Friday, March 31, 2006


SPD Spring Open House: Saturday, April 1, 2006

12 Noon - 4 PM
20-50% off all books!
30% student discount
Readings at 2 PM - Music at 12:30 and 3 PM
Free & Open to the Public
SPD is located at 1341 7th St. (off Gilman), Berkeley. 510-524-1668, 1-800-869-7553.

Join hundreds of book lovers at the only non-profit literary book distributor. We serve hundreds of valiant publishers, most of which do not have other access to national markets. Over 13,000 new books are on our shelves.


Special Guest Just Announced!

ROBERT HASS, well-known poet and translator, was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-1997. He has been a MacArthur fellow and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Sun Under Wood: New Poems is his most recent book. He teaches at UC Berkeley.

ETEL ADNAN is a Lebanese American poet/ writer and painter who studied philosophy at UC Berkeley and Harvard and has spent the greatest part of her life in the Bay Area. She will read from her latest book, In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country, published by City Lights, San Francisco (and Suhrkamp, Frankfurt).

AARON SHURIN is a poet, essayist, and teacher whose books include INVOLUNTARY LYRICS, just out from Omnidawn Publishing. He co-directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

DAVID LARSEN teaches at UC Berkeley and co-curates the New Yipes experimental film and poetry series at 21 Grand in Oakland. His long record of self-publishing was broken in 2005 with a poetry collection issued by Faux Press (Cambridge, MA).

GERALDINE KIM was born in 1983 in West Boylston, Massachusetts. A graduate of New York University, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction and Poetry at San Francisco State University. Her first book, Povel, was the winner of Fence Books' 2005 Modern Poets Series.

STEVE ORTH is Shivshark and Shivshark is Steve Orth. They both write story telling songs with no choruses or guitar solos and sing them to people, young and old.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ARTIFACT: 3 . 18 . 06 : Roy : Zurawski : Killian

New Narrative & Innovative Prose
Readings & Talks by:

Camille ROY
Magdalena ZURAWSKI

saturday . march 18th . 7:30pm (reading to start promptly at 8pm )
2921 folsom street apt. b(at 25th street / bottom buzzer)

BYOB & donations happily accepted.


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.

Magdalena Zurawski was born in Newark, NJ in 1972 to Polish immigrants. Her work has been published in American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Rattapallax, Talisman, and other magazines. She lives in San Francisco and recently finished writing her first novel, The Bruise. She hopes someone will publish it soon.

Kevin Killian, born 1952, is a US poet, novelist, critic and playwright. He has written a book of poetry, Argento Series (2001), two novels, Shy (1989) and Arctic Summer (1997), a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989), and a book of stories, Little Men (1996) that won the PEN Oakland award for fiction. A second collection I Cry Like a Baby was published by Painted Leaf Books in 2001. With Lew Ellingham, Killian has written many essays and articles on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and co-edited Spicer's posthumous books The Train of Thought and The Tower of Babel (both 1994). Their biography of Spicer, Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance was published by Wesleyan University Press in 1998. He and Peter Gizzi are currently (2005) editing Spicer's complete poems. Killian's work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in, among others, Best American Poetry 1988 (ed. John Ashbery), Men on Men (ed. Geo. Stambolian), Discontents (ed. Dennis Cooper), Best Gay American Fiction 1996 and 1997 (ed. Brian Bouldrey), and Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry (ed. Timothy Liu). For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written thirty plays, including Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino) and Often (2001, with Barbara Guest). He is the film columnist for the new online journal Fanzine. His next book--in fact, his next two books--will be all about Kylie Minogue.

****Thank you to John Jenkins for allowing me to use his painting inertia/friction for this flyer. Check out his site at

New Yipes: Stefani Barber & Aaron Kunin: Sunday 3/19

Sunday, March 19
at 21 Grand
416 Twenty-fifth St
(@ Broadway)
Oakland, California
7-9 pm | $4

AARON KUNIN reads with
and the films of MANDY BROWN

STEFANI BARBER's work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies Bay
Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), hinge: a BOAS anthology (Crack Press, 2002), and
the journals Tripwire, Syllogism, Kenning, Five Fingers Review and The
Capilano Review, among others. She is a member of the Small Press Traffic
board and currently lives in San Francisco pursuing a career in journalism.

AARON KUNIN is a poet, critic, and novelist. His work has appeared in The
Germ, No: A Journal of the Arts, and The Poker. Folding Ruler Star, a
collection of small poems about shame, was published by Fence Books in 2005;
a novel, The Mandarin is forthcoming in 2007. He recently moved to
California, where he is an assistant professor of negative anthropology at
Pomona College.


For other detaills please see

Sunday March 19th: A Night of Short Fiction: Speakeasy Reading Series

Speakeasy Reading Series
hosted by Regan Douglas
Featuring short fiction by:
Richard Raya
Chana Morgenstern
Diana Cage
James Warner
Robert James
Sunday, March 19th
Bazaar Cafe

Thurs. @ Modern Times Books: Young, Kittredge, & Ventura

Thursday March 16th

Stephanie Young
Susanna Kittredge
Ana Maria Ventura

read at Modern Times Bookstore in SF

Sunday, March 12, 2006

3.19: 3PM : An Apparent Event: Book Release

An Apparent Event: A Second Story Books Anthology
edited by Mary Burger

Sunday, March 19, 3:00
Book Launch

An Apparent Event collects the Second Story Books
chapbook series of writers exploring narrative. Taken
together, these works make a lumpy exquisite corpse
whose contingencies and peculiarities suggest how many
possible ways there could be to understand 'event'.

Gregory Brooker
Avery Burns
Lauren Gudath
Camille Roy

Entrance $5.00; free with book purchase

Canessa Gallery
708 Montgomery St. @ Columbus Ave.
North Beach, San Francisco

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ted Berrigan Celebration Reading : 3/11

Ted Berrigan’s Collected Poems, a celebration
Saturday March 11
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Center
1187 Franklin (at Geary), $5

Ted Berrigan (15 November, 1934 – 4 July, 1983) has had his Collected Poems, edited by Alice Notley with Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan (introduction and notes by Alice Notley), newly issued in a nearly 800-page volume by the University of California Press. Family, local friends and fellow poets will all be on the premises to celebrate the poet’s work and his legacy. The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan lets us in on “The truth doing its work, ‘the great man doing the ordinary thing,’ with a quick ear and a quick tongue, revealing the personal in the universal. He gives you his full attention – ‘about to be born again thinking of you.’” —Joanne Kyger

Guests for this Saturday evening special event will include Alice Notley, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, along with local friends Bill Berkson, Clark Coolidge, Dick Gallup, Joanne Kyger, Duncan McNaughton, Kit Robinson, and others tba.

We’ll also screen video footage of Ted Berrigan reading his poems in San Francisco in the 1970s, from the Poetry Center’s Archives.

3:12 : Stork Club

This Sunday March 12, join your friends

for a night of music
and scorn for life's woes

I FEEL TRACTOR (Eddie Berrigan)
BOUND TO GET FULLER (Brandon Brown & Alli Warren)

with MAGIC TRICKS by David Enos

9 pm
at Oakland's
2330 Telegraph

Alice Notley, Anselm, & Edmund Berrigan read 3/9

Alice Notley, Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan
Thursday March 9
4:30 pm @ Humanities Auditorium
HUM 133, SFSU, free

Alice Notley is one of our great poets, presenting us over the past decades with an exceptional, lyrical-epical poetic work of vision and heart— from her early poems of shining, on-target clarity in the ’70s to later books The Descent of Alette, Mysteries of Small Houses, Disobedience. She makes a rare visit from her home in Paris, reading on this special occasion with her two sons.

Anselm Berrigan is author of Zero Star Hotel and Integrity & Dramatic Life (both Edge Books). He lives in New York City where he directs The Poetry Project at St Marks Church.

Edmund Berrigan lives, works, and sings in New York City. He is the author of Disarming Matter (Owl Press), and most recently Your Cheatin’ Heart (furniture press)

3.10.06 : Tanya Brolaski & Anthony Hawley : Pegasus Books

POETS Anthony Hawley & Tanya Brolaski

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 10 @ 8 PM

Admission: FREE

2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

CONTACT: Clay, (510) 649-1320

About the Poets:

Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up in New England and was educated at Columbia
University. He is the author of the chapbooks Afield (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005)
and Vocative (Phylum Press, 2004), and his poems have appeared in various publications
including The Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, The Paris Review, 26, and Volt. He
currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter and is on the faculty of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.. The Concerto Form (Shearsman Books, 2006) is his
first full-length collection.

Tanya Brolaski exposes the lives of celebrities in Letters to Hank Williams
(True West Press 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch 2004), Madame Bovary's
(Cy Press 2005) and Swimming for Dummies (
She co-curates the Holloway Poetry Series at UC Berkeley, where she studies rhyme.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Review books for SPT's Traffic #2

From SPT:

Dear folks, We are seeking writers for the Reviews section of the second issue of our new magazine, Traffic. Payment is in author copies. Deadline is May 1. A list of the books we are interested in having reviewed follows. If you are interested, please write to me at For some info on Traffic # 1, please see feel welcome to pass this along. Thank you, Elizabeth

Margaret Christakos Sooner (Coach House)
Bernadette Mayer Scarlet Tanager (New Directions)
David Larsen The Thorn (Faux Press)
Brandon Downing Dark Brandon (Faux Press)
Chris Tysh Cleavage (Roof)
Renee Gladman A Picture Feeling (Roof)
Andrea Baker like wind loves a window (Slope Editions)
Heather Fuller Startle Response (O Books)
Aaron Shurin Involuntary Lyrics (Omnidawn)
Joanna Fuhrman Moraine (Hanging Loose)
Carol Mirakove Mediated (Factory School)
set of Belladonna chapbooks by various authors, including Lisa Robertson, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe
George Albon Step (Post-Apollo)
Dana Teen Lomax Currency (Palm Press)
Lisa Robertson 2006 book
Noelle Kocot 2006 book
Todd Colby Tremble & Shine (Soft Skull)
Goldman & Scalapino eds War & Peace 2 (O Books)
Lisa Samuels Paradise for Everyone (Shearsman)
Etel Adnan In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (City Lights)
Eleni Sikelianos The Book of Jon (City Lights)
Linh Dinh American Tatts (Chax)
Michael Coffey CYMK (O Books)
Laura Elrick Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School)
Aaron Kunin Folding Ruling Star (Fence Books)
Ing Rish by John Yau
Petroleum Hat, Drew Gardner
The Best of My Love, Aaron Kiely
This Connection of Everyone With Lungs, Juliana Spahr
Jules Boykoff (Edge Books) [taken]
Heid Erdrich The Mother's Tongue (Salt) [taken]
Beth Murray The Night's Night (Noemi) [taken]
Aase Berg. Remainland
Arielle Greenberg. My Kafka Century
Shanxing Wang. Mad Science in Imperial City

All Poets Welcome Reading Series Tonight

Monday, March 6
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Featured Poets:


Open mic follows the featureds... Brings your poems!

Gallery Cafe - 1200 Mason (corner of Washington) in San Francisco -- good food, beer & wine!

MEGAN BREISETH lives and works in San Francisco as a coach and poet.Her poems have appeared in One Less Magazine, Commonweal, and Puerto del Sol.

TODD MELICKER is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at theUniversity of San Francisco. His poems have appeared in Switchback, Five Fingers Review, Volt, and 26. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, California.

SARAH MENEFEE, lives and works in San Francisco, whereshe is active as a poet and activist/organizer in thehomeless/social justice movements. Her books include I'm Not Thousandfurs, The Blood About the Heart (bothfrom Curbstone Press), and Human Star (HereticalTexts, 2005).