Sponge 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 poetics at E.M. Wolfman. We are considering the notion of "poetics" here in a broad sense: the underlying mechanics of meaning making and aesthetic choices that hold together and hold up a piece of writing or artwork. Each talk will place two writers or artists 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 as a whole. Rather, these talks will seek to highlight the subterranean connections between concepts, making, politics, and social affiliation that arise from making art.

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 talk, there will be casual "office hours" w/ the talk-givers and Sponge curators at the 13th 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

Talk - Saturday - 10/7 - 13th street

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

NOVEMBER - Eddie Hopely, Faith Hale

Talk - Saturday - 11/4 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 11/7 - 13th street

DECEMBER - Shiloh Jines & Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Talk - Saturday - 12/2 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 12/5 - 13th street

JANUARY - Liz Kinnamon & TBA

Talk - Saturday - 1/6 - 13th street

Office Hours - Tuesday - 1/9 - 13th street