11/13: COBB & BOLDT!

Please join us for this dynamic duo!

Sunday NOVEMBER 13
event begins at 5:00pm, reading 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press); Green-Wood (Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press); and After we all died forthcoming in 2016 from Ahsahta Press. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.”

Cobb was a 2015 finalist for the National Poetry Series; a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist; a 2014 Playa Resident Artist; received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading series.

 

 

 

Lindsey Boldt is a poet, performer and editor, born out of the wilds and muds of Olympia, Washington. She is the author of publications include <((

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Sunday 11/6: OBSESSIONS with Kaia Sand

Please join us for this next installment in our ongoing series OBSESSIONS, where writers get to talk about what occupies their thoughts.

Kaia Said will give the talk:
Tarps, Pallets, & Cinder Blocks

Among an uneven distribution of shelter, communities organize informal settlements, a continual struggle for a right to the city. The very materials of construction become pages on which both memory and demands for a future are written. Kaia Sand will discuss two informal settlements–Villa Autódromo in Rio de Janeiro and Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon, both enduring communal efforts comprised of creativity and resilience. She will draw from her new book, A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff, weaving in poetry and a magic show.

Sunday NOVEMBER 6
doors open at 5:00pm, talk at 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco,
$6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

Kaia Sand is the author of the newly released A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press 2016) as well as Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010), and interval (Edge Books), a Small Press Traffic book of the year in 2004; and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press, 2008). With Garrick Imatani, she was an artist-in-residence from 2013-2015 at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, a public art commission in which they responded to the contents of historical surveillance files on local political activists. This past spring she exhibited Moth, Flame, Desire, at the Portland Community College Cascade Gallery, after serving in the Despina Artist Residency at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She works across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts; she documents work at kaiasand.net.

Here’s what Susan Schultz wrote about Kaia Sand’s new work: ” For over a decade now, Kaia Sand has been making magic with her ethical documentary poetry and prose around our globe’s fragile ecology, economies and sites of resistance. In her first Tinfish Press book, Remember to Wave, published in 2010, she wrote about the secret histories of north Portland, Oregon where Japanese Americans were warehoused before they were sent inland to be interned, and where African American workers were squeezed into housing built on a flood plain. Her work is radically interdisciplinary, encompassing collage, the craft of sewing and metal work, and (in A Tale of Magicians That Puffed Up Money Until It Lost Its Puff) a magic show that explains the 2008 crash to children young and old. This combination of serious whimsy characterizes Sand’s work and is unique in contemporary American poetry.”
& Maged Zaher: “Some of us inhale what others exhale. Kaia Sand’s book reminds us of this simple fact. In this, a metaphor about love, daily life, community and power unfolds. These poems provide a tremendous answer to the question of what it means to be a poet who is deeply aware of those who live down river and down wind from power’s malice. Deeply beautiful and tough, this is a book that is not only conscious of itself and of the world, it actually invites the reader to partake in this consciousness. It will make us meander into wakefulness.”
& Carolyn Forché: “Kaia Sand’s work always interests me: her inventories, interventions, recordings, dispatches, her mixing memos into songs, her soundings and measurements and exposés. These are lived poems, necessary and urgent and I learn from them. She is to be honored, read, shared, and given our undivided attention.

Photo by Ken Hawkins

 

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A reading&conversation w/ Cecily Nicholson & Tongo Eisen-Martin

 

 

 

 

Sunday OCT 16
event begins at 5:00pm, reading 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She collaborates with the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is an appointed member of the research ethics board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has taught in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California county jails.
He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He is also a revolutionary poet who uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. His latest book of poems is titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” has been nominated for a California Book Award. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

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Señal chapbook series poets: Reading 10/6!

 

 

 

Señal chapbook series poets
Florencia Castellano (Argentina), Luis Felipe Fabre (Mexico), Pablo Katchadjian (Argentina), with translators John Pluecker, Alexis Almeida, Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal, Rebekah Smith

Sunday OCT 9
event 5:00pm, reading 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $10/$5
free for SFSU students and Poetry Center or Small Press Traffic members
co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, Small Press Traffic, and the Señal chapbook series with Ugly Duckling Presse

Join us for this rare appearance by three poets visiing from Argentina and Mexico, authors of recent work in the Señal chapbook series, published collaboratively by BOMB Magazine, Libros Antena Books, and Ugly Duckling Presse. Visiting poets Florencia Castellano, Luis Felipe Fabre, and Pablo Katchadjian will be joined by Señal translators John Pluecker, Alexis Almeida, Rebekah Smith, and Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal, who will read from her translation of Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz.

Featured poets
Florencia Castellano (Buenos Aires, 1975) is the author of Un ruiseñor completamente blancoand Relieves de dispersión. She was part of the editorial group of the magazines Quesquesé (1997-2001) and Ilusiones perdidas(2001), and helped organize the Latin American Poetry Festival “Salida al mar” from 2007-2009. She edited the anthologies Quedar en lo cantado. Antología de poesía argentina y dominicanaand Un libro oscuro. 106 poemas negros. Castellano teaches literature in high school and at the Universidad Di Tella in Buenos Aires.

Luis Felipe Fabre (1974) is a poet and critic based in Mexico City. He has published a volume of essays,Leyendo agujeros. Ensayos sobre (des)escritura, antiescritura y no escritura, and the poetry collections Cabaret Provenza, La sodomía en la Nueva España, and Poemas de terror y de misterio. He is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary Mexican poetry, Divino Tesoro and La Edad de Oro, and Arte & Basura, an anthology of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s poetry work. He has been curator of the Poesía en Voz Alta Festival and Todos los originales serán destruídos, an exhibition of contemporary art made by poets.

Pablo Katchadjian (Buenos Aires, 1977) is the author of the novelsLa libertad total (Bajo la luna),Gracias (Blatt & Ríos), and Qué hacer (Bajo la luna). He has also written books of a less clear genre: La cadena del desánimo (Blatt & Ríos), Mucho trabajo(Spiral Jetty), El Aleph engordado (Imprenta Argentina de Poesía), El Martín Fierro ordenado alfabéticamente(IAP), and three books of poetry: el cam del alch(IAP), dp canta el alma (Vox) and in collaboration with Marcelo Galindo and Santiago Pintabona, los albañiles(IAP). His work has been translated into English, French, and Hebrew, and La libertad total was adapted as an opera and staged at the Teatro San Martín in 2014.

Translators
John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. His texts have appeared in journals in the U.S. and Mexico, including The Volta, Mandorla, Aufgabe, eleven eleven, Third Text, Animal Shelter, HTMLGiantand Fence. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke University Press) andFeminism: Transmissiones and Retransmissions(Palgrave Macmillan). His most recent chapbooks are Killing Current (Mouthfeel Press) and Ioyaiene(Handmade for Fresh Arts Houston-based Community Supported Art Program). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was recently released.

Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal is a Mexican and Chicana poet, a translator, and an instructor of English at Houston Community College. Her translations have appeared in Sèrie Alfa: Artiliteratura, Eleven Eleven, andMandorla. Her work can be found in Papeles de Manscupia, El Vértigo de los Aires: Encuentro Iberoamericano en el Centro Histórico 2009, and Her Kind. Her visual poetry was part of the Antena Books exhibit at University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum during Spring 2014.

Alexis Almeida lives in Denver. Her poems, translations, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in TYPO, Denver Quarterly, Aufgabe, Vinyl Poetry,Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Editor at Asymptote and performs with the poets’ theater group GASP. She was recently awarded a Fulbright grant, and is currently living in Buenos Aires working on an anthology of contemporary female poets living in Argentina.

Rebekah Smith teaches at LaGuardia Community College, edits at Ugly Duckling Presse, and usually lives in Brooklyn.

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We’re having a FIELD DAY!

 

 

 

 

 

Small Press Traffic is excited to host FIELD DAY on Sunday, September 18th, from 12 to 5:00 p.m. at Roberts Park in Redwood Regional Park!
The event offers guests the chance to compete in SACK RACES, EGG TOSSING and KICKBALL and other delightful games to help you revel in your excess or lack of dexterity all while helping to support SPT’s programming for the upcoming year and also just enjoying the end of the summer.

Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU CAN with a suggested donation of $10/but no one turned away for lack of funds.

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ELEVATE READING: ROBERTS AND YAMAUCHI

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
a reading & conversation with ELEVATE Residents

ANGELA ROBERTS
& EMILY YAMAUCHI

Please join us for this presentation by our first two ELEVATE residents at Artist Television Access located at 992 Valencia Street/San Francisco!

doors open at 5pm/event begins at 5:30pm

Admission $6-10 sliding scale/members free

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Roberts currently lives in Oakland and has lived in New Orleans, Seoul, and Schaumburg variously. She writes prose, plays cello, and uses her body to perform. She currently edits a zine called Supertrooper. Angela’s solo noise act Cruel Work recently toured the middle part of the US. She regularly performs in ensembles in the Bay Area and performs in an ongoing electronics and improvisation project with her partner Scott Goff.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Emily Yamauchi is a writer and artist in Oakland, California by way of New Jersey, which some say is appropriate–who knows. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. She writes fiction, comics, and graphic novels. Currently she is working on a novel and a graphic memoir. When she’s not writing or experimenting with projects fusing words/image/music, she’s teaching the young’uns around the Bay Area and writing for immigration law. As a Hedgebrook and VONA/Voices alum and Oakland resident of 15 years, she is always looking to elevate and celebrate community and marginalized voices.

 

ELEVATE RESIDENCY:

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

For November-December Residency: Application deadline Oct 1

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

Small Press Traffic in partnership with Real Time and Space, invites submissions for an experimental run of its Residency Program, ELEVATE.

ELEVATE grants selected experimental writers, at any stage in their career, free studio space (no housing) in a decommissioned elevator at Real Time and Space in Oakland, CA, as well as an opportunity to perform creative and critical work. One resident will be chosen for each session.

The duration of each residency will last for two months, includes an opportunity for the resident to perform creative work and give an artist talk.  Residency candidates local to the Bay Area in California will receive a $250 stipend for the duration of the residency; out-of-town candidates will receive a $500 stipend.

ABOUT SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC

Since 1974 Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center (SPT) has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses to engage, create, present, critique and archive their work.

Small Press Traffic’s mission is to provide a local and national platform for experimental writing, paying particular attention to underserved writers and those that identify as women, LBGTQ and/or people of color. SPT offers writers a continuum of support, from the generation to the connection to a readership both inside and beyond the experimental writing community.

ABOUT REAL TIME AND SPACE

 

Real Time and Space (RTS) is comprised of 15 work-only artist studios and an artist residency program located in a former print shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. The mission of RTS is to provide a productive and participatory workspace for its members and residents by fostering opportunities for dialog, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary interaction. Our members include a wide range of artists, writers, curators, and designers. By offering a residency program open to local, national, and international cultural producers, RTS seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area artistic community. Numerous public programs such as artist talks, film screenings, and social events enhance our overall mission by supporting further opportunities for conversations to take place.

ABOUT ELEVATE

ELEVATE offers the opportunity to integrate critical and creative practices into a new set of parameters, and the potential of challenging established routines, activities and assumptions. ELEVATE asks experimental writers to question what constitutes creative space, and creative community. Successful candidates will be offered one of three two-month residencies in this initial pilot of the program in 2016.

The Objectives

The aim of this residency program is to generate a new work or body of work.  During their residency, candidates will be asked to perform their creative work at a local reading for Small Press Traffic and give either a critical talk or have a conversation with another writer/artist.

The Application

Proposals will be considered from experimental writers of any genre. Successful candidates will be notified within one week of the submission deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that consider the notion of community, although this is not required.

The Logistics

+ The Residency will include access to studio space only. There is no housing attached to this project.

+ Residents are expected to fund their own travel to and from Oakland.

+Residents will receive a $250(local) or $500 (non-local) stipend at the beginning of their residency.

+ Residents are expected to arrive at Real Time and Space prepared to work independently on their work for the duration of the residency in whatever capacity that is possible

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please submit the following as ONE PDF in the following order, along with a $12.00 application fee:

+ one page cv if available

+ artist statement (maximum 500 words) including why ELEVATE would be useful to your current project

+ a residency proposal (maximum 500 words)

+ maximum 10 pages of relevant previous work

 

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SAVE THE DATES FOR FALL 2016

We hope you can join us for everything!

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
a reading & conversation with ELEVATE Residents

ANGELA ROBERTS

& EMILY YAMAUCHI

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 12PM-5PM

FIELD DAY: A day of outdoor sports
at Redwood Regional Park

OCTOBER 9TH, 2016
In partnership with Poetry Center and Ugly Duckling Presse:
Señal chapbook series poets:
Florencia Castellano (Argentina), Luis Felipe Fabre (Mexico), Pablo Katchadjian (Argentina), with translators John Pluecker, Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal, Rebekah Smith

OCTOBER 16, 2016
a reading & conversation with
CECILY NICHOLSON
& TONGO EISEN-MARTIN

 

NOVEMBER 06, 2016
OBSESSIONS: a talk by KAIA SAND

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2016
a reading & conversation with
ALLISON COBB & LINDSEY BOLDT

 

DECEMBER 4, 2016
a reading & conversation with
CODY-ROSE CLEVIDENCE &
TC TOLBERT

 

DECEMBER 11, 2016
a reading & conversation with
LAYLI LONG SOLDIER & CEDAR SIGO

 

 

 

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

For July-August Residency: Application deadline June 15th

For Sept -October Residency: Application deadline Aug 1

For November-December Residency: Application deadline Oct 1

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

Small Press Traffic in partnership with Real Time and Space, invites submissions for an experimental run of its Residency Program, ELEVATE.

ELEVATE grants selected experimental writers, at any stage in their career, free studio space (no housing) in a decommissioned elevator at Real Time and Space in Oakland, CA, as well as an opportunity to perform creative and critical work. One resident will be chosen for each session.

The duration of each residency will last for two months, includes an opportunity for the resident to perform creative work and give an artist talk.  Residency candidates local to the Bay Area in California will receive a $250 stipend for the duration of the residency; out-of-town candidates will receive a $500 stipend.

ABOUT SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC

Since 1974 Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center (SPT) has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses to engage, create, present, critique and archive their work.

Small Press Traffic’s mission is to provide a local and national platform for experimental writing, paying particular attention to underserved writers and those that identify as women, LBGTQ and/or people of color. SPT offers writers a continuum of support, from the generation to the connection to a readership both inside and beyond the experimental writing community.

ABOUT REAL TIME AND SPACE

 

Real Time and Space (RTS) is comprised of 15 work-only artist studios and an artist residency program located in a former print shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. The mission of RTS is to provide a productive and participatory workspace for its members and residents by fostering opportunities for dialog, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary interaction. Our members include a wide range of artists, writers, curators, and designers. By offering a residency program open to local, national, and international cultural producers, RTS seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area artistic community. Numerous public programs such as artist talks, film screenings, and social events enhance our overall mission by supporting further opportunities for conversations to take place.

ABOUT ELEVATE

ELEVATE offers the opportunity to integrate critical and creative practices into a new set of parameters, and the potential of challenging established routines, activities and assumptions. ELEVATE asks experimental writers to question what constitutes creative space, and creative community. Successful candidates will be offered one of three two-month residencies in this initial pilot of the program in 2016.

The Objectives

The aim of this residency program is to generate a new work or body of work.  During their residency, candidates will be asked to perform their creative work at a local reading for Small Press Traffic and give either a critical talk or have a conversation with another writer/artist.

The Application

Proposals will be considered from experimental writers of any genre. Successful candidates will be notified within one week of the submission deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that consider the notion of community, although this is not required.

The Logistics

+ The Residency will include access to studio space only. There is no housing attached to this project.

+ Residents are expected to fund their own travel to and from Oakland.

+Residents will receive a $250(local) or $500 (non-local) stipend at the beginning of their residency.

+ Residents are expected to arrive at Real Time and Space prepared to work independently on their work for the duration of the residency in whatever capacity that is possible

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please submit the following as ONE PDF in the following order, along with a $12.00 application fee:

+ one page cv if available

+ artist statement (maximum 500 words) including why ELEVATE would be useful to your current project

+ a residency proposal (maximum 500 words) including the session for which you are applying (July-Aug; Sept-Oct; Nov-Dec)

+ maximum 10 pages of relevant previous work

 

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We’re having a FIELD DAY

 

 

 

 

 

Small Press Traffic is excited to host FIELD DAY on Sunday, September 18th, from 12 to 5:00 p.m. at Roberts Park in Redwood Regional Park!

The event offers guests the chance to compete in SACK RACES, EGG TOSSING and KICKBALL and other delightful games to help you revel in your excess or lack of dexterity all while helping to support SPT’s programming for the upcoming year.

Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU CAN with a suggested donation of $10- but no one is turned away for lack of funds! Just come out with us and get your field on!

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4/23: Layli Long Soldier & Cedar Sigo co-presented by Woolsey Heights

So excited to host this fantastic duo along with Woolsey Heights!

Layli Long Soldier and Cedar Sigo
Saturday April 23rd
at Woolsey Heights
1628 Woolsey Street, Apartment C
Berkeley, CA 94703

Doors open at 8pm/Reading at 9pm

admission:FREE

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Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. She resides in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation and is an English faculty member at Diné College. She has served as a contributing editor to Drunken Boat. Her poems and critical work have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review, PEN AmericaThe Brooklyn Rail, Eleven Eleven andMud City, among others. She is a recipient of the NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled, Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and forthcoming manuscript is titledWHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017).

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Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught poetry at St. Marys College, Naropa University, Institute of American Indian Arts and University Press Books. He lives in San Francisco.

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