Wolfman Books at NY Art Book Fair
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Wolfman Books at NY Art Book Fair

We are thrilled to be going to NY Art Book Fair to share and highlight our very own publications! You gonna be in NYC!? Know someone who's gonna be!? Here's the details:

HOURS AND LOCATION

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)

Friday, September  21, 1-7pm

Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm

Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

More info: http://nyartbookfair.com/about/

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Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Jen Hofer and John Pluecker in collaboration with SF State Poetry Center
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Jen Hofer and John Pluecker in collaboration with SF State Poetry Center

The Poetry Center's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series debuts September 2018 with a two-day series by poet-translator-activists Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who collectively organize Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative, focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating, interpreting, and language justice. Hofer and Pluecker, visiting respectively from Los Angeles and Houston, will read from their own work on Wednesday, September 26, at E. M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland, then present their work around Antena the following evening, Thursday, September 27, at The Poetry Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us!

A poet, translator, book-maker, activist interpreter, educator, and urban cyclist, Jen Hofer was born in San Francisco and currently lives and works in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hofer’s translation of Mexican poet Myriam Moscona’s Negro Marfil/Ivory Black (2011) received the 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2012 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Other translations include Dolores Dorantes’s sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre (2008); lip wolf, a translation of lobo de labio by Laura Solórzano (2007); and Sin puertas visiblesAn Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (2003). 

Hofer’s recent books include one (2009), The Route (2008), a collaboration with Patrick Durgin, and Laws (2006, Dusie Books). Her handmade chapbooks include Shroud: A Piece of Fabric Sewn to A Piece of Paper By Way of A Map (2013), a collaboration with Jill Magi; When We Said This Was A Space, We Meant We Are People (2013), a collaboration with John Pluecker; En las maravillas/In Wonder (2012); un operativo (2012); Lead & Tether (2011); and Trouble (2010). A hand-stitched poem, The Missing Link, was published by Insert Press Parrot Series, and an installation, “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is on display at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah. In addition, one week of her Front Page News cut-up series was published by the Little Red Textile Series. Hofer teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and at Otis College of Art and Design and is co-founder, with John Pluecker, of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena.

John Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, he co-founded the collaborative Antena and in 2015 the social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. His undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press.

More info at johnpluecker.com

Related event:

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series
Antena: a language justice and language experimentation collaborative
Jen Hofer and John Pluecker
Thursday SEPT 27
7:00pm @ The Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free and open to the public

Event contact: The Poetry Center

Event email: poetry@sfsu.edu

Event phone: 415-338-2227

Event sponsor: The Poetry Center & E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore

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Léonora Miano - English Translation Release of "Season of the Shadow"
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Léonora Miano - English Translation Release of "Season of the Shadow"

We're incredibly excited to be hosting the author, Léonora Miano, in collaboration with the Cultural Services French Embassy in the US. We'll have more info about the event's specific program soon!

Léonora Miano is the author of Season of the Shadow, published in the United States by Seagull Books (distributed by the University of Chicago Press) in April 2018 in a translation by Gila Walker.

Born in Cameroon, Léonora Miano moved to France as a student. She has written fourteen books that have been translated into many languages. Miano’s award-winning first novel, L’intérieur de la nuit, was released in 2005 and translated in English by Tasmin Black. Her other books include Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2006. Upon its release in France in 2013, the book Season of the Shadow won the prestigious Fémina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis.

About the book: Season of the Shadow

(Seagull Books, 2018, Translation by Gila Walker)

This powerful novel recounts the early days of the transatlantic slave trade in the perspective of its first victims, the sub-Saharan population. Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for centuries. One day, a group of villagers finds twelve of their people missing. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? A collective dream, troubling a group of mothers in a communal dwelling, may hold some of the answers, as the women’s missing sons call to them in terror. At the same time, a thick shadow settles over the huts, blocking out the light of day. It is the shadow of slavery, which will soon grow to blight the whole world.

Miano renders this brutal story in deliberately strange, dreamlike prose, befitting a situation that is, on its face, all but impossible for the villagers to believe.

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PWA Vol. II: The Southwest Book Release
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

PWA Vol. II: The Southwest Book Release

You're invited to the official book release event for Piney Wood Atlas' second publication, chronicling alternative artist residencies across the Southwestern US! 

Around 7:00 Alicia Toldi (1/2 of PWA) will give a presentation on the small, emerging, and unconventional residencies they have come across as well as general information on attending or forming your own residency. 

After that, experienced artists-in-residence Nicole Lavelle and Alex Arzt (& more TBA) will join her in a Q&A session -- Bring your own questions and learn how you can attend your first residency, step up your game as a professional artist, or start thinking about creating your own DIY residency.

We'll have some snacks and drinks, and books will be for sale for $20 each. We'll also have copies of the first book: The Northwest. 

A bit about residencies and Piney Wood Atlas' mission:
Artist residencies exist in many forms: rural, urban, secluded, communal, free, not free; but what they all have in common is offering the gift of time and space to work creatively without everyday distractions. People are often surprised to hear us say there’s a residency for everyone-- defining “artist” as any kind of creative thinker or maker. We strive to show creatives that attending or organizing a residency is an attainable, productive and fun adventure for all.

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Poets Nate Klug, Kathryn Crim, and Jesse Nathan
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Nate Klug, Kathryn Crim, and Jesse Nathan

Three poets we couldn't be more excited about! No, seriously. We are really excited for this reading. It's gonna be so good.

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues, and Anyone, a book of poems. He works as a Congregationalist minister and lives in Albany, CA.

Kathryn Crim’s writing has appeared in The Threepenny Review, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. She is completing a dissertation in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jesse Nathan's poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Nation, jubilat, the Believer, and elsewhere. He lives in the Sunset and studies literature at Stanford.

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Fresh Looks: Art Book & Makeover Fair
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Fresh Looks: Art Book & Makeover Fair

Co-presented by Litquake and Small Press Distribution

Bay Area presses, zines, and design freaks join artsy forces with aestheticians to create one-of-a-kind, intertwined experiences of art and literature. Drag makeovers, affirmation exercises, cucumber-infused water, nail art, face paint (courtesy of Most Ancient), small presses: Press Play, Foglifter Press, Undertone Collective, Sming Sming, Colpa PressAwkward Ladies ClubTimeless, Infinite Light, miXed, Floss Editions, Queer Anxiety Babiez, Open Windows Cooperative, make it look like an accident, Publication Studio San Francisco, Lemon Drop Press, Muff, Pochino Press, and Nomadic Press.

Bring a book for the book swap! Music by LOWER GRAND RADIO

FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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All Roads Lead to Blood: Bonnie Chau with Kundiman Fellows
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

All Roads Lead to Blood: Bonnie Chau with Kundiman Fellows

Bonnie Chau presents All Roads Lead to Blood
With Kundiman fellows Mia Ayumi Malhotra and Ploi Pirapokin

Unflinching portrayals of desire and alienation fill Bonnie Chau's award-winning debut story collection. Chau's short fiction explores the lives of young women navigating love, failure, heritage, and memory, and presents a fresh perspective of second-generation Chinese-Americans. Chau is from Southern California and received her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University. A Kundiman fellow, she works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers.

Mia Ayumi Malhotra's debut poetry collection, ISAKO ISAKO, follows a single family lineage spanning four generations of female Japanese Americans to explore the chilling historical legacies of cultural trauma—internment, mass displacement, and rampant racism—in the United States. Malhotra is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow, and she holds creative writing degrees from the University of Washington and Stanford University. She was raised in Laos and Thailand and currently lives in the Bay Area.

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Shane Bauer: American Prison
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

Shane Bauer: American Prison

Hey! Hey! Hey! Check it out! Author and Senior Reporter at Mother Jones, Shane Bauer will be reading and in conversation from his new book, American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment, about for-profit prisons and how profit-motives have shaped the prison system throughout American history. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Find out more about the book here.

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Atlantic Media’s Michael Kelly Award, the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and at least 20 others. Bauer is the co-author, along with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of a memoir, A Sliver of Light, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran.

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New Life Quarterly Issue 3 Release Party!
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

New Life Quarterly Issue 3 Release Party!

Yes! New Life Quarterly #3 is almost here!!! We're having a release party at the shop and you should come! 

There will be short readings and drinks and prizes and lots of rad humans and all of it will be great.

+++IN THIS ISSUE+++

New writing from
Amy Berkowitz • Julian Talamantez Brolaski • Justin Carder • Pia Cortez • Davey Davis • Leora Fridman • Ali Giordani • Blair Johnson • Jacob Kahn • Jordan Karnes • Kevin Killian • Tara Marsden • Charlie Macquarie • Margaret McCarthy • Louise McCune • Claire Mullen • Zoé Samudzi • el李 • Eric Sneathen • Avery Trufelman • Helen Shewolfe Tseng • José Vadi • Leila Weefur • Jennifer Williams

Book selections by
Brontez Purnell

Portfolios by
Muzae Sesay
PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Conversations with
Maya Dusenbery
Sarah Burke
Lauren Whitehead
Geoff Saba
Sarah Toshie Cargill
Pete Lee
Summer Mason

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ZQ-287 PRESENTS:  KILLING THE FUTURE
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

ZQ-287 PRESENTS: KILLING THE FUTURE

ZQ-287 PRESENTS:

KILLING THE FUTURE
A Fiction Reading and Discussion on How to Make Sure There's No Future Forever

Sep. 7

*featuring*

AFFLICTION INCLUDED (AUTHOR'S CUT) by Steven T. Bramble
After spending his youth as the son of a dissident mother who tried and failed to plot the overthrow of the consolidated world government, Stanly Borque was punished for political crimes he didn't commit. Now, years, later, he's none other than a compliant corporate employee, working in the midst of the same authoritarian, oligarchical system of total social surveillance his mother had hoped to eradicate. Which doesn't actually bother him too much—until a business trip to Ghana where a bizarre accident catapults him back into the world of the powerful, and the inescapable arms of the regime.

As an inept participant in so much conspiracy, he'll be confronted with a barrage of possibly important questions along the way. Like, is freedom a dead concept? Why did a global pandemic of suicides cause a tenth of the world's population to do itself in? And, is there a reason to hope anymore? A story of the world in the total opposite of disarray, and what it means when reality is at odds with the human spirit.

Steven T. Bramble is the author of the Psychology of Technology Triptych, which includes the novels GRID CITY OVERLOAD, for which he won Honorable Mention in Foreword Review's 2012 Book of the Year Award, and DISPOSABLE THOUGHT, which was awarded an editor's pick by Kirkus Reviews. 

"Bramble's work evokes that of many 20th-century authors who sought to grapple with their eras' technological tumult. His post-modern maximalism calls to mind Thomas Pynchon and William T. Vollmann; his grim dystopianism, Orwell and Margaret Atwood; his overt social criticism, Richard Wright and Kurt Vonnegut."  — Kirkus

BABYLON: ISSUE THREE by Alan Clark
A hundred years in the future, four deities are reborn in our universe after the death of their own. Now the events that destroyed their home universe have returned once again to kill them. BABYLON is the mind-bending gold-standard of the multi-dimensional doomsday soap opera category, embracing such age-old maxims as "Love is a Dead Place," "Revenge is for Winners," and "No Future Forever." A brutally hilarious sci-fi epic from the expansive imagination of Alan Clark, and illustrated in inimitable, painstakingly detailed style.

Alan Clark is the author of IN SEARCH OF THE BLACK PANTHERS, a graphic novel being published in serial. The second issue is set to release this September.
 

"Skillyfully rendered and arresting, [Alan Clark's] illustrations invite reverie and instill a desire to return to look again."  — Oakland Magazine

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Erick Sáenz w/ Hannah Kezema, Ivy Johnson, and Angel Dominguez
Sep
2
5:00 PM17:00

Erick Sáenz w/ Hannah Kezema, Ivy Johnson, and Angel Dominguez

Hey everybody! We're so thrilled to be hosting the bay area BOOK RELEASE for Erick Sáenz's "Susurros a mi padre," out now via The Operating System! This book looks incredible. Seriously. We can't wait to read it and hear from it and holy crap do we have a good lineup to read alongside Erick, including Angel Dominguez! Ivy Johnson! Hannah Kezema! 

BOOK RELEASE'S ARE THE BEST! LET'S CELEBRATE!

Erick Sáenz
Erick Sáenz is a 1st generation Latinx writer and English teacher from Los Angeles. He is the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small DIY imprint. He was previously a contributing editor for the online place-based magazine Cheers from the Wasteland. In addition to several self-published chapbooks and zines, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Entropy, Alien Mouth, Elderly Magazine, Pinball, Hobart Pulp, Five:2:One Magazine, and others. His first book of poetry, Susurros a mi padre, is out now via The Operating System. You can find him online at www.ericksaenz.com

Angel Dominguez
Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and artist of Yucatec Mayan descent, born in Hollywood, and raised in Van Nuys, CA by his immigrant family. He’s the author of Desgraciado (Econo Textual Objects, 2017), and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless Infinite Light, 2015). His work can be found in Brooklyn Magazine, Dreginald, Entropy, Queen Mobs, The Tiny, The Wanderer, and elsewhere in print, or on the internet. Follow him on Twitter @dandelionglitch or IRL in the redwoods, or ocean.

Ivy Johnson
Ivy Johnson is a poet and performance artist in Oakland, CA. Her book, As They Fall, is a collection of 110 notecards for aleatoric ritual and was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is co-founder of The Third Thing, an ecstatic feminist performance art duo. Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs published their self-titled chapbook, The Third Thing, in 2016. Her book Born Again just came out with The Operating System. You can find more information about her work here: https://ivyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com

Hannah Kezema
Hannah Kezema is an artist who works across mediums. She is the author of the chapbook three (2017, Tea and Tattered Pages, available here: http://www.tatteredpress.org/hannah-kezema) and several online publications, which can be found in Full Stop, Spiral Orb, Emergency Index, Gesture, and other places. Along with Angel Dominguez, she co-founded the performance art collaborative DREAM TIGERS. She continues to explore failure, asemic writing, and the cross-overs of text and image, while intermittently working on a project which investigates ancestral memory, poem-as-ritual, and divination.

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giovanni singleton, Lynn Xu, and Joshua Edwards
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

giovanni singleton, Lynn Xu, and Joshua Edwards

Three! amazing! poets! It's gonna be great!

giovanni singleton's debut poetry collection, Ascension, a California Book Award, and her new book, AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper, was recently published by Canarium Books. Her work has appeared in What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in AmericaBest American Experimental WritingInquiring MindAngles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, and elsewhere, and has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.She was the 2015-16 Visiting Assistant Professor in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University and currently coordinates the Lunch Poems reading series at UC Berkeley.

Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation. She's a professor in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and she co-edits Canarium Books.

Joshua Edwards is the author of several books of poetry, including Imperial NostalgiasArchitecture for Travelers, and Castles and Islands. He lives in West Texas and Chicago, where he works as a bookseller, teaches poetry at the University of Chicago, and directs Canarium Books.

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Bay Area Book Tour // Pretend We Live Here \\ Genevieve Hudson
Aug
29
to Aug 30

Bay Area Book Tour // Pretend We Live Here \\ Genevieve Hudson

Bay Area Book Tour // Pretend We Live Here \\ Genevieve Hudson

Honored to be organizing the Bay Area Book tour for Genevieve Hudson! 

In Oakland on August 29th at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore with Tomas Moniz and Itoro Udofia.

In her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson boldly explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the vivid landscapes that surround them. In “Boy Box,” a young woman yearns to test her luck with a wild punk girl crush. In “God Hospital,” a character journeys deep into the woods of Alabama in search of an infamous religious healer, hoping he can fix her teeth. In “Adorno,” someone seeking forgiveness crosses paths with a band of radical vegan activists and gets subsumed into their world. In “Dance!,” a recluse writes a breakthrough song for her pink dolphin, but the song’s success only drives her further away from society.

These stories hum with sexual tension, queerness, displacement, longing, humor, and dark nostalgia. With stories set in Amsterdam, the Pacific Northwest, and the Deep South, Hudson’s attention to the nuances and uncertainty of her characters make this collection a stunning debut.

PRAISE FOR A LITTLE IN LOVE WITH EVERYONE
“This is the queer commentary book I needed as a teenager, and in my twenties, and today. Genevieve Hudson is a bold and intelligent new voice.”
—Chloe Caldwell, author of Women & I’ll Tell You in Person


“A Little in Love with Everyone is a precise and passionate account of finding one’s (queer) self in literature. Hudson captures the fears, thrills, shames, and sustaining delusions that constitute queer young-adulthood.”

—Sara Jaffe, author of Dryland

“‘Sooner or later, we start searching for our histories,’ Genevieve Hudson writes in A Little in Love with Everyone. Hudson’s debut exploration of queerness, art, preservation, and the narrative threads of survival is a heroic feat. A meditation as inviting as it is illuminating on the visibility and invisibility of desire, A Little in Love with Everyone will give you the feeling of being let in on the best-kept secret of all. Required reading.”

—T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls & editor-in-chief of No Tokens

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Notes on Survival Zine Release
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Notes on Survival Zine Release

SUP SPORTS FANS!

In the depths of this trash fire existence, I asked a question to my buddies: what keeps you alive?
I got responses of staggering tragicomic hope and beauty and sublime sadness. 

I’m nearly done with laying it all out and it’s my favorite thing l’ve ever edited. I CANNOT WAIT for everyone to read and absorb it in their bellies! 

Come thru for a night of pure unadulterated vulnerability! List of readers to come! 

Access info: wolfman is wheelchair accessible but their bathroom isn’t. In the past we’ve used the neighboring restaurants, will confirm if that’s okay again. Not a scent free space but REMINDER TO FELLOW SMOKERS TO SMOKE 20 FEET AWAY!

CW: this zine deals heavily with suicidality, trauma, sexual assault, and mental illness. Gonna have a night where we can sit with our feelings so like not trying to censor anyone. If you have concerns about content message me!

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Keep Begin Detach: Inspired by Patti Smith
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

Keep Begin Detach: Inspired by Patti Smith

The Event

Keep Begin Detach: Inspired by Patti Smith

Come to EM Wolfman for an exploration of text and image, music and silence, meditation and performance. Inspired by Patti Smith, Katarina Countiss and friends will bring engaging elements to classics and original work. 

As always, there will be an open mic portion where you are welcome to perform.

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Emily Liebowitz Book Release w/ Sara Nicholson and Jane Gregory
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Liebowitz Book Release w/ Sara Nicholson and Jane Gregory

Hey! You! It's time for a night of extreme-

ly amazing poetry. Emily Liebowitz is

having a book release. Oh and Sara

Nicholson and Jane Gregory will

read too. Come check it

out!

Emily Liebowitz is the author of the book National Park (Gramma Poetry, 2018) and the chapbook In Any Map (The Song Cave, 2015.) She lives in Brooklyn, NY and co-edits LVNG Magazine.

Sara Nicholson is the author of What the Lyric Is and The Living Method, both from the Song Cave. She lives in Arkansas.

Jane Gregory is the author of Yeah No (The Song Cave, 2018) and My Enemies (The Song Cave, 2013). She is co-editor and co-founder (with Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions, a chapbook press, and she works for Small Press Distribution.

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Undertone Mag Issue 002 Preview & Reading
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Undertone Mag Issue 002 Preview & Reading

Undertone Mag is celebrating the launch of its second issue, "On Body," with a reading at E.M. Wolfman Books. Come by on August 8th for performances from local artists and a sneak peek at Issue 002!

"On Body" explores the thoughts and feelings women of color have about their bodies. Performers on the 8th include Maya Simone, Valentina de Roca Fuerte, and Amber Butts.

Come hang with us! ♥

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Oakland Summer School (Sat Aug. 4th @ Bookmark / Sun Aug. 5th @ Wolfman)
Aug
4
to Aug 5

Oakland Summer School (Sat Aug. 4th @ Bookmark / Sun Aug. 5th @ Wolfman)

The Oakland Summer School is a collaborative, non-institutional space of gathering & study organized by a group of Oakland-based activists, artists, and educators. This year, the Summer School is hosting two days of free workshops, discussions, and performances on the theme of crisis // liberation. 

All Saturday, August 4th programming will take place at The Bookmark Bookstore (721 Washington Street).

All Sunday, August 5th programming will take place at Wolfman Books (410 13th Street).

Check out the image below for schedule and class info!

Oakland Summer School.JPG
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Breakfast 4 Dinner Reading
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Breakfast 4 Dinner Reading

**THE INCOMPARABLE CLAIRE STRINGER IS COMING 2 TOWN** 

& u know what that means: we're eating breakfast 4 dinner

sweet readings & savory bites
savory performances & sweet treats
write a waffle eat some poems hug claire while you can

& if you want to read, perform etc. let us know!!! lineup tba / v open / we just wanna hear all our friends' poetry & cry or laugh or whatever u want we want it all

xoxo

(PS please invite folks who love claire / sweeties who are cute & cool & nice)

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Jason Morris Book Release w/ Evan Kennedy
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Jason Morris Book Release w/ Evan Kennedy

 

Everybody! Hey! Jason Morris has a brand new book of poetry out! It's called Levon Helm and we want to celebrate. The poet Evan Kennedy will be reading too. And we will be able to say I was there when...

Jason Morris grew up in Vermont. He is the author of six books of poetry and other writing, including, most recently, Levon Helm (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and Late to Practice (Dirty Swan Projects, 2017). His essays, including essays on Clark Coolidge’s Crystal Text and Bernadette Mayer’s interest in Hawthorne, have appeared in Jacket2, Eleven Eleven, and elsewhere. He lives in San Francisco.

Evan Kennedy is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Jerusalem Notebook (O’clock Press), The Sissies (Futurepoem), and Terra Firmament (Krupskaya).

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SF Art Book Fair Day 2
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

SF Art Book Fair Day 2

The 2018 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists' publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists' multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

Last year we welcomed 110 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors. We aim to reach an even larger audience this year and create an event that continues to showcase some of the most interesting publishers and booksellers in the world. 

The SF Art Book Fair will be held at Minnesota Street Project. The project’s landmark location, 1275 Minnesota Street, houses 10 galleries, a not-for-profit, temporary exhibitions spaces, media room, and a recently opened restaurant.

The San Francisco Art Book Fair is organized by:

Minnesota Street Project is in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco's contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

Colpa is the collaborative practice of Luca Antonucci and David Kasprzak. They work together as a publisher, designer, printer and curator. They publish art books, limited edition prints and art objects, often working with artists on unique projects.

Park Life is an independent retail store and art gallery established by Jamie Alexander and Derek Song based in San Francisco. Park Life features art and design products culled together from all over the world and includes books, editions, prints, design objects, paper goods, original art and apparel. Park Life specializes in limited edition artist collaborations, having worked with dozens of artist over the last 10 years to produce products ranging from books, zines and prints to tees, skate decks, and objects.
 

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SF Art Book Fair Day 1
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

SF Art Book Fair Day 1

The 2018 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists' publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists' multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

Last year we welcomed 110 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors. We aim to reach an even larger audience this year and create an event that continues to showcase some of the most interesting publishers and booksellers in the world. 

The SF Art Book Fair will be held at Minnesota Street Project. The project’s landmark location, 1275 Minnesota Street, houses 10 galleries, a not-for-profit, temporary exhibitions spaces, media room, and a recently opened restaurant.

The San Francisco Art Book Fair is organized by:

Minnesota Street Project is in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco's contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

Colpa is the collaborative practice of Luca Antonucci and David Kasprzak. They work together as a publisher, designer, printer and curator. They publish art books, limited edition prints and art objects, often working with artists on unique projects.

Park Life is an independent retail store and art gallery established by Jamie Alexander and Derek Song based in San Francisco. Park Life features art and design products culled together from all over the world and includes books, editions, prints, design objects, paper goods, original art and apparel. Park Life specializes in limited edition artist collaborations, having worked with dozens of artist over the last 10 years to produce products ranging from books, zines and prints to tees, skate decks, and objects.
 

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SF Art Book Fair Opening Night!
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

SF Art Book Fair Opening Night!

The 2018 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists' publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists' multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

Last year we welcomed 110 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors. We aim to reach an even larger audience this year and create an event that continues to showcase some of the most interesting publishers and booksellers in the world. 

The SF Art Book Fair will be held at Minnesota Street Project. The project’s landmark location, 1275 Minnesota Street, houses 10 galleries, a not-for-profit, temporary exhibitions spaces, media room, and a recently opened restaurant.

The San Francisco Art Book Fair is organized by:

Minnesota Street Project is in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco's contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

Colpa is the collaborative practice of Luca Antonucci and David Kasprzak. They work together as a publisher, designer, printer and curator. They publish art books, limited edition prints and art objects, often working with artists on unique projects.

Park Life is an independent retail store and art gallery established by Jamie Alexander and Derek Song based in San Francisco. Park Life features art and design products culled together from all over the world and includes books, editions, prints, design objects, paper goods, original art and apparel. Park Life specializes in limited edition artist collaborations, having worked with dozens of artist over the last 10 years to produce products ranging from books, zines and prints to tees, skate decks, and objects.
 

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When You Die… Workshop and Book Signing
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

When You Die… Workshop and Book Signing

Oakland-based conceptual artist Lindsay Tunkl, is pleased to present Parting Practice: Rituals for Endings and Failure. This multifaceted event coincides with the release of the artist’s latest book, When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die, a work of conceptual art that reframes death as something to look forward to instead of fight against. To celebrate the release of the new book, a group workshop and book signing will take place at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Bookstore on July 14th from 2-4:30pm. The artist will also be conducting 50-minute one-on-one performance sessions at other locations in the bay area over the course of three days (July 15, July 21 and July 22) where volunteer participants can connect around their fears of death and dying. 

Lindsay Tunkl’s artistic practice has been described as absurd, over-emotional, healing, and tragic. In an attempt to understand the particular experience of the human life cycle during the Anthropocene (the societal moment that our species began contributing to its own demise) Tunkl uses her art practice as a way to connect and share in the heartbreaking realities we all inhabit in this contemporary moment. Drawing from her own irrational fears of the apocalypse, death and intimacy, the artist has found that these topics – the things that scare us the most – are a platform for profound human connection and closeness. 
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Parting Practice sprung from Pre Apocalypse Counseling, a series of interactive, one-on-one performances that took place in an SUV and lead participants through conversations, psychological and physical exercises, and visualizations in order to examine their emotional connection to the probable or improbable apocalypse (more than 100 sessions have taken place). Out of that project came two recently published works: Origins and Endings: A Divination Book and Inkblot Card Deck and the small book of meditations, When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die. With a tender and humorous hand, each of these works is an encounter that offers the viewer an opportunity to have a reflexive experience with their emotions within a world that is more often than not, heartbreaking.

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Rodney Koeneke, Alli Warren, and Jamal Batts
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Rodney Koeneke, Alli Warren, and Jamal Batts

Come celebrate Rodney Koeneke's new book, "Body & Glass," just out from Wave Books! And come celebrate the amazing work of Alli Warren and Jamal Batts! And everything else that feels relevant to celebrate!

Rodney Koeneke is author of the poetry collections Body & Glass (Wave Books, 2018), Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until 2006, when he moved to Portland, Oregon where he teaches in the History Department at Portland State University.

Alli Warren is the author of two full-length collections: I Love It Though (Nightboat Books, 2017) and Here Come the Warm Jets (City Lights Books, 2013). Alli's numerous chapbooks include Little Hill, Moveable C, Don't Go Home With Your Heart OnGrindin, and Cousins. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 2005. 

Jamal Batts Jamal Batts is a writer and student of Black Studies at UC Berkeley. His works explores blackness, queerness, visual culture and the intricacies of sexual risk. Jamal is a member of the Bay Area-based film screening and curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic.

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Poets Roger Farr and Brian Ang
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Roger Farr and Brian Ang

Roger Farr will be visiting from Vancouver, BC! And Brian Ang! And maybe more!

Described as “a poet of great heart and aesthetic / political commitment”, Roger Farr is the author Surplus (2006), Means (2012), and IKMQ (2013). A former member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, his critical writing on avant-garde poetics and autonomous social movements has appeared in Anarchist StudiesArmed Cell, Fifth Estate, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, The Poetic FrontWest Coast Line, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. Currently he is editing a collection of sexpol writing by anarchist individualist Émile Armand, Amourous Comradeship.  His long poem about flight from the metropolis, City Stream, is also forthcoming. He lives on Gabriola Island and teaches at Capilano University in Vancouver.

Brian Ang’s current poetic project is The Totality Cantos, for Atelos. Edited the magazine ARMED CELL (2011-17).

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Keep Begin Detach: inspired by Pauline Oliveros
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Keep Begin Detach: inspired by Pauline Oliveros

June 27 (wednesday) in the evening time from 6:30-8pm

The Event

Keep Begin Detach: Multimedia Essays

Come to EM Wolfman for an exploration of text and image, music and silence, meditation and performance. Inspired by Pauline Oliveros, Katarina Countiss and friends will bring engaging elements to classics and original work. 

There's time for you to read or perform something if you want to (read: open mic)

Hope to see you there and tune in to the event streaming on fb!

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Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo Book Launch
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo Book Launch

Join us for the release of Reading Me a new publication from artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, published by PLAY PRESS in Oakland, CA. 

Play Press founder, Raphael Villet will be in conversation with
Lukaza about the process of making the book and what it means to be the first leg of the PLAY HOUSE print series.

READING ME derives from a series of trace monotypes/paintings made for ‘I like the way you look at my brown, black, blue body, I don’t like the way my brown, black, blue body has been historically looked at,’ a solo show by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo at Lago Projects in Oakland, CA, Winter 2016/17. Thinking about the ways Lukaza’s queer, black, female, mixed body is seen in the world. About using her personal experiences to address the ways our bodies are looked at, targeted and treated in the larger community and society as a whole. The first part of the title, celebrates and shines light on the incredible ways that we create communities that support and see us in the truest forms of ourselves. The second part reflects on the terrible ways that our bodies have been perceived, devalued and mistreated historically, and currently. That balance, those polarities and differences, are seen throughout the work in a variety of ways; in black and red checkers, in bold next to delicate text, in sweeping gestures next to hard lines.

The PLAY HOUSE print series transfers power to the artists to direct where Play Press invests its efforts. At the West coast launch of this first project, Lukaza will pick the next artist for Play Press to work with. And that artist or activist or collective or whoever Lukaza chooses, will choose the next person. It’s an attempt to expand the community of Play Press: to generate new collaborations. The dots will reveal themselves, and the community will grow!

PLAY PRESS is run by artist Raphael Villet in Oakland, CA. He works with and supports artists to realize their print projects.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by her commitment to craft and community, her engagement with society, and interests in storytelling and cultural geography. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at Lago Projects in Oakland, E.M. Wolfman in Oakland, Bolivar Gallery in Los Angeles and forthcoming at Deli Gallery in Queens. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Betti Ono Gallery, Root Division, Deli Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art Institute, UNTITLED Art Fair and the Berkeley Art Museum. Lukaza has been a visiting artist at the College of Design, Architecture, Art Practice at University of Cincinnati, at New York University, California College of the Arts and at Mills College. She is the co-founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery she started in her home kitchen.

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Quiet Lightning album release party - Oak
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Quiet Lightning album release party - Oak

Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles Karp) launch the Quiet Lightning album, featuring 11 tracks of original music scored to excerpts of 50 Bay Area writers performing live in last year's QL shows. 

Come celebrate! Activities include:

> A listening/screening party
> Performances by a stout list of the album's contributors:
Jack Foley, Lorraine Lupo, Tara Dorabji, Eric Kurhi, Claire Calderon, Zephir O’Meara, Danielle Bero, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Rohan DaCosta, Charles Kruger, Peter Bullen, Adam Moskowitz, and Wildredhawk


Limited edition lathe cut vinyl and cassettes will be available!

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FEELS 6 Bookstore (AT THE CRANEWAY PAVILION)
Jun
15
to Jun 16

FEELS 6 Bookstore (AT THE CRANEWAY PAVILION)

We are really thrilled to be showcasing our books and a curated selection of others as part of the FEELS 6 shop!

FEELS is a local Bay Area festival and showcase for radical imagination, featuring live performances, DJ sets, and artwork from boundary-pushing creatives working in a wide variety of mediums. It is put together, as always, by our brilliant friends at Wine & Bowties, and features a museum-style shop with a variety of merch from artists, retailers, presses, and music labels. You might find us at the shop or just up at the Craneway Pavilion having a great time. You need tix in advance, so get them now!

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