Wednesday, April 25, 2007

10 Brecht Poems as Plays

Here's something you don't see all the time: Brecht's poetry performed dramatically:

April 26-28, 2007
At FURY factory Festival - San Francisco 7 PM

Travelling Jewish Theatre 470 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA
415-626-0453 ext. 108
$15 General Admission / $12 Student, Senior

10 Brecht Poems will be presented as part of a special NET (Network of Ensemble Theatres) weekend. This festival within a festival will feature performances, workshops and panels focused on the growing cultural movement of ensemble theatre in America. A full NET weekend pass is available.

Friday, 4.27 : kari edwards memorial

Frances Blau, Marcus Civin, Rob Halpern, Joseph Lease, Kevin Killian, Roxi Hamilton and Elizabeth Treadwell Jackson would like to invite you to:

a memorial celebration
of the life and work of
kari edwards (1954-2006)

Friday, April 27, 2007 at 7:30 PM
Co-Sponsored by Small Press Traffic and the CCA MFA Writing Program

Presenters will include:
Charlie Anders, Frances Blau, Taylor Brady, Marcus Civin, Amanda
Davidson, Donna de la Perriere, Rob Halpern, Roxi Hamilton, Brenda
Iijima, Kevin Killian, Joseph Lease, Wendy Loomis, Akilah Oliver,
Leila Rauf, Ellen Redbird, Leslie Scalapino, Sherman Souther, Eleni
Stecopoulos, Eileen Tabios, Justin Veach, Maggie Zurawski

The memorial will also feature video of kari edwards


California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

The memorial will celebrate kari edwards' indomitable spirit and
compassionate revelation of body and language. Focusing on kari's
considerable legacy, the memorial will include poetry, performance and
visual art. Despite our deep sadness for kari's untimely passing,
kari's commitment to justice in general and transgender issues
specifically and hir ingenuity as an artist inspire all of us.

Small Press Traffic: 415-551-9278
or Marcus Civin:
for more information about kari, please visit the blog:

did I not say
despite the body
there is a universe
despite the universe
born waves of existence
did I not say
saying I must go
did I not say
death does not annihilate
it only breaks up conjunctions

kari edwards, did I not say,
from the unpublished manuscript Bharat Jiva

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Digital Artifact : Call for Submissions : April 30th

Call for Submissions
**Deadline April 30th**

Digital Artifact, a new, online journal created in conjunction with the Artifact Reading Series and Press, seeks work that interrogates the role of narrative in contemporary culture. We're specifically interested in how the internet, digital culture, global and non-Western literature, pop culture, eroticism, documentary, philosophy, politics and war are creating hybrid texts and new forms of narrative and literature.

The first issue of the journal will be dedicated to examining Narrative and Global Digital Culture. What is the impact of the internet and global culture on language and conceptions of narrative? We invite creative responses that explore this question, whether through fiction, criticism, experimental prose, or web-based audio-visual work.

A series of salons focusing on related topics will be held in conjunction with production of the web journal. To find out more about participating in the salons, email . Find out more about Artifact online at

We look forward to reading your work!
Chana Morgenstern, Amanda Davidson and the Editorial Team


We accept e-mail submissions only. Send submissions to by April 30th. In the subject heading, include your last name and the word "submission." Do not send previously published work, and let us know immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. One submission per person, please. Include a brief (50-100 word) bio with your work. We will get back to you within three months.

**We accept text pieces up to 2,000 words in length. Please paste your work as plain text directly into the e-mail. You may also send a text document as an attachment in addition to pasting the content, if formatting is important to the piece.

**For images, we accept visual files in pdf, jpeg, and gif format. Please send a low-res (72 dpi) version for submission review.

**For sound, send mp3 files, zipped if possible, at a length of 5 minutes or less.

**For video footage, email QuickTime files, compressed for web, again in the vicinity of 5 minutes or less. If we have difficulty looking at your video due to compatibility issues, we will email you with information about uploading your submission to the Digital Artifact YouTube account.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Artifact : 4.21 : Cunningham : Ratcliffe : Saidenberg

Artifact presents...


Saturday, April 21, 2007
7:30PM, reading begins at 8PM

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

$5 donation goes to readers & drinks!


Brent Cunningham's first book, Bird & Forest, was published in 2005 by Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. Since 1999 he has worked for Small Press Distribution in Berkeley. Recent writing and visual art can be found in Vanitas, Encyclopedia, Bay Poetics, and on his blog at As the co-founder of Hooke Press (, he and Neil Alger have published delightful chapbooks by Norma Cole, Kevin Killian and Lauren Shufran.

Stephen Ratcliffe's most recent book is REAL (Avenue B, 2007). Previous books include Portraits & Repetition (The Post-Apollo Press, 2002) and SOUND/(system) (Green Integer, 2002). Listening to Reading, a collection of essays on contemporary experimental poetry, was published by SUNY Press in 2000. He lives in Bolinas, California and teaches at Mills College in Oakland.

Jocelyn Saidenberg is the author of Mortal City (Parentheses Writing Series), CUSP (Kelsey St. Press), winner of the Frances Jaffer Book Award, and Negativity (Atelos). She is the founding editor of KRUPSKAYA Books. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in San Francisco and works as a reference librarian for the public library.

*Just a note:

This will not be the last reading of the season!

Amanda Davidson will be curating readings for May & June!

Yay for Amanda!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sunday, 4.22 : New Yipes w/SPT: Boyer & Moor with video by McGuire

New Yipes & SPT present

Seven pm Sunday
April Twenty-Second
at 21 GRAND
416 Twenty-Fifth Street
Oakland, California
$4 would be great

ANNE BOYER is a poet, painter, fashion model, neurophysician, elevator repairwoman, ghostbuster, and empress operating out of various enclaves, conclaves, and clavier warehousesin the midwest. Her chapbook Anne Boyer's Good Apocalypse was published by Effing Press in 2006, and her book The Romance of Happy Workers is forthcoming from Coffee House Pressin 2008. She is also the creator of the art project Odalisqued ( where the remains of her visual/textual collage work as well as assorted dream visions and geopolitical prophecies can be found.

"WILLIAM MOOR is the true and undeniable author of many another man's authorships. Usingmodern technology devices such as email, WILLIAM MOOR assumes an identity, the grotesquefictionality of which is only equivocated by his real appearance. To see him in person is to seehis mediocre stunt double, for in fact I, Stan Apps, am the real WILLIAM MOOR and author of all his poems. Only his numerous plagiarisms continue to inspire doubt: surely Stan Apps is notthe elected representative of the people of Arizona? All that and more: WILLIAM MORE! I thank him for participating in this great fa├žade and self-promotional scheme." --Stan Apps

ANNE McGUIRE's feature-length films include "Strain Andromeda, The" (1993) and "Adventure Poseidon, The" (2006), which played last month at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. Her non-kinetic visual work is on view in the show "To Here Knows When" at Soap Gallery (1142 Howard between 7th & 8th Streets, San Francisco) through May 12.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Thurs, 4.19: Unitarian Center : Larsen & Harrison

Roberto Harrison and David Larsen
Thursday April 19, 2007
7:30 pm @ the Unitarian Center

1187 Franklin (at Geary), $5

Roberto Harrison edits
Crayon with Andrew Levy, and the Bronze Skull chapbook series. Two full- length collections appeared in 2006, Os (subpress) and Counter Daemons (Litmus). “This gorgeous, riveting, improvisational epic shatters the singular viewpoint with burgeoning polyrhythms...brilliant and beautiful in its modulations of flux and open collectivity.” (Brenda Iijima on Counter Daemons). Harrison works as a Systems Librarian at the Medical College of Wisconsin and lives in Milwaukee.

David Larsen’s long record of self-publishing was broken in 2005 with the appearance of The Thorn from Faux Press (Cambridge, MA). That same year, a downtown Oakland reading series fastened itself to him and called itself New Yipes.

At his first reading for the Poetry Center Larsen’s poetry takes a back seat, that he may present his translation of a stirring treatise by the philologist Ibn Khalawayh (d. 371 AH/980 AD). David Larsen lives in San Francisco.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Reading @ New College : 4.20

A Poetry Reading at New College
Friday, April 20th 7pm

You're invited to kick up your heels with:

Brian Teare
Jane Mead
Catherine Meng
Nicole Collen
Susan Maxwell

New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., S.F.
The Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry from Autumn House Press

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Small Press Distribution OPEN HOUSE : 4.14

SPD's Spring Open House

Saturday, April 14th, 2007
12 Noon - 4 PM
20%-50% off all books!
Readings at 2 PM

Poetry Trading Post!
Trade in a poem or story for a Free Book!

Juliana Spahr teaches at Mills College. Her most recent book is This Connection of Everyone With Lungs. The Transformation is forthcoming from Atelos Press

Will Alexander is a visiting writer at Mills College and is the author of many books of poetry, including the recent Exobiology as Goddess. He has also written numerous plays and essays.

Dodie Bellamy's Academonia is just out. Her book Cunt-Ups won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Poetry. She is a novelist, essayist, journalist and teacher.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is the author of Letters to Early Street and Walking Tooth & Cloud and is the publisher of The Owl Press. He teaches in San Francisco and Marin.

The Open House also offers open-stack browsing on our 13,000+ titles, a 20-50% discount on all books (including 20% off the Plants and Landscapes book), and ample free food and drink.

Founded in 1969, SPD now distributes more than 500 small presses to libraries, bookstores, colleges, online stores, other distributors, and individuals.

For more information, call SPD (510 524-1668 x 300) or email Alli Warren at