Sponge Residency at Wolfman

Poetic Talks

+ "Office Hours"

October 2017-January 2018


Sponge is a poetry reading series in Oakland, CA, run by Caleb Beckwith, Turner Canty, and Kate Robinson. It seeks to facilitate dialogue and connection among the broader bay area writing communities by curating events in which a diversity of aesthetics and writing traditions engage in a meaningful dialogue with one another.

Beginning in October 2017, 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.


The talks are the first Saturday of the month (October-January) at the 13th Street Wolfman storefront. 7-9 pm. Q & A to follow.

The following Tuesday after the talks, there will be casual "office hours" w/ the talk-givers and Sponge organizers at the 40th Street Wolfman storefront. Come meet the authors, ask questions, and hang out. Light drinks and snacks provided. 7-9 pm.

October - Eddie Hopely, Ryanaustin Dennis

Poetic Talks - Saturday - 10/7 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 10/10 - 40th street

November - TBA

Poetic Talks - Saturday - 11/4 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 11/7 - 40th street

December - TBA

Poetic Talks - Saturday - 12/2 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 12/5 - 40th street

January - TBA

Poetic Talks - Saturday - 1/6 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 1/9 - 40th street


shiloh jines is a poet & visual artist based in Oakland, California. she is the co-author of the hand-bound letterpress chapbook SITE OF IMPACT (Eucalyptus Press 2016). she is currently working on her poetry manuscript, “& if it flows like pity/ then it spills like viscous fluid” and Mills College MFA thesis exhibition.



CONTACT: whimsical bull@gmail.com






 Poetics of the Ampersand

During her residency at E.M. Wolfman, she will be developing a project that examines how the &/ampersand is used to create non binary poetic space. She will interview & hold correspondences with queer, trans, poc poet/artists who use hybrid visual forms & typography to interrogate language. Building on her 2016 CBAA conference presentation, “Poetics of the Ampersand,” she examines the typographic evolution of the ampersand and its shifting context within American poetry.  This presentation is in direct response to Joyelle McSweeney's critical essay, "Muse & Drudge & Art's Ampersand," which examines Haryette Mullen's "Muse & Drudge" as a "paradoxical, non binary text, a text that will not settle down into absolute values..." 

The continuation of this project, considers the typographic body of the ampersand in contemporary poetics and how it manifests as a queer symbol of infinity—of etcetera etc. &c—an anti  divide and conquer tool—with the ability to make something so mutated, interconnected & slippery no one can get in or out. anti-literary. anti-territorial. anti-colonial.