Small Press Traffic
Melissa R. Benham & Stephanie Young
Friday, October 21, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
at California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (at Wisconsin St.)
Melissa R. Benham is the author of codeswitching (Subday Press, 2003), as well as the chapbooks repronounceable, surrealist object vs. narrated dream, and recounted. Currently, she curates the Artifact Reading Series, with Chana Morgenstern, and is the publisher/editor for Artifact Press. Her work has appeared in 3rd Bed, el pobre Mouse, How2, Fourteen Hills, Shampoo Poetry, and others. Of codeswitching, Bhanu Kapil writes, "The divinatory act, in Melissa Benham's work, is a movement, as I track it, into the 'dangerous visible'. These are poems written at a location that is constantly disappearing, or burning up."
Stephanie Young is the editor of Bay Poetics, forthcoming from Faux Press, and author of Telling the Future Off, just out from Tougher Disguises Press. She can be found online at http://stephanieyoung.durationpress.com and in person in Oakland, where she hosted house readings from 2003-05. K. Silem Mohammad says of her debut, "in the world reflected by these poems, socio-textual trust is absolutely essential, under the shadow of mercenary workplace ethics as well as the ever-compromised politics of the private."