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

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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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Sponge Talk #2: Eddie Hopely & Faith Hale
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Sponge Talk #2: Eddie Hopely & Faith Hale

Please join us for the second installment of Sponge Talks featuring Eddie Hopely and Faith Hale at E.M. Wolfman Books!

Bios coming soon!

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Sponge has embarked on a series of talks at the E.M. Wolfman bookstore and gallery in Downtown Oakland. Each talk will place two writers of different traditions in direct dialog with one another and the community at large. There is no central theme nor subject matter—neither for individual talks nor the series at larger—rather, these talks will seek to highlight the subterranean connections between works that arise from friendship and proximity. 

These talks will engage the broader community with both formal and informally. A moderated Q&A after each event will allow audience members to engage directly with the writers, inserting criticality and theorization directly into the “post-reading” space in which they so rarely appear. And, for those seeking a less formal environment, there will be “office hours” each Tuesday following the talks. These events will provide a casual, intimate space in which anyone is welcome to meet the authors, ask questions, and just hang out. 

To read more about the talks series please visit: http://wolfmanhomerepair.com/sponge-poetic-talks/

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Poets Jean Day and Sophia Dahlin
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Jean Day and Sophia Dahlin

We could not be more excited for this one! One of our favorite east bay poets, Jean Day, recently put out another amazing book, "Daydream" (Litmus Press), and is going to be reading with one of our newly re-acquainted east bay favorites, Sophia Dahlin. Come celebrate Day's new book and Dahlin's return home to the bay after years of living, well, not here!

Jean Day is a poet, union activist, and editor whose Daydream is just out from Litmus Press. Recent poems can also be seen in Chicago ReviewThe Delineator,Across the MarginOpen HouseBreather, and Jongler (French)--as well as in herTriumph of Life, soon to appear from Insurance EditionsEarlier works includeEarly Bird (O’Clock, 2014) and Enthusiasm (Adventures in Poetry, 2006), among other books, and her work has also appeared in many anthologies, including, most recently, Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by UC Press.

Sophia Dahlin is a writer and dilettante who has washed up again on Oakland's mild sidewalks. Last time she lived here she ran a talk series called Poem Talks//Butterfly Dissection Sessions and went to all of your readings. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, BOMB, the Awl, the Recluse, and Where Eagles Dare.

 

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3x Akande X, Alexa Burrell (LEXAGON), Aaron G. Baker (Dingbat Superminx)
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

3x Akande X, Alexa Burrell (LEXAGON), Aaron G. Baker (Dingbat Superminx)

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!

Akande X bio to come...

LEXAGON is Alexa Burrell's solo music project that consists of live-sampled vocal loops, clarinet and handmade digital theremin. She experiments with vocal timbres, harmony, noise and the improvisational process.  www.alexachristineburrell.com

Dingbat Superminx is a band that rejects passive performance and commits to serious humor. Wielding a bachelor's degree in modern literature from UC Santa Cruz, Aaron Baker and his supergroup of performers create an experience that cannot be financialized, repurposed, or translated to static mediums.

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Poets Marvin K. White and David Brazil at 13th Street
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Marvin K. White and David Brazil at 13th Street

Yes! So, yes! Just, yes! Yes, we're thrilled to host two amazing and moving poets, Marvin K. White and David Brazil!

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and the inaugural Public Theologian in Residence ('17-'18) at First Church Berkeley. He is a recipient of a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts "Equity Fellowship", and a former Pastor Associate at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Marvin is currently an arts liaison and a co-facilitator of the "Faith Leaders Round Table" at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He is the author of four collections of poetry published by RedBone Press: Our Name Be WitnessStatus; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. A public theologian and community-based artist, he is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, facilitator, activist, community organizer, preacher, homemaker, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.

David Brazil is a Christian antifascist.  He has been given the ministry of reconciliation.

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Poets Tonya M. Foster, Angela Hume, Sawako Nakayasu, Samia Rahimtoola, MG Roberts, Jennifer Scappettone, Lindsay Turner, Stephanie Young
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Poets Tonya M. Foster, Angela Hume, Sawako Nakayasu, Samia Rahimtoola, MG Roberts, Jennifer Scappettone, Lindsay Turner, Stephanie Young

ASAP Offsite!
8 pm doors, 8:30 pm readings
@ Wolfman No More Cops Free Health Care New Life Bookstore or Wolfman/New Life, 644 40th St., Oakland

w readings by Tonya M. Foster, Angela Hume, Sawako Nakayasu, Samia Rahimtoola, MG Roberts, Jennifer Scappettone, Lindsay Turner, Stephanie Young

Right off of MacArthur Bart stop

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Black Printed Matter: Wolfman Resident Leila Weefur w/ Sam Vernon: Two Queer Black Women printmakers in conversation
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Black Printed Matter: Wolfman Resident Leila Weefur w/ Sam Vernon: Two Queer Black Women printmakers in conversation

Black Printed Matter, a project archiving and documenting Black printmakers, typographers, designers + in the U.S.: Currently in residence at E.M. Wolfman.

Leila Weefur & Sam Vernon: Two Queer Black Women printmakers in conversation. As printmaking has been dominated by predominately White males, this project seeks to amplify the presence of Black identified printmakers in the United States. Weefur and Vernon will present thoughts and works that explore key questions around the history and culture of printmaking: What is the importance of the archive? How does printed matter function in digital space? How do we as Black artists negotiate our relationship to printmaking? Is print culture oppressive?

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3x Matt Carney (Silo Homes), Sam Greenspan, Nicole Lavelle
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

3x Matt Carney (Silo Homes), Sam Greenspan, Nicole Lavelle

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!

Matt Carney is an experimental musician and lapsed bookseller living in the Bay Area. He performs and records agoraphobic drone country as Silo Homes. https://silohomes.bandcamp.com/

Sam Greenspan is the host and creator of Bellwether, a forthcoming podcast of speculative journalism. Before that, he was the managing producer at 99% Invisible, and before that was a staffer at NPR. 

Nicole Lavelle is an artist and designer living in California. She makes place-based research projects, experimental narratives, platforms for participation, and all kinds of graphic design for late-capitalist Bay Area corporations. She possess a poetic worldview. www.nicolelavelle.com

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Poets Jason Mitchell, Connie Scozzaro, Jessica Laser, and Eliot D'Silva
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Jason Mitchell, Connie Scozzaro, Jessica Laser, and Eliot D'Silva

In this October of so much poetry, we have another one for you to add your must-be-at list! Jason Mitchell is traveling from the east coast while Eliot d'Silva, Jessica Laser, and Connie Scozzaro are coming in from all points bay area to read poems you can react to in your own special way.

Jason Mitchell is a poet living in Philadelphia, PA where he hosts and coordinates the Frank O'Hara's Last Lover reading series, now in its 4th year. His poems and essays can be found in publications such as Jacket 2, Hi Zero, Fence, Bedfellows, Supplement v. 1, among others. 

Born in Chicago, Jessica Laser is the author of Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine, forthcoming) and two chapbooks. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she most recently taught writing at Parsons School of Design, and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Berkeley. jessicalaser.com.

Connie Scozzaro was born in London and currently resides in Berkeley, California. Her poems have appeared in The Claudius App, Tripwire and No Borders. Her first chapbook, Contrapposto Action Queen, came out from Bad Press in 2013 and her longer book Marnie is forthcoming from Krupskaya.

Eliot D'Silva is a writer and PhD student in English. He has lived in Cambridge, London and Berkeley. Recent work can be found at https://soundcloud.com/user -995786899

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3x Joel Gregory, Jeramy DeCristo, and Tara Marsden
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

3x Joel Gregory, Jeramy DeCristo, and Tara Marsden

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!

Joel Gregory is a poet and visual artist living in Oakland, California. He is a dropout of the Evergreen State College and the New School. He is a co­-founder at Timeless, Infinite Light. His work can be found in 580 Split, Elderly, and Open House. 

Jeramy DeCristo is a black queer Bay Area-based artist and writer working in sound, text, image, structure and movement. The conceptual dimensions of my work, whether art installation or poetry, emerge largely from thinking and rethinking blackness as a profoundly radical aesthetic form and material; specifically DeCristo’s work thinks through the formal, material and epistemological worlds made possible in and through black music.

Tara Marsden is a writer and the Profiles Editor at Wolfman New Life Quarterly. She recently collaborated with artist Hannah Rubin on The Poiesis Project, a series of curated political posters, with assistance from BAMPFA. You can find her writing in Oatmeal Magazine, The Tusk, Eleven Eleven, Boing Boing, and in the anthology “Loose Lips” (Grand Central Publishing).

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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Creature In Its Environment
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Creature In Its Environment

Nonhuman critters, objects, and environments inhabit human worlds and quieter universes of their own. These short readings across genres--by Meagan Day, Jacob Kahn, Coco Picard, Dorothy Santos, and Monica Westin--survey and imagine the lives of stones, deserts, plants, giants, and cyborgs. Plus, there'll be drinks and snacks for all the humans.

Meagan Day is a writer based in Berkeley. She’ll be reading excerpts about secret military testing and UFO sightings in the Nevada desert from her book Maximum Sunlight, which was published by E.M. Wolfman in 2016.

Jacob Kahn is a poet and bookseller at E.M. Wolfman Books in Oakland. He has written about giants and currently writes about the digital pastoral of silicon valley.

Coco Picard is an artist and writer based out of Chicago. She will be reading a short text entitled "Autobiography With Stones."

Dorothy Santos is a writer, editor, and curator. She has written speculative fiction and poetry related to cyborgs, human and machine interactions, and biotechnology. Dorothy will be providing a unique transmission for audience members.

Monica Westin is a writer and art critic based in San Francisco. She will be reading a selection from an evolving book project that includes a hard science fiction approach to speculating about plant life.

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3x Juan Matos, Zach Clark & Angela Willetts, Long Hu (Jon Axtell)
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

3x Juan Matos, Zach Clark & Angela Willetts, Long Hu (Jon Axtell)

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!

Juan Matos is a multimedia artist and friend. His art practice stems from his father’s constant nagging and teachings about his own life philosophy although he has never taken philosophy seriously. His most recent work combines video, performance and music in order to make “once-in-a-life-time” experiences. 

Zach Clark was born in 1983 in Denver, Colorado. He studied photography at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs until he dropped out to join a rock and roll band and spent several years living in vans, busses, and hotel rooms, even though his professor tried to tell him he was a much better artist than he was a musician. Zach is inclined to agree with her in hindsight. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to complete his studies and graduate with a BFA in Painting. Shortly after graduating, he relocated to Oakland, CA where he fell in love with printmaking, letterpress, and baseball. He completed his MFA at the University of California at Davis, where he focused within printmaking, book arts, and photography. His work is concerned with themes of locational memory, heritage, and community. He is the founding editor of Composite, a free quarterly electronic arts magazine, as well as the publisher of the small press National Monument Press.

Angela Willetts is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily in performance-for-camera.  She received her MFA from UC Davis, and her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Education from the University of Cambridge, in the UK. She won graduate fellowships to both the Headlands Center for The Arts, where she is currently an affiliate artist, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. Her work has been exhibited throughout Northern California, including at The Lab, The Berkeley Art Center, Verge Center for the Arts, and the Manetti Shrem Museum. Her work is also included in the collection at the di Rosa Center For Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.

Long Hu is the performance project of Oakland artist, Jon Axtell. It is also the name of a polluted and beautiful lake in Bengbu, Anhui Province, China. Long Hu’s current installment “G-H-S” - explores loss, remembrance, possession, societal corruption, life after life, determination, and insanity. G-H-S is presented through the three elements of Dirt, Water, & Fire. It is dedicated to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, and specifically Alex Ghassan and Hanna Ruax. The EM Wolfman performance is an annotated version of a three-part, site specific series leading up to the anniversary of the fire.

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Poets at Wolfman: Lisa Olstein, Julie Carr, and Amanda Nadelberg
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

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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Sponge Talks #1: Trisha Low & Ryanaustin Dennis
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sponge Talks #1: Trisha Low & Ryanaustin Dennis

As part of the Wolfman Art Machine (WAM) Residency, the Oakland-based poetry reading series, Sponge, will feature monthly talks on poetry and poetics at E.M. Wolfman. Each talk will place two poets of different traditions in direct dialogue with one another and the community at large. There is no central theme to the subject matter—neither for individual talks nor the series at larger. Rather, these talks will seek to highlight the subterranean connections between poetry and poetic work that arises from friendship and proximity.

Sponge Talks will begin on Saturday October 7th from 7-9pm with the awesome talk-givers Trisha Low and Ryanaustin Dennis! This new series will take place at Wolfman Book's at 410 13th st. and will be followed with a casual "office hours" w/ the talk-givers and Sponge curators at the 40th Street Wolfman storefront. Click here for More information about all of the talks and the "office hours".

Refreshment and snacks will be provided!

The WAM Residency is graciously funded by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program. Thanks SoEx!

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3x Jennifer Williams (Gossimer), Katarina Countiss, Malika Imhotep
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

3x Jennifer Williams (Gossimer), Katarina Countiss, Malika Imhotep

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!

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 and leads regular workshops in the Bay Area. When she makes music, it is usually as Gossimer. She is currently studying Somatic Psychotherapy at CIIS.

Katarina Countiss is a multimedia artist. Countiss was inspired by ASMR videos curated by Melanie Diez. Katarina has training from Comedy Sportz Seattle and Seattle Central Creative Academy, improv and graphic design respectively. Katarina's philosophy about art is: don't worry if people don't get it right away or at all. Just showing up and pushing yourself inspires others.

Malika "Ra" Imhotep is a  black feminist writer/root worker from Atlanta, GA currently pursuing a doctoral degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her thinking engages black femme performance aesthetics and cultural production throughout the Black Diaspora. Her creative praxis is invested in a textual and performative enjoyment of undisciplined movement, the historical present, black obscenities, black spiritual practices and other blackityblk happenings.

 

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3x Sean David Bradley, Ryanaustin Dennis, Soleil Chappelle + Mateo Lugo
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

3x Sean David Bradley, Ryanaustin Dennis, Soleil Chappelle + Mateo Lugo

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!

Sean David Bradley is a photographer and designer from Houston, Texas. His prior photo book, TET, is a contemporary reflection of the Vietnam War.  His work has been featured at Printer Matter, Skylight Books and other independent bookstores.

Born in Oakland, Ryanaustin Dennis is a writer/curator/artists. His art practice combines collage, poetry, and performance. With his main concern being the metaphysics of blackness. By metaphysics of blackness, he means the philosophical practice of uncovering the being, property, possibility, and causality of blackness through a look at our historical cultural notions. At the moment he has two manuscripts in the works for publishing How to Bend a Nigger and Strike: Poems Out Loud. And if you’re lucky, you might find him at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore working on a new project.

Soleil Chappelle is a dancer, performance maker, philosopher, and bodyworker. She is currently writing about Sensory Woven Swells, a philosophy, creative practice, and form of body inquiry, and periodically teaches movement workshops exploring the concept. The information in subtly sensing the movement of fascia and fluid tides in the body permeates her dancing and philosophical thinking. Currently, as the driving force in her art making, Soleil dances as a form of philosophy and a phenomenological mode of research.

Mateo Lugo is a guitarist, composer and improviser whose compositional work seeks to engage in invented, imagined, algorithmic and poetic procedures to arrive at unfamiliar sounds and configurations. He has made scores out of a busy highway, the unpredictable patterns in shore surf and the ephemeral translations of a dancing body. Inspired by John Cage, Morton Feldman and James Tenney amongst others in the experimental tradition, Lugo’s research demonstrates a deep concern with music’s phenomenological implications. While being engaged with the San Francisco/Bay Area dance community, Lugo delves in embodiment strategies and modalities for improvisation that challenge traditional dancer-musician paradigms in order to form an environment where both musician and dancer can directly communicate and influence one another.

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Poets Lauren Hunter, Ben Mirov and Jason Mull
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Lauren Hunter, Ben Mirov and Jason Mull

We can't believe it! Or, I mean, we can, cause we organized it, but, like, figuratively, we can't believe it! And we want you to not believe it, too. But like only figuratively. Like "I don't believe it!" But still come.

Lauren Hunter is a poet, editor and educator living in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone. Lauren is the co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence interested in promoting multimedia art by women. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011. HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS is her first book.

Jason Mull is a poet in Oakland, California. He currently manages Alley Cat Books in San Francisco.

Ben Mirov is the author of ghost machines (Slope Editions, 2016), Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), GHOST MACHINE (Caketrain, 2010) and the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011) Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011) I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

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Truck Nuts Release Party
Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

Truck Nuts Release Party

Celebrate the release of Truck Nuts!

Truck Nuts is a new photo book by local photographer Sean David Bradley. He traveled to Colfax, Louisiana to document "Trucks Gone Wild”, a weekend-long mudding event. The result is a book that explores southern monster truck culture - from the racial divisions and hyper-sexualization of women to the sundown transformation of trucks into makeshift strip clubs, “mudding”, and shit tons of Bud Light.

Colfax and the Gulf Coast were badly hit during Hurricane Harvey, and as a Houston-native, Sean is using the release as an opportunity to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey victims. A portion of proceeds from the book will go directly to relief efforts.

Live DJ Music by:
-Bobby Peru
-DJ ’94 Ford Explorer
-Pancake Boys (live stream)

Come buy a book! FREE risograph poster with every book!

FREE BEER & SNACKS!

Can't come but want a book?? You bet!
WWW.TRUCKNUTS.XYZ

Can't come but wanna donate? Good on you!!
https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

WWW.SEANDAVIDBRADLEY.COM

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