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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3/27: Karen Weiser and Julie Patton now featuring Julian Talamantez Brolaski!

Please join us for the inimitable Karen Weiser and Julie Patton!

Julie Patton is unfortunately stuck in NYC and won’t be joining us in person, but we are going to beam her in virtually! Shazam! PLUS as a special added bonus we will be joined (in person)by JULIAN TALAMENTEZ BROLASKI!!!!
Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City
Lights 2012) and gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011). Julian lives in Oakland, where xe sings with the country band The Western Skyline (www.thewesternskyline.org).

Sunday March 27th
at Artist Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
Doors open at 5pm/Reading at 5:30pm

admission: $6-10 sliding scale/Members FREE
Tickets available at the door.


Karen Weiser is the author of two full length collections of poetry: the recently released Or, The Ambiguities and To Light Out (UDP), as well as various and assorted chapbooks. Currently she’s working on the libretto for an opera (“You Who Made the Heavens Incline”) in collaboration with composer Peter Gilbert. It is about one of the first great composers, Kassia, a 9th century Byzantine nun. She lives in New York City where she teaches and writes on 19th century American Literature.


Julie Ezelle Patton was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her work has primarily appeared in spoken-sung live performances in honor of the embodied presence of language.  She has performed throughout North America and Europe for decades. 

Patton’s most recent bound-ink-to-paper production is Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake. Her work has appeared in ((eco (lang)(uage(reader))I’ll Drown My BookWhat I Say and other publications. Julie is a self-­proclaimed “phonemenologist” whose book length serial poem B (Tender Buttons Press) and Writing with Crooked Ink (Belladonna) are forthcoming. In 2015, Julie was honored with a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award and an Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist Residency. She has taught creative writing at Case Western Reserve University, New York University and “around the block” through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and other arts organizations. She is the founding director of Let it Bee Ark Hive and the Salon des Refuge collective.

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APRIL: take an online workshop with BRANDON BROWN!

BRANDON BROWN’s Translating, Cooperating Straying: a workshop

THREE SATURDAYS in APRIL (online):
April 9th, 16th and 23rd
12-2:30pm PST/3:00-5:30 ESTtuition: $125-150
sliding scale (pay what you can)
Each class will be held online through a video conferencing website. 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Translating, Cooperating, Straying 

This workshop will look at and practice various methods for generating new writing using formal devices: translating, cooperating and straying. We will, in part, define and expand the definition of these devices together. The goal of the workshop is for participants to write new work, share and discuss each other’s work in terms of its formal idea, design and execution. By studying each other’s forms, works and engaging in discussion about form, we will hopefully consider together how and why writing can and does happen, making new and better and weirder permissions and departures for ourselves as poets. We will study first methods of translation and ekphrasis as a way to relate to existing works in order to create new ones; secondly we will explore “cooperation” as a particular form of collaboration, giving each other “instructions” for creating new work and studying what it means to give and receive such instructions; finally, we will undertake the collective task of estranging our writing bodies from the physical and intellectual niches in which they are most familiar, to see what we find if we give ourselves permission to (collectively) stray.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Brandon Brown is from Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to the Bay Area in 1998, and received a B.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Top 40 (Roof) and the forthcoming The Good Life (Big Lucks). His poetry and prose have appeared recently in Open Space, the blog and magazine of SFMOMA, Art Practical, Maggy, Elderly, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Where Eagles Dare. He is an editor at Krupskaya and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG!

Photo by Alli Warren

 

QUESTIONS AND SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
Please email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com

 

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2/13: BERNADETTE MAYER

Please join us for a once in a lifetime kind of day with Bernadette Mayer that includes a small in-person workshop and a public reading and conversation!

READING
Saturday February 13th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE:
Grace Street Catering

4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, California 94609

admission: $6-10
SPT Members FREE/no one turned away for lack of funds

Doors open at 7:30pm/Reading begins promptly at 8pm

Tickets available at the door ONLY PLEASE BE PROMPT.

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WORKSHOP

You have a special one-time-only opportunity to take a workshop with in-person with Bernadette Mayer! This workshop is not online with limited capacity.

Saturday Feb 13th
12pm-2pm
snacks included
location TBA

Tuition $75 general
$50 students, SPT members and low-income writers
to sign up email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com

ABOUT BERNADETTE MAYER
An avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has spent most of her life in New York City. Her collections of poetry include Midwinter Day (1982, 1999), A Bernadette Mayer Reader (1992), The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), Another Smashed Pinecone (1998), and Poetry State Forest (2008).

Known for her innovative use of language, Mayer first won critical acclaim for the exhibit Memory, which combined photography and narration. Mayer took one roll of film shot each day during July 1971, arranging the photographs and text in what Village Voice critic A.D. Coleman described as “a unique and deeply exciting document.”

Mayer’s poetry often challenges poetic conventions by experimenting with form and stream-of-consciousness; readers have compared her to Gertrude Stein, Dadaist writers, and James Joyce. Poet Fanny Howe commented in the American Poetry Review on Midwinter Day, a book-length poem written during a single day in Lenox, Massachusetts: “In a language made up of idiom and lyricism, Mayer cancels the boundaries between prose and poetry, . . . Her search for patterns woven out of small actions confirms the notion that seeing what is is a radical human gesture.”

The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters consists of prose poems Mayer wrote during her third pregnancy. She also combined poetry and prose in Proper Name and Other Stories (1996). Reviewing that collection in the Lambda Book Report, Susan Landers noted Mayer’s “Steinesque syntactical play, her meta-narrative maneuvers à la Barth or Borges, and a language poet’s interest in language.”

Ange Mlinko’s review of Two Haloed Mourners (1998) in the Poetry Project Newsletter describes its structure: “The book starts out dense, vagrant, proceeding on a combination of automatic writing and methodical structural repetitions. It picks up speed, changes gears from poetry to prose and back again, tries out a sestina where both beginning and ending words recur. . . . Then something explodes midway through the book, as though all this formal experimentation was the rumbling and smoldering of Mt. Saint Helens erupting over the circumstances of Bernadette Mayer’s move back to the Lower East Side from New Hampshire, where what was menace in the air of rural America is met head-on in the New York of Reagan and Wall Street.”

Bernadette Mayer has worked as an editor and teacher. She edited the journal 0 TO 9 with artist Vito Acconci and established United Artists press with the poet Lewis Warsh. United Artists Press, under Mayer and Warsh, published a number of influential writers, including Robert Creeley, Anne Waldman, James Schuyler, and Alice Notley. Mayer has taught at the New School for Social Research and The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City.

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THIS WEEKEND AT POETS THEATER

We are so excited to invite you to the 14th annual Poets Theater festival- this year at California College of the Arts’ Timken Hall!
This year’s lineup, scheduled for Friday and Saturday January 22nd and 23rd, includes our boundary-breaking, genre-bending collaborations between writers, filmmakers, and visual artists and features many playwright’s SPT debut! 

Join us Friday January 22nd at 7:30pm in Timken Hall, CCA San Francisco for plays by:
Will Alexander 

+Laynie Browne

+Alicia Cohen

+Kathleen Frumkin

+Ish Klein directed by Julian Talamantez Brolaski!

and special performances led by Zoe Tuck!

And then come back Saturday January 23rd at 7:30pm in Timken Hall, CCA San Francisco for plays by:

+ Stanley & Leo Apps

+Patrick Durgin directed by Annie O’Hare!

+Sean Labrador Y Manzano

+Steve Orth (with special guest star!)

+Amanda Ngoho Reavey directed by Roberta d’Alois!

+Avra Spector & Evan Schnair

+Aimee Suzara directed by Ryan Marchand!

+Jennifer Karmin & J’Sun Howard

+Geraldine Kim

TICKETS for each night:
$20 online
$25 at the door
$40 for a weekend pass at the door
 

To buy tickets in advance visit Brown Paper Tickets

for Friday

for Saturday

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