Poets (&novelists): Zachary Schomburg, Alex Cruse, and Martin Rock
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets (&novelists): Zachary Schomburg, Alex Cruse, and Martin Rock

Poets! Writing novels! Or at least one of them. Come celebrate the release of Zachary Schomburg's first novel, "Mammother" (Featherpress Books, 2017), along with the recent release of Alex Cruse's, "CONTRAVERSE" (Timeless Infinite Light, 2017), and local poet Martin Rock.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poetry, and is the publisher of Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR. "Mammother" is his first novel.

alex cruse is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. She is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017), as well as several chapbooks of poetry and prose.

Martin Rock is the author of Residuum, editor's choice for the 2015 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's first book prize, and the chapbook Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Missouri Review, AGNI, and Best American Experimental Writing 2017. With Martha Collins and Kevin Prufer he co-edited the Unsung Masters Series volume: Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master (Pleiades 2016). He teaches literature and writing at California College of the Arts and is Associate Director of Communications at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. His website is martinrockpoetry.com.

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Truck Nuts Release Party
Sep
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Truck Nuts Release Party

Celebrate the release of Truck Nuts!

Truck Nuts is a new photo book by local photographer Sean David Bradley. He traveled to Colfax, Louisiana to document "Trucks Gone Wild”, a weekend-long mudding event. The result is a book that explores southern monster truck culture - from the racial divisions and hyper-sexualization of women to the sundown transformation of trucks into makeshift strip clubs, “mudding”, and shit tons of Bud Light.

Colfax and the Gulf Coast were badly hit during Hurricane Harvey, and as a Houston-native, Sean is using the release as an opportunity to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey victims. A portion of proceeds from the book will go directly to relief efforts.

Live DJ Music by:
-Bobby Peru
-DJ ’94 Ford Explorer
-Pancake Boys (live stream)

Come buy a book! FREE risograph poster with every book!

FREE BEER & SNACKS!

Can't come but want a book?? You bet!
WWW.TRUCKNUTS.XYZ

Can't come but wanna donate? Good on you!!
https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

WWW.SEANDAVIDBRADLEY.COM

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Poets Lauren Hunter, Ben Mirov and Jason Mull
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets Lauren Hunter, Ben Mirov and Jason Mull

We can't believe it! Or, I mean, we can, cause we organized it, but, like, figuratively, we can't believe it! And we want you to not believe it, too. But like only figuratively. Like "I don't believe it!" But still come.

Lauren Hunter is a poet, editor and educator living in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone. Lauren is the co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence interested in promoting multimedia art by women. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011. HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS is her first book.

Jason Mull is a poet in Oakland, California. He currently manages Alley Cat Books in San Francisco.

Ben Mirov is the author of ghost machines (Slope Editions, 2016), Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), GHOST MACHINE (Caketrain, 2010) and the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011) Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011) I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

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3x Sean David Bradley, Ryanaustin Dennis, Soleil Chappelle + Mateo Lugo
Sep
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

3x Sean David Bradley, Ryanaustin Dennis, Soleil Chappelle + Mateo Lugo

AT 40TH STREET NEW LIFE STOREFRONT (644 40TH ST)

3x is an ongoing series of micro-performances and presentations every Wednesday night at the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Bookstore (644 40th Street). Two or three artists will perform or present three roughly five minute sets at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30. 3x offers an experimental, serial space for audience and performer to break up the predictable dynamics of an evening of performance. Performers/presenters will include writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and practitioners of all sorts. Come for one "set" or stay for all three!

Sean David Bradley is a photographer and designer from Houston, Texas. His prior photo book, TET, is a contemporary reflection of the Vietnam War.  His work has been featured at Printer Matter, Skylight Books and other independent bookstores.

Born in Oakland, Ryanaustin Dennis is a writer/curator/artists. His art practice combines collage, poetry, and performance. With his main concern being the metaphysics of blackness. By metaphysics of blackness, he means the philosophical practice of uncovering the being, property, possibility, and causality of blackness through a look at our historical cultural notions. At the moment he has two manuscripts in the works for publishing How to Bend a Nigger and Strike: Poems Out Loud. And if you’re lucky, you might find him at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore working on a new project.

Soleil Chappelle is a dancer, performance maker, philosopher, and bodyworker. She is currently writing about Sensory Woven Swells, a philosophy, creative practice, and form of body inquiry, and periodically teaches movement workshops exploring the concept. The information in subtly sensing the movement of fascia and fluid tides in the body permeates her dancing and philosophical thinking. Currently, as the driving force in her art making, Soleil dances as a form of philosophy and a phenomenological mode of research.

Mateo Lugo is a guitarist, composer and improviser whose compositional work seeks to engage in invented, imagined, algorithmic and poetic procedures to arrive at unfamiliar sounds and configurations. He has made scores out of a busy highway, the unpredictable patterns in shore surf and the ephemeral translations of a dancing body. Inspired by John Cage, Morton Feldman and James Tenney amongst others in the experimental tradition, Lugo’s research demonstrates a deep concern with music’s phenomenological implications. While being engaged with the San Francisco/Bay Area dance community, Lugo delves in embodiment strategies and modalities for improvisation that challenge traditional dancer-musician paradigms in order to form an environment where both musician and dancer can directly communicate and influence one another.

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Poets at Wolfman: Lisa Olstein, Julie Carr, and Amanda Nadelberg
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets at Wolfman: Lisa Olstein, Julie Carr, and Amanda Nadelberg

We're so excited to be hosting three three three amazing poets! We'll be celebrating Lisa Olstein and Julie Carr's new books, and joining them is Oakland-native, Amanda Nadelberg, whose newest book is also still fairly, well, new!

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently LATE EMPIRE (October 2017). Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Hayden Carruth Award, a Lannan Literary Residency, an Essay Press chapbook prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Centrum, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, she currently serves as a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of two prose works: Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013) and Objects from a Borrowed Confession (Ahsahta, 2017). With Jeffrey Robinson she is the co-editor of Active Romanticism (University of Alabama Press, 2015). A chapbook of prose, “The Silence that Fills the Future,” was released as a free pdf from Essay Press: http://www.essaypress.org/ep-19/

Carr’s co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory is due out from Commune Editions in 2018, as will a mixed-genre work, Reallife: An Installation.

Carr was a 2011-12 NEA fellow and is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder in the English department and the Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance Ph.D. She regularly collaborates with dance artist K.J. Holmes and is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden (www.counterpathpress.org).

Amanda Nadelberg is the author of three books, most recently Songs from a Mountain. She lives in Oakland. 

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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Creature In Its Environment
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Creature In Its Environment

Nonhuman critters, objects, and environments inhabit human worlds and quieter universes of their own. These short readings across genres--by Meagan Day, Jacob Kahn, Coco Picard, Dorothy Santos, and Monica Westin--survey and imagine the lives of stones, deserts, plants, giants, and cyborgs. Plus, there'll be drinks and snacks for all the humans.

Meagan Day is a writer based in Berkeley. She’ll be reading excerpts about secret military testing and UFO sightings in the Nevada desert from her book Maximum Sunlight, which was published by E.M. Wolfman in 2016.

Jacob Kahn is a poet and bookseller at E.M. Wolfman Books in Oakland. He has written about giants and currently writes about the digital pastoral of silicon valley.

Coco Picard is an artist and writer based out of Chicago. She will be reading a short text entitled "Autobiography With Stones."

Dorothy Santos is a writer, editor, and curator. She has written speculative fiction and poetry related to cyborgs, human and machine interactions, and biotechnology.

Monica Westin is a writer and art critic based in San Francisco. She will be reading a selection from an evolving book project that includes a hard science fiction approach to speculating about plant life.

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Poets Marvin K. White and David Brazil at 13th Street
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets Marvin K. White and David Brazil at 13th Street

Yes! So, yes! Just, yes! Yes, we're thrilled to host two amazing and moving poets, Marvin K. White and David Brazil!

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and the inaugural Public Theologian in Residence ('17-'18) at First Church Berkeley. He is a recipient of a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts "Equity Fellowship", and a former Pastor Associate at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Marvin is currently an arts liaison and a co-facilitator of the "Faith Leaders Round Table" at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He is the author of four collections of poetry published by RedBone Press: Our Name Be WitnessStatus; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. A public theologian and community-based artist, he is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, facilitator, activist, community organizer, preacher, homemaker, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.

David Brazil is a Christian antifascist.  He has been given the ministry of reconciliation.

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Sex Ed With DB LIVE Q&A
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sex Ed With DB LIVE Q&A

How can we destigmatize STIs?

What does consent look and sound like to you?

How do we teach young people that gender and sexuality are on a spectrum?

Let's talk about sex.

Sex Ed with DB talks about the answers to these questions, and many more. Join us for the LIVE launch of an intersectional, feminist podcast with Bay Area local voices. Meet-and-greet, grab snacks, enter our raffle to win amazing prizes, ask questions to our panel of voices, and celebrate the launch with us!

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3xLukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Turner Capehart Canty
Sep
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

3xLukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Turner Capehart Canty

AT 40TH STREET NEW LIFE STOREFRONT (644 40TH ST)

The inaugural 3x will include artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and poet Turner Capehart Canty!

3x is an ongoing series of micro-performances and presentations every Wednesday night at the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Bookstore (644 40th Street). Two or three artists will perform or present three roughly five minute sets at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30. 3x offers an experimental, serial space for audience and performer to break up the predictable dynamics of an evening of performance. Performers/presenters will include writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and practitioners of all sorts. Come for one "set" or stay for all three!

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, California. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts. Branfman-Verissimo has had solo exhibitions at Lago Projects, Oakland, E.M. Wolfman, Oakland and Bolivar Gallery, Los Angeles. She has been included in exhibitions and performances at Osaka Art University, Highways Performance space, Deli Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art Institute, and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery she started in her home kitchen.

Turner Capehart Canty is a writer and musician living in Oakland. He is the co-curator of Sponge, a local reading and talk series. Currently Turner is working to complete of a new untitled collection of songs, and a new chapbook of poetry entitled I Want to Miss Them. His previous chapbook is Foundation, and his music can be found at https://turnercapehart.bandcamp.com.

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Alternative Exposure Information Session – Oakland
Sep
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Alternative Exposure Information Session – Oakland

Interested in applying for an Alternative Exposure grant? Attend a free information session led by Southern Exposure staff during the Round 11 Alternative Exposure grant cycle.

Note: Attending an information session is encouraged but not required to apply for an Alternative Exposure grant. Information sessions are free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

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Poets Allison Cobb and Arisa White
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets Allison Cobb and Arisa White

What if we told you two poets who put out two of our favorite books of 2016 were gonna read together?! Would you be like, "Oh, sweet, Allison Cobb and Arisa White must be reading at Wolfman." Would you be like, "I'm down." Would you be like, "That reading is gonna be so good!" Cause you should, be like, that. And, there may be special guests... 

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Green-Wood(Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); and Born2(Chax Press). The poet Carolyn Forché calls After We All Died “inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down.”

Cobb works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading, art, and performance series.

Cobb’s work combines historical and scientific research, essay, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2015 finalist for the National Poetry Series; a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist; a 2014 Playa Resident Artist; received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.

Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her recent collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened, was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Award. “Fish Walking” and Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife was a winner of Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College and is a member of the board of directors for Nomadic Press. Arisa is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which is a series of poetic collaborations with QPOC artists, community organizations, and businesses that spotlight the narratives and experiences of queer people of color. arisawhite.com

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Poets Adrienne Raphel and Alex Walton
Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poets Adrienne Raphel and Alex Walton

Have you also been dreaming about being at an Adrienne Raphel and Alex Walton reading? Then promise not to wake up until September 15th, cause this reading's gonna be amazing!

Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017). Her poetry and essays appear in the New Yorker online, the Paris Review Daily, the New Republic, the Poetry Foundation, and Lana Turner Journal, among other publications. Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, Raphel holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a PhD candidate at Harvard. She currently lives in New York.

Alex Walton is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley. He was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. Some recent work is available in I, The Claudius App, and the PEN America Poetry Series.

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Novelist Jac Jemc & "Snap Judgement's" Eliza Smith
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Novelist Jac Jemc & "Snap Judgement's" Eliza Smith

Jac Jemc will read from her new novel THE GRIP OF IT (FSG Originals) and discuss with Eliza Smith. 

THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc weaves the tale of a troubled married couple looking for a new start in an old home full of secrets. 
"The Grip of It is a stunning, smart, genuinely creepy page-turner that I couldn't put down. It's got depth, thrills, twists, and great writing. I'd recommend this novel to anyone. One of the few haunted house stories that sticks the landing."
-- Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), Borne and City of Saints & Madmen

Jac Jemc is the author of The Grip of It newly released from FSG Originals in August 2017. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and her collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time (Dzanc Books) was named one of Amazon's best story collections of 2014. She edits nonfiction for Hobart. 

Eliza Smith is a producer at WNYC’s Snap Judgment. In addition to producing nonfiction stories, she is also the fiction editor and adapts work by writers like Manuel Gonzalez, Amelia Gray, and Kelly Link into radio plays. Sometimes, she’ll freelance for publications like The Organist and The Litography Project.

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SYNTH SATURDAY/Normalien, Jerod Rivera w/ visuals by Devon Leigh
Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

SYNTH SATURDAY/Normalien, Jerod Rivera w/ visuals by Devon Leigh

A night of modular synth and visual projections at the bookstore! Come check out local synth saviors Normalien (SF) and Jerod Rivera (Oakland), while Devon Leigh (Oakland) projects images onto one or two or hundreds if not thousands of backgrounds (no confirmation on the exact count). No cover. Never. Free. Starts at 7. Starts in your heart. Ends in your ear.

Normalien:
https://soundcloud.com/normalien

Jerod Rivera:
https://soundcloud.com/sp_rankltd

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If you are unable to help just say so. Oakland Book Release
Sep
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

If you are unable to help just say so. Oakland Book Release

Using language from automatized customer service as an entry point, If You Are Unable to Help Just Say So blends poetry and memoir to explore the futile attempt to find answers in the face of a parent's struggle with addiction. An inner monologue, wrought with anxious attachment, questions the stability and meaning of every new piece of information and struggles to make a coherent narrative out of an increasingly absurd and bureaucratic environment. What symbols make it into our personal stories? What moments take significance? Who or what can be counted on when you've been conditioned to expect volatility? 

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Poiesis: An Opening Night Party!
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poiesis: An Opening Night Party!

A night of art, language, music, accountability, and community.

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This weekend, white supremacists came to town under the guise of protecting “free speech”. A poster appeared in all of our windows, stating: “Oakland Stands United Against Hate.” We marched in the streets, drove “them” out, celebrated “victory”. Today’s headlines read: “Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley.”

What do all of these words mean? How can “speech” be “free” if we’re all being represented by reductive slogans and exaggerated headlines? How can we move beyond these narratives which have been written for us and discern our relationships with the larger forces at play?

The Poiesis Project is an attempt to begin grappling with these questions in public. 

We're designing free posters, built from the words of our peers, and papering the back gallery with them. Join us for the art opening! We'll have stacks of posters to give away. We will also have a DIY poster making station so you can include your voice in the conversation. Come and drink a little beer, share some space with us!

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Rex Renee Leonowitch Book Release/Funeral Party/Fundraiser: Oakland #2
Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rex Renee Leonowitch Book Release/Funeral Party/Fundraiser: Oakland #2

Join Rex Renee Leonowitch and Denise Benavides for a night of poetry, drag, music, art, feels, and hype to celebrate the release of Rex's new book of poetry and illustrations, When There Is No One And There Is Everyone, available for preorder here: http://magichelicopterpress.com/wtne.html

The event will feature readings and performances and be a funeral party using drag, music, poetry, and visual art/digital media to pay homage to the events, people, and sites of protest, grief, triumph, and fabulosity present in the work and life. 

It's also a fundraiser for Rex, who is a poor trans disabled working artist who funded their book tour mostly by themselves and who is continuing their education in performance/theatre in the Fall in NYC and needs financial support for housing, life expenses, and tuition costs.

REX RENEE LEONOWICZ is a multimedia artist, performer, writer, and activist from Queens, New York. As a poor/working class, trans/nonbinary femme, Rex’s art and performance work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. Rex is a gender-bending, genre-blending artist whose work critically responds to the relationships people on the margins have with our surroundings and each other.
http://www.rexylafemme.tumblr.com/

DENISE BENAVIDES is a performance artist, poet, and educator based in Oakland, California. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently teaching at Skyline College. Her debut collection of poetry, Split, was released in the winter of 2016 by Kórima Press. For more information please visit www.denisebenavides.com.

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Edmond Lapine Memorial Reading
Aug
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Edmond Lapine Memorial Reading

A reading to celebrate the life and writing of Edmond Lapine, a writer and musician who perished in the Ghost Ship fire this past December.

This event is occuring in conjunction with a push to raise funds for The Evergreen State College scholarship fund set up in his name. 

There will be readings of Edmond's poetry given by Calvin Johnson, Kate Robinson, and others TBD, and all in attendance are invited to share some of Edmond's work at an open mic. 

Please come to share, there will be books of Edmond's manuscript Vertical Dreaming for purchase (and to read from! you don't have to come with something in hand in order to read!), with all funds going towards the scholarship fund.

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Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #5
Aug
6
2:00pm 2:00pm

Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #5

Please join us for a free poetry workshop! All levels of experience are welcome. This workshop will serve as a collective space of inquiry. What is a poem? Who decides what makes poetry good or bad? How can poetry be read and experienced as play? How does one write poetry and edit poetry? Reading list TBA. 

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Community Reading Group: Oakland
Jul
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Reading Group: Oakland

Our book for July is Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown.

“Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.”

So snag yourself a copy and get to reading!

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Collander // memory theater // Katsy Pline // tr4vi3za
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Collander // memory theater // Katsy Pline // tr4vi3za

*SUPER AWESOME LAST MINUTE SHOW AT EM WOLFMAN*
Come see the following kiddos perform!!!

~*~*~ Collander ~*~*~
queer sick experimental pop
collander.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/collandermusic/

~*~*~Memory Theater ~*~*~
dream/synth pop noodlings
http://soundcloud.com/memorytheater

~*~*~Katsy Pline ~*~*~
queer juke/footwork goodness
https://soundcloud.com/katsy-pline

~*~*~tr4vi3za ~*~*~
DJ extraordinnaire
 

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/308077146319628??ti=ia

COST + EXPECTATIONS: $3-$5 - no one turned away for lack of funds. all ages. 
all money at the door goes to support the artists and the people who helped make this show a reality. 

This event is for trans/queer/POC folks. No white supremacists, and no ableist or anti-queer bullshit (or any oppressive bullshit). Please do not smoke outside the venue. Please go at least one block away. 

*** Perfumes, scented lotions and shampoos, detergents and other chemicals make some people extremely ill. Show up for chemically disabled community by coming FRAGRANCE FREE to this event and not smoking near the venue. read how and why here: http://bit.ly/2oTpYJB***

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Wolfman @ The 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair
Jul
21
to Jul 23

Wolfman @ The 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair

Wolfman is tabling at the SF Art Book Fair! Come visit us! Details below:

1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Preview - Friday, July 21st - 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 22nd - 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 23rd - 11am – 5pm

The 2017 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists' publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #1
Jul
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #1

Please join us for a free poetry workshop! All levels of experience are welcome. This workshop will serve as a collective space of inquiry. What is a poem? Who decides what makes poetry good or bad? How can poetry be read and experienced as play? How does one write poetry and edit poetry? Reading list TBA. 

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Wanda Screening // Barbara Loden
Jun
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wanda Screening // Barbara Loden

Wanda is a film about one woman’s struggle in small town America, and it’s recently become an obsession of certain writers - the film comes up in Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers and in Durga Chew Bose’s Too Much And Not The Mood. Last year an entire little book was published about Wanda because the author was supposed to write an encyclopedia entry and got carried away. 

What’s so special about Wanda? It’s the only film Barbara Loden wrote, directed, and starred in, and is a reflection of a certain female experience. Marguerite Duras once wrote of Wanda’s final scenes, “I see a kind of glory there, a profound glory, very violent, very profound.”

So come watch Wanda! 

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The Black Aesthetic Season 1 Book Launch!
Jun
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Black Aesthetic Season 1 Book Launch!

The First Season Publication is finally here and we want to celebrate with you! 

As an outgrowth of the series we sent out an open call for submissions based on the films screened. From that grew the Black Aesthetic: Season One publication. A short anthology that combines personal essay’s, poetic criticism, and mixed media into print.

Come join us for a evening of music videos and readings from the publication, bring your friends! 

The Black Aesthetic was created order showcase rare, unknown, and influential films that highlight the creativity and generative imagination of black filmmakers. Over the course of 8 weeks we will used this film series to bring together a community of film buffs, students, community organizers, and local citizens to discuss the importance of preserving these films, to document the contemporary struggles that these films run parallel to, and to experience the joy of the black imaginative force. 

http://www.theblkaesthetic.com/

Pre-Order Link:
https://squareup.com/market/em-wolfman-books/item/black-aesthetic-magazine?t=modal-em
http://www.theblkaesthetic.com/

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Reception for: "Find Yourself" by Chris Kerr
Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reception for: "Find Yourself" by Chris Kerr

Join us for the opening reception of: Find Yourself, by Chris Kerr
with readings from Genine Lentine, Cedar Sigo, and Stephanie Young. 

Reception begins at 7, readings at 8.

Find Yourself is an art exhibit that ponders the parallels between a revealing phrase in story-telling and a common occurrence while reading: “one finds oneself…” Artist/author Chris Kerr combines endpapers, sentences by various writers, and playful, austere sculptures (using books he unwittingly found himself purchasing a second time) in order to guide viewers in contemplation of how we use statements like “I found myself [doing this]” or “she finds herself [thinking that].” Come experience this ideal setting to consider what you find yourself doing, thinking, saying, reading. Find Yourself is a tool for personal attention and a toy for transpersonal awareness.

Chris Kerr is an artist, teacher, and writer who focuses on the ways various art forms reach for each other and help us become more whole. He has organized events that bridge artistic disciplines for the Berkeley Art Museum, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, and the Roxie Theater and curated an experimental film festival for Postcrypt Art Gallery. His artwork can be viewed throughout Projector (www.projectormagazine.com), the journal of creative responses to film he founded and edited. Chris also edited In Process: Andrew Schoultz for the Monterey Museum of Art. His poems and stories have appeared in Eleven ElevenThe New Review of LiteratureSugar Mule, and Work, and he’s performed his writing for Aggregate Space Gallery and Art & Music in the Gardens at Lake Merritt. He has written a chapbook of poetic dares with artist Colter Jacobsen titled Round Weather/O Ether as well as an unpublished novel called The Sound of Her Voice. Chris heads the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts.

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HAGS: A Literary Send-off for Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman
Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

HAGS: A Literary Send-off for Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman

Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman are preparing to move to West Philadelphia for a fresh start and the general pursuit of happiness! 

You may remember Zach from such hits as: "The Dress-up-as-Zach birthday party", or "Drinking and reading Truman Capote stories to a cemetery fountain." You may know Julian from his own classics, "My dog is really well behaved except for the time he bit someone" and "I swear I'm not a sad person even though I only write about death and suffering."

Please join us at our favorite bookstore for a Bon Voyage reading featuring us and two of our numerous talented friends: Na'amen Gobert Tilahun and Madison Davis. There will be poetry, prose, some light crying, and books for sale.

And, if that wasn't enough for you, join us afterwards at The Ruby Room (10 min walk from the bookstore) for farewell drinks and your last chance at some quality time with Zach and Julian before they head off into the sunset. Can't wait to see you!

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Zach Ozma received a BFA in Community Arts from California College of the Arts in 2015. His work engages in "pleasant homosociality" through installations, performances, objects, events, and writing that elicit touch, interaction, and intimacy from the viewer. His work has appeared in Vetch, Hold: A Journal, DATABLEED, IGNORE, the East Bay poetry anthology It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland, Macaroni Necklace and elsewhere. cargocollective.com/zachozma

Julian Shendelman has a weird looking dog (part fawn, part fruit bat) and a nice Jewish boyfriend. After 10 years of living in Oakland, where he was an organizer for the Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Julian is relocating to Philadelphia with hopes of having more time to write. He was a 2016 Pushcart nominated poet for his piece in Bat City Review, and won a Literary Death Match with a true story about queer punk cannibalism. His first published chapbook, “Dead Dad Club,” was released by Nomadic Press in March of this year. You can read more of his work atwww.ofashandbone.com.

Na’amen Gobert Tilahun writes in multiple genres and has had work appear in Fantasy Magazine, io9.com, Queers Dig Time Lords, faggot dinosaur, Full of Crows, The Big Click, Eleven Eleven, Spelling The Hours, Loose Lips and more. One of his pieces, "Culture House" was recently selected to be reprinted in The Best Small Fictions 2017, out this fall. His debut novel, The Root, was named an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten book for 2017. The sequel novel, The Tree will be released in November. You can find him on twitter when he should be writing - @Naamenism

Madison Davis writes about family, water, mourning and disaster. She is the author of Disaster published by Timeless, Infinite Light last year and her recent work can be found in Elderly, Hold: A Journal, and Open House.

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Alan Clark Comic release "In Search of the Black Panthers"
May
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Alan Clark Comic release "In Search of the Black Panthers"

Alan Clark is releasing his comic "In Search of the Black Panthers," and will discuss his time in the bay area as he searches for x panther members and learning first hand their experiences in forming the panther party ,and what resistance means today in the age of trump. We talk about issue one of "in search of the black panther party" and the trans Atlantic slave trade , the haunting memories that rest in our deep psyche. And why a group like the panthers existed. He'll be reading alongside novelist, Steven Bramble.

Alan Clark is a comic artist  and writer / journalist, and creator of ' The daily earth ' Dailyearthpost.com. he Helms from Atlanta Ga.

Steven Bramble is a speculative/ science fiction writer and helms from Colorado. He now lives in Long beach California. TOTALITARIAN NOVELS IN A FREE SOCIETY // How can U.S. fiction take a new direction in subject matter and characterization away from the author's own racial, gender, or political identifiers in order to answer philosophical questions from a higher vantage point? Or, to say it more simply, what's going on lately with things like race in novels? How can a novel take a political stand without being sloganeering and overt? What readers are novels really being written for? Can novels segregate us? And finally: what questions are authors asking themselves before setting words on paper, and are there some things that authors simply censor themselves from attempting altogether? U.S. fiction authors tend not to tackle political issues like empire, race, or hard politics (like elections, etc.) in their work because - and this is a theory drawn off of Chomsky - there is a kind of self-enforced political culture of silence that the USG and corporations, the controllers of our laws and culture, spawn, and that reaches into our artistic minds as well.

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