an evening with Rachel Zolf and special guests

IN-PERSON EVENT
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 at 5pm
at Artist Television Access

An evening with RACHEL ZOLF featuring a film, reading and polyvocal performance from Janey’s Arcadia. With special guests SIRAMA BAJO, DAVID BUUCK and ERIKA STAITI
doors open at 5/event at 5:30p/
admission $6-10
no one turned away for lack of funds
members free

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Rachel Zolf’s fifth book of poetry is Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House, 2014), an aversive, conversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of Canadian settler-colonialism. Other publications include Neighbour Procedure (2010) and Human Resources (2007), which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Among her many collaborations with other artists, she wrote the film The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture, directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012. She has taught at The New School and the University of Calgary, and now lives and works in Toronto.

Sirama Bajo is a Nicaraguan American poet, translator and performer of Indigenous Chorotega descent.  Her work has appeared in the anthologies, “Young Angel Midnight” (Bootstrap Press) and “Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot” (English Pen). She lives in Oakland, CA.

Erika Staiti is a writer and video artist living in Oakland.

David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland. He edits Tripwire, a poetics journal that is relaunching this fall.

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SEPTEMBER @ SPT

Welcome back to Small Press Traffic! We are excited to kick off the fall with an AMAZING September!

We have many exciting opportunites to engage in experimental literature this month. Including 

  • An evening with Rachel Zolf featuring a film, a reading and a polyvocal performance from Janey’s Arcadia on September 21st
  • Kristin Prevallet’s Embodied Narratives, an Online Workshop which runs 4 Saturdays in September beginning September 6th.
  • New additions to our 40×40@40 collection reviewing small press books from the past 40 years

You’re invited to enjoy all of them! Details below!
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IN-PERSON EVENT
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 at 5pm
at Artist Television Access

An evening with RACHEL ZOLF featuring a film, reading and polyvocal performance from Janey’s Arcadia. With special guests SIRAMA BAJO, DAVID BUUCK and ERIKA STAITI
doors open at 5/event at 5:30p/
admission $6-10
no one turned away for lack of funds
members free

Rachel Zolf 2
Rachel Zolf’s fifth book of poetry is Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House, 2014), an aversive, conversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of Canadian settler-colonialism. Other publications include Neighbour Procedure (2010) and Human Resources (2007), which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Among her many collaborations with other artists, she wrote the film The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture, directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012. She has taught at The New School and the University of Calgary, and now lives and works in Toronto.

 

 

KRISTIN PREVALLET’S ONLINE WORKSHOP


TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH KRISTIN PREVALLET!

Sign up NOW! LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

KRISTIN PREVALLET
Embodied Narratives
Four writing workshops to explore poetically expansive trance states.

ALL WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED ONLINE
FOUR SATURDAYS in SEPTEMBER 9/6; 9/13; 9/20; 9/27: 11amPST/2pmEST

admission $100-150 sliding scale for four two-hour workshops

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The narratives that have been constructed and popularized around Past Life Regression, Time-line Alteration, the Akashic Records, and Chakra clearing have led people into wild dream and trance states where neurochemical and biological healing processes are activated. For writers and artists, following these narrative threads might awaken characters and plots, or unlock elliptical poetic processes useful for the generation of new work; for spiritual/soul seekers, the narratives might unlock larger experiences of expanded consciousness, co-existence, and interconnection. For anyone looking explore the silver cloud of heightened consciousness through writing, this is a class that will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and lead you towards the inner knowledge of self-healing. If out of this class you write a few amazing poems or stories, that’s terrific; if you (among other things) learn how to overcome emotional blocks, deal with pain in a new way, and take action to change the catastrophic future, that’s the learning of an embodied poetics that can last a lifetime.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, teacher, and the founder of the Center for Mindbody Studies with a private hypnosis practice in New York City. She is a certified consulting hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists and an integral health coach certified through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. The author of five books of poetry, she is also the author of three non-fiction books about poetics and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, You, Resourceful: Return To Who You Want To Be and Visualize Comfort: Pain Management and the Unconscious Mind. She is the 2014 Poet’s House Fellows Mentor-in-Residence, an associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing and thinking, and a Writer-in-Residence at Spalding University. www.mindbodystudies.com/www.trancepoetics.com/www.kayvallet.com

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

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40×40@40
As part of looking back and mapping what the amazing feats of the SPT community have been since 1974, we’re asking 40 writers to contribute one short text each celebrating—describing, anatomizing, remembering an encounter with, meditating on, shouting out to—a single book published by a small press between 1974 and 2014.

We’re interested in having writers reflect on a book that palpably shifted their perspective, startled their aesthetics, changed their life; a book they always recommend to others; a book that they would place in a time capsule. The Forty by Forty at Forty (40×40@40) inaugurates the section of our website called Traffic Report, which is enlivening a space for criticism, critique and conversation.

The 40×40@40 list will, hopefully, sketch a 40-part haphazard history of independent publishing and ardent reading across these four decades.

Look for September’s offerings from Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Arnold Kemp, Lauren Shufran and MORE!

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Kristin Prevallet’s Online Workshop: Embodied Narratives


TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH KRISTIN PREVALLET!

Sign up NOW! LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

KRISTIN PREVALLET
Embodied Narratives
Four writing workshops to explore poetically expansive trance states.

ALL WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED ONLINE
FOUR SATURDAYS in SEPTEMBER 9/6; 9/13; 9/20; 9/27: 11amPST/2pmEST

admission $100-150 sliding scale for four two-hour workshops

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The narratives that have been constructed and popularized around Past Life Regression, Time-line Alteration, the Akashic Records, and Chakra clearing have led people into wild dream and trance states where neurochemical and biological healing processes are activated. For writers and artists, following these narrative threads might awaken characters and plots, or unlock elliptical poetic processes useful for the generation of new work; for spiritual/soul seekers, the narratives might unlock larger experiences of expanded consciousness, co-existence, and interconnection. For anyone looking explore the silver cloud of heightened consciousness through writing, this is a class that will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and lead you towards the inner knowledge of self-healing. If out of this class you write a few amazing poems or stories, that’s terrific; if you (among other things) learn how to overcome emotional blocks, deal with pain in a new way, and take action to change the catastrophic future, that’s the learning of an embodied poetics that can last a lifetime.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, teacher, and the founder of the Center for Mindbody Studies with a private hypnosis practice in New York City. She is a certified consulting hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists and an integral health coach certified through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. The author of five books of poetry, she is also the author of three non-fiction books about poetics and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, You, Resourceful: Return To Who You Want To Be and Visualize Comfort: Pain Management and the Unconscious Mind. She is the 2014 Poet’s House Fellows Mentor-in-Residence, an associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing and thinking, and a Writer-in-Residence at Spalding University. www.mindbodystudies.com/www.trancepoetics.com/www.kayvallet.com

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

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SPT SWAG: T-shirts! T-shirts!

Wear your SPT pride with our cozy t-shirts designed by poet Jennifer Manzano!


Only $20 each, these super-cool additions to your swift sartorial game are available in size XS to XXL and support the ongoing programming at Small Press Traffic.

Click the button below to get your swag on!

 


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Drink in the glory of ENDLESS SUMMER

What are you doing this summer?

On June 21, SPT is going to kick-off summer with a reading marathon
party on the longest day of the year and we hope you’ll be a part of
it.

Endless Summer
12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, June 21
With special thanks to our gracious hosts, Juliana Spahr, Bill Luoma,
and Charles Weigl who have opened their home in Berkeley for our
event.

Come on out and help support one of the Bay Area’s most vital
literary organizations! Since 1974 Small Press Traffic has been at
the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene
bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses through
an influential reading series, publications, conferences, and talks.
We are proud to promote and support local, national, and
international writers who push the limits of how we speak, write, and
think about the world.

In the midst of our 40th year of programming, we are so excited to
announce our third-annual fundraising marathon extravaganza!

Please join us!

For tickets visit:
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SmallPressTraffic/8a84807d77/TEST/0066342ff4. Your $20 will admit you, feed you, hydrate you and help support
another year of SPT programming!

PERFORMER LIST:
Alan Bernheimer
Alana Seigel
Alexandra Mattraw
Alli Warren
Angie Hume
Anne Lesley Selcer
Brandon Brown
Brenda Hillman
Brittany Wasen
Caroline O’Conner Thomas
Caroline Knapp
Carrie Hunter
Chloe Veylit
Claire Lewis
Dan Fisher
David Buuck
David Lau
Del Rey Cross
Denise Newman
Dillon Westbrook
Drew Cushing
Elizabeth Treadwell
Emji Spero
Erika Staiti
Evan Karp
Evan Schnair
Frances Richard
Genine Lentine
Geraldine Kim
Gillian Connoly
Gloria Frym
Hazel White
Jeff Chon
Jess Heaney
Jessie Sandoval
Jill Tydor
Jocelyn Saidenberg
Johnny Hernandez
Joshua Clover
Juliana Spahr
Kate Haskell
Kathleen Frumpkin
Katrina Rodebaugh
Kit Robinson
Kit Schluter
Krista Valera
Laura Moriarty
Laurel deCou
Lauren Shufran
Loretta Clodfelter
Lourdes Figueroa
Lyn Hejinian
Marrianne Morris
Melissa Mack
MG Roberts
Michael Cross
Michael Sakoda
Michael Nicoloff
Oki Sogumi
Rebecca Farivar
Robin Tremblay-McGaw
Samantha Giles
Sara Wintz
Sarah Anne Cox
Sarah Heady
Sean Labrador Manzano
Sean Patrick Negus
Stephanie Young
Stephen Novatny
Steve Dickison
Steve Farmer
Susan Gevirtz
Taylor Brady
Tessa Micaela
Tiffany Higgins
Trevor Calvert
Valerie Witte
Zach Houston
and more to come!
(If you’re interested in reading at the event, please email Samantha
Giles at smallpresstraffic@gmail.com.)

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SPT SWAG: The Feeling is Mutual

The Feeling is Mutual: A List of Our Fucking Demands continues to be available  for a small donation of $10 (the price of lunch these days!), we’ll send you this beautifully produced anthology, edited by Michael Cross & Sara Wintz and designed by Stephen Novotny and Michael Cross (printed letterpress on the Heidelberg).

The contributors responded to the following prompt from Sara Wintz:

“+hey: what do you want?+

-a partner?
-a baby?
-an end to capitalism?
-a job that <3s you?
-a family that <3s you?
-free healthcare?
-student loan forgiveness?
-to be able to get married?
-a government that pays for art?
-an audience/readership?
-a bike?
-a chicken coop?

let’s try to write it out, take a picture of it, draw a picture of it, journal about it… and then let’s make a book out of our unique and special demands.”

The list of contributors include Jamie Townsend, Andrew Kenower, Zack Tuck, Lauren Levin, Dan Thomas Glass, Anne Lesley Selcer, David Buuck, Alana Seigel, Alli Warren, Paul Ebenkamp, Cassie Smith, and many, many others.

This is a GREAT WAY to support SPT from afar!  GET IT NOW and support your local literary organization! Just click the button below to start the journey to happiness!


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Anne Boyer’s Online Workshop!

ANNE BOYER’S
INSURGENT ALCHEMY WORKSHOP

4 SUNDAYS ONLINE
JUNE 8th, 15th, 22nd &29th:
4-7pmEST/1-4pmPST

admission $100-150
sliding scale for four three-hour workshops
Each class will be held online through a video conferencing website.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Insurgent Alchemy

This is a course in the poetics of alchemical insurgency and the insurgent alchemical. How do we take what we have been given and turn it into what we need? What do we do with what we need when it arrives to us?

By the end, we will have made work in the obsessively subjunctive: transmuting texts, investigatory desiring, clearing and reconstituting, diamond gleaning and trash eating, hanging out and exploring temporal dislocations, describing what-probably-is, what-really-shouldn’t-be, what-might-have-been, and also what-might-as-well-be. As Isabelle says in Born in Flames, “It begins in the celebration of the rites of alchemy: the transformation of shit into gold.”

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Anne Boyer is a poet.  Her works include Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, The Romance of Happy Workers, Money City Sick as Fuck, The 2000s, My Common Heart, and more. She is an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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

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40×40@40: Szymaszek on Blackburn

Stacy Szymaszek

The Journals

Paul Blackburn

Black Sparrow Press 1975

 

 

Sometimes one word can ritually spark the same association. When I hear the noun “grackles,” I think of Paul Blackburn’s poem “BIRDS / AMSTERDAM” in his last book The Journals. When I see grackles, or rather, am present enough to notice them, because they are everywhere, I think of Blackburn. I don’t know why that word, that bird. There are gulls, ducks and pigeons in that poem too – even a stork as in “Where are the storks?” “Grackles” is not a beautiful word and not a bird-lovers bird. Blackburn makes music of it by placing it near words like “carpark” and “taxi,” “blackened” and “attacked.” City words and city birds. The “Amsterdam” in the poem is in Holland not the New Amsterdam where St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery stands on Petrus Stuyvesant’s farm. When I first encountered this book, I lived in Milwaukee and worked at Woodland Pattern Book Center. I couldn’t have fathomed that I would one day run The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s that Blackburn is the “subtle father” of. Moving to NYC, I took this lineage to heart and reread The Journals, my guide through the transition that was about to take place in my writing, best described by Robert Kelly as (Blackburn’s) “paradigm of the processual.” Or, poems as daily improv. Yes, he’s “the one who most allowed his life and work to intertwine…” (Kelly) – as well as his death and his work. He wrote most of the entries in The Journals with the knowledge that his illness was terminal. He documents his skinny doomed body soaking in the tub, waiting for a shoulder ache to go away just as he would document drinking a cup of coffee. He “loved to see” (Kelly), even giving us these descriptions of his physical decline. This book is a joyous farewell in the form of the most open “honest in ear” (Kelly, again) poetry I have yet to encounter.

 

 

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ROBERTSON + DERKSEN hosted by BELLAMY

IN-PERSON EVENT
APRIL 27, 2014 at 5pm
at Artist Television Access

LISA ROBERTSON
JEFF DERKSEN
hosted by former SPT Director Dodie Bellamy

doors open at 5/event at 5:30p/
admission $6-10
no one turned away for lack of funds
members free

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Lisa Robertson’s new long poem, Cinema of the Present, is coming out with Coach House Books in Fall 2014. This spring she is the Bain Swiggett Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. Her essay on Aby Warburg, Johanes Kepler, Thomas Carlyle, and the dynamic figure of the ellipse, Thinking Space, was just published as a chapbook by Organization for Poetic Research in New York. She lives in France.

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Jeff Derksen is a writer and member of the English faculty at SFU.  He is the editor of Line magazine, and a founding member of Vancouver’s artist-run centre, the Kootenay School of Writing.His books of poetry include Down Time (winner of the 1991 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award), Dwell (1994), andTransnational Muscle Cars (2003).  A collection of essays, Annihilated Time: Poetry and Politics was published in 2009 andThe Vestiges (2014).

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Dodie Bellamy is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her Ugly Duckling chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include the buddhist, Academonia, PinkSteam, The Letters of Mina Harker, and Cunt-Ups, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Recent projects include Cunt Norton (Les Figues, 2013), in which she takes the second edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry and sexualizes it in the language of porn and desire; New Narrative: 1975-1995, a Nightboat Books anthology she’s editing with Kevin Killian; and When the Sick Rule the World, her third collection of essays, forthcoming from Semiotext(e). Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, The Beating of Our Hearts, has been published as chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her newest book, The TV Sutras, will be released by Ugly Duckling Presse in May 2014.

 

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40×40@40: C.S. Giscombe on John Keene

C. S. Giscombe
Seismosis
John Keene and Christopher Stackhouse
1913 Press, 2006
Seismosis, John Keene’s collaboration with Christopher Stackhouse, moves and moves in more than direction.  From the title—which suggests the motion of earth and the motion of liquid—onward the book celebrates mix.  As the back of the book tells us, the text samples work from a variety of writers and performers (Guy Davenport, Leonardo da Vinci, DJ Spooky, Charles Olson, Marjorie Perloff, and Cecil Taylor, among others) and here, in that act, is the mix of languages that makes poetry—here Keene and Stackhouse have taken their collaboration outward and, in so doing, have brought the world into it.  The very end of the book, the one-line poem called “Process,” is signal and also, playfully, serves a summary function—“In the mark we choose and lose signature.”  The text of the book, I would argue, has very much to do with signature; that is, the concern here seems to be with acknowledging limits or borders and then crossing them or, perhaps more to the point, “showing the work” of crossing borders.  An early poem in the book, “Azimuth,” begins, “With respect to true north, each angle.”  The poem continues to offer respect (the phrase, “with respect,” repeats) and then (in each instance of the repetition) dissent.  But the dissent becomes part of the marvelously unwieldy whole and the poem ends, “With respect/ to result, no values are refuted.”  (And the next poem, which follows pages of drawings, reiterates this in its two final lines: “… Always an edge towards true being/ mingling all expression, becoming anew.”)  There are many restatements of this through the book but I’m wanting to highlight one that comes two thirds of the way in (on page 65), the poem, “Folds”—“What follows reconstruction, continuous after rupture.  What/ follows: architecture and layering, the vibrating definition.  In the interstices, what comes after our/ intimate games.”  Here I feel the book coming again not to “a still but not deep center” (Roethke) but to a statement (via re-statement) of its collaborative project.  I’m struck, throughout the book, by the play of collaboration. The book seems to me to be an examination of what collaboration might look like if it crossed borders.  And here, in Seismosis, with its implicit ruptures of earth’s crust and violations of membranes, borders are being crossed.
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