Monday, February 25, 2008

Artifact : 3 . 22. 08 : Buuck : Perez : Scalapino

Artifact presents


Craig Santos PEREZ


Saturday, March 22, 2008

6PM Doors, 6:30 Readings begin

$5 donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Oakland Art Gallery
Frank Ogawa Plaza
199 Kahn's Alley
Oakland, CA 94612

Just steps away from 12th Street BART: Use the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza exit.

Directions may be found here.

Parking is free!!! & available at the following locations:
  • Dalziel Building (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) Parking Garage (entrance on 16th Street at Clay Street)
  • Clay Street Garage (entrance on Clay Street between 14th and 15th Streets, behind City Hall)
  • City Center Garage (entrance on 11th Street between Clay Street and Broadway; also entrance on 14th Street)


David Buuck is a Contributing Editor at Artweek, and a founding editor of Tripwire. His ongoing project BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, will be organizing (de)tours this summer as part of the Yerba Buena Center's Bay Area Now exhibition. Recent and forthcoming publications include Ruts, Runts, Between Above & Below, Paranoia Agent, Unmapped Landscapes, and The Suck. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, and lives in Oakland.

Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam, has lived in California since 1995. He is a co-founder of Achiote Press and author of several chapbooks, including constellations gathered along the ecliptic (Shadowbox Press, 2007), all with ocean views (Overhere Press, 2007), and preterrain (Corollary Press, 2008). His first book, from unincorporated territory, is forthcoming this year from Tinfish Press. His poetry, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared (or are forthcoming) in New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Sentence, and Rain Taxi, among others.

Leslie Scalapino is the author of thirty books of poetry, inter-genre or fictional prose, plays and criticism. Among recent books of poetry is: Day Ocean State of Stars' Night (published by Green Integer in 2007). New from UC Press, Berkeley, is: It's go in horizontal/Selected Poems 1974-2006. She taught for fifteen years in the Bard College summer MFA program, this year is teaching at Mills College, where she's also taught in the past---as well as teaching in the past at the San Francisco Art Institute and Otis Art Institute in L.A.

3/6 : Small Press Month Marathon & New Lit Generation reading

Small Press Month Marathon & New Lit Generation reading

Thursday, March 6th 2008, 830pm

City Lights Book Store
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway (North Beach)
San Francisco, Ca 94133


Poetry Trading Post Trade a poem or story for a free book!

Manic D Press

Justin Chin, San Francisco, Gutted
Jon Longhi , San Francisco, The Rise and Fall of Third Leg
Alvin Orloff , San Francisco, Gutter Boys
Thea Hillman, San Francisco, forthcoming creative non-fiction collection, Intersex: For Lack of a Better Word
Jennifer Joseph, San Francisco, Editor and Publisher of Manic D Press

Sixteen Rivers Press

Jerry Fleming, Lagunitas, Swimmer Climbing Onto Shore
Margaret Kaufman, Kentfield, Snake At The Wrist
Jackie Kudler, Sausalito, Sacred Precinct
Nina Lindsay, Oakland, Today's Special Dish
Carolyn Miller, San Francisco, After Cocteau

Heyday Books
William E. Justice, Albany, Essential Saroyan
Nesta Rovian, Albany, Tree Barking: A Memoir
Stan Yogi, San Francisco, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Valley
Lucille Day, Oakland, Chain Letter, a children's book, illustrated by Doug Dworkin

nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, San Francisco, Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban and Manuel is destroying my bathroom
Aja Couchois Duncan, Commingled : Sight, San Francisco
Jacob I. Evans, San Francisco
Douglas "D. Scot" Miller, San Francisco
giovanni singleton, San Francisco, Editor of Publisher / nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts

O Books
Laura Moriarty, Albany, The Case
Bob Grenier, Bolinas, Phantom Anthems
Norman Fischer, Muir Beach, Precisely the Point Being Made
Leslie Scalapino, Oakland, Editor and Publisher of O Books
David Brazil, Oakland, Moe's Books

Milta Ortiz, Oakland, Scatter My Red Underwear (theater piece)
Myron Michael Hardy, Oakland,
Antoinette Osborne, Notre Dame de Namur University
Robin Black
Annie Yu, City College
Indiana Pehlivanova, School of the Arts

Thanks to the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Marin Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and the Friends of SPD!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Artifact Reading Series Announces a New Partnership With the Oakland Art Gallery

Artifact: a reading series of innovative writing, is pleased to announce that it will soon return from its hiatus in a new location at the Oakland Art Gallery. Centrally located in the hustle and bustle of downtown Oakland's Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, the Oakland Art Gallery provides a vital site for national and regional envelope-pushing visual artists to display work ranging from painting and sculpture to video and new media. The writers Artifact has hosted--who range from post-Language writers like Juliana Spahr and Lisa Robertson to New Narrative writers like Robert Gluck and Dodie Bellamy--are certainly no strangers to unknown aesthetic territory, and this shared aesthetic, as well as the beauty of the space itself, makes the Oakland Art Gallery an ideal venue for hosting Artifact's textual experiments. This partnership will have its official kick off on March 22nd, 2008, with a reading by David Buuck, Craig Perez, and Leslie Scalapino.

Artifact began in San Francisco's Mission District on November 20, 2004, in the living room of longtime friends and writers Melissa Benham and Chana Morgenstern. Recognizing a need for a new experimental poetry and prose venue, they began the Artifact Reading Series, which quickly became a vital social and artistic gathering spot for many Bay Area writers. Since then, the reading series has garnered praise in a number of newspaper and magazine articles. Venus Zine called it a "place for renegade literature," and Michelle Tea, writing in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, wrote that the series hearkens back to the "cozy salons of yore." Artifact maintains a partnership with Hooke Press (, which publishes chapbooks of "poetry, criticism, theory, writing, and ephemera" by past Artifact readers and other innovative writers, as well as Digital Artifact (, an online journal interrogating narrative in contemporary culture through fiction, criticism, experimental prose, and web-based audio-visual work.

Artifact is a Member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts ( providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists.