LITQUAKE - No Human is Illegal: On the Front Lines of the Immigration War
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

LITQUAKE - No Human is Illegal: On the Front Lines of the Immigration War

When Trump first announced his "Muslim Ban" in January 2017, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda was one of the lawyers who protested. His new book No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War pulls back the curtain on the ingrained inhumanity found in the immigration reform currently coming to fruition in the United States. Readers are taken into the often-times merciless courts of New York City and San Francisco, the frightening detention centers on the U.S./Mexico border, and the overburdened offices of legal defense organizations. In conversation with Steven Mayers. FREE, $5 suggested donation


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AT SF STATE POETRY CENTER: Caren Beilin and Amy Berkowitz, reading and in conversation
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

AT SF STATE POETRY CENTER: Caren Beilin and Amy Berkowitz, reading and in conversation

Caren Beilin and Amy Berkowitz, reading and in conversation
Thursday, October 17 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, free and open to the public

Join us for a special program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, as we host novelist and memoirist Caren Beilin, visiting from Western Massachusetts, and San Francisco poet Amy Berkowitz. Beilin's new book is a nonfiction memoir focused on women's health, chronic illness, and medical gaslighting. Blackfishing the IUD is new from Oakland small press Wolfman Books, also producing a "several-part podcast...to more broadly explore and shine a light on women’s experiences around reproductive healthcare and the medical industry." Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points, her acclaimed book named for the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia: "the book-length lyric essay explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture."

This evening at The Poetry Center is co-sponsored with Women and Gender Studies, at SF State. The following night, Friday October 18—the official book-launch for Blackfishing the IUD—both writers will read from their own work and engage in conversation at Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. Supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, both events are free and open to the public.

Caren Beilin is the author of a novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014), a memoir, SPAIN (Rescue Press, 2018), and a nonfiction book (and podcast), Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019). She has published her writing in places such as The Offing, Territory, Fence, New Life Quarterly, Dreginald, and Full Stop Magazine. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

"How will this do? I want to blackfish the IUD (the copper intra-uterine device, used for birth control), that gave me this disease. I want everyone to see something. The documentary Blackfish, made in 2013, made it impossible for SeaWorld to exist, because you couldn’t see it right anymore. Instead you saw its whale, Tinnicum, with his truly sad bent fin. Who had been in captivity for too long. The documentary trafficked in haecceity (Latin, for thisness), and once you know what a whale is, when you hear them calling out, you cannot go back to your enclosure. A documentary like that cuts a taut, stressed chord in the eyeball. Once it’s snapped, you see the whales and what they are. Whales want seas, and what is copper? Should it be inserted inside of a woman? It obviously caused my disease, and I’m going to tell you how."
—Caren Beilin, from Blackfishing the IUD, excerpted at Los Angeles Review of Books

Amy Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015; now available from Nightboat Books). Other writing has appeared in publications including Bitch, McSweeney's, and Wolfman New Life Quarterly. She's the host of the Amy's Kitchen Organics reading series, the coordinator of the Alley Cat Books writing residency, and the founder of Mondo Bummer, an experimental small press. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, where she's working on her second book. More at amyberko.com.

I don’t particularly like riddles. But then again, neither did travelers passing through Thebes. They didn’t try to solve the Sphinx’s riddle because they craved the intellectual challenge. They tried to solve it because the Sphinx killed anyone who didn’t.

I don’t like riddles. And yet here I am, obsessed with solving a riddle of my own, the riddle of my body: Why, exactly, am I constantly in pain?

Like the Sphinx’s riddle, mine is not a brainteaser. It’s not Sudoku. It’s not something you do on the bus to make the ride feel shorter. Like her riddle, mine has a greater urgency.

—Amy Berkowitz, from Tender Points

Related event:
In Common Writers Series: Amy Berkowitz and Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation
Friday, October 18 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street (near 12th St. BART), Oakland

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Blackfishing the IUD Book Launch | Caren Beilin w/ Amy Berkowitz
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Blackfishing the IUD Book Launch | Caren Beilin w/ Amy Berkowitz

Friends! It's here! It's time! Please join us for the launch of CAREN BEILIN'S new memoir, BLACKFISHING THE IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019)!

CAREN BEILIN will be reading alongside local celeb and hero, AMY BERKOWITZ, author of "Tender Points" (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015).

You can find out more about BLACKFISHING THE IUD (including pre-ordering it w/ a discount!) here:

http://wolfmanhomerepair.com/blackfishing

This event is part of The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University's In Common Writers Series (supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund), for which the two will be reading and in conversation at SF State's Poetry Center the previous night.

And this event is part of Litquake 2019, too!

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Caren Beilin is the author of a novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014), a memoir, SPAIN (Rescue Press, 2018), and a nonfiction book (and podcast), Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019). She has published her writing in places such as The Offing, Territory, Fence, New Life Quarterly, Dreginald, and Full Stop Magazine. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Amy Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). Other writing has appeared in publications including Bitch, McSweeney's, and Wolfman New Life Quarterly. She's the host of the Amy's Kitchen Organics reading series, the coordinator of the Alley Cat Books writing residency, and the founder of Mondo Bummer, an experimental small press. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, where she's working on her second book. More at amyberko.com.

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Desperate Holdings (un) real estate: Dis-Investment Manual
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Desperate Holdings (un) real estate: Dis-Investment Manual

Performance and Presentation of the Feminist Economics Department's (the FED) pamphlet called:

Desperate Holdings (un) Real Estate: Dis-Investment Strategy
written by Cassie Thornton

++Freshly published pamphlet by TRIPWIRE,� a journal of poetics++

with contributions from
HUMANS HAVE PREDATORS
Tara Spalty
Ann Schnake
Danielle Wright
Sarah Rowe
Yasmin Golan
Lizabeth Rossof
Dawn Kceul
Lindsay Tunkl
Cassie Thornton
and an introduction by Leigh Claire La Berge

Blurb about the book:
Real estate always combines the most real—the tangible, immovable problem of land, space, the built environment—of capitalism with its opposite: fantasies of ownership, power and domination, and ultimately the fantasy that once the physical reality of capitalism takes shape, it becomes impervious to change. Thus real estate has a dark history. In the ante-bellum American South, slaves were a form of real estate and thereby adjudicated. In the massive, federally subsidized post-war expansions of suburbs and cities, people of color were routinely “red-lined” out of forms of capitalist real estate. And, of course, all the real estate of continental North America is already a site of eviction and genocide.


Desperate Holdings seeks to both reveal these processes and to ask: might they be different? Might there be a remainder? Might other lands and places come into being? We cannot know these answers in advance, but we can hold open a hope that other answers exist. In Desperate Holdings that potential is located in a small piece of (un) real estate, some clay extracted from an excavation site of an office tower in San Francisco. Cassie travels with this clay, fantasizes about it, offers to share it and ship it, and holds it close as it now functions as “the last land a non-millionaire can touch” in San Francisco. Under her stewardship, the clay changes form. It becomes “liquid real estate.”

-Leigh Claire La Berge

*This project tells the story underneath the immersive real estate/spa installation at Dream Farm Commons in spring 2019.

More info:
www.desperateholdings.com
www.feministeconomicsdepartment.com
https://tripwirejournal.com/

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Poets Devin King, Patrick Durgin, and Carrie Hunter
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Devin King, Patrick Durgin, and Carrie Hunter

THREE VISITING POETS! TWO FROM OUT OF STATE AND ONE FROM SAN FRANCISCO! WAIT, IS THAT STILL VISITING? WE DON’T KNOW! BUT WE KNOW THIS READING IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!!

Devin King is the poetry editor for The Green Lantern Press. A narrative poem, The Grand Complication, is out from Kenning Editions. Previous books and chaps: CLOPS, These Necrotic Ethos Come the Plains, and The Resonant Space. Criticism on poetry and sound studies can be found at The Chicago Review, Make Magazine, Plume Poetry, Dusted, and Critical Inquiry.

Patrick Durgin’s PQRS: A Poets Theater Script was published in 2013. He is also coauthor, with Jen Hofer, of The Route and editor of Hannah Weiner’s Open House. Durgin also makes artist's books, most recently Zenith. His performance text, "Interference," was published in Emergency Index. He teaches critical theory, literature, and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books, and edited chapbooks with ypolita press for 11 years. She has two books out with Black Radish Books, The Incompossible and Orphan Machines, and has published around 15 chapbooks, the most recent, Series out of Sequence, from above/ground press. Her third full length book, Vibratory Milieu, is forthcoming from Nightboat books in 2020. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL.

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LITQUAKE - High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, & Visionary Experience
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

LITQUAKE - High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, & Visionary Experience

America's leading scholar of high strangeness, Erik Davis celebrates release of High Weirdness, a study of the new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the 1970s counterculture writings of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality. But how did their writings reflect and shape the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? Davis and R.U. Sirius discuss these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Cathy Eisenhower, Ken Jacobs, and Brent Cunningham
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Cathy Eisenhower, Ken Jacobs, and Brent Cunningham

Eeep! Three poets! Come on down! This reading is gonna be amazing!

Ken Jacobs writes code and poems in Austin, TX, and he works on digital projects like Relegy. He's the author of Sooner( Phylum Press, 2009) and Unmet (Primary Writing, 2015), and his poems have appeared in Everyday Genius and Sentence, among others.

Cathy Eisenhower lives and works in Austin with her partner, Ken Jacobs, and is the author of Language of the Dog-heads (Phylum 2001), clearing without reversal (Edge 2008), would with and (Roof 2009), distance decay (Ugly Duckling 2015), and animalitos (Primary Writing 2017). She has translated the selected poems of Argentine poet Diana Bellessi and co-curated the In Your Ear Reading Series in Washington, DC, for several years. Her work has appeared in The Recluse, Aufgabe, West Wind Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Fence.

Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and occasional visual artist living in Oakland. He has published two books of poetry, Bird & Forest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005) and Journey to the Sun (Atelos, 2012). His chapbook of fake Arthur Rimbaud translations, The Sad Songs of Hell, came out from Ugly Duckling in 2017. He works as the Managing Director at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley. In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera. He has been working on a novel for a disconcertingly long time.

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Olga Zilberbourg and Nancy Au in Conversation
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Olga Zilberbourg and Nancy Au in Conversation

Please join Olga Zilberbourg and Nancy Au, authors of LIKE WATER AND OTHER STORIES and SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, who will be in conversation about their new books recently launched by WTAW Press and Acre Books. Q&A and signing to follow.

AUTHOR BIOS:

OLGA ZILBERBOURG is the author of three Russian-language story collections, the most recent of which was published in Moscow in 2016. Her English- language fiction and criticism have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Common, and Electric Literature. Born in Leningrad, USSR, she came of age during the country’s disintegration, when the fall of the Iron Curtain created unprecedented travel and educational opportunities. Among the first in a wave of post-Soviet youth to study abroad and in the United States, Zilberbourg attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Goethe Institute in Germany, and the San Francisco State University, where she earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature. She has worked as an associate editor at Narrative Magazine and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

NANCY AU is an Oakland-based writer and co-founder of The Escapery. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she teaches creative writing (Fall 2019). In the summers, she teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus. Her stories, essays, and interviews appear or are forthcoming in over thirty literary journals including Redivider, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She is a four-time nominee for the Best Small Fictions (2017-2018), and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2016), Best of the Net (2017), The Best Microfiction (2018), and twice nominated for the Wigleaf Top 50 (2017, 2019). She is the winner of Redivider’s 2018 Blurred Genres Contest, The Vestal Review’s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize, and her flash fiction is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology. She has a full-length collection, SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, coming out in September 2019 from University of Cincinnati's Acre Books, the book-publishing arm of The Cincinnati Review.

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Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Julia Guez, John James, & William Brewer

Join us for an evening of poetry and revelry! Julia Guez, author of In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame, will be visiting from Brooklyn to read from her debut poetry collection. Bay Area poets John James (The Milk Hours) and William Brewer (I Know Your Kind) will read new poems. Books will be for sale, and authors available for signing.

E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
410 13th St
Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, October 4
7-9 PM

Free and open to the public.

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JULIA GUEZ's fiction, essays, interviews, poetry and translations have appeared or will soon be forthcoming in POETRY, The Guardian, Boston Review, PEN Poetry Series, BOMB, The Seattle Review and Hyperallergic. Her debut collection, In An Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also A Frame, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in September. Guez has been awarded the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship and The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation. She holds degrees from Rice and Columbia. For the last decade, Guez has worked with Teach For America; she’s currently the senior managing director of program implementation. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers and writes poetry reviews for Publishers Weekly. Guez lives in Brooklyn and online at www.juliaguez.net.

JOHN JAMES is the author of The Milk Hours (Milkweed Editions, 2019), selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. His work has been supported through fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Academy of American Poets, and the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University. He is pursuing a PhD in English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.

WILLIAM BREWER is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, 2017), a winner of the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, New England Review, The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Sewanee Review, and other journals. Formerly a Stegner Fellow, he is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

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"My Persian Paradox" w/ Author Shabnam Curtis
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

"My Persian Paradox" w/ Author Shabnam Curtis

Author Shabnam Curtis will read a few passages of her book My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl and will talk about her journey of memoir writing. She wrote her memoir not only to heal, but more importantly to share her story with others to contribute her share and to enrich the diversity of voices. She believes, the more we understand each other, the more empathy we create. Let’s hope creating more empathy and compassion bring us more opportunity to collaborate and respect each other’s experiences. Let's share our stories!

My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl is a tale of resilience facing oppression and dictatorship along with fighting with narrow traditional and restrictive cultural rules. This memoir is a journey of self-discovery, mother-daughter relationship obstacles, forbidden love, and the universal desire for freedom.

Shabnam Curtis was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project analyst by day and a passionate writer all other time. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and is working on her second memoir (sequel). Her articles have been published on Views & News and Eat, Darling, Eat network. She lives in Virginia, with her husband and two dogs. Her motto is "We all have a story to tell. Share your story, listen to others' stories. Create more EMPATHY & LOVE!"

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Future Ruins : Seeds in the Wind - Krusty Wheatfield & Sabine Teyssonneyre
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Future Ruins : Seeds in the Wind - Krusty Wheatfield & Sabine Teyssonneyre

Join cartoonists Sabine Teyssonneyre & Krusty Wheatfield to celebrate the release of their collaborative comics zine Future Ruins (Seeds in the Wind). Culled from interviews and explorations of the Bay Area’s art and music scene through the month of September 2019, Future Ruins is a fresh-picked bouquet of drawn encounters with a handful of this tumultuous region’s thinkers, organizers and artists as they dodge the jaws of ceaseless change and monocultural misery to create moments of beauty in unexpected places. Join us at 6 for an expressive outdoor drawing exercise, stick around for a memory map “baptism” at 7, and then dance to a DJ set by Jerem1511 all the way from France from 8 to 9! 

6-7: Drawing exercise - life-size & imaginary maps

7-7:30: Map baptism & live memory drawing projection

7:30-9: DJ set & dance party with Jerem1511 (from PARIS)!

Contact the artists if you would like to be a part of the performances!

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6-7: Drawing exercise - life-size & imaginary maps

-chalk drawing - draw or write a memory you have of a spot near wolfman (we provide chalk) carte à la taille 1

-large participatory map on center table - people add structures/objects to 3D map we make out of ____?

7-7:30: Map baptism & live memory drawing

-merci tout le monde

-use projector & live draw while 2 or 3 people describe a special memory

-invite people at beginning to gather around & 

-bring sculptures outside to chalk drawings- light sparklers and place them around people’s memories they drew (unite inside & outside map) 

-eau + fruits + booze

7:30-9: DJ set & dance party with Jerem1511 (from PARIS)!

**DOCUMENTE L’ÉVÈNEMENT**!!

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

#we - a talk and reading series of queer perspectives

Please join us for the fifth installment of #we, a talk and reading series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work.

For our fifth event, poet and editor Dena Rod will deliver a talk titled “Following the Breadcrumbs: Searching for Iranian Queer Culture”, and read poetry based on their research sifting through academic sources, ephemera, and anonymous newsletters from the SF Public Library's James C Hormel Center; and African American bisexual artist and activist Juba Kalamka will give a talk titled “Nguzo Sabatage: Intersecting My Margins”, and read some relevant creative work.

Q&A and chat time will follow.

Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred.

#we

a talk and reading series of queer perspectives

featuring

Dena Rod

and Juba Kalamka

Hosted by Richard Loranger

Thursday, September 26, 2019

7 - 9 pm

free of charge, and a hat will be passed

PERFORMER BIOS

Dena Rod is the Assistant Creative Nonfiction editor for homology lit, a writer, and a poet. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have an M.A. in English Literature. Described by the Bold Italic as a "verbose advocate," Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media.

Juba Kalamka bio arriving soon…

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Alternative Exposure Round 13 - Info Session Four
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Alternative Exposure Round 13 - Info Session Four

ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE ROUND 13 INFORMATION SESSION
Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community.This free information session will provide more details on the application process, questions of eligibility, and appropriate uses of grant funds. While attending an information session is encouraged, attendance is NOT required to apply for the Alternative Exposure grant.
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT SOEX.ORG

About Alternative Exposure

Alternative Exposure provides monetary awards—giving grants of up to $5,000—to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more...

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"Health Justice Now" w/ author Timothy Faust & East Bay DSA
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

"Health Justice Now" w/ author Timothy Faust & East Bay DSA

We’re hosting Timothy Faust, author of the new book Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next (Melville House, 2019), for a reading and discussion with members of the East Bay DSA!! Whether or not you’re a member, come by and learn about this critical issue with the peeps who know it best.

10% off the book at the event for DSA members!

More info about program specifics tba…

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In Health Justice Now, Timothy Faust explains what single payer is, why we don’t yet have it, and how it can be won. He identifies the actors that have misled us for profit and political gain, dispels the myth that healthcare needs to be personally expensive, shows how we can smoothly transition to a new model, and reveals the slate of humane and progressive reforms that we can only achieve with single payer as the springboard.

In this impassioned playbook, Faust inspires us to believe in a world where we could leave our job without losing healthcare for ourselves and our kids; where affordable housing is healthcare; and where social justice links arm-in-arm with health justice for us all. Single payer is the tool—health justice is the goal!

TIMOTHY FAUST‘s writing has appeared in Splinter, Jacobin, and Vice, among others. He has worked as a data scientist in the healthcare industry, before which he enrolled people in ACA programs in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, where he saw both the shortcomings of the ACA and the consequences of the Medicaid gap firsthand. Since 2017, he’s been driving around the United States in his 2002 Honda CR-V talking to people about health inequity in their neighborhoods. He lives in Brooklyn.

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"Twenty-One: A book reading birthed from trauma and survival"
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

"Twenty-One: A book reading birthed from trauma and survival"

Nick Lovett presents Twenty-One, a book of poems and essays about the trauma and survival they experienced during their twentieth and twenty-first year of living. Content includes accounts of rape, toxic relationships, and domestic abuse. Nick Lovett will be reading from their new book on September 21st, a day before their 22nd birthday. The author will be joined by other local artist friends to read–including Sloan Thompson, D'mani Thomas, and Marabet Morales Sikahall.

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Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics: Reading and Signing with Nazia Kazi
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics: Reading and Signing with Nazia Kazi

Join professor Nazia Kazi as she discusses her new book, Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics. In this book, she connects Trump-era anti-Muslim racism to a much longer history of white supremacy and American war-making. She also reflects on the troubling ways many have chosen to respond to Islamophobia. 

 

"Nazia Kazi’s Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics is a devastating critique of the prevailing ways that Americans talk about Muslims, especially liberals who apparently mean well. Kazi makes her case elegantly and persuasively; her frustration is palpable and engaging. Anyone who thinks they have something worthwhile to say about Islamophobia in the United States should read this book first."

-Arun Kundnani, New York University

 

With Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, Nazia Kazi has written a beautifully indignant takedown of why thinking about anti-Muslim bigotry merely as individual prejudice is both wrongheaded and dangerous. Instead, Kazi draws the necessary connections between contemporary Islamophobia and the corrosive effects of American power, at home and abroad. Perhaps most importantly, she demands that we do the same.

-Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College    

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The True True: Ian Dreiblatt, Anna Gurton-Watcher, Tara Marsden
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

The True True: Ian Dreiblatt, Anna Gurton-Watcher, Tara Marsden

Here's what's real: Visiting guests Ian Dreiblatt and Anna Gurton-Watcher (NYC) will be joined by the East Bay's own Tara Marsden for a Friday the 13th reading at Wolfman Books!

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet and translator who lives in Brooklyn. Recent translation projects include the poetry of Pavel Arseniev and the prison letters of Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and chapbooks include how to hide by showing in the age of being alone with the universe and barishonah. He is TV Commercials Correspondent for the Believer, co-edits Counter magazine, and makes a hell of a mix CD.

Anna Gurton-Wachter is a writer, editor, and archivist. Her first full length book, Utopia Pipe Dream Memory, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in December, 2019. Chapbooks include Mother of All (Above/Ground Press), The Abundance Chamber Works Alone (Essay Press), Blank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press), and CYRUS (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). Anna edits and makes books with DoubleCross Press and lives in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. More info at annagw.com / @anna.as.metaphor

Tara Marsden is a writer and arts administrator living and working on unceded Chochenyo Ohlone land. She is one of the founding editors of arts & culture magazine New Life Quarterly, and co-editor (with curator Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle) of New Body, a collection of experimental art criticism, both published by Wolfman Books.

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The Burl Concentrate Reading Room
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Burl Concentrate Reading Room

The Burl Concentrate Reading Room will bring together artists, writers, and curators dealing with questions of place, climate change, care and empathy amidst ecological disaster, and the psychospiritual histories of California. This event is focused on resuscitating and expanding dialogue around the Camp Fire last fall and the myriad ways in which artistic practice and community-building can imagine a way through this time of deep change.

Zahira Chaudhry from Alluvia Magazine

Dani Burlison, Freelance Writer and author

Connie Zheng + Sarah-Dawn Albani from Burl Concentrate


The event is September 11th at 7pm, is free and all are welcome!

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Women Who Submit Lit at First Friday!
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Women Who Submit Lit at First Friday!

Women Who Submit Lit is coming to First Friday! Come hear what our members are working on! We'll be appearing at Wolfman Books, a supercool indie bookstore in Downtown Oakland. Please note the change of date and venue.

Mission: Women Who Submit seeks to empower all writers who identify as women and/or genderqueer by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing news on submission calls and guidelines, clarifying the submission and publication process, and supporting and encouraging each other not to self-reject but to submit, submit, submit our work out to the best publications, agents, residencies, and presses!

Website: http://womenwhosubmitlit.org/

Your host is Rebecca Gomez Farrell, who's had over 20 works published, including her debut novel, Wings Unseen, from Meerkat Press. Becca is the chapter lead for the SF Bay Area branch of Women Who Submit Lit!

Readers:

JENN CHEN is a San Francisco-based coffee marketer, writer, and photographer. Her journalism and photography pieces have been published in publications like Sprudge, Standart, Fresh Cup, Barista Magazine, and Edible. She’s now focusing her writing time on personal essays with an Asian-American food lens. When she is not working, you can find her with chips in one hand and a donut in another. You can connect with her at jennchen.com or on social media @thejennchen

DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Wigleaf, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Barbara Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park, Marble House Project and the MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

ANOOP JUDGE was born and raised in New Delhi. She now resides in California, where she is an award-winning author, TV presenter, and blogger. She is the author of 'Law: What's It All About & How To Get In', a “Dummies”-style guide to breaking into law, put out by a publishing house in New Delhi. Her previous novel, The Rummy Club, was her first attempt to fictionalize the experiences of Indians abroad. The novel won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards and received three other awards. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Down in the Dirt magazine, in Scarlet Leaf Review magazine, in Moon magazine, and in Green Hills Literary Lantern.
An excerpt from her unpublished novel 'The Awakening of Meena Rawat' has been selected for publication in Litbreak magazine.

Plus Janna Layton, Kathleen L. Orosco and Gina Goldblatt. More author bios to come!

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J. Gordon Faylor / Brian Ng / John Spurlock
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

J. Gordon Faylor / Brian Ng / John Spurlock

Three poets take over Wolfman. A reading celebrating the release of J. Gordon Faylor's newest collection, "People Skulk," on Smiling Mind Documents.

J. Gordon Faylor is the author of People Skulk (Smiling Mind Documents, 2019), Plummet (TROLL THREAD, 2018), and Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), and is the editor of Gauss PDF and the managing editor of SFMOMA's Open Space. He lives in Oakland.

Brian Ng is an elegist from Hong Kong. He edits the Zahir Review. Last publication "Bit Elegies" (Broken Sleep Press).

John Spurlock is a poet living in Oakland CA. They do not yet know what a poem can do.

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Practice Issue 2 Release
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Practice Issue 2 Release

Night Diver Press will be hosting a release party for the second issue of their magazine, 'Practice' on Thursday, August 29th from 7-9 PM. This issue has portraits and Q&A interviews with 10 emerging Bay Area artists. Come pick up a copy for you/your friends/your aunt and let’s have drinks and snacks and talk about art spaces.

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Any Book of the Month Club
Aug
25
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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Claire Grossman, Nich Malone, and Justin Hogg
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Claire Grossman, Nich Malone, and Justin Hogg

JUSTIN HOGG lives in San Diego where he was born and raised. He is an editor for the Feminist-Marxist journal Blind Field. He loves that the Warriors dynasty is no more.

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NICH MALONE is a poet living in the East Bay. His work has appeared in Social Text, Hold, a journal, The Weakly, Tripwire: a journal of poetics, and Macaroni Necklace. He writes broken down/empty city/are we dying poems but every now and then cute things.

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CLAIRE GROSSMAN is a Ph.D. candidate in English literature at Stanford and co-curator of Cantíl, an Oakland-based reading series. cantilseries.org

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Poets Tessa Micaela, Madison Davis, and Caleb Beckwith
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Tessa Micaela, Madison Davis, and Caleb Beckwith

Three poets! One back in town! Let’s celebrate for the evening!

Tessa Micaela writes poems and letters, often to inanimate objects. Tessa is the author of there are boxes and there is wanting (Trembling Pillow Press, 2016), Crude Matter (ypolita press, 2016) and the forthcoming Where Bells Begin (Rescue Press, November 2019). Tessa also co-edits HOLD: a journal. Currently living and working in central Vermont, Tessa practices clinical herbal medicine and generative care, and is a midwife-in-training.

Madison Davis writes about death, family, and mourning. She is the author of Disaster (Timeless, Infinite Light 2016) and some other sprawling manuscripts. She lives and works in Oakland.

Caleb Beckwith is the author of Political Subject (Roof 2018) and the chapbook Emotional Hardcore (Lavendula Books 2019). He is 1/3 of the Sponge reading series and Dogpark Collective.

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The Politics of Pesticides Reading and Book Signing
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Politics of Pesticides Reading and Book Signing

Join us for a reading and book signing of The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides, written and edited by Mitchel Cohen, with forward by Vandana Shiva, published by Skyhorse Publishing, 2019.

The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides deals with the infiltration of chemical poisons into all facets of our lives – from our homes, farms and work places, to our schools, parks, even the air we breathe...And how activists and ordinary people are rising up to fight back against massive toxic damage to our foods, drinking water and air, our children's and workers' health, and the devastating effects on bee colonies, butterflies, and multiple animals and plants facing very real, and possibly soon, species extinction.....All from massive pesticide poisoning, driven solely by the relentless corporate greed of dominant chemical mega-corporations, especially Monsanto and Bayer (which bought Monsanto last year, making it the world's largest behemoth pesticide poisoner – yet locally, Bayer continues to expand its large bio-tech campus in west Berkeley, with the enthusiastic support of local politicians....)


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Joshua Furst Reading
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Joshua Furst Reading

ABOUT REVOLUTIONARIES

In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Café leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution’s poster child.

Fred is the sole offspring of Lenny Snyder, the famous (or notorious) pied piper of the counterculture, and in middle age he hates being reminded of it. But neither can he ignore any longer his psychedelically bizarre childhood. From infancy, for instance, he was called Freedom (in fact his given name) not only by those who should have known him but also by members of the burgeoning movement led by his father, who happily exploited having his wife and his toddling, then walking and talking, and finally observant son in tow. Thanks to Fred, this charismatic, brilliant, volatile ringmaster is as captivating in these pages as he was to his devoted disciples back then. We watch Lenny organize hippies and intellectuals, stage magnificent stunts, and gradually lose his magnetic confidence and leading role as the sixties start slipping away. He demands loyalty but gives none back in return, a man who preaches love but treats his family with almost reflexive cruelty. And Fred remembers all of it–the chaos, the spite, the affection. A kaleidoscopic saga, this novel is at once a profound allegory for America–where we’ve been and where we’re going–and a deeply intimate portrait of a father and son who define our times.


Joshua Furst is the author of the novels Revolutionaries and The Sabotage Café, which was named to the 2007 year-end best-of lists of the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News and the Philadelphia City Paper, as well as being awarded the 2008 Grub Street Fiction Prize.  His critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People, was published in 2003.  His work has appeared in, among other periodicals, EsquireSalonThe Chicago Tribune, BOMB, and The Forward, where he is a Contributing Editor.

 

From 1993 through 1998, he was an active participant in the New York alternative theatre scene. Among other accomplishments in this field, he helped organize and run Nada Theatre’s 1995 Obie award winning Faust Festival and was one of the producers of the 1998 New York RAT conference which brought experimental theatre artists from across the United States together for a week of performance and symposia.  His plays include WhimperMyn and The Ellipse and Other Shapes.  They have been produced by numerous theatres, both in the United States and abroad, including PS122, Adobe Theatre Company, Cucaracha Theatre Company, HERE, The Demarco European Art Foundation, and Annex Theatre in Seattle.  

 

He studied as an undergraduate at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, receiving a BFA in Dramatic Writing in 1993 and did graduate work at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, from which he received an MFA with Honors in 2001.    

 

Joshua Furst lives in New York City, and teaches at Columbia University.  

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Poetry Reading: Jorge, Myers, Poirier
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Jorge, Myers, Poirier

Three luminous noises appear! Visiting poet Peter Myers is joined by locals Julien Poirier & new-to-the scene Geraldine Jorge. Come over to Wolfman & hear what you haven't heard.

And hear what you haven't seen!

Doors at 6:30/Reading at 7

Peter Myers is a poet and writer originally from Maryland. His poetry has appeared in Conjunctions, The Capilano Review, DATABLEED, Vestiges, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He recently completed his MFA in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has taught creative writing in Philadelphia, Iowa City, and Stanford. He's about to move to New York, where he'll be a third grade teacher.

Julien Poirier’s poetry is published by the United States Postal
Service. He was born in San Francisco in 1870. He teaches poetry at San Quentin State Prison and was a founding member of the Ugly Duckling Presse Collective.

Geraldine Jorge is a Bay Area native and erstwhile philosopher. She has recently turned to poetry to explore the different ways a poem can help us re-understand/un-understand our everyday experiences.

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New Life Issue 5 Release Party AT 2727 CALIFORNIA ST
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

New Life Issue 5 Release Party AT 2727 CALIFORNIA ST

It’s here! It’s time! New Life Quarterly Issue 5 has arrived—in envelopes, in boxes!—and we want to celebrate with you!

Come out to 2727 California St, a multi-use art & education initiative + artist in residence program up in Berkeley at, you guessed it, 2727 California St! We are thrilled to have the release at 2727, especially because work from their “No School” arts education program is featured in one of the Issue 5 Portfolios!

7pm - Drinks, snacks, wild merriment, Issue 5 box stuffing

8:30pm - Readings, film screenings, and performative brilliance (details and performers tba)

9:30pm - DANCING (actually will be happening the whole time)

Can’t wait to see you then!

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Jul
28
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. Bring a copy of any book you’ve read in the last month and share about it! It’s like book club meets book reports. But there’s no grades. 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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Oakland Summer School ALL DAY!
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Oakland Summer School ALL DAY!

This is the day long Oakland Summer School festival learning/knowledge exchange extravaganza!

More details about specific talks and topics tba….

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

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Oakland Summer School Study Group
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Oakland Summer School Study Group

This July, Oakland Summer School is excited to host study groups on a range of political, literary, socially and cultural topics. Each study group is free to attend and will meet three times in book stores, galleries, and cafés in Oakland and the Bay Area. Study group sizes are limited.

More details about specific groups and topics tba….

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

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Oakland Summer School Study Group
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Oakland Summer School Study Group

This July, Oakland Summer School is excited to host study groups on a range of political, literary, socially and cultural topics. Each study group is free to attend and will meet three times in book stores, galleries, and cafés in Oakland and the Bay Area. Study group sizes are limited.

More details about specific groups and topics tba….

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

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Meaningfulosity: A Discussion around Blank Sign Book by Anne Lesley Selcer at SF Art Book Fair
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Meaningfulosity: A Discussion around Blank Sign Book by Anne Lesley Selcer at SF Art Book Fair

We’re really excited that Anne Lesley Selcer, author of our brand new publication, Blank Sign Book, will be leading a conversation at SFABF with other writers and artists on the boundaries and practices of art-writing. This will take place at 4pm on Saturday at the book fair in the classroom. See you there!

Meaningfulosity: A Discussion

Wolfman Books’ new publication, Blank Sign Book approaches art writing premised on the idea that it can contain anything, except detached authority. Engaging the relationship between politics and art—in the streets, on the screen, in the book, in the feminist meeting, and in the museum—this literary and experimental collection meets art with its own febrile and fecund energies. Author Anne Lesley Selcer will discuss her practice, and welcome a discussion with other artist-writers and writers devoted to art. 

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SF Art Book Fair AT MINNESOTA STREET PROJECTS
Jul
18
to Jul 21

SF Art Book Fair AT MINNESOTA STREET PROJECTS

The SF Art Book Fair is back and we’re so happy to be a part of it! The fair is at Minnesota Street Projects (1275 Minnesota Street in SF) and we’ll be tabling all weekend. The fair is FREE and OPEN to the public, and these are the hours to come check it out:

Friday, July 19 5PM – 10PM

Saturday, July 20 11AM – 6PM

Sunday, July 21 11AM – 5PM

Wolfman author, Anne Lesley Selcer, will also be leading a panel discussion on Saturday at 4pm at the fair with other writers and editors around her new book, Blank Sign Book.

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