Monday, December 11, 2006

12/17 Hooke Press reading @ New Yipes: Killian & Shufran w/films by Smith

Sunday 12/17
at 21 GRAND
416 25th St @ B'way
Oakland, CA
6 blocks north of 19th St BART
7 pm | For lack of $4
none need miss out
on readings by
with a set by AERO-MIC'D
and films by WAYNE SMITH
brought to you by HOOKE PRESS

Kevin Killian is the author of ARCTIC SUMMER, ARGENTO SERIES, LITTLE
works of poetry and prose. 35 of his plays have been presented by San Francisco's
Poets Theater over the past twenty years. With Dodie Bellamy he has edited
130+ issues of MIRAGE #4/PERIOD(ical), and for many years he worked behind
the scenes at Small Press Traffic, the San Francisco literary arts center.
His latest book (from Hooke Press) is SELECTED AMAZON REVIEWS, edited by
Brent Cunningham. In the future: a new book of poetry called ACTION KYLIE and an
edition, with Peter Gizzi, of Jack Spicer's COLLECTED POEMS.
Lauren Shufran lives near here. She is currently working on her MA and MFA at
San Francisco State, and celebrating the release of her book BURROW from
Oakland's Hooke Press. From 2001 to 2003 she collected tolls on the Peace Bridge
between bomb threats. Now she farms chiefly for pleasure rather than income.

HOOKE PRESS was founded in late 2005 by Neil Alger and Brent Cunningham.
It was named for Robert Hooke, a 17th century British scientist and the first Curator
of Experiments at the Royal Society. Inspired by Hooke's experiments and
observations across an astonishing number of disciplines, Hooke Press seeks to
publish small-run books of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera that share
his ecumenical spirit, though not necessarily his famously sullen temperament.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Pelton & Roy @ SPT 12/1

Small Press Traffic is pleased to present a reading by

Ted Pelton & Camille Roy

Friday, December 8, 2006 at 7:30 PM

Ted Pelton is the author of three books, most recently the novel Malcolm and Jack (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006), which Cris Mazza says “reminds us of the quagmire that is history. Fact and fiction can't be easily boxed; everything is true even as everything isn't. Don't even bother trying to pinch yourself every so often while reading to see if it’s ‘real.’ Pelton’s book does the pinching for you.” Pelton is the publisher of Starcherone Books and teaches at Medaille College of Buffalo.

Camille Roy is a writer and performer of plays, poetry, and fiction. Her two most recent books are Cheap Speech, a play, from Leroy, and Craquer, from 2nd Story Books (both 2002). Her book Swarm (two novellas) was published by San Francisco's Black Star Series with funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a founding editor of the online journal Narrativity. Girlfriends magazine says “Camille Roy is as brilliant and horny as William S. Burroughs with his consciousness way raised” and Robert Gluck calls hers “gorgeously perverse…starstruck langugage.”

Unless otherwise noted, events are $5-10, sliding scale, free to current SPT members and CCA faculty, staff, and students.

Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA

1111 -- 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94107

Monday, November 27, 2006

Nagami & Warren @ SPT 12/1

Small Press Traffic is pleased to present a reading by
Heather Nagami & Alli Warren
Friday, December 1, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Heather Nagami joins us from North Carolina in celebration of her first book,
(Chax Press). Ron Silliman describes her writing as having “a goofball
elegance that has much to do with the New York School’s commitment to wit.”
Nagami’s poems have appeared in Antennae, Rattle, and Xcp (Cross-Cultural
Poetics). She is codirector of overhere Press, a small press that publishes
hand-bound chapbooks with an emphasis on poets of color and other
underrepresented peoples.

Alli Warren grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She is the author of the
chapbooks Schema, Yoke, Hounds, and most recently Cousins (Lame House Press).
On reading four lines from Hounds, Jack Kimball writes, "A narrow, stodgy and
often ostentatiously learned, pedestrian, callow youth with an unpromising
future, not a voracious reader of fine literature, a painter without pictures,
a radical without followers, a bloviater on par with the windiest, incapable
of getting to the point, one who's cacography was really a mess" She has
performed work recently at the Artifact and New Yipes reading series, and
every weekday at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley.

Unless otherwise noted, events are $5-10, sliding scale, free to current SPT members
and CCA faculty, staff, and students.

Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in Timken Lecture Hall,
California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the
intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA
1111 -- 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94107

12/1 The Encyclopedia Project Launch @ Modern Times


X – R E F E R E N C E

A pre-holiday book launch extravaganza for Encyclopedia Volume 1 A-E
(everyone's favorite new pink and turquoise encyclopedia of fiction, prose and


Readings, Screenings, and Live Cross-Referencing Action!

Hosted by Miranda Mellis & Kate Schatz.


Jaime Cortez (see: dahlia)
Jacob Eichert (see: Exene)
Bob Glück & Jocelyn Saidenberg (see: babble)
Minal Hajratwala (see: America; Gloria Anzaldúa; autobiography)
Jeff Johnson (see: audience; book; destroy)
Chris Nagler (see: astrology)
Kirthi Nath (see: epigram)
Micah Perks (see: ending)
Praba Pilar (see: anxiety)
Sara Seinberg (see: ephemera)
Chuleenan Svetvilas (see: documentary)


Corinna Press
Miriam Klein-Stahl

Special holiday prices on book!
Mind-blowing raffle! Door prizes!

The Encyclopedia Project will be collecting books for the Prisoner's Literature
Project, so if you can please bring books to donate.

For more info contact or

12/2 SPD Holiday Open House: Readings & Book Sale!

Small Press Distribution invites to our
Holiday Open House and Book Sale.

Saturday, December 2, 2006, 12 noon-4pm

Readings at 2pm + Music by David Buuck at 12:30 and 3pm

Featured Readers: Lisa Robertson, Stephen Ratcliffe, Marvin K. White, and Barbara Jane Reyes.

Free and Open to All!

SPD is located at 1341 Seventh Street, a half a block from Gilman in North Berkeley, between San Pablo blvd. & the 80 freeway.

1341 7th St
Berkeley, CA 94710-1409

Thanks to our generous supporters: Ashkenaz, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cheeseboard, East Bay Express, Festoon Saloon, Jeff Maser, Jimmy Bean's, Lalime's, Landmark Theaters, Parkway Speakeasy, Peet's Coffee, San Francisco Performances, Vino!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

ARTIFACT: 11.18.06 : Davidson : Koeneke : Vincent

ARTIFACT presents...

Amanda Davidson
Rodney Koeneke
Stephen Vincent

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006
7:30PM, reading begins at 8PM

$5 donation will benefit the Artifact Reading Series, Press, & Public Writing Projects

byob kids!

2921B Folsom St. @ 25th St. SF 94110


Amanda Davidson is a San Francisco writer and image-maker. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing, Other Magazine and online at the Marjorie Wood Gallery. Come On, Big Empty, a film collaboration with Kirthi Nath, played recently at the APAture and 3rd i festivals. Davidson is currently working on a multimedia poem called Goodbye, Meat Pants: Imaginary Postcards from a Real War.

Rodney Koeneke is the author of Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX Books, 2006) and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). Empires of the Mind: I.A. Richards and Basic English in China (Stanford University Press, 2004) is a souvenir from his history days that's unlikely to have much bearing on this reading. His work has been read or performed at Small Press Traffic's Poets Theater, the Poetry Center at SFSU, the Pacific Film Archive, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the 2006 Flarf Festival in New York. He's recently left San Francisco for Portland, OR for dark economic reasons.

Most recently, Stephen Vincent is the author of Walking (from Junction Press), Triggers (a Shearsman ebook) and Sleeping With Sappho (a faux ebook.) In the spring, Junction Press will publish Walking Theory, his collected poems from “the feet up.” This evening he will read work from his most recent ‘transversion’ projects, including Tenderly (improvisations on Stein’s Tender Buttons and Jack Spicer in Glasgow ( improvisation on Spicer’s Language, including some letters to Jack). Vincent’s blog ( includes various excerpts from these works.

Sam D'Allesandro Tribute @ USF : Wed 11/15 : 7:30PM

From Kevin Killian:

If you're going to be in the Bay Area on Wednesday, November 15, I hope
you can come to a reading at USF (University of San Francisco) at 7:30

We're going to be reading from the stories of Sam D'Allesandro, the San
Francisco-based "New Narrative" writer who died, aged 31, of AIDS in 1988.

Last year Suspect Thoughts Press put out a new edition of D'Allesandro's
stories, called THE WILD CREATURES, and it has been a big success so far,
winning the Stonewall Award from the American Library Association.

USF is commemorating 25 years of "artistic struggle against AIDS" by a
yearlong program of readings, plays, exhibitions, lectures and panels, and
this is part of that. I will be there, and also reading from
D'Allesandro's work will be the poets Bill Luoma and Suzanne Stein, and
the artist Colter Jacobsen. This event is sponsored by the MFA in Writing
Program, and by the Department of Performing Arts. And it's free to the
public (I always wonder what that expression means, and if there's some
other group, not the public, that has to shell out the entrance fee. The
sponsors I guess).

Anyhow you may be thinking, didn't we act up, fight back, fight AIDS years
ago, and that this reading should be solemn and sad, I don't think so! I
expect it will be the reading of the year, so don't miss it.

USF, Lone Mountain Campus (2800 Turk Street), Room 100.

Thanks, hope to see you on the 15th.

Kevin Killian

Monday, November 06, 2006

SPT: Arnold on Loy, Niedecker, & Oppen 11/10

Small Press Traffic is pleased to present the 2nd of our Predecessors Talks:
Elizabeth Arnold on Rhyme & Politics in Oppen, Niedecker, & Loy
Friday, November 10, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Arnold writes: “In a talk I gave on rhyme in free verse, the focus
was, naturally, on the music of the language, the lyricism of the poems I
chose. And yet, several people in the audience were surprised to find that, in
addition to being compelling aurally, so many of the poems were political.
Included among them were some poems by George Oppen. Oppen’s adherence in
particular to what Wallace Stevens of all people insists upon: the necessary
interaction of reality and imagination. Social realism did not allow for the
unanticipatable emergence of ideas and feelings in a poem; as a committed
Marxist, Oppen chose not to write for twenty-five years rather than compromise
his art. Lyric power was crucial to him, the ear being necessary to the
success of poems carrying, out of the deepest recesses of a man who lived what
he believed, lyric poems with political subject matter. I may also look at
poems by Lorine Niedecker and Mina Loy in this light.”

Elizabeth Arnold is the author of two books of poems, Civilization (Flood
Editions, 2006) and The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999). The
recipient of a Bunting fellowship and a Whiting award, she edited Mina Loy’s
Insel for Black Sparrow Press and teaches in the MFA programs at the
University of Maryland and Warren Wilson College. She lives outside
Washington, D.C.

SPT's Predecessors Talks series exists to map and illuminate continuities of
influence and impetus among writers of a range of eras and milieux.

Unless otherwise noted, events are $5-10, sliding scale, free to current SPT
members and CCA faculty, staff, and students.

Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in Timken Lecture Hall,
California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the
intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Los Angeles Project

Here is a letter I received in the mail from Ms. Dacheux herself. Please see for more information...

October 3. 2006

Dear Friends,

I am being held hostage by a progressive underground coalition called “The Imaginative Action Regime.”

I have no concept of where I am anymore. But don’t worry, I have not been harmed. My captors treat me well and feed me popsicles. They do not ask for my body. I have tried many times to spread my legs freely, but they have refused. This is my plight, as they are very attractive.

They want something else, which is why I am writing you. They want you to know about The LOS ANGELES PROJECT, a reaction to The Manhattan Project.

Manhattan. Los Angeles. Manhattan. Los Angeles. East Coast. West Coast. Fuck it.

I responded with a charismatic joke about Tupac and Biggie. I told them that if I were ever in a war, it would be a rap one, and I would be a super small fiery bundle of rhymes that jumps out into the spotlight to save everyone from gunfire.

Yes, they agreed. I am a maniac. I know nothing of war, let alone rap, or even hula hooping. Yet, they liked my joke, mostly because of my enthusiasm and tone. I felt promoted. And, in my playfulness, became one of them.

They told me to forget about coasts, forget about this and that, and to think only in concepts. They suggested that I think about The Manhattan Project minus Manhattan in a non-linear manner. They told me that The LOS ANGELES PROJECT should be thought of in a similar way but with different effects.

We have had many arguments over this.

I said that I could only think about things that are real.

This is how I get through the day, by putting one foot in front of the other, by zipping things up, by opening the door. I told them that ever since my dad died, I have been overly concerned with concrete things, because when I think too long about unreal things, I start to float in space.

“There’s nothing wrong with space,” they said.

I explained that if I sit still long enough, my body becomes magnetic, like water, pulling apart at the seams.

They nodded their heads and then tickled me. It was very sexy, and I grew distracted . . .

They are laughing over my shoulder right now . . . they are throwing me winks.

Where was I? Oh, that’s right. The Manhattan Project.

“Can you invent something that was unimaginable until now?” they asked.
“I’m not strong in physics.” I said.
“You don’t need to know how things work. This is not about knowing.” they explained.

They pushed piles of paper under my nose and forced me to write the word “coast” over and over again, for hours upon hours, until I saw only inane squiggles and curling pencil marks.

“What is that?” my captors demanded.

My hand ached, my eyes crossed. “It’s just pencil.”

“But, what does it mean?”

“It means pencil. It means we talk without talking through this scribble. I understand and you understand”

"No," they said, “we don’t understand.” They pointed to my scribblings.

“Nothing real means anything solid.” They do several little dances to spite my exhaustion. A lovely twirl for hours, a choreographed dance to Pat Benatar, and then I get crazy. They never tire.

On the next day, they told me to draw the first dead person I had ever seen.

On the next day, they told me to draw the second dead person I had ever seen.

On the next day, they told me to draw these two dead people as though they had forgotten about peanut butter.

It was difficult-- drawing the nose has always been challenging for me. At first, I drew carefully, and then carelessly as they watched, until eventually I grew distracted-- uncertain of my squiggles . . . this was a good sign.

On the next day, they asked me to illuminate myself like a fish gasping for air.

“Do you remember the Manhattan Project?” they asked me again.
“What are you, a nihilist?” I threw down my pencil.
“Would a nihilist have a suntan?” they laughed.

It was true, they had great suntans.

They urged me to continue. They described these times as apocalyptic and they told me what was at stake. They elaborated on some funny stories about performance pieces where performers protest performers to performers as though to suggest that wars are solved in art galleries.

They warned me about self-indulgent ego blasting, that some artists would not find it interesting, that some creative types only glory for other established creative types . . . this is not what The LOS ANGELES PROJECT means.

If their demands are not met, I will be held captive for a long long long fucking long ass time.

They said some artists would critique this, eat too much cheese and drink too much wine, throw up on themselves, demand this letter be more serious, especially when talking about war times and death. They might suggest my writing flat, that in three years it might mature, but in three years it might be too late.

I told them about you. How you are different.

I said that you believe in possibility, that chance is what you bring into the world and what you are capable of creatively evoking.

This is why they demanded I write you. For whatever reason, they believe in me, and in this sense, they believe in you.

“There is nothing wrong with funny childlike art,” My captors told me. “In fact,” they added, “only funny art will save the situation at hand.”

This is The LOS ANGELES PROJECT-- an extreme progressive need for imaginative action during these war times.

They are serious about being silly and their demands are as follows . . . pay attention, this is the important part--

1. Look out of a piece of paper and pretend window.
2. Write down something childlike or embarrassing—otherwise known as something
that could change the world. Do not talk about serious existing politics. As we all know, that route will not change the world, let alone save it.
3. Draw what you wrote down, especially if you are shy about drawing.
4. Make sure your something was fantastical and incomprehensible until now.
5. Place the pretend window in an envelope, and mail to our portal:

c/o ms. dacheux
1803 Gramercy Place #12
Los Angeles, CA 90028

or place the pretend window in a scanner & jpg us at thelosangelesproject at yahoo dot com .

6. Now, think of a friend who was imaginary when you were a kid and is now very real.
7. Send them this document, paste the url, etc. get the word out, and tell them to repeat these actions.

My captors are building something quite spectacular here. They promise explosive results. Their brains are on fire. We are all doodling noses and feet for fish. Do not worry, I am safe, I am enjoying my stay. But, I miss you all. I miss you all so terribly. They will not release me until their demands are met. So, please act fast.

I don't know all the details. Every day is new. But, they have assured me of this--

Collectively, if geniuses were able to build something destructively unimaginable out of science, surely we can build something constructively unimaginable out of art. This is the beginning. This is where you and I hold hands & walk into the project.

Sincerely Your Friend & Future Collaborator,

Stacy Elaine Dacheux

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SPD's New Lit Geneation 11.04.06 1pm-4pm

New Lit Generation

Party & Reading
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 1-4PM


Maxine Chernoff, Josesph Lease,
Lateef McLeod, Julian T. Brolaski,
Emily Fong and Arianna Kandell

(Trade in a poem or story for a free book!)

SPD warehouse, 1341 7th St. (off Gilman), Berkeley, 1-4pm
Free & Open to the Public
Join college & high school students and teachers from all over the Bay Area for a party, reading & celebration of independent literature. The "Trading Post" will include select rare, used and even out-of-print books donated by SPD staff, publishers, and friends.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lomax & Retallack @ SPT Fri. 10/27/06

Small Press Traffic is pleased to present a reading by

Dana Teen Lomax & Joan Retallack
Friday, October 27, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Dana Teen Lomax joins us in celebration of her first full-length collection,
Curren¢y (Palm Press). David Buuck says: “Dana Teen Lomax's work navigates the
vexed relations of life behind the bars of the $, where gender, race, and
class are not merely ‘discourses’ but lived vectors of experience…. Curren¢y
is nothing less than an oppositional archeology of consumer culture as it
reproduces its logics on and in our bodies—both personal and
body-political—against a field of possibilities increasingly threatened by the
privatization and colonization of the life-world. Writing a radical
biopolitics—a ‘biopoethics’—would be that practice that articulates itself in
resistant song, and, that in Lomax's expanded field, of necessity also dances,
in paroxysms full of both rage and desire.”

Joan Retallack’s most recent book of poetry is Memnoir—a long poem published
in the US (Post-Apollo Press) and in French translation (CIP-Marseilles) in
2004. The Poethical Wager—a volume of essays—came out last year from The
University of California Press which will also publish her forthcoming book on
Gertrude Stein—with a selection of Stein’s work. Retallack is also the author
of MUSICAGE: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack for which she won
the 1996 America Award in Belles-Lettres and Afterrimages (both from Wesleyan
University Press), Mongrelisme (Paradigm Press), How To Do Things With Words
(Sun & Moon Classics) , and Errata 5uite (Edge Books). Retallack is currently
at work on a long poetic project, “The Reinvention of Truth.”

Unless otherwise noted, events are $5-10, sliding scale, free to current SPT
members and CCA faculty, staff, and students.

Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in Timken Lecture Hall,
California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the
intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

Directions & map:

Elizabeth Treadwell, Director
Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA
1111 -- 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Doris : Williams : Milosevich : 10/29 : New Yipes

Sunday, Oct. 29
at 21 GRAND
416 25th St
(corner B'way)
Oakland, CA
7 pm | $4 O.B.O.

STACY DORIS's new books are Knot (U. Georgia) and Cheerleader's
Guide to the World: Council Book (Roof). Forthcoming is The Cake Part.
She also writes books in French, most recently Parlement (P.O.L.),
and has co-edited several collections of contemporary French poetry
in translation. She is studying Greek and Arabic.

TYRONE WILLIAMS teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in
Cincinnati, Ohio. His book c.c. was published by Krupskaya Books in
2002 and the chapbooks AAB and Futures, Elections were published in
2004. New work is forthcoming in fasicles, Cincinnati Poetry Review and
the cultural society. A new chapbook, Musique Noir, is forthcoming from
Overhere Press and a new book, the Hero Project of the Century, is
forthcoming from The Backwaters Press in 2007. He is currently
writing a book for Atelos.

Born on the dusty plains of Texas, KARLA MILOSEVICH moved to
California and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
This summer, the video artist exhibited an animation entitled "Weeping
Willow" in the project room at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. "See Me.
Feel Me.", Milosevich's curated program of music videos based on The
Who's rock opera "Tommy" recently screened at Worm in Rotterdam.
Milosevich has co-written two plays with Kevin Killian entitled "Love
Can Build a Bridge" and "The Red and The Green." She is currently
working on new videos and selling t-shirts by artists at

Soon to follow:

Nov. 19: E. Tracy Grinnell and Erin Morrill

Dec. 17: Hooke Press presents Kevin Killian and Lauren Shufran, with
music by Aero-Mic'd

Monday, October 16, 2006

Bellamy & Mosher @ SF Camerawork 10/21

An evening of text and image perfomance by
Dodie Bellamy and Donal Mosher

October 21
7:00 p.m.
SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-512-2020 ext: 105

Dodie Bellamy will present "Digging Through Kathy Acker's Stuff"

Kathy Acker, the novelist and theorist, died from breast cancer in
1998. Her papers are at Duke, but her clothes and accessories remain
in the possession of her executor, Matias Viegener. Last February
while visiting Viegener in Los Angeles, author Dodie Bellamy rummaged
through Acker's extravagant designer wardrobe and wheedled one of her
Gautier dresses, and a couple pieces of jewelry from him. Possessing
such intimate effects of a woman she was in awe of, Bellamy felt
compelled to write about it. "In Digging Through Kathy Acker's
Stuff," Bellamy meditates upon relics, ghosts, compulsive shopping,
archives, make-up, our drive to mythologize the dead, Acker's own
self-mythologizing, the struggle among followers to define Acker,
bitch fights, and the numina of DNA. Accompanying her reading will
be images of Acker's clothes.

Donal Mosher will present "October Country"

Donal Mosher's October Country is part of an ongoing record of
Upstate New York. Shot each Halloween, this record now covers six
years and three generations. This latest work is based on the ghost
hunting notebooks kept by Denise Brown, Mosher's aunt, as part of her
paranormal investigations. Though Donal's idea of the ghostly
incorporates the living as well as the dead, these images were shot
according to his aunt's rules for spirit photography. Many of these
shotswere taken with a disposable camera during and official
investigation of the Middleville cemetery.

Benefit for Bird & Beckett Books & Records Sun. 10/22

A Benefit Poetry Reading
Bird & Beckett Books & Records

Diane di Prima
David Meltzer

October 22, 2006
Sunday, at 4:30 pm
at Bird & Beckett
2788 Diamond Street
San Francisco(415) 586-3733
Tickets available now at the bookshop
$25 reserved seats or
$20 standing room
for our complete schedule
(from the home page, click on "calendar")

Poets in Need Benefit @ SPT 10/20

Poets In Need Benefit at Small Press Traffic
Friday, October 20, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Small Press Traffic is pleased to host a reading and reception benefiting Poets In Need’s Philip Whalen Memorial Grants.

Featured readers are PIN Board members Norman Fischer, Lyn Hejinian, and Michael Rothenberg.

Norman Fischer’s books include Slowly But Dearly from Chax Press.

Lyn Hejinian’s books include The Fatalist from Omnidawn.

Michael Rothenberg is the editor of Philip Whalen’s Selected Poems and Collected Poems.

Leslie Scalapino’s books include Zither & Autobiography from Wesleyan UP.

Poets In Need is a non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to poets who have an established presence in the literary community as innovators in the field and a substantive body of published work. Assistance is given only in cases of current financial need that is in excess of and unrelated to the recipient’s normal economic situation and that is the result of recent emergency (due, for example, to fire, flood, eviction, or a medical crisis).

Refreshments will be available. All of this evening's proceeds will benefit Poets in Need.

directions & map:

Elizabeth Treadwell, Director
Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA
1111 -- 8th StreetSan Francisco, CA 94107

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Thurs. Koeneke's Musee Mechanique Release Reading

Dear Friends,

A brief reminder that this Thursday is the release party for my new
book, Musee Mechanique. Details below--hope you can make it.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Modern Times Bookstore (888 Valencia bet. 19th & 20th)

A Release Party in celebration of his new book of poems, Musee

with Ecstatic Monkey members KAYA OAKES and HL HAZUKA

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Ellipsis Magazine Reading @ New College Oct. 8

Ellipsis Magazine Ruling the Bay

Sunday, October 8th
7:00 PM

at the Creamery at the New College of California
780 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110


Neeelanjana Banerjee
Will Skinker III
Ryan Newton
Paul Corman Roberts
Jacqueline Motzer


Stacy Elaine Dacheux

Friday, September 22, 2006





Artwork by:

October 7, 2006
7:30PM (reading begins at 8PM)
First come first served!

2921B Folsom St. @ 25th
SF CA 94110

***This reading is a Fundraiser to support the Artifact Reading Series, Small Press, & Public Writing Projects.***

All in attendance are kindly asked to give a $5 Donation.
However no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

All proceeds from this reading have been generously donated by the illustrious writers and artist to fund further projects of Artifact. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts! Buy their books! They are golden!!!

Bring cash and/or your checkbook as there will be lovely books to buy to round out your already brilliantly collected collection.




Bhanu Kapil teaches writing at Naropa University. Her publications include The Vertical Interrogation ofStrangers (Kelsey Street Press) and Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works.)

Bill Luoma is the author of Works & Days, Dear Dad and the unpublished sound sequence Some Math. He lives and works in the bay area.

Bill will also be curating a selection of visual art by printmaker David Larsen (b. 1970), whose many flyers for poetry readings can be seen in the employee restroom at Pegasus Bookstore (2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley).

Elizabeth Treadwell is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Cornstarch Figurine. Two new poetry collections, Wardolly and Birds & Fancies, are due out next year, from Chax Press and Shearsman Books respectively. A graduate of the Native American Studies program at UC Berkeley and the Creative Writing Program at SF State, she currently lives with her immediate and near her extended family in her hometown of Oakland. From 1997-2002, she published Outlet magazine and Double Lucy Books, and since 2000 she has been director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center in San Francisco. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Virginia or the mud-flap girl. More info:

Friday, September 01, 2006

Fundraising & our calendar for 2006

Dear Friends,

Hope you’re all well! We’re excited to announce that Artifact’s readings in the months of September-November will be dedicated towards raising funds for our 2007 program. As you may know, we’ve recently begun collecting a small donation, which we’ve split between the readers and our direct expenses (snacks, cocktails, chairs, etc.). For the next three months, our generous readers have donated their shares of “the hat” towards our first step of procuring and writing grants to support our future projects. We are hoping to raise $1000 with these readings in order to work with Nancy Quinn Associates, a wonderful organization that will help us throughout the grant-writing process and planning our budget.

Artifact has been expanding since its inception as a reading series in 2004, with a small press and a public writing program in the past year. In order to pay our fabulous readers, produce four chapbooks in 2007, and fund an exhibition of our pilot public writing project (which you can read about here: ) we need to raise about $10,000. In addition to investing in grants support, we look to you our community to help support the growth of Artifact.

In the months of September, October and November we will feature the readers, artwork by local artist/writers, books to buy, as well as snacks, wine, and cocktails. We will be asking a 5$ donation towards our cause, however, no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.

Please arrive at the reading by 8PM. Due to recent serious overcrowding being a dangerous fire hazard, we ask that no one arrive after 8PM. We’d rather not begin limiting our audience to 50 & locking the door!

Here’s the calendar for the next three months…

Sept 16: Garrett Caples, Andrew Joron, and Justin Sirois w/artwork by Renee Evans!

Oct 7: Bhanu Kapil, Bill Luoma, and Elizabeth Treadwell w/artwork by David Larsen

Nov 18: Amanda Davidson, Rodney Koeneke, and Stephen Vincent (artist TBA)

Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next reading!

If you are interested in donating additional funds to Artifact, you can do so online through our fiscal sponsor Intersection for the Arts @ and entering “Artifact” in the FSP donors only field. Please note that these donations will be tax-deductible!

Thanks again for your help and support!


Chana & Melissa

ARTIFACT : 9.16.06 : Caples : Joron : Sirois : Evans

The Artifact Reading Series presents

Readings by:

Garrett Caples
Andrew Joron
Justin Sirois

Artwork by:
Renee Evans

September 16, 2006
7:30PM (reading begins at 8PM)
First come first served!

2921B Folsom St. @ 25th
SF CA 94110

***This reading is a FUN-draiser!!!!
to support the Artifact Reading Series, Small Press, & Public Writing Projects.

All proceeds from this reading have been generously donated by the illustrious writers and artist to fund further projects of Artifact. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts! Buy their books! They are golden!!!
More on this later!****

All in attendance are kindly asked to give a $5 donation.
However no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

(FYI, there's no donation too small...don't make us start a kissing booth)


Bring cash and/or your checkbook as there will be lovely books to buy to round out your already geniusly collected collection.



orn in Lawrence, MA, Garrett Caples is a freelance writer living in Oakland, CA. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Garrett Caples Reader (NY: Black Square Editions, 1999) and er, um (SF: Meritage Press, 2002). He received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. A collection of articles on hip hop, The Philistine's Guide to Hip Hop, with an introduction by Shock-G of Digital Underground, appeared in 2004 from Ninevolt Magazine. He currently writes on Bay Area hip hop for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Anthology appearances include Fetish (NY: 4 Walls 8 Windows, 1998), Isn't It Romantic? (Seattle: Wave Books, 2004), and Bay Poetics (Newton, MA: Faux Press, 2006). Among his current projects, he is editing a lost manuscript of Philip Lamantia's called Tau, along with the poems of John Hoffman, which will be published together in a single volume by City Lights in 2007.

For some 20 years, Andrew Joron has been a mainstay of the Bay Area's experimental poetry scene, beginning as a "science fiction poet" before moving on to what Charles Borkhuis described in "Land of the Signifieds" (1992) as an amalgam of "Late Surrealism and Textual [i.e. Language] Poetry." "The pilot alone knows/That the plot is missing its/Eye," opens one poem in Joron's latest book, Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), giving an indication of the solemn humor and linguistic play motivating his work. Named one of the Village Voice's "Top 25 Books of 2003," Fathom consolidated Joron's reputation as much with its prose assessment of poetry in the post-9/11 world, "The Emergency," as with the poems themselves. Three years after publication, Fathom continues to be reviewed, while Calvin Bedient in the Spring 2006 Chicago Review likens Joron to Adorno and Debord. Joron's essay on 19th-century American decadent George Sterling recently appeared in the anthology Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and will be republished, along with "The Emergency," in a volume of selected prose, The Cry at Zero, due next year from Counterpath Press.

Justin Sirois is founder of narrow house recordings and works for the Social Security Administration. His work has appeared in Drill, The DC Poetry Anthology, Poets Against the War, and Newtopia Magazine. His new chapbook, Silver Standard, (Newlights Press) includes the projects 'bell and 'quiet colossus, two interactive poems from about the macro economics of late capitalism, outsourcing, and cellular ring tones. He lives somewhere in between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC.

Renee Evan's bio coming soon! Her minuscule works are beyond belief Just you wait. They will knock your socks off.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Yipes: 9/17 : Reddin : Apps : Nath

7 pm
Sunday 9/17
at 21 GRAND
416 25th St @ B'way
6 blocks north of 19th St BART
Oakland, CA
where for lack of $4
none will be turned away

Brought to you by Ugly Duckling Presse:

Elizabeth Reddin is a recorded talking thoughts performer who lives in Brooklyn,
New York City. She also plays music in a story band called LEGENDS. She
teaches math and reading classes to adults who are working on getting their GED.
Her record label, Deerhead Records, will soon be releasing, with the help of UDP
and the universe, a live recording of Midwinter Day by Bernadette Mayer.

Stan Apps is a poet and essayist from Los Angeles. His chapbook Soft Hands
was published by Ugly Duckling Presse and is now sold out. Upcoming books
include a full-length collection, Info Ration, from Make Now Press, and a chapbook,
Princess of the World in Love, from Cy Press. Stan's writing has appeared in
Combo, PomPom, Greeting, Mirage/Periodical, New York Nights and elsewhere.
Stan co-organizes the Last Sunday of the Month reading series at the Smell, and
co-edits, with Mathew Timmons, a fledging chapbook press called Insert Press.
Stan posts essays and provisional thoughts at his blog Refried Oracle Phone at .

Kirthi Nath, a South Asian American artist, explores issues of identity, memory,
and desire in a body of work that speechlessly widens gestures of love. On 9/17
she screens "Letting Go" (shot on location in San Francisco and Torrance) and
"Come On, Big Empty" (made in collaboration with Amanda Davidson). Her films
have shown in several festivals and events including the Moondance International
Women's Festival, the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, Ladyfest
(Olympia, Scotland, Bay Area and Texas), and a solo show at The Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Interlope, Berkeley Poetry Review,
and 30 ft. Honey Slick. Nath completed her MFA in Visual Arts at UC San Diego
and currently lives in San Francisco where she teaches video production and
distribution to youth at the Bay Area Video Coalition. She also has an intense
passion for ladybugs and swimming.


October 29: Stacy Doris, Tyrone Williams, and video by Karla Milosevich

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Lab: Poetry Marathon: 8/12

The LAB presents

The 2006 Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathon

Saturday, August 12, 7-10 PM
$3-$15 sliding scale admission

This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

From its inception during the summer of 2000, the Boston Poetry Marathon developed a national reputation among experimental poets. An annual weekend-long event, it featured approximately 40 readers (poets primarily but also artists from mixed genres). Everyone, from the distinguished poetic elder to the excited emerging poet, read for 20 minutes each. Boston Marathon readers included Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Frank Bidart, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Robert Creeley, Forrest Gander, Paul Hoover, Fanny Howe, Laura Mullen, Jena Osman, Maureen Owen, Heather Ramsdell, David Shapiro, Tom Sleigh, Juliana Spahr, Cole Swensen, Anne Waldman, John Yau, and many others. When co-founders/co-curators Donna de la Perriere and Joseph Lease moved to the Bay Area in 2003, they moved the Poetry Marathon to San Francisco. A tremendous success, the 2004 and 2005 Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathons took place as four day-long events at The LAB. Each Saturday event featured over 15 readers.

This year, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area join together again to celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer at The LAB. The 2006 Marathon will include established and emerging poets such as Dodie Bellamy, Taylor Brady, Lee Ann Brown, Maxine Chernoff, Diane DiPrima, Edward Foster, Graham Foust, Kathleen Fraser, Gloria Frym, Brenda Hillman, D.A. Powell, Elizabeth Robinson, Truong Tran, and many more.

August 12 readers include:

Julian T. Brolaski
Anna Eyre
Edward Foster
Gloria Frym
Brenda Hillman
D.A. Powell
Elizabeth Robinson

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Canessa Park Reading 8-13-06

Canessa Park Reading Series
708 Montgomery Street @ Columbus
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Time 3 pm.

Come and join us for the triple threat - reading and
book release for Instance Press, Etherdome, and
Woodland Editions:

Beverly Dahlen (Instance Press)

Susanne Dyckman (EtherDome)
Kate Greenstreet (EtherDome)

Todd Melicker (Woodland Editions)
Brian Teare (Woodland Editions)

Books will be on sale so plan accordingly. This will
be another Canessa Park Event not to be missed...

Robert Duncan said of Beverly Dahlen, "The psychic
life she draws in writing may be drawn from her own
psychic life, but here its body is the text and it
speaks to the psyche of the reader as a reader."
Dahlen is the author of The Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia
Press), Out of the Third (Momo's Press) and 5 volumes
of A Reading, published variously by Momo's Press,
Chax Press, Potes and Poets, and Instance Press. A
native of Oregon, she has lived and worked in San
Francisco for many years.

Susanne Dyckman lives in Albany, CA, where she hosts a
summer backyard reading series. She is the author of
two chapbooks, Transiting Indigo (Etherdome Press) and
Counterweight (Woodland Editions). Her work has most
recently appeared or is forthcoming in the journals
26, Marginalia and First Intensity. A volume of
poetry, equilibrium' s form, will be published by
Shearsman Books, UK, in 2007.

Kate Greenstreet�s chapbook, Learning the Language,
was published by Etherdome Press in 2005. Her first
full-length book, case sensitive, will be out from
Ahsahta Press in September 2006. Visit her online at

Todd Melicker is a graduate of the MFA in Writing
Program at the University of San Francisco. His work
has appeared or will appear in Five Fingers Review,
Volt,/ 26/, and /Colorado Review/. He lives in
Santa Rosa, Ca.

The recipient of Stegner, National Endowment for the
Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships, Brian
Teare has published poetry in Ploughshares, Boston
Review, Provincetown Arts, VOLT, Verse and The
Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry, among
other publications. His first book, The Room Where I
Was Born, was winner of the 2003 Brittingham Prize and
the 2004 Triangle Award for Gay Poetry. Author of the
recent chapbooks, Pilgrim and Transcendental Grammar
Crown, he lives in Oakland, CA and is on the graduate
writing faculties of the New College of California and
California College of the Arts

Hope to see you there,
Avery Burns
Literary Director
Canessa Park Reading Series
(20 years young)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

8/20 New Yipes: Hospodar/Staiti w. films by Enid

at 21 GRAND
416 Twenty-fifth Street
(corner Broadway)
Oakland, California
August 20 | 7 pm | $4 sugg.

YURI HOSPODAR was born in southeast Pennsylvania. He fled as
early as he could to Boston, and continued fleeing to such places
as San Luis Obispo County (gods' country), San Francisco, Prague,
back to SF, back to Boston, and then to San Francisco yet again.
Australia is quite possibly next on the list as his partner is a MARSUPIAL.
His writing has been published in a small book entitled "To You In Your
Closets" (ca. 1990), as well as some delightful anthologies and a magazine
here and there, and has not been published in many, many other places.

ERIKA STAITI grew up on Long Island and then spent four years in
Binghamton NY. Then she drove to the Pacific Northwest to work and
live somewhere nice. Last year she moved to Oakland to do MFA things
at Mills College. When she visits New York she likes to advocate for the
Bay Area. Someday she may go back or maybe she'll just stay here.

SARAH ENID's are in heavy rotation at the Edinburgh Film Castle
(, with recent showings at
SF Cinematheque and the Silver Lake Film Festival.


Sept. 17: Ugly Duckling presents ELIZABETH REDDIN and STAN APPS


As revealed on this week's episode of

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ARTIFACT : 8 . 5 . 06


SATURDAY, 8.5.06


Juliana Spahr
Christopher Nealon


Servando Garcia
Manuel Perez
Sandra Miller
Ben Doyle
Joshua Beckman
Megan Breiseth
Scott Inguito


Scott Inguito

2921B FOLSOM ST. @ 25TH
SF CA 94110




Monday, July 31, 2006

8.5.06 Bios

Chris Nealon grew up in Binghamton, NY; went to Williams College and
lived in Boston after that, then Ithaca, NY, then Seattle, before
moving to SF to teach at Berkeley. He has written two books,
Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Emotion Before Stonewall (2001), and The
Joyous Age (2004). Chris lives in San Francisco and in Washington,

Juliana Spahr's books include This Connection of Everyone with Lungs
(U of California P, 2005), Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan U
P,2001), Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective
Identity (U of Alabama P, 2001), and Response (Sun & Moon P, 1996).

Scott Inguito's poems have appeared in Fence, Aufgabe, 1913: a journal
of forms, DANTA, and Parlour Games. Recent work may be found in
Anthology of Latino Poets from University of Arizona Press, and Bay
Poetics from Faux Press. His chapbook, lection , is out from Subday
Press. Scott lives in San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Poetry Marathon

The LAB presents

2006 Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathon

Saturday, July 15, 7-10 PM
Saturday, August 12, 7-10 PM
$3-$15 sliding scale admission
Tickets available at the door or call 415-864-8855 for advance reservations
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

The LAB is pleased to host the third annual Bay Area Summer Poetry Marathon. Poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area join together again to celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer. Hear some of the most exciting established and emerging poets from the Bay Area and beyond. July 15th readers include Lee Ann Brown, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Steve Dickison, Steffi Drewes, Kathleen Fraser, and Barbara Tomash. Come join us to hear this year's exciting line-up!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

our new website unveiled!!!

after what seems like a millennia, we finally have it up & running!!!!

there are a few things left to be updated, like the staff page, photo credits (thank you Jessamyn Harris, Alli Warren, & Michael Nicoloff for their lovely pics), & the links (which are the same as the blog), but all in due time.

thank you to the genius of Jay Thomas for building the site. I thank myself for designing the site (you're quite welcome) & I also thank Jack Bessey for consulting on it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


I just spent like 3 hours on the links. oy.

enjoy kids.


7.11-8.12 : Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton

Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton
Tuesday July 11 - Saturday August 12

Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 11, 7-10 pm

Reading by Dodie Bellamy: Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm

Admission: $8/$5 Members, students, and seniors
New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-3817
For further information: 415.626.5416

Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton is a laboratory-style, experiential exhibition modeled after Jock Reynolds' 1978 show Five Habitats for Five Members at Langton's original location, 80 Langton Street. In 2006, Langton challenges artist curators John Baldessari, Keith Boadwee, Matthew Higgs, Joseph del Pesco, and Anne Walsh to each invite five artists working across disciplines for one-week intervals to occupy and activate the gallery space. Korean-born architect Kyu Che designed five habitats in the gallery to be transformed by the artists into open studios, exhibition spaces, lounges, working stations, discussion forums, screening venues, performance settings, and more.

Week One: July 11 - 15
Curator: Matthew Higgs
Artists: Dodie Bellamy, Chris Cobb, Alexis Georgopoulos, Kevin
Killian, and Mitzi Pederson.

Kathy Acker, the novelist and theorist, died from breast cancer in 1997. Her papers are at Duke, but her clothes and accessories remain in the possession of her executor, Matias Viegener. Dodie Bellamy will display a selection of Kathy Acker's clothes during her residency at New Langton Arts, and on Wednesday, July 12 Dodie Bellamy will give a presentation, "Digging Through Kathy Acker's Stuff."

During his one-week residency at Langton, Chris Cobb creates a lounge area to listen to the music of Devendra Banhart and the Hairy Fairy Band . Cobb, a big fan of Devendra's "freak funk" music, proposes a space that welcomes visitors to listen to the band's albums. It also includes a large number of photographs of them--both in concert and back stage--taken by Cobb.

Musician, composer and artist Alexis Georgopoulos presents ARP, occupying the smallest space Kyu Che designed for the exhibition. As such, Georgopoulos has chosen the intimate idea of getting together with a friend or acquaintance to share a cup of tea, to take a moment, to slow down, and perhaps, reflect. Georgopoulos places a table, a tea set for two, and two speakers in the space. In this intimate, almost cocoon-like setting, the music Georgopoulos has composed as ARP will play as a backdrop.

San Francisco writer Kevin Killian re-stages an exhibition presented earlier this Spring at White Columns, New York, Other People's Projects: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian . At White Columns Killian and Bellamy presented a complete run of their pioneering literary 'zine "Mirage/Period(ical)" alongside contributions from some of the artists and writers who have appeared on its pages. At Langton Killian will display 132 issues of the zine, and artworks by a variety of local and international artists.

Mitzi Pederson creates a new installation that explores ideas of tension, gravity, and systems interconnectivity. Pederson uses the "subterranean space", which is transformed into a private de-orchestrated piece, where the presence and movements of multiple bodies determines the effects on the space, ranging from calm qualities to periodic audible and visual disruptions.