You’re invited to read/present/enjoy Endless Summer!

On June 10th, Small Press Traffic is going to kick-off summer with a party marathon fundraiser and we all really hope you can be a part of it.

Endless Summer is a garden party/reading marathon, featuring readings from writers all over the Bay Area, videos of readings from writers from across the globe, delicious food and beverages. Please join us! Your support will allow for our continued programming.

Here’s how it works:

1) Sign up for a time slot to read your work or the work of someone you love for 5 minutes at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4baaaa2ca02-endless1.
1a) Sign up to create a 3-5 minute video of your reading at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4baaaa2ca02-virtual.

1) Simply attend the event and soak in the loveliness

Either way, your purchase of a $25 or $50 ticket to physically or virtually attend the event will help support programming for the coming year. PLUS $50 tickets include a membership to Small Press Traffic! Hurray!

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4/25: A reading with Anselm Berrigan and Hoa Nguyen

Please join us for a reading with Anselm Berrigan and Hoa Nguyen
at Booksmith 1644 Haight Street San Francisco
April 25, 2017 doors at 7pm /reading at 7:30p,
admission FREE

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. Author of four full-length books of poetry, her titles include As Long As Trees Last Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She currently makes her home in Toronto where she teaches Ryerson University, for the low residency MFA programs at Miami University and Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.




Anselm Berrigan‘s recent books of poetry include Come In Alone (Wave, 2016) and Primitive State (Edge, 2015). A chapbook, Degrets, is forthcoming from Couch Press. He is the poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and also editor of the just-about-released What Is Poetry? (Just kidding, I know you know): Selected Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter, 1983-2009.


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4/14: A reading with Don Mee Choi, Sawako Nakayasu & Lisa Samuels

Please join us for a reading with DonMee Choi, Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels
at Alley Cat Books

April 14, 2017 doors at 7pm /reading at 7:30p,
admission FREE

Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a pamphlet, Freely Frayed (Wave Pamphlet #9). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary Korean woman poet, is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016). Choi also translates for the International Women’s Network Against Militarism. She was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She now lives and works in Seattle.

Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet and translator who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press) and Texture Notes (Letter Machine), and recent translations include Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse) and The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books), which won the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Her book, Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals, is a multilingual, multi-authored work of both original poetry, translated poetry, and other texts that fall in the vicinity of such.

Lisa Samuels is a transnational poet, essayist, and sound artist whose recent books are Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), Over Hear: six types of poetry experiment in Aotearoa/New Zealand (TinFish 2015), and A TransPacific Poetics, edited with Sawako Nakayasu (Litmus 2017). Her new book Symphony for Human Transport (Shearsman) is also coming out in 2017, and she’s working with US director WC Tank on a film version of her book Tomorrowland. Since 2006 Lisa has lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where she teaches writing and theory at The University of Auckland.

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4/9: Commune Editions hosts a DINNER TALKS event

This event, led by COMMUNE EDITIONS is inspired by the work of Lois Weaver’s Long Table performance.

Sunday April 9th at 5pm

at Small Press Distribution 1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Special guests include Tongo Eisen-Martin, Andrea Abu-Karim, E.R. Conner and Jasper Bernes  - We hope you’ll be one too.

The Long Table is a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course. The project ingeniously combines theatricality and models for public engagement. It is at once a stylised appropriation and an open-ended, non-hierarchical format for participation. Both of these elements – theatrical craft and political commitment – are mutually supporting in this widely and internationally toured work. The (often-feminised) domestic realm here becomes a stage for public thought.

The components are simple: the long table; chairs; a paper tablecloth; pens with which to make comments, to draw, or to scribble ideas. The final, and necessary, component is an etiquette sheet. This list of rules for engagement lays the groundwork for talk that is structured in its participatory aspect without being limited in content or access. The rules, or perhaps helpful hints, include items like ‘There can be silence’, ‘There might be awkwardness’ and ‘There can always be laughter’. The Long Table acknowledges the sometimes uncomfortable side of both private exchange and public engagement, while celebrating the potential for new forms of knowledge-making and -sharing.

SPT’s Dinner Talks will launch from this platform to have a conversation about issues affecting the writing community. Please join us.

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a reading with Rosamond King and Tonya Foster

Come on. You aren’t going to regret coming to this.

A reading with Rosamond King and Tonya Foster
at Artist Television Access
March 26, 2017 doors at 5pm /reading at 5:30
admission $6-10/members free/no one turned away for lack of funds

Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist whose work is deeply informed by the many cultures and communities she is part of, by history, and by a sense of play. Her poetry has been published in more than two dozen journals and anthologies, and she has performed in theatres, museums, nightclubs, and traditional literary venues in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and throughout North America. She has also received numerous honors, including a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Mellon and Ford Foundations, Poets House and the Franklin Furnace Fund. She is the author of the chapbook, At My Belly and My Back and the critical book, Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination, which won the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book in Caribbean studies.

King holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Performance Studies from New York University, and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. The goal of her work is to make people feel, wonder, and think, in that order.

Tonya M. Foster was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in New Orleans. She earned a BA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an MFA from the University of Houston. Foster is the author of the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna*, 2015) and coedited the book Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (2002). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, MiPoesias, Western Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere. In a review, Patricia Spears Jones says, “Foster’ s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions and logic—she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction.”�

Foster has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is a PhD candidate. She has taught at Bard College, Queens College CUNY, Baruch College CUNY, and she currently is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts.

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ELEVATE reading with Cruse, Abi-Karam, Durback & White

Please join us for this special event at CCA Writer’s Studio with four of the latest ELEVATE residents!
MARCH 5, 2017
a reading & performance with
the four recent ELEVATE residents: Alex Cruse, Andrea Abi-Karam, Lara Durback and Arisa White

195 de Haro, San Francisco, 94107

event admission FREE


alex cruse is an Oakland-based writer, artist, and educator, whose work synthesizes the disciplines of poetry, video, installation, and new media. She is interested in systems of governmentality/surveillance as social modalities; technology’s capacity to both build and dismantle informational and linguistic structures, and the politics of representation produced therein. Her writing/art has been featured in ARMED CELL, SFMOMA Open Space, The East Bay Express, Maximumrockandroll, Rolling Stone, ditch, 3AM Magazine, Poets Reading the News, and The Los Angeles Times, among other places. She has performed and exhibited nationally and abroad.

red-600x600Andrea is a mixed race genderqueer punk poet writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. They recently completed the manuscript EXTRATRANSMISSION a book length piece against how patriarchy and US militarism produce the hypergendered subject. Andrea’s most recent piece THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, September 2016) attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. From 2012-2015 Andrea co-founded with Drea Marina, Words of Resistance a monthly radical queer open floor poetry night aimed at creating space for folks to share their work, especially if unpolished and messy. Andrea is both a writer, printer, & publisher whose founding small press project Mess Editions seeks to publish emerging writing from queers, people of color, and those involved in social movements yet uninvolved in poetry & art scenes.
Lara Durback is a poet who has been living in Oakland for over 10 years. She has published books collectively under NoNo Press and Mess Editions. You can see her printed and/or written work in Drift Magazine, Mrs. Maybe, Bombay Gin, the UK journal Hi Zero, and Tripwire. Her archiving work is online at deepoakland.org. In 2013, with designer Andrew Kenower, she produced the letterpress publication Field Work: Poems on the Occasion of Mark diSuvero at Crissy Field for SFMOMA. She has taught a letterpress printing course at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, SF Center for the Book and was a founding member of the  press collective Material Print Machine. She is also the author of A Lizard, A Smashed Safe, And A Pillow (Encountered On A Walk In Oakland) (Publication Studio, 2016).

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess, Post Pardon, and Black Pearl. Published by Virtual Artists Collective, her debut full-length collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Awards. Her second collection, A Penny Saved, inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell, was published by Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press in 2012. Her newest collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was published by Augury Books.


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a reading in translation: Sho Sugita and Norma Cole

FEBRUARY 3, 2017 at 7pm
a reading & conversation with

3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Once called “the Marinetti of Japan” by David Burliuk, Hirato Renkichi produced a unique brand of Futurism from the late 1910s and early 1920s through poetry, criticism, and guerrilla performance. Contributing to the earliest productions of Japanese avant-garde poetry, his aggressive experimentation with speed, spatialization, and performability would later influence what became a lively community of Dadaist and Surrealist writers in pre-war Japan. Spiral Staircase is the forst definitve volume of Renkichi’s poems to appear in English.

Sho Sugita lives in Matsumoto, Japan. His recent poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in VOLT, Poems by Sunday, Chicago Review, 6×6, Lana Turner, Paperbag, A Perimeter, and Asymptote.

Born Kawahata Seiichi on December 9th 1893 in Osaka, Hirato Renkichi attended Sophia University in Tokyo for three years before dropping out and attending Gyosei Gakko to study Italian. He started writing poetry in 1912, first publishing in Banso under the guidance of Kawaji Ryuko. Although he worked at Hochi Shimbun News and Chuo Geijutsu Art Publishing, he suffered from a pulmonary disease, often failing to make ends meet for his family. He
passed away on July 20, 1922 in Tokyo, at the age of 29.

Norma Cole is a poet and translator who lives and works in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

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a reading and performance by Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit and Ching-In Chen!

FEBRUARY 19, 2017 at 5pm
a reading & performance with

195 de Haro, San Francisco, 94107 

event admission $6-10/no one turned away for lack of funds/members free
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At this unique event, Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers will hold open spaces of healing by sharing scores and insights from Tendings, small everyday collaborative practices that combine experiential anatomy, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. They will follow these practical explorations with sample writings from Stephanie’s The Color She Gave Gravity, and Petra’s PearlStitch, feminist poetics in queer/crip/mad space.

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her debut poetry collection, The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017), was a Nightboat Poetry Prize finalist. Her work most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Typo, Streetnotes, Nerve Lantern, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Spoon Knife Anthology, Theatre Topics, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

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Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, teaching in performance studies. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Her most recent poetry collection, PearlStitch, appeared with Spuyten Duyvil Press (2016). She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and in 2016/7 she was engaged in the Asylum Project, co-led with her partner Stephanie Heit.
You can hear about her perspectives on disability arts and community arts in this October 2016 podcast: https://soundcloud.com/humanities-pitt/petra-kuppers-interview The PBS series Detroit Performs created this short documentary about Petra’s community performance practice:


PLUS! A Reading by Ching-In Chen!!
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press; AK Press) and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press). A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They are a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of Texas Review. They are currently teach creative writing and world literature at Sam Houston State University. www.chinginchen.com


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ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency



Residency slot 2/5–3/19

Residency slots:
5/1 to 6/15

Residency slots
6/16 to 7/31
8/1 to 9/15
MAY 15th

Residency slots
9/16 to 10/31
11/1 to 12/31


ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

Small Press Traffic in partnership with Real Time and Space, invites submissions for the 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 includes an opportunity for the resident to perform creative work and give an artist talk.  Residency candidates receive a $200 stipend


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.


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 slot, roughly one month in duration.

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 $200 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


All applications are to be made on SPT’s page at Submittable.

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

+ maximum 10 pages of relevant previous work


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12/18: Glück & Shurin

Please join us!

All events begin with doors open at 5:00pm
readings at 5:30pm
@ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
$6-10 sliding scale/free for SPT members/No one turned away for lack of funds

a reading and conversation

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Robert Glück is the author of eleven books, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist, a collection of stories, Denny Smith, prose poems with Kathleen Fraser, In Commemoration of the Visit, and, most recently, Communal Nude: Collected Essays. His work is included in anthologies such as The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, The Norton Anthology of World Literature, and Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker. He prefaced artist Frank Moore’s Between Life and Death, and edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Glück was co-director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, associate editor at Lapis Press, and director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he is an emeritus professor. He lives in Malmö, Sweden, and “high on a hill” in San Francisco.

Aaron Shurin is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, most recently The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and Citizen, a collection of prose poems (City Lights Books, 2012.) His writing has appeared in over forty national and international anthologies, and has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus in the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

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