Holy business! What a smoking solstice! Above are some pictures of some of the amazingness that went on at yesterday's Circuit of Yields book release party at Lake Anza. There was face-painting and raft-inflating, and snacks and homemade juice and Gossimer and Eva Rosen, and Riley Flynn each performed special pieces just for the occasion, and Jacob Kahn read, and some people went swimming, and really, truly, it was one of the best days we've been around for in a long while. Thanks to everyone who made it out and all the performers and all the dogs and the sun and rocks and trees and air. Yes!
We are excited to welcome Ivy Johnson to E.M. Wolfman! Ivy will be in residence every Saturday through August! During her time here, Ivy will be writing "ecstatic erotica, a revelatory narrative of subtle and material bodies perpetually entering the liminal space of fucking." Yes! She will also be organizing regular tarot readings, hosting fantastic nail artists, and being, in general awesome! Come say hello!
Ivy Johnson was born on the open prairie where she picked crocuses as a child. She was also raised speaking in tongues, which led her to poetry. She currently lives in Oakland, CA where she writes and facilitates creative writing workshops for kids. She is a founding member of The Third Thing, an Oakland based performance art group with feminist leanings. Her chapbook, Walt Disney’s Light Show Extravaganza, was published by Boog City in 2011. Her book As They Fall, a collection of poetic fragments published on 110 notecards, was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Born Again.
Timeless Infinite Light had a work party this afternoon at Wolfman Books. We just got back the covers of Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz, and we got together to hand-strip the die-cut holes from the coverstock. During this process, we encountered the limits of our knowledge. Is there a term for the shapes after they have been punched out? A term for that which has to be taken away in order for the absence to become visible? We don't know. We couldn't find this anywhere online. Donut holes? Negative holes? Cookies?
We are excited to welcome Emji Spero to E.M. Wolfman! Spero will be in residence at the bookstore every Friday through August. During this time, Spero will be working on their current writing project, On Exhaustion, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of accumulated subthreshold violences under capitalism. This summer, Emji will also be curating a shelf at the store, featuring some of the books they'll be reading while writing On Exhaustion. Stop by to check it out.
From On Exhaustion:
Gin + tonic, your kitchen. You planted starts and they are just beginning to uncurl. You have a pack of t-patches, 45 remaining. You want them? You say, I had an allergic reaction. So I do. We peel one back to put it on my thigh. I’m not wearing underwear, I say. I pull down my pants and you press the patch against the fat of my upper left thigh. Make sure to switch spots every day, and You’ll grow hair wherever you place them, you say. We are in the kitchen and my pants are around my knees. Take a photo of my crotch,’ I say, So I can remember. You open up the laptop and photobooth it, fridge in the background, waist down, and email it to me. We take a few photos of ourselves holding our mugs 1/2 full of gin, post them on Facebook.
12:03am making coffee. copy edits. sending out acceptances.
Emji Spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, book art, installation and performance. Their writing has been featured in Dusie, Jacket 2, Jupiter88, Wheelhouse Magazine, The Vulgate, Not Enough Data, and Boog City Reader. Their first book, almost any shit will do, uses found language, word-replacement and erasure to strange the familiar and map the boundaries of collective engagement. They are currently working on a project called On Exhaustion, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of accumulated subthreshold violences under capitalism.
Read more from Emji Spero at http://timelessinfinitelight.com/pages/emjispero
This show! This show was so amazing. Grace worked with her father Olen on a series of paintings via mail, each adding pieces, subtracting pieces, working on things, and the end results were so incredible! We made a poster of Grace and Olen's work, along with an essay by Grace, and lots of process pictures from their studios. Available here!
Pictures from our recent Judy Bals show! This show was the best! We love Judy's work so freaking much. Also, Judy performed with her band, Hard Feelings, at the opening and it was totally bonkers. Everyone lost their whole minds and now we are all dumb. Thanks to everyone who came out to the show! Thanks to Judy for your infinite brilliance! More can be found here.
We have got so many amazing things going on. First of all, it's AAZ on Friday, jumping ship from their regular home at Adobe Books with poets Julian Talamantez Brolaski and Sahara Johnson, video from Brittanie Mata, and music from Cookie Tongue & Green Tooth Girl. Then on Saturday it's two events—Pat Mesiti-Miller of Snap Judgement's installation opens in the gallery at 10am, then Chapter 510 bring's it home at 4pm with their newest publication, Whispers From the Edge of the Solar System. Details and more on the Events Calendar. Hope to see you there!
We are so thrilled to welcome into the world, these three amazing residents! They are, respectively, Paolo Yumol, Emji Spero, and Ivy Johnson. For the next two months or so, they'll be running the shop one day a week each, while working on their own writing or art or performance projects. they'll also be posting updates on what they're up to, and inviting people to participate in what they're doing. Each of their residencies will culminate in a Wolfman-made chapbook or other artist object, and available in the store and here, on the internet.
Paolo Yumol is a bay area native, a former editor of The Best American Non-Required Reading, who is currently enrolled at Oberlin College. His writing can be found at: http://lotuspaolo.tumblr.com/
emji spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, book art, installation and performance. Their writing has been featured in Tripwire, Dusie, Jupiter88, Wheelhouse Magazine, The Vulgate and calmaplombprombombbalm.com. Their new book,almost any shit will do, published by Timeless, Infinite Light, uses found language, word-replacement and erasure to strange the familiar and and map the boundaries of collective engagement. Emji's work can be found here: https://emjispero.wordpress.com/
Ivy Johnson is a poet and educator in Oakland. She is a founding member of The Third Thing, an Oakland based feminist performance art group. Her chapbook, Walt Disney’s Light Show Extravaganza, was published by Boog City in 2011. Her book As They Fall, a collection of notecards for aelatoric ritual, was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Born Again. You can find more of her work at her blog: http://ivyjohnson.tumblr.com
This is number 10 in our Wolfman Editions series, and it is a perfect-bound book by the poet Jacob Kahn and it is the best book! We have been working hard on designing it and getting it all printed (at post-fire 1984 Printing in Oakland, no less) and we made a trailer and we are really excited about it, even though we know that the work is just about to start on figuring out how to get the word out and get people to read it and, yeah—this is just the first in, what will hopefully be a long and winding series. Thanks to everyone who has helped to make it happen. More info about it is here.
It was the best wedding! It was the first wedding in the store, and we were so honored to host it and it was a couple weekends ago, and it was the best. We all had such a ridiculously lovely good time, with amazing music and sweet sweet declarations and flowers all over the place, and we the ceremony happened in the New Books section and like a new book the whole thing was full of promise and shiny and exciting and we went and took pictures together and there were balloons and everything was amazing!
OPENING JUNE 11th!
New paintings by Joakim Drescher!
Tall Tales, Scandal, Gossip, Slander, Rumors, Lies! is an exhibition about the old sport of rubbernecking/minding other people’s business.
Presented here is the artists take on tabloid culture of our time: fading child stars, drug addled celebrities and weight loss regimes for Midwestern housewives.
As well as the artwork on display there will also be live music by local talent Cookie Tongue and the artists alter ego June Lagoon.
More info and RSVP here: