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 curators at the 40th Street Wolfman storefront. Come meet the authors, ask questions, and hang out. Light drinks and snacks provided. 7-9 pm.
OCTOBER - Trisha Low, Ryanaustin Dennis
Poetic Talks - Saturday - 10/7 - 13th street
Office Hours - Tuesday - 10/10 - 40th street
NOVEMBER - Eddie Hopely, Faith Hale
Poetic Talks - Saturday - 11/4 - 13th street
Office Hours - Tuesday - 11/7 - 40th street
DECEMBER - Shiloh Jines & Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Poetic Talks - Saturday - 12/2 - 13th street
Office Hours - Tuesday - 12/5 - 40th street
JANUARY - Liz Kinnamon & TBA
Poetic Talks - Saturday - 1/6 - 13th street
Office Hours - Tuesday - 1/9 - 40th street
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.