in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jesse Nathan's poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Nation, jubilat, the Believer, and elsewhere. He lives in the Sunset and studies literature at Stanford.

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PWA Vol. II: The Southwest Book Release
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

PWA Vol. II: The Southwest Book Release

You're invited to the official book release event for Piney Wood Atlas' second publication, chronicling alternative artist residencies across the Southwestern US! 

Around 7:00 Alicia Toldi (1/2 of PWA) will give a presentation on the small, emerging, and unconventional residencies they have come across as well as general information on attending or forming your own residency. 

After that, experienced artists-in-residence Nicole Lavelle and Alex Arzt (& more TBA) will join her in a Q&A session -- Bring your own questions and learn how you can attend your first residency, step up your game as a professional artist, or start thinking about creating your own DIY residency.

We'll have some snacks and drinks, and books will be for sale for $20 each. We'll also have copies of the first book: The Northwest. 

A bit about residencies and Piney Wood Atlas' mission:
Artist residencies exist in many forms: rural, urban, secluded, communal, free, not free; but what they all have in common is offering the gift of time and space to work creatively without everyday distractions. People are often surprised to hear us say there’s a residency for everyone-- defining “artist” as any kind of creative thinker or maker. We strive to show creatives that attending or organizing a residency is an attainable, productive and fun adventure for all.

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Léonora Miano - English Translation Release of "Season of the Shadow" in conversation w/ The Black Aesthetic member Jamal Batts
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Léonora Miano - English Translation Release of "Season of the Shadow" in conversation w/ The Black Aesthetic member Jamal Batts

We're incredibly excited to be hosting the author, Léonora Miano, in collaboration with French Culture SF & beyond, the Cultural Services French Embassy in the US, and The Black Aesthetic. Léonora Miano will be reading and in conversation with TBA member Jamal Batts, and you don't want to miss it!

Léonora Miano is the author of Season of the Shadow, published in the United States by Seagull Books (distributed by the University of Chicago Press) in April 2018 in a translation by Gila Walker.

This powerful novel recounts the early days of the transatlantic slave trade in the perspective of its first victims, the sub-Saharan population. Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for centuries. One day, a group of villagers finds twelve of their people missing. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? A collective dream, troubling a group of mothers in a communal dwelling, may hold some of the answers, as the women’s missing sons call to them in terror. At the same time, a thick shadow settles over the huts, blocking out the light of day. It is the shadow of slavery, which will soon grow to blight the whole world. Miano renders this brutal story in deliberately strange, dreamlike prose, befitting a situation that is, on its face, all but impossible for the villagers to believe.

Born in Cameroon, Léonora Miano moved to France as a student. She has written fourteen books that have been translated into many languages. Miano’s award-winning first novel, L’intérieur de la nuit, was released in 2005 and translated in English by Tasmin Black. Her other books include Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2006. Upon its release in France in 2013, the book Season of the Shadow won the prestigious Fémina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis.

Jamal Batts is a writer and doctoral student in African American and African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. His work explores blackness, queerness, visual culture and the intricacies of sexual risk. He is a member of the Oakland-based film screening and curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic.

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Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Jen Hofer and John Pluecker in collaboration with SF State Poetry Center
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Jen Hofer and John Pluecker in collaboration with SF State Poetry Center

The Poetry Center's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series debuts September 2018 with a two-day series by poet-translator-activists Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who collectively organize Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative, focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating, interpreting, and language justice. Hofer and Pluecker, visiting respectively from Los Angeles and Houston, will read from their own work on Wednesday, September 26, at E. M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland, then present their work around Antena the following evening, Thursday, September 27, at The Poetry Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us!

A poet, translator, book-maker, activist interpreter, educator, and urban cyclist, Jen Hofer was born in San Francisco and currently lives and works in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hofer’s translation of Mexican poet Myriam Moscona’s Negro Marfil/Ivory Black (2011) received the 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2012 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Other translations include Dolores Dorantes’s sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre (2008); lip wolf, a translation of lobo de labio by Laura Solórzano (2007); and Sin puertas visiblesAn Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (2003). 

Hofer’s recent books include one (2009), The Route (2008), a collaboration with Patrick Durgin, and Laws (2006, Dusie Books). Her handmade chapbooks include Shroud: A Piece of Fabric Sewn to A Piece of Paper By Way of A Map (2013), a collaboration with Jill Magi; When We Said This Was A Space, We Meant We Are People (2013), a collaboration with John Pluecker; En las maravillas/In Wonder (2012); un operativo (2012); Lead & Tether (2011); and Trouble (2010). A hand-stitched poem, The Missing Link, was published by Insert Press Parrot Series, and an installation, “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is on display at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah. In addition, one week of her Front Page News cut-up series was published by the Little Red Textile Series. Hofer teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and at Otis College of Art and Design and is co-founder, with John Pluecker, of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena.

John Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, he co-founded the collaborative Antena and in 2015 the social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. His undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press.

More info at johnpluecker.com

Related event:

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series
Antena: a language justice and language experimentation collaborative
Jen Hofer and John Pluecker
Thursday SEPT 27
7:00pm @ The Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free and open to the public

Event contact: The Poetry Center

Event email: poetry@sfsu.edu

Event phone: 415-338-2227

Event sponsor: The Poetry Center & E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore

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All Roads Lead to Blood: Bonnie Chau with Kundiman Fellows
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

All Roads Lead to Blood: Bonnie Chau with Kundiman Fellows

Bonnie Chau presents All Roads Lead to Blood
With Kundiman fellows Mia Ayumi Malhotra and Ploi Pirapokin

Unflinching portrayals of desire and alienation fill Bonnie Chau's award-winning debut story collection. Chau's short fiction explores the lives of young women navigating love, failure, heritage, and memory, and presents a fresh perspective of second-generation Chinese-Americans. Chau is from Southern California and received her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University. A Kundiman fellow, she works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers.

Mia Ayumi Malhotra's debut poetry collection, ISAKO ISAKO, follows a single family lineage spanning four generations of female Japanese Americans to explore the chilling historical legacies of cultural trauma—internment, mass displacement, and rampant racism—in the United States. Malhotra is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow, and she holds creative writing degrees from the University of Washington and Stanford University. She was raised in Laos and Thailand and currently lives in the Bay Area.

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Wolfman Books at NY Art Book Fair
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Wolfman Books at NY Art Book Fair

We are thrilled to be going to NY Art Book Fair to share and highlight our very own publications! You gonna be in NYC!? Know someone who's gonna be!? Here's the details:

HOURS AND LOCATION

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)

Friday, September  21, 1-7pm

Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm

Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

More info: http://nyartbookfair.com/about/

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Shane Bauer: American Prison
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

Shane Bauer: American Prison

Hey! Hey! Hey! Check it out! Author and Senior Reporter at Mother Jones, Shane Bauer will be reading and in conversation from his new book, American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment, about for-profit prisons and how profit-motives have shaped the prison system throughout American history. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Find out more about the book here.

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Atlantic Media’s Michael Kelly Award, the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and at least 20 others. Bauer is the co-author, along with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of a memoir, A Sliver of Light, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran.

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New Life Quarterly Issue 3 Release Party!
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

New Life Quarterly Issue 3 Release Party!

Yes! New Life Quarterly #3 is almost here!!! We're having a release party at the shop and you should come! 

There will be short readings and drinks and prizes and lots of rad humans and all of it will be great.

+++IN THIS ISSUE+++

New writing from
Amy Berkowitz • Julian Talamantez Brolaski • Justin Carder • Pia Cortez • Davey Davis • Leora Fridman • Ali Giordani • Blair Johnson • Jacob Kahn • Jordan Karnes • Kevin Killian • Tara Marsden • Charlie Macquarie • Margaret McCarthy • Louise McCune • Claire Mullen • Zoé Samudzi • el李 • Eric Sneathen • Avery Trufelman • Helen Shewolfe Tseng • José Vadi • Leila Weefur • Jennifer Williams

Book selections by
Brontez Purnell

Portfolios by
Muzae Sesay
PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Conversations with
Maya Dusenbery
Sarah Burke
Lauren Whitehead
Geoff Saba
Sarah Toshie Cargill
Pete Lee
Summer Mason

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ZQ-287 PRESENTS:  KILLING THE FUTURE
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

ZQ-287 PRESENTS: KILLING THE FUTURE

ZQ-287 PRESENTS:

KILLING THE FUTURE
A Fiction Reading and Discussion on How to Make Sure There's No Future Forever

Sep. 7

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AFFLICTION INCLUDED (AUTHOR'S CUT) by Steven T. Bramble
After spending his youth as the son of a dissident mother who tried and failed to plot the overthrow of the consolidated world government, Stanly Borque was punished for political crimes he didn't commit. Now, years, later, he's none other than a compliant corporate employee, working in the midst of the same authoritarian, oligarchical system of total social surveillance his mother had hoped to eradicate. Which doesn't actually bother him too much—until a business trip to Ghana where a bizarre accident catapults him back into the world of the powerful, and the inescapable arms of the regime.

As an inept participant in so much conspiracy, he'll be confronted with a barrage of possibly important questions along the way. Like, is freedom a dead concept? Why did a global pandemic of suicides cause a tenth of the world's population to do itself in? And, is there a reason to hope anymore? A story of the world in the total opposite of disarray, and what it means when reality is at odds with the human spirit.

Steven T. Bramble is the author of the Psychology of Technology Triptych, which includes the novels GRID CITY OVERLOAD, for which he won Honorable Mention in Foreword Review's 2012 Book of the Year Award, and DISPOSABLE THOUGHT, which was awarded an editor's pick by Kirkus Reviews. 

"Bramble's work evokes that of many 20th-century authors who sought to grapple with their eras' technological tumult. His post-modern maximalism calls to mind Thomas Pynchon and William T. Vollmann; his grim dystopianism, Orwell and Margaret Atwood; his overt social criticism, Richard Wright and Kurt Vonnegut."  — Kirkus

BABYLON: ISSUE THREE by Alan Clark
A hundred years in the future, four deities are reborn in our universe after the death of their own. Now the events that destroyed their home universe have returned once again to kill them. BABYLON is the mind-bending gold-standard of the multi-dimensional doomsday soap opera category, embracing such age-old maxims as "Love is a Dead Place," "Revenge is for Winners," and "No Future Forever." A brutally hilarious sci-fi epic from the expansive imagination of Alan Clark, and illustrated in inimitable, painstakingly detailed style.

Alan Clark is the author of IN SEARCH OF THE BLACK PANTHERS, a graphic novel being published in serial. The second issue is set to release this September.
 

"Skillyfully rendered and arresting, [Alan Clark's] illustrations invite reverie and instill a desire to return to look again."  — Oakland Magazine

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