Monday, January 29, 2007

2.2.07 : SPT : Last Night of Poets Theater!

Poets Theater at Small Press Traffic
Friday, FEBRUARY 2, 2007 at 7:30 P.M.

all seats $10--this is a fundraiser for SPT
arrive promptly (or early as these events have been selling out!)

“Hooligan’s Island,” / Written & Directed by Scott MacLeod

“Self/Cell” / Text by Olivia E. Sears / Images by Aline Mare / Music by Craig Bicknell

“The Deathperts” / Written & Directed by Chana Morgenstern

Selections from “James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet” (1982)
Written by John Cage / Directed by Marie Carbone / With Gillian Conoley,
Patricia Dienstfrey, Dale Going, Brenda Hillman, Denise Liddell Lawson, Denise
Newman, giovanni singleton and Carol Snow

“The Gunfight” / Written & Directed by Brent Cunningham

"FEED" / Written & directed by Juliana Spahr

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

Monday, January 22, 2007

links! they are down!

as most of you know, blogger has been a mess since switching over to their new non-beta world. & I inadvertantly screwed up this blog by reinstalling our template. thankfully I kept a list of most of our links but need some time to get them up.


robots are no longer my friends.

1/24 : SPD New Lit Generation Reading & Party--City Lights

Small Press Distribution &
City Lights Bookstore present...

This Wednesday January 24, 2006 -- 7:30 PM

with readings by
Ben Lerner, Dana Teen Lomax, Aimee Suzara, Jay Thomas, Eric Foster and Indiana Pehlivanova

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway (North Beach)

San Francisco, California 94133

Tel + 415.362.8193

Trade a poem or story for a free book!

See more info at


Sunday, January 21, 2007

1. 25 : Saidenberg & Moriarty @ Modern Times

Reading: Thursday, 1/25, at 7:30
Jocelyn Saidenberg and Laura Moriarty
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street at 20th Street

Books will be available at the reading and can be ordered from Small
Press Distribution:



Friday, January 19, 2007

1.19 : Poets Theater Jamboree @ SPT

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 at 7:30 P.M.
“Tarantula” / Written & Directed by Marc Arthur.

“Orgasm” / Written by Dodie Bellamy / Directed by Margaret Tedesco

“Bowl, Cat and Broomstick” (1917) / Written by Wallace Stevens / Directed
Dana Teen Lomax & Danna Lomax

“The Haunted House” / Written & Directed by Brandon Downing

“Pig Angels of the Americlypse” & “Spine” Written by Rodrigo Toscano /
Directed by Stephanie Young

“The Party” / Written by Lisa Jarnot / Directed by Kevin Killian
All tickets are $10. This is a fundraiser to benefit Small Press Traffic
Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA
1111 -- 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94107

New Yipes: 1/21: Melissa Benham | Sean Labrador | films by Glenn Wait

Sunday, January 21 at
21 GRAND | 416 25th St
corner B'way | Oakland
6 blocks north of 19th St BART
7 pm | $4 | or whatever

Melissa Benham, a native Jersey girl, now happily resides near Children's Fairyland with her giant panda, Brent Cunningham. She is the author of
codeswitching (Subday Press), and the chapbooks repronounceable and surrealistic object vs. narrated dream. For the last two years, she's been the curator & host of the Artifact Reading Series in SF with Chana Morgenstern. Currently, Melissa is single-handedly building a small human mechanism who hopefully will share her passion for unicorns and scratch 'n' sniff stickers.

The poet formerly known as Sean Manzano Labrador--a week after graduating from Mills he will be marrying the lovely Jennifer Dearinger, and both will share the last name Manzano--is a journeyman
Bay Area student/poet doing time at UCB, UCSC, SFSU, and Mills. He wants to add other institutions to his nomadism. He believes in localizing his terminologies and defining his geographies within this narrow corridor. Lately he teaches the Sestina, the Pantoum, the Ghazzal, as well as Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial theory and Critical Pedagogy in UC Berkeley's Upward Bound High School outreach Program. The last two collaborative sestinas included one twinning Donna Haraway ("A Cyborg Manifesto") and Huey Newton (founder of the Black Panther Party), and the other sestina married Horatio Alger and Tupac.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

1.14 : Sandy Florian & Arielle Greenberg @ Pegasus Books

Sandy Florian & Arielle Greenberg

Sunday, Jan. 14 @ 7:30PM

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704

Sandy Florian earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Brown University.
She is currently a doctoral candidate in English and Creative Writing
at the University of Denver. Her first book, _Telescope_ is
published by Action Books, and her first chapbook, an excerpt of a
book-length manuscript called _32 Pedals and 47 Stops_, is forthcoming
with Tarpaulin Sky Press. Her poetry and prose appears in over 35
national and international journals including Diagram, Gargoyle, Bird
Dog, and Parthenon West Review.

Arielle Greenberg is the author of My Kafka Century (Action Books,
2005) and Given (Verse, 2002) and the chapbook Farther Down: Songs
from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan, 2003). She is also the editor
of a new composition reader, Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground
America (Longman, 2006), and the co-editor, with Rachel Zucker, of the
forthcoming anthology Efforts & Affections: Women Poets on Mentorship
(U of Iowa, 2008). Her poems have been included the 2004 and 2005
editions of Best American Poetry and a number of other anthologies,
including Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande, 2006). She is the poetry
editor for the journal Black Clock and a founder and co-editor of the
journal Court Green. She is an Assistant Professor in the poetry
program at Columbia College Chicago and lives in Evanston, IL with her


1: 16 : Dodie Bellamy & Roberto Tejada @ City Lights

KRUPSKAYA Books is pleased to announce the publication of two new
AMAZING books, Dodie Bellamy's Academonia and Roberto Tejada's Mirrors
for Gold. Please come to City Lights Books in San Francisco to help
celebrate! Details below.

READING : TUESDAY, January 16, at 7:00 pm
Dodie Bellamy and Roberto Tejada
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, California
Tel + 415.362.8193

Books will be available at the reading and can be ordered through Small
Press Distribution.
More information is posted here:



Thursday, January 11, 2007

Artifact : 1 : 13 : 07 : Browne : Jaffe : Mellis

ARTIFACT presents...

Laynie Browne
Sara Jaffe
Miranda Mellis

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007
7:30PM, reading begins at 8PM

$5 donation goes to the readers & drinks!

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


Laynie Browne has two books forthcoming in 2007, Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Press) and The Scented Fox, which was a National Poetry Series selection chosen by Alice Notley (Wave Books). She is the author of five previous collections of poetry, most recently Drawing of a Swan Before Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2005), and also a novel, Acts of Levitation (Spuytenduyvil, 2002). She has curated reading series and taught poetry-in-the-schools and Creative Writing in NYC, Seattle and Oakland. She is currently guest editing "Mem," a journal of poetry by women mothering young children.

Sara Jaffe is a writer and musician currently living in Western Massachusetts, though San Francisco is still lodged deep in her head and heart. She is former guitarist for dance-damaged band Erase Errata and proprietor of Inconvenient Press and Recordings, a DIY purveyor of printed and musical matter. Her writing has appeared in Encyclopedia, Tantalum, Instant City, and Fort Necessity.

Miranda Mellis is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007) and Restless (BeeHive,, 2003). Recent stories and reviews can be found in Post Road, Denver Quarterly, Fence, American Book Review and The Believer. She is a founding editor at The Encyclopedia Project and teaches writing at California College of Arts. Once an aerialist in the tiniest circus in the world, The Turnbuckles, she toured with Sister Spit in 1998.