Nancy Huang, "Favorite Daughter," with Aurielle Marie
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Nancy Huang, "Favorite Daughter," with Aurielle Marie

Nancy Huang will be reading from her first book of poems, Favorite Daughter.

Nan Huang (黄洁) is a queer Chinese-American poet. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and more. She has received fellowships from VONA and Tin House, and is a former member of UT Spitshine. She competed/resisted at CUPSI 2017 in Chicago, where all her poems were nominated for Best of the Rest. Her debut poetry collection, Favorite Daughter, is out by Write Bloody Publishing.

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Dear Diary Zine Fest Pre-Party!
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Dear Diary Zine Fest Pre-Party!

Oh my goodness, it is almost time for the Bay Area's only PERZINE FEST! We are celebrating by hosting a zine reading the night before the fest!

Out-of-town and local zinestresses will be reading select works from their *super popular* zines. Come hangout with Enola Dismay, Alex Wrekk, Angela Roberts, Neelybat Chestnut and the rest of the Dear Diary Zine Fest crew. All exhibitors, attendees, and zine fans are welcome to come mingle and trade zines.

It's gonna be a fun event, so don't miss it! 

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Cantíl: Lily Hoang, Kevin Lo, Andrea Marina
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Cantíl: Lily Hoang, Kevin Lo, Andrea Marina

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (PEN USA Award finalist and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego. 

Kevin Lo is a composer, choreographer and writer based in Oakland (previously Australia, born New Zealand). He works with spatiality, machinic processes, and has a background in the biological sciences.

Andrea Marina is an indigenous writer originally from Miami, whose topics mainly center on trauma, killing men, and her deep and abiding love for Florida swamps. She co-hosts Words of Resistance with Andrea Abi-Karam, a monthly queer reading series focused on giving non-cis male identifying writers a platform to showcase their work. Her first chapbook "my dirty southern heart" was released through Mess Editions, a local press.

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CANTÍL is a venomous snake // a reading series that exclusively features poets of color. Read more about the series here: http://tinyurl.com/z4buglh + http://tinyurl.com/hdmtz4e

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Kat's Zine Club Party No.2
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Kat's Zine Club Party No.2

Join us for a celebration. Kat's zines will be available for purchase. Performances start @6PM sharp: Readings from her zines, performances of the performance art. There will be meditation and how to draw flowers and introduction to graphic scores and more!

Guest performers to be named soooooon!

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Rituals For Removing Creative Blocks book release party
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Rituals For Removing Creative Blocks book release party

"That moment when we’ve carved out our precious time to make, experience, or support art, and instead we just feel stuck, insecure, or exhausted. All we can make contact with is stress, pressure, or the immensity of our to-do lists. We find ourselves wondering why we’re even committed to the making and sharing of creative work, and why we even got into this in the first place."

Rituals for Removing Creative Clocks, an Emerging Arts Professionals (EAP) MADE project awardee, offered somatic instructions to solve these blocks of contemporary creative life, and presented these instructions through ritualized, playful and magical banquet-gatherings. 

Liat, Leora and Kim are now excited to announce the release of the Ritual For Removing Creative Blocks book which documents the day on October 22 2017, where we held three sessions of our rituals in which cultural workers from across the Bay Area were welcomed into a cozy courtyard with a ritual hand-washing, and seated around a colorful curated table designed by chef-artist Kim Upstill. 

Please join us for a release party for book perusing, snacks made by Kim, and a brief talk by the authors Leora and Liat.

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Black Liberation Quiz Night
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Black Liberation Quiz Night

Do you hate racism and oppression? Do you love Black Liberation and games? Please come join us for a Black Liberation Quiz Night, a fundraiser for Center for Economic Research and Social Change (CERSC). CERSC is a non-profit dedicated to a better understanding of today’s world, and helping to put forward a vision of a better future. They sponsor the International Socialist Review, the Socialism Conference, and Haymarket Books, which recently published How We Get Free
Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Sliding Scale $10-$25

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Unity and LOWER GRAND RADIO Grand Opening Party!!!
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Unity and LOWER GRAND RADIO Grand Opening Party!!!

Unity/LOWER GRAND RADIO are opening on the second floor of E.M. Wolfman!

Performances by
BLANKIE
EVIL TWINS
TECHNO PAGAN

DJ SETS
Lower Grand Djs:
Garam Garam Crew: Postmistress General and Peptalk
Three Six Sashia
+more!

Food by MILKTOOTH
and We are trying to get a keg lmao

No haters, No biters, no jerks, 
This is a Safe Space, act a fool get thrown out.

Free Event!

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Thinking from Oakland: Urban Study in the Town
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

Thinking from Oakland: Urban Study in the Town

The Urban Study editorial collective (Trisha BaruaErin MC EL, and Alex Werth) is seeking local writers, artists, and activists for an anthology of work that carefully and creatively thinks Oakland from Oakland. 

What does Urban Study in Oakland look, sound, and feel like? Are there ways of understanding the city's politics of race, space, and history that challenge or expand the conventional frame of gentrification? How can we resist the displacement of local communities by centering local ways of knowing the Town?

Full description here: https://urbanstudyoakland.wordpress.com/cfp/

This informal gathering is an chance to meet the editors and other potential contributors, discuss the goals and timeline of the project, ask questions, and eat some snacks!

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Coco Spencer 2018 Calendar Release
Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

Coco Spencer 2018 Calendar Release

It's 2018, maybe you need a new calendar to reflect the new dates. 
We have a bunch of calendars with 16 months of California-based creative badasses. Come and get one! They'll be $25 and will get you through April of 2019. 
Or, if your new year's resolution is to buy nothing, come hang out and write on postcards or make zines, or tell us jokes, or show us magic tricks.

https://www.facebook.com/events/104509440357445/

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A Celebration of "The Bigness of Things"
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

A Celebration of "The Bigness of Things"

We are so excited to invite you to a new year celebration of our newest Wolfman Book, "The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture"! 

Released in late 2017 in conjunction with the Communal Presence Conference held at UC Berkeley, we have yet to throw an official book/release party...UNTIL NOW!!!

Featuring:

All (most) of the contributors, under one roof! 

Including such luminaries as Matt Sussman, Brandon Callender, Jamie TownsendStephanie YoungIsmail MuhammadSyd Staiti, and Brandon Brown, among others!

Short readings / long diatribes from many of the contributors!

A toast from / to the book's editors, Daniel Benjamin and Eric Sneathen!

Books books books books books books books for sale!

An excerpted film screening from Marc Huestis' 1982, "Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?"

Food and drinks!

(BOOK) PARTY VIBES!

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Field Guide to Empathy
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Field Guide to Empathy

Join choreographer Liv Schaffer (Oakland) and comic maker Andrea Bell (Chicago) Friday, January 19th at the intersection of movement, sequential art, and empathy, for an evening of presentation and participation.

Though these artists utilize different creation methodologies, Liv and Andrea found an intersection—a shared theme in their work focusing on the growth of empathy in the face of loss. They invite you and yours in celebrating the different forms of expression all while gleaning useful information and stories about the journey to living with more empathy.

We'll have some drinks and learn more about each other starting at 7pm. 

Come get to know the artists and their work anytime between 7-10pm, with a participatory presentation beginning at 7:30pm.

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New Orleans noise from Dolce / Proud Father / r beny
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

New Orleans noise from Dolce / Proud Father / r beny

It's Drone Tuesday! Wait, is that a new series at Wolfman? Who knows! Maybe! But this coming Tuesday come out for some lapping dronal tides by PROUD FATHER and DOLCE coming all the way from NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, and local drone hero R BENY, curated by Bay Area drone purveyor SILO HOMES.

Proud Father

Proud Father is an all tape recording project from New Orleans, Louisiana, featuring noise bursts, tape collages, shoegaze-esque distortion/reverb, and analogue synthesizers.

https://proudfather1.bandcamp.com/

Dolce

New Orleans electronic noise maneuvers falling somewhere between a flock of swallows and a hornet's nest

https://soundcloud.com/dolcedaisy

r beny

r beny is a bay area based electronic ambient project featuring modular and hardware synthesizers. the album "Cascade Symmetry" is the culmination of an intense and transformative year-long period. It is an ode to new beginnings and the disintegration of the past.

https://rbeny.bandcamp.com/album/cascade-symmetry

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Sponge Talk 4: Liz Kinnamon and Matt Killegrew
Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

Sponge Talk 4: Liz Kinnamon and Matt Killegrew

It's our last Sponge Talk at E.M. Wolfman! 

This Saturday Jan 6th. 

Liz Kinnamon will be featured alongside Matt Kellegrew (bios to come below), and we'll have light snacks and beverages. Come see what they have to say around such potential topics as gender and emotional labor in tech, the law as language game, 2nd wave feminist film, surrealist bdsm, or???? Hang out with us!

The following Tuesday evening, Jan 10th we'll also be hosting the Sponge Talks "office hours" to discuss the talks. Last Sponge Talks speakers, Shiloh Jines and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo will also be present. Please be encouraged to come by even if you didn't make it to Saturday's talk.

More on the Sponge Talk Series here:
http://wolfmanhomerepair.com/sponge-talks/

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Freedom On the Move Prisoner Solidarity Postcard Writing
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Freedom On the Move Prisoner Solidarity Postcard Writing

Join us for a night of art, books, prisoner solidarity, music and food!
*Special edition N.O. Bonzo / CR tshirts * * Dignidad Rebelde art table + more *

*Kid-friendly! Coloring book pages and kids station with childcare.*

It's time for our annual Prisoner Solidarity Postcard mailing. We invite you to join us as we take action and build power across prison walls!

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Poets Joseph Bradshaw, Laura Moriarty, Kevin Killian
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

Poets Joseph Bradshaw, Laura Moriarty, Kevin Killian

Sunday afternoons are literally the best. And this one is going to be the best of the best. Joseph Bradshaw is visiting us from out of town and will be joined by the ever-amazing Laura Moriarty and Kevin Killian. This is poetry staple food. Bring your brunch coffees and come on down!

Joseph Bradshaw is a poet, essayist, archivist, and teacher. Books: The New York School (Publication Studio), In the Common Dream of George Oppen (Shearsman Books). He has taught at Portland State University, the School of Visual Arts, Tulane University, among others. Currently: Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, poet and novelist Laura Moriarty is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Rondeaux (1990), A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975–2007 (2007), A Tonalist (2010), and Who That Divines (2014). She is also the author of the short novel Cunning (2000) and the science fiction novel Ultravioleta (2006). Moriarty has served as archive director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University and as deputy director of Small Press Distribution. She has taught at Naropa University, the Otis Art Institute, and Mills College. Her honors include a Poetry Center Book Award, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry, a New Langton Arts Award, and a Fund for Poetry grant. She lives in northern California.

Kevin Killian, one of the original New Narrative writers, has written four books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie(2008), Tweaky Village (2014), and Tony Greene Era (2017); three novels, Shy (1989),  Arctic Summer (1997) and Spreadeagle(2012); a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989); and three books of stories—Little Men (1996, winner of the PEN Oakland award for fiction), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009). Kevin has written often on the U.S. poet Jack Spicer, and the edition of Spicer's poetry My Vocabulary Did This to Me, that he edited with Peter Gizzi, won the American Book Award in 2008. Kevin has also written on the local San Francisco art scene for (among others) the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bookforum, Artforum, Artweek, and Art In America. In 2010 Kevin and David Brazil edited the anthology The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985, which has become the standard work on the subject.  For the San Francisco Poet's Theater Kevin has written nearly forty plays. He continues to work in many genres.  Three voumes of his famous Selected Amazon Reviews have been published, and also Tagged: Variations on a Theme(2013), nude photographs of contemporary poets, musicians, artists, filmmakers and creatives of many stripes.

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New Life Quarterly Release Party! Yes!
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

New Life Quarterly Release Party! Yes!

Everyone! We are starting a magazine! We are really excited about it! Be the first person (maybe on earth) to get a look at this thing! 

This issue features really incredible profiles, book reviews, essays, fiction, poetry, artwork and a videogame by:

Lindsey Boldt, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Justin Carder, Matt Carney, Pia Cortez, Samantha Espinoza, Leora Fridman, Madeline Gobbo, Linnie Greene, Blair Johnson, Jacob Kahn, Jordan Karnes, Rachel Khong, @laurencesss, Nicole Lavelle, Tara Marsden, Louise McCune, Holly Meadows-Smith, Claire Mullen, Zoé Samudzi, Abdullah Shakur, Coco Spencer, Avery Trufelman, Miranda Tsang, Leila Weefur, Maya Weeks, Jennifer Williams, Akande X, Paolo Yumol and maybe more!

Release party will be DJed by DJ XELA and goes from 7 to whenever we get tired of doing it.

Come grab a magazine at a ridiculously LOW PRICE! 
Also get in on special release party SUBSCRIPTION DEALS! 
Check out our new QUARTERLY BOOKSTORE thing we're doing! 
And other special things WILL ALSO HAPPEN! 

Hope to see you then/there! 

newlifequarterly.com

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Black Comedy Night
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Black Comedy Night

Hi this is Akande (I work Sat and Sun at the 13th street downtown Wolfman) I’m throwing a black comedy night this Friday and I would love it if you could come by and hang out and laugh with me and the comics, most of us have never done this before so it’s really one big experiment.  We’re basically bringing Def Comedy Jam to Oakland. Why not? Life is short and meaningless. Hope to see you there. 

Comics include: Ismail Muhammed, Tim Desir, Michael Letang, Akande X, Woody Othello, Sydney Burnett, Chelsea Flowers, Ryanaustin Dennis

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Waxing Gibbous: A Magical Open Mic feat. Emji Spero
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Waxing Gibbous: A Magical Open Mic feat. Emji Spero

AT 13TH STREET (410 13th Street)

As the moon moves through these long, cold nights toward fullness on December 3, we invite you to come share your writing about mythmaking, witchcraft, personal rituals, family lore, astrology, the mystery and wonder of small daily encounters, elements, ancestors, transformation, forests & oceans & sensations of awe. This is a night for healers, oracles, midwives, & all kinds of witches. However you define your magic, we want to hear it! 

The evening will begin with featured reader Emji Spero, followed by anyone who wishes to share their work. Please arrive at 6 pm sharp if you would like to sign up! 

Emji Spero is a queer performance artist and writer living in Oakland, California. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. They are currently working on Exhaustion: A Retching, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of the accumulated, subthreshold violences, which daily permeate a non-binary body in transition. Code-switching between poetry and essay, Spero explores Jose Muñoz’s notion that “utopia exists in the quotidian.”

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3x Chani Bockwinkel, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Pritchard
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

3x Chani Bockwinkel, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Pritchard

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

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

Chani Bockwinkel is a performer and filmmaker. She makes interdisciplinary work for the stage, gallery and internet. She often works closely with Justin Bieber. She curates Justin Bieber into intimate and surprising venues. Most recently she has been a dramaturge for his newest piece Justin Bieber Ted Talk (a micro version).

Ricki Dwyer is an artist and is often a weaver from the Bay Area, currently living in SF. Today they're exploring the idea that cloth can be a vessel to experiment with gravity as a material, or a place holder for entropy. Usually they travel most of the year, but since August they've been an MFA candidate at UC Berkeley. 

Sarah Pritchard is appropriately multiplicious. They are an experimental dancer and choreographer, a third generation preacher, founding member of SALTA dance collective, co-pastor of the Agape Fellowship radical inter-faith house church, improvisational cook in the kitchen and cat co-parent to Prince. Sarah works at SOMArts Cultural Center in SF as the Director of Communications and Strategy. They dream of a day when none of us has to alienate our time and creativity for money.

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Poets Aja Couchois Duncan and Jared Joseph
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Aja Couchois Duncan and Jared Joseph

 

We are so excited for two poets whose work we love and you can too! Jared Joseph has a brand new book, Drowsy. Drowsy Baby, out from Civil Coping Mechanisms and Aja Couchois Duncan has a book from just last year, Restless Continent, with Litmus Press. Will they read from these books, or will they read from...ELSEWHERE? You'll have to come to find out!

Jared Joseph is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA program in poetry, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Literature at the University of California – Santa Cruz. Recent poems have been published in Fence, Noo Journal, and Yes. His book Drowsy. Drowsy Baby was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms, while his and Sara Peck’s collaborative book here you are is available from Horse Less Press.

Lush with elemental imagery, Aja Couchois Duncan communes with a North America that speaks elegiac, celebratory, and melancholic histories human and geological. Her debut collection Restless Continent (Litmus 2016) was selected by Entropy Magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016 and won the California Book Award in 2017. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. When not writing or working she can be seen running in the Marin watershed with her life love, Dublin, an Australian Cattle Dog rescue who, one more than one occasion, saved her life.

 

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Scott Esposito and CJ Evans
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Scott Esposito and CJ Evans

Friends! How about more friends?! Scott Esposito has a new book out, "The Doubles," and will be joined by CJ Evans, and it'll be a reading for all the BFFs out there. Yours and ours. Near and far. See you there!

Scott Esposito is is the author of four books, most recently The Doubles from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Tin House, The White Review, The Lifted Brow, The Believer, The Washington Post, and others. He was a finalist for the 2014 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is a Senior Editor and Publicity Director with Two Lines Press. 

CJ Evans is the author of A Penance (New Issues Press), and The Category of Outcast, selected by Terrance Hayes for the Poetry Society of America’s chapbook fellowship. He was awarded the Amy Lowell Scholarship, on which he spent a year in Aix, France. He co-edited, with Brenda Shaughnessy, Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House, and his work has recently appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Handsome, and Tin House, as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day project, and elsewhere. By day, I’m the editorial director of Two Lines Press, which publishes leading contemporary literature in translation. 

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Patricia Sazani "The Sacred Categories" Release
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Patricia Sazani "The Sacred Categories" Release

We are so excited for the release party for Patricia Sazani, a multi-genre artist and writer, and one of our first WAM residents! She'll be joined by multi-genre artist, Chani Bockwinkel. As a Wolfman resident, Patricia Sazani worked on her massive, ongoing, speculative world-building-art-project, which culminated in an edition of drawings and imprints, "The Sacred Categories: A Handbook for Organizing Religious Experience."

We released "The Sacred Categories" in LA in September at the Women's Center for Creative Work (shouts-out!) and now we're having a Bay Area release party for this gorgeous edition. Come gather, celebrate, and imbibe with Patricia and us on Thursday, November 16th at 13th st at 7pm, and leave with a sacred handbook!

 

Chani Bockwinkel will be talking about her research on 19th Century Prophet Ellen G. White. Bockwinkel has spent the last years immersed in the world of 19th century religion as part of the upcoming film Those Who Wait. Those Who Wait is a poetic re-telling of an 1844 doomsday movement. The film is co-directed by Chani Bockwinkel and Tyler Burdens

Learn more about Patricia Sazani's WAM Residency

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3x Summer Mason, Joseph Liatela, Shawn Wen
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

3x Summer Mason, Joseph Liatela, Shawn Wen

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

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

"If you are white, please sit in the back of the theater when viewing my films.." -summer fucking masonfilmmaker. mason is collaborating with musician Imogen Teasley-Vlautin. 

Joseph Liatela is an independent multimedia artist based in Oakland, California working in printmaking, performance, and video. His work explores the way we perceive gender, sexuality, the body, memory, trans/queer intergenerational connection, and the self. He completed his BFA from the Individualized Honors program at California College of the Arts (2017) and has performed/exhibited in numerous galleries/venues, including exhibitions for the the National Queer Arts Festival (2016), the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (2017), SOMArts (2017), Denniston Hill (2017) and was selected as a participant in the New York Arts Practicum (2016).  This fall he will be an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  Upcoming exhibitions and performances include Drivers, Impulsers (group exhibition) at Human Resources in Los Angeles, and Surface Tension (solo exhibition) at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, California.

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace, and she is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Brown University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. Wen was born in Beijing, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and currently resides in San Francisco.

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Poetics: Anja Weiser Flower, Zack Haber, Wendy Trevino
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

Poetics: Anja Weiser Flower, Zack Haber, Wendy Trevino

Anja Weiser Flower, Zack Haber and Wendy Trevino will all be performing on Saturday November 11th at 7:30 at Wolfman Books. 

Here are some bios, more to come:

The most reasonable thing we could do
would be this: to globally organize human life
/ Anja Weiser Flower organizes matter into conduits /
so that feeling and logic, thought and action are unified, 
/ between viewers and an experience of Everything. /
and class society with its division of labor
/ She had a solo show, Anja Weiser Flower at odium fati, /
and oppressive brutality is done away with;
/ in San Francisco last year, and will have another at / 
to overcome the alienation of human beings
/ Human Resources in Los Angeles next year; she looks /
from our own powers, set right the metabolism
/ forward to the dissolving of the division of labor /
between human beings and non-human nature, 
and achieve freedom; to overcome the division
/ that separates "artists" from the totality of human life. /
of human beings into men and women, and achieve
the full flowering of humanity's transsexual possibility;

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Zack Haber is an organizer of poetics. Some of his work can be found in Datableed Zine, Armed Cell, The Capalino Review, 580 Split, Eleven Eleven, Sierra Nevada Review and other places. His little book, if you want to be one of them playing in the streets…, was published in 2014 by Quiet Lightning and Tiny Splendor. He’s hosted poetry readings and performances through The Other Fabulous Reading Series and other projects in the Bay Area since 2012. He works at Martin Luther King Elementary School in West Oakland. He’s currently writing a book called Horrible Places. He self-published a chapbook this year called Winning Office Politics Quickly.

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40TH ST: Davey Davis "The Earthquake Room" Book Release, w/ Jennifer Williams, Andrea Abi-Karam, Andrew P. Heath
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

40TH ST: Davey Davis "The Earthquake Room" Book Release, w/ Jennifer Williams, Andrea Abi-Karam, Andrew P. Heath

AT 40TH ST NEW LIFE STOREFRONT!

Oakland writer, Davey Davis, has a new book, The Earthquake Room, our from TigerBee Press. Come celebrate with Davey and Jennifer Williams and maybe even a special guest or two!

Davey Davis writes about culture, sexuality, technology, and genderqueer embodiment. Occasionally, they also write fiction. Their short story "Difficult Women" received Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train’s 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers, and they have contributed to Mask MagazineReal Life MagazineThe RumpusLeste MagazineThe MillionsNat. BrutPlenitude Magazine, and other publications. Their short story collection, "The Big House," was awarded the Amanda Davis MFA in Fiction Thesis Award from Mills College in 2015. They live in Berkeley, California.   

Jennifer Williams is a writer and musician in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2014 and was awarded the Ardella Mills Prize in Fiction for her thesis. She has been an artist-in-residence at Wolfman Books, Cabin-Time and Have Company and was a Fiction Finalist for Disquiet International. She has created and self-published several zines meant for reflection, including The Process of Letting Yourself Have a Creative Process, The Better Feminism Workbook and The Actual Feeling and leads regular workshops in the Bay Area using these workbooks. When she makes music, it is usually as Gossimer. She is currently studying Somatic Psychotherapy at CIIS.

Andrea Abi-Karam is a gq punk poet cyborg writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies & delayed healing. Their first book EXTRATRANSMISSION is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press early 2018. Commune Editions published Andrea’s chapbook THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016) an attempt to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Find them on the 2018 Sister Spit tour in March.

Andrew P. Heath is an Oakland-based writer of short fiction. He received his MFA from Mills in 2016 and was awarded the Amanda Davis Thesis Prize. He is currently working on a novel, Photographing Horsehead Seals on the Beach.

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Poets Toni Mergentime Levi, Caleb Beckwith, Laura Woltag
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Toni Mergentime Levi, Caleb Beckwith, Laura Woltag

We love hosting poets from, well, everywhere! And we've got Toni Mergentime Levi visiting from NYC, along with local faves Caleb Beckwith and Laura Woltag. It's going to be stellar. Come on by!

Toni Mergentime Levi is a poet and librettist from New York City. White Food (Mayapple Press, 2016) was preceded by two other full-length collections: Watching Mother Disappear (Mayapple, 2009) and For A Dancing Bear (Three Mile Harbor, 1995). Toni's poems have won praise for their depth, honesty, delicate feeling, offbeat discernment and wit. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals (e.g., Prairie Schooner, Crosscurrents, Confrontation, Kansas Quarterly, California Quarterly), online (Poetry Daily), on radio (WBAI-FM) and in anthologies. Toni has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany), Konstepidemin (Sweden), MacDowell, Djerassi, Ucross, Millay and Saltonstall. Thanksgiving, one of two operas and several other collaborations with composer Paul Alan Levi, won a Grand Prize for New Opera from the National Music Theater Network. Venture, four poems set to music by Charles Fussell, premiered at Tanglewood and is being recorded by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Caleb Beckwith is a writer and editor living in Oakland. His work can be found at Jacket 2, Gauss PDF, and most recently in Armed Cell.

Laura Woltag dwells, listens & writes in the SF Bay Area. Her most recent chapbook is Hush Hyletics (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). Her poems have been installed along the Deer Creek Trail in Nevada City by Unmanned Minerals, and appear in print in Macaroni Necklace, Where Eagles Dare, Try, OMG!, and the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny In Oakland. She teaches literature and critical thinking in Bay Area community colleges, and sometimes publishes poetry through her tiny press, gavia immer. 

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3x Zoe Donnellycolt, Ward Long, Matthew Hedley
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

3x Zoe Donnellycolt, Ward Long, Matthew Hedley

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

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

Zoe Donnellycolt is a performance artist based in Oakland California. She has taught creative movement in various schools in San Francisco through Performing Arts Workshop. She currently assists with the dance classes and operations at the East Bay Dance Center. Zoe has shown work at Safehouse for the Arts, The Foundry Nights and Salta. Zoe has been published by Two Plum Press. She founded the Performance Primers at Periwinkle Palace in 2016 as a means to expose the work of emerging artists in the Bay Area. Zoe was born in the woods of Connecticut and received her BA from Bennington College, in Vermont.

Ward Long is photographer living in Oakland, California. His pictures describe loss, people, and landscape, and the way all three are inexorably linked by memory. Combining literary precision and cinematic immersion, his projects blend personal storytelling with documentary realism. At the heart of his work is a kind of visual tenderness; the camera is cast as an instrument of care, counting eyelashes and branches, hoping to see with generosity and sensitivity for both the subject and the viewer. Much of his work takes shape as handmade books; recent titles have centered on longing for home and the fear you'll never find it, madness and used cars in Jacksonville, as well as bathers and cliff jumpers at swimming holes in North Carolina.

Matt Hedley is a writer, digital artist and furniture maker living in Oakland. Talk to or message him if you'd like to commission your own custom furniture.

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Berkeley Poetry Review Chapbook Release at 40th St!
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Berkeley Poetry Review Chapbook Release at 40th St!

***AT 40TH ST. WOLFMAN NEW LIFE BOOKSTORE***

Berkeley Poetry Review will be holding a release party for the inaugural issue of our new chapbook series: MIDTERM 1 - Localities, Locales, Haunts, including poems from Ada Smailbegovic, Benjamin Gucciardi, Claire Marie Stancek, Jax NTP, and Renoir Gaither. The party will be hosted at the Wolfman New Life Bookstore @ 644 40th St., Oakland @ 7pm and will feature readings by a few of the poets to be published in our chapbook. Snacks and beverages will be included & we hope to see you there!

Readers:

Claire Marie Stancek - Originally from outside Toronto, Ontario, Claire Marie Stancek now lives in Berkeley, California. She is the author of MOUTHS (Noemi, 2017), and with Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she edits Nion Editions. These poems are taken from her second book of poetry, Oil Spell, which is forthcoming from Omnidawn in spring 2018.

Benjamin Gucciardi grew up in San Francisco. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion Magazine, Forklift Ohio, upstreet, Radar Poetry, The American Poetry Journal, Terrain.org, and other journals. A Best New Poets nominee, he is a winner of a Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize and contests from The Maine Review and The Santa Ana River Review. He works with refugee and immigrant youth in Oakland.

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