Wednesday, June 28, 2006

a good read

Chris Stroffolino has put up an insightful article on the relationship btwn poetry/lit & the weeklies (East Bay Express, SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, etc.) over the years. In it also discussing Michelle Tea's article last week on Artifact in the SFBG. A good beginning for conversation here.

His blog is here.

Monday, June 26, 2006

in the news again...

Hats off to Michelle Tea!

Her lovely article,
The Salon, on the Artifact Reading Series & Press has just appeared in this past week's Lit Section of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her ongoing House Hunter column, searches out Bay Area small presses & does a pretty little dance about them. They are always a great read. In this article Michelle does a splendid job of talking up Sara Larsen's doubly circulatory (which is on sale for a mere $6!--just email us at for ordering info).

Click here to read the article

Many thanks to you Michelle!

say, can you spare a space?

dearest darling artifactees,

we've discussed this in the past, taken polls, etc. & have heard a resounding ambivalence towards even the suggestion of moving the artifact reading series to a larger, public venue, however, with all this delightful publicity we're nearly too big for our britches & getting bigger every second. rather than resorting to the grapefruit diet, I'm thinking, branch OUT.

if you have in your possession or are connected with a larger space (one that may house 45-80 people reasonably & legally) in san francisco & might like to lend us a mere 3-4 hours one saturday a month, then we would like to hear from you. we're thinking, gallery, artspace, etc. a space that may continue in the vein of intimacy that our living room has held, welcoming experimental writing & its community into its fold.

(we also enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, fine wine & dining).

sound lovely to your ears? please contact me @

melissa benham

Monday, June 12, 2006

hooke press hits the interweb

it's happened & it's beautiful...

for Norma Cole's At All (Tom Raworth & His Collages)
& soon to arrive books by Lauren Shufran & Kevin Killian
check out the beautiful & the delicious at

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 (but which do not necessarily share his famously sullen temperament). It is our conviction that “poetry” has gradually become less a genre than a locale. Under its banner, a wide array of thought, writing and activity now takes place which can find no other home in an increasingly restricted publishing and political environment.Our initial chapbook series includes books by Norma Cole, Kevin Killian and Lauren Shufran.

Hooke Press wishes to thank the Holocene Research Society (HRS) for its past support. The HRS is a “shell society” for the Research Foundation of the Holocene (RFH), which we also wish to thank for fronting the HRS. In addition we wish to thank the Society for Research into Holocene Culture (SRHC) which currently acts as the European parent company for the RFH.

More directly, Hooke Press is affiliated with the Artifact Reading Series and Press in San Francisco.

(Quoted from their site)

Monday, June 05, 2006

Venus: Summer 2006: Assembly + Craft = Artifact



" Two San Francisco women are keeping the DIY literary spirit alive with their monthly reading series and publishing project."

Issue #28 Summer 2006
106 pgs $4.50
on newstands or order online at:

Also in this issue:
Amy Sedaris, Sonic Youth, Joan Jett, The Fiery Furnaces, Pretty Girls Make Graves
& a million other things you want to read about.

Innumerable thanks to:
Stacy Elaine Dacheux for writing this article, Jessamyn Harris for taking the photos, & the ladies at Venus for allowing us to live, if only for a moment, in the same breath as some of the raddest people on earth.

Check out their sites: (under construction)

6/18 : Brolaski & Brown : New Yipes

Sunday, June 18
at 21 Grand
416 Twenty-fifth St
(@ Broadway)
Oakland, California
7-9 pm $4

Singing and speaking with strings and without and letting the world know about it:

Tanya Brolaski is a love poet, and she dedicates all her verses to Love.
She is the author of Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press, 2003),
The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch 2004),
Madame Bovary’s Diary
(Cy Press 2005) and the blog Swimming for Dummies


Brandon Brown is the author of the unpublished books
"The Persians By
Aeschylus,""Kidnapped," "Kidnapped," "E Podes & Odes," "Pool"
many others. He is also the author of "My Life As A Lover" (Detumescence
2005) and the forthcoming "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" (Cy Press 2006).
He is a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, and he dedicates all his
verses to the San Francisco Giants.