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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets Allison Cobb and Arisa White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edmond Lapine Memorial Reading

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

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

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

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

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

Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #5

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

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

Community Reading Group: Oakland

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

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

So snag yourself a copy and get to reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wolfman @ The 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair

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

1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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

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

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

Free Poetry Workshop w/ Anna Avery #1

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

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

Wanda Screening // Barbara Loden

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

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

So come watch Wanda! 

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

The Black Aesthetic Season 1 Book Launch!

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

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

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

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

http://www.theblkaesthetic.com/

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

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

Reception for: "Find Yourself" by Chris Kerr

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

Reception begins at 7, readings at 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

::::::::::BIOS::::::::::

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poetry at Wolfman: Alan Felsenthal and Ari Banias
May
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry at Wolfman: Alan Felsenthal and Ari Banias

We're hosting Alan Felsenthal and Ari Banias, one from across the continent, one from across the Berkeley/Oakland border. Both have new books! Both are amazing! You will think so too!

Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2017, Lowly is his first collection of poems.

Ari Banias is the author of the book Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), and the chapbook What's Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Offing, Poetry, and others. He lives & works in Berkeley.

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Oatfeels release /// Spellling /// Ali's birthday!
May
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Oatfeels release /// Spellling /// Ali's birthday!

We're so excited to celebrate the release of OATFEELS: The Tender Issue AND Ali's birth with a night of tender, fiery readings and dreamy magic songs by the brilliant and amazing SPELLLING ! It'll be a super sweet transcendent night. 

This issue is brimming with deep feelings and strength and softness and hurt and questions and friendship. It's gonna be so good! Maybe we said this last time, but this is actually our last issue (!) and we really hope you'll come hang out and party with us !! 

/ / / 

R E A D E R S

VIRGIE TOVAR
JOSÉ VADI
MUD HOWARD
TARA MARSDEN
MAIRA
CLAIRE STRINGER

+ more!

/ / /

~*~*~ SPELLLING ~*~*~ 
conjurings
soundcloud.com/spellling

 

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Mozart Only Record Store Closing Party & 7" Release
May
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mozart Only Record Store Closing Party & 7" Release

Closing party for the MOZART Only Record Store.

PWYC hand-painted copies of the new "Nasty" 7" on Iron Lung Records will be available. 

Group art show of meditations on the blob featuring Jessalyn Aaland, Judy Bals, Jeffrey Cheung, Jaime Clark, ER Conner, Genesis Crespo, Sinuba Dreem, Zoë Leonard, Max Nordile, Monica Raden, Gabriel Ramirez, Ralph Rivera, Adrian Saenz, Ben Sap, Soleil Summer. 

Live music, complimentary beer, supper provided. 

A free evening of conviviality. Proceeds from "Nasty" will benefit a radical Bay Area organization, TBA. 

EMBRACE THE CONCEPT OF TOTAL FREEDOM

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The BA Presents: Jehnovah Carlisle's Day by Day/Man Who Feared
Apr
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

The BA Presents: Jehnovah Carlisle's Day by Day/Man Who Feared

Double Feature from Director Jehnovah Carlise

Day by Day
With lingering financial woes—scanty disability checks and chronic unemployment—Johnny must save every coin to take care of his eleven-year-old son, Michael. Michael is young, and bound to make careless mistakes; it's a part of his growing process. But his father, Johnny, doesn't see it that way.

Man Who Feared
A fictional short narrative that delves into the life of GARRET WESTERVILLE, 29, white, techie, who has recently moved into the district of West Oakland, California, a predominantly black community. His daily jog from his home to a nearby lake is disrupted by an unexpected encounter with a black man, a precarious moment that leads to the persecution of an innocent man.

$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.

$10.00 Poster and ticket

$20.00 Season Pass with Poster

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Be About It presents: Julie Mannell & Friends at Wolfman Books
Apr
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Be About It presents: Julie Mannell & Friends at Wolfman Books

Julie Mannell is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays, and an editor at Matrix Magazine. She is the recipient of the HarperCollins/Constance Rooke Scholarship, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize, the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing, and The Vagenius Award (presented by Roseanne Barr). Her work has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star and Huffington Post, among others. At the moment, Mannell is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in English Literature and Philosophy. Originally from Fonthill, Ontario, she currently splits her time between Montreal and Toronto. She was recently named one of the Top 30 Poets Under 30. Twitter/insta/snap: @juliemannell. 

http://www.juliemannell.com/

Joined by: Jesse PradoKen Ta, Mark Cronin, and more TBA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1884502911825546/

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The BA Presents: Anaiis Cisco's Breathless
Apr
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

The BA Presents: Anaiis Cisco's Breathless

Breathless follows Larry, an elder figure to his Brooklyn community, who risks his life selling cigarettes.

Film Synopsis
Larry, a respected figure in his community, visits Major Deli for coffee, to see the owner, Wally, and to pick up a pack of cigarettes. On his way out of the bodega, Larry sees neighborhood teens attacking Adam. Larry breaks up the fight, and the teens take off running. While Adam thanks Larry, he asks if he has an extra cigarette. Larry charges him fifty cents. Soon after, Larry is approached by two officers who accuse him of selling cigarettes. Larry, frustrated and annoyed by the way the officers are treating him, pleads with the cops up until his final breath. [www.breathlessfilm.com]

After Screening there will be a discussion with the director. 

$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.

$10.00 Poster and ticket

$20.00 Season Pass with Poster

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