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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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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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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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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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 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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Oakland Summer School Study Group
Jul
16
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
12
7:00 PM19:00

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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Talk More / Dunkelman::fluke-mogul::Ishi-Smith / Tuckamore
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Talk More / Dunkelman::fluke-mogul::Ishi-Smith / Tuckamore

Andrew Weathers is in town from West Texas, he's going to jam with his old pals Talk More, joined by similarly-named buds Tuckamore and impro wizards Nava / gabby / Kanoko. All at your favorite Oakland general interest book cave. A truly cozy sound stew for all ages and astrological sings.

Donations support the artists as well as Wolfman Books—an absolute rock of our community.

Doors 7
Music 7:30

$5-15
No one turned away for lack of funds

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TALK MORE
Andrew Weathers - guitar, electronics
Shanna Sordahl - cello
Aaron Oppenheim - electronics

DUNKELMAN / FLUKE-MOGUL / NISHI-SMITH
Nava Dunkelman - percussion
gabby fluke-mogul - violin
Kanoko Nishi-Smith - koto

TUCKAMORE
Marissa Deitz - guitar, cello, voice
Adam Hirsch - guitar, clarinet, voice

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Oakland Summer School Study Group
Jul
9
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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Poets Jared Stanley, Paul Ebenkamp, and Lauren Levin
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Jared Stanley, Paul Ebenkamp, and Lauren Levin

What a reading! What a lineup! See you soon!

Jared Stanley is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently EARS. He has also authored numerous artists books, chapbooks, and ephemera, including Ignore the Cries of Empty Stones and Your Flesh Will Break Out in Scavengers and Shall. Stanley frequently collaborates with visual artists, most recently on a speculative artist’s museum Terma, Images from the Ear or Groin or Somewhere, with the Toronto-based artist Sameer Farooq, which was the inaugural exhibition at the Lilley Museum of Art in Reno in January 2019. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

Paul Ebenkamp is author of Parallel Realism (Despite Editions, 2017) and The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015); editor of Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (Counterpoint, 2015); editor with Andrew Kenower of Despite Editions, a small press; curator with Andrew Kenower of the Woolsey Heights reading series; editor with Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta of the pdf journal Bleed it Back; releases music as Position (paulebenkamp.bandcamp.com); lives in Berkeley, CA.

Lauren Levin is a poet and mixed-genre writer, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016) and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). With Emji Spero, they were developmental editor for We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zachary Ozma (Nightboat, 2019), and with Eric Sneathen, they are editing Camille Roy's selected prose. Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt, and aspirational Frank O'Hara. They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, CA, are from New Orleans, LA, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent, and anxiety.

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Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

Any Book of the Month Club

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

DO:

  • Bring a copy of the book you want to discuss

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

  • Invite your bookish friends

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


DON'T:

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

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

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Blank Sign Book Release AT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Anne Lesley Selcer w/Sharmi Basu & Genevieve Quick
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Blank Sign Book Release AT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Anne Lesley Selcer w/Sharmi Basu & Genevieve Quick

If you didn't already know, Wolfman has a new book out—this time, in partnership with Southern Exposure! So come celebrate the Bay Area release of Blank Sign Book by Anne Lesley Selcer! Selcer will be reading from the collection and in conversation with the dynamically likeminded and brilliant artist and art writer, Genevieve Quick, at SoEx. With a shared interest in the intersections of art and politics, electronic musician and political educator Sharmi Basu (aka Beast Nest) will also be performing! Of course, since it's A BOOK RELEASE there will be snacks, drinks, extreme insight and merriment.

A collection of innovative art writing, Blank Sign Book emerged from poet and essayist Anne Lesley Selcer’s tenure as inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure. Writing in the confluence of politics and aesthetics through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more, Selcer’s debut collection culminates the interdisciplinary thinking and formal risk of fifteen years of public critical writing.

Blank Sign Book is available now online (squareup.com/store/em-wolfman-books/) and at Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. And you can find more info about the publication at http://wolfmanhomerepair.com/books.

ANNE LESLEY SELCER is an art writer and a poet in the expanded field. Blank Sign Book (Wolfman Books, 2019) is a collection of essays moving though the tensions and potentials between art and politics. Sun Cycle, winner of the CSU Poetry Center First Poetry Book Prize will be out September 2019. Named for the star that makes vision possible, it investigates image, power and gender. She is author of from A Book of Poems on Beauty, winner of the Gazing Grain prize, a chapbook emerging from her multidisciplinary research into Western beauty. Anne Lesley’s art writing includes Banlieusard, a commissioned book-length text on media and sense memory for Artspeak and Untitled (a treatise on form) for 2nd Floor Projects, a limited edition pamphlet in tandem with an exhibition. Critical writing appears in Fillip, Art Practical, Hyperallergic, The Capilano Review, Open Space, the anthology New Media Art 2017: Back to Nature, as well as in several exhibition catalogs, the most recent forthcoming this Fall for the Mills College Art Museum. Poetry appears in Fence, The Chicago Review, and Action, Yes! among several other small magazines. Anne Lesley wrote a column for Jacket2 on art resistant to the transformation of social life into a frontier market” and a series of essays for SFMOMA’s Open Space on language and the moving image. In Vancouver BC, she created the Chroma Reading Series for creative research, artists working in language, and poetry; she was an initiating and contributing editor there to the Public Works anthology of art writing. Her language-based video, sound and text pieces have exhibited at the Krowswork, Visible Verse Festival, Southern Exposure, T-10 Video festival, and on Gauss PDF. Anne Lesley’s practice has been supported by residencies at Krowswork, Mildred’s Lane and Southern Exposure, and in tandem with the Nonsite collective, by The Headlands Center for the Arts and SFCameraworks. 

SHARMI BASU is an Oakland born and based South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi's primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and more. Her workshops on “Decolonizing Sound” have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music, the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and have reached international audiences. She performs almost 100 times a year and has toured through the US and Canada as well as internationally in Europe. She specializes in new media controllers, improvisation in electronic music, and intersectionality within music and social justice. She also founded and hosts an all people-of-color improvisation and performance group called the MARA Performance Collective in Oakland, CA and was an organizer the Universe is Lit: A Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest. Sharmi is imperfect and is always learning and hopes to help develop a world that embraces and nourishes self-empowerment for all people.

GENEVIEVE QUICK is a San Francisco based artist and arts writer. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her work in galleries in the Bay Area. She has been awarded residencies at the Mills College, de Young Museum, MacDowell, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Quick has received a CCI Investing in Artists grant and a Kala Fellowship. She has contributed writings to Shotgun Review, The Present Group, and Temporary Art Review. Quick regularly contributes to Art Practical.

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

Rise of the Black Panthers: Alan Clark Release

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

Also snacks.

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

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Andy Briseno Reading
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Briseno Reading

Andy Briseno is a queer poet of Nicaraguan and Mexican descent. Their art focuses primarily on their Central American ancestry through storytelling. They are adamant of portraying narratives of their family and have started by sharing a snippet of their mother’s experiences in Nicaragua during the Civil War.

Pronouns: They Them Theirs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Alex Walton, and Bill Carty

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

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

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

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Orbiting Pluto Reading + Music
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Orbiting Pluto Reading + Music

Arkea is presenting our first Art event

Hosted by wolfman books

Crystal collective

June 15

7-9pm

FREE

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

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

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

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

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

Links to the artist

Arkea

https://www.arkea.shop/

Kai Sugioka-Stone

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

Lauren Balino

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

Orbiting Pluto

https://orbitingpluto.bandcamp.com/

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

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

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

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

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The Astrological Grimoire
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Astrological Grimoire

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


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


Bios:

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


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


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

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

Lindsey Boldt, Mohamed Asem, and Sara Larsen!

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

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

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

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

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

Cacophony Society Reading and Signing

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

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

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

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Cartero Esperanza
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Cartero Esperanza

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

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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