10.6.15: Spahr, Walton & Lo

Small Press Traffic, in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts presents this special 50/50 reading paying tribute to reviving the spirit of Intersection’s Tuesday night poetry jams.

For decades, the Tuesday Night Poetry Series by Intersection for the Arts gathered poets, “to share their newest writings in an informal, welcoming, and at times, raucous setting.”

The new Tenderloin Museum will host four Tuesday nights, featuring legacy poets and writers, community organizations, and emerging young artists pioneering poetry, experimentation, and praxis in dynamic new ways. 50/50 Poetry Nights seeks to celebrate Intersection’s 50 years of programming which continues to serve artists in exploring diverse art forms and experimentation.

Tenderloin Museum
398 Eddy Street San Francisco
event begins at 7:30pm


Juliana Spahr is a poet, critic, and editor. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honor a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate great imagination and daring. Spahr received the National Poetry Series Award for her first collection of poetry, Response. Her most recent book is the novel An Army of Lovers written with David Buuck and published by City Lights. Her many titles include, Well Then There Now, The Transformation, This Connection of Everyone with Lungs, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You, and Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity. Wiith Jena Osman, Spahr edits the book series Chain Links,and with nineteen other poets she edits the collectively funded Subpress. The editor of numerous critical anthologies, she teaches at Mills College.

At 13 years old, Justin Walton has a love for the literary arts that keeps him writing and rhyming daily. He is guided not only by this love, but his strong sense of social justice. His pieces address disparities between race, gender and economics. He is passionate about his African American culture and strives to learn as much as he can about his history. As a native of Oakland and a member of Young, Gifted and Black, he is 100 percent committed to his community and making sure he spreads his vision of social justice with everyone.

Cheena Marie Lo co-founded the Manifest Reading and Workshop Series. They are the author of chapbooks NO FILTER (Aggregate Space 2014), Ephemera & Atmospheres (Belladonna* 2014). Their first book, A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters, is forthcoming from Commune Editions in 2016.

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We are very excited to announce this season before us, bringing some of experimental writings most dynamic thinkers to you! Along with our monthly readings and seasonal workshop, we’re launching two new initiatives:

1)Obsessions: an informal talk about one writer’s obsession and how it informs their practice; and

2)Dinner Talks: a creative conversation about issues impacting the writing community, based on the work of Lois Weaver

We hope you can join us for everything!

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
a reading & conversation with HUGO GARCIA-MANRIQUEZ & DOLORES DORANTES

SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
In partnership with Intersection for the Arts 50/50 programming at the Tenderloin Museum a reading and conversation with

OCTOBER 15, 2015
OBSESSIONS: a talk by Eileen Myles

OCTOBER 18, 2015
a reading & conversation with JANICE LEE & MAGDALENA ZURAWSKI

an online workshop with BHANU KAPIL

NOVEMBER 15, 2015
a reading & conversation with MONICA MCCLURE & TRISHA LOW

NOVEMBER 22, 2015

DECEMBER 6, 2015
a reading & conversation with CLAUDIA RANKINE & KAREN GREEN

DECEMBER 13, 2015
DINNER TALKS: a conversation about race in the the experimental writing community guided by MG ROBERTS & WENDY TREVINO


All events, unless otherwise noted, are at:
Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia St (at 21st) SF

Doors open at 5pm, readings begin 5:30.

Please consider becoming a member of SPT. Members get into all readings free! Non-member admission is $6-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.


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Leslie Scalapino Lecture in 21st Century Poetics with Ronaldo Wilson

June 7th, 2015
@Grad Writing Studio, CCA 195 de Haro SF
Door opens at 5:00pm/event begins @5:30pm

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The Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in 21st Century Poetics is an annual lecture series hosted by Small Press Traffic with a focus on critical analysis of innovative poetry, essays, plays and cross-genre work primarily by women poets. The series invites contemporary writers to present their work in the spirit exemplified by Scalapino’s own critical writing and editorial vision as publisher of O Books.

We are thrilled to feature innovative thinker and dynamic performer Ronaldo Wilson for this year’s lecture.

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man and Poems of the Black Object. His latest book Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other is forthcoming. He is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at U.C. Santa Cruz.

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Save the date for the best garden party reading marathon of the summer. Saturday June 27th: 12pm-12am.


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Take a class online with Stephanie Young


June 3, 10, 17, 24, & July 1 from 5-7 west coast / 8-10 east coast
Class Tuition $100-150 sliding scale
to sign up email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com

This is a class about writing that puts a lot of things (places, feelings, histories, forms, languages, research, other writers) into relation, conversation, confrontation. Where there’s a lot going on. The force of that, what it does, can do.

Some metaphors I’ve used or heard used for the kind of writing I’m thinking about: weaving, juggling, k eeping a lot of things (plates maybe) “in the air,” a suitcase springing open from the force of too much stuffed inside. None of these are quite right.

I’ve been thinking a lot about something Jennifer Tamayo wrote recently: “when i read, i’m trying / to over throw yr governments/ i’m trying to overthrow / myself I’m trying to throw myself / overboard.” Also this, from Carrie Lorig: “When the narrative skips around / and becomes purple with distance. Vertigo. Racism. Misogyny. They get tangled up in the garden / where the book is tangled up.” Also this, from Bhanu Kapil: “To write a sentence with content more volatile than what contains it. So that the page is shiny, wet, and hard.” And I can’t ever get that line by Bernadette Mayer out of my head: “Nothing outside can cure you but everything’s outside.”

The form of this workshop will be pretty straightforward. We’ll read and write. And then we’ll talk together about the things we read and write. We’ll also talk about whatever readings and events people do or don’t attend, affinities and antagonisms, conversations about writing and writing scenes IRL and online. In other words, we won’t leave the social infrastructure out of our conversation.

There will be deadlines, both for your writing and responses to other people’s writing. Readings TBD in conversation with participants, and may include Emily Abendroth, Amy Berkowitz, Catalina Cariaga, Simone Forti, Tonya Foster, Amir Hanafi, Kim Hyesoon, Bhanu Kapil, Sue Landers, Carrie Lorig, Bernadette Mayer, Erin Morrill, Maggie Nelson, Beatriz Preciado, Jennifer Tamayo, Catherine Taylor, Wendy Walters, and others.

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her most recent book is URSULA or UNIVERSITY. Other poetry includes Picture Palace and Telling the Future Off. With Juliana Spahr, she edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a- machine-gun Feminism. She edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of Deep Oakland (www.deepoakland.org).


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May 3rd: erica kaufman and Frank Sherlock

Please try not to miss these two old friends and delightful people read their smart, gutting and beautiful work.

MAY 3, 2015 at 5pm
at Artist Television Access/992 Valencia Street, San Francisco

a reading by
erica kaufman & Frank Sherlock

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

$6-10 admission/members free/no one turned away for lack of funds

erica kaufman is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). she is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards. Prose and critical work can be found in: Rain Taxi, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA Blog and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). she is the Associate Director of the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College.

Frank Sherlock is the author of Space Between These Lines Not DedicatedOver Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of works translated by Carlos Soto-Román, will be published in Chile in fall 2014. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B.Franklin Basement Tapes. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature. He is currently Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

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April 19: Aisha Sasha John & Rodrigo Toscano

Please join us for an incredible night with these two genre-breaking and dynamic performers.

Sunday April 19
doors open at 5pm/event begins at 5:30pm
Artist Television Access
992 Valencia, San Francisco

Admission $6-10
members free/no one turned away for lack of funds


Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published by BookThug in 2011. Her new collection is THOU (BookThug 2014).

Follow John at http://www.aishasashajohn.tumblr.com.

Rodrigo Toscano’s latest books are DECK OF DEEDS (Counterpath Press, 2012) and COLLAPSIBLE POETICS THEATER (Fence Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, and in McSweeny’s “Poets Picking Poets.” He was a 2005 recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. Toscano is also the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). Toscano has worked in labor politics and environmental justice movements for over fifteen years.


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a Tribute to Kathleen Fraser on her 80th Birthday


Please join us for this special celebration of the life and work of Kathleen Fraser on the occasion of her 80th Birthday

Sunday March 22nd
CCA Writers Studio
195 De Haro, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, doors open at 5pm/event begins at 5:30
admission $10
($5 low income; free to SFSU students, Poetry Center & SPT members)

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and Small Press Traffic

Please join us for a group reading and celebration of Kathleen Fraser, which will be followed by a reception.

Featured guests will include: Lauren Shufran, Frances Richard, Brian Teare, Latasha Diggs, Beverly Dahlen, Linda Russo, Eléna Rivera, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Brenda Hillman, Jeanne Heuving, John Sakkis, and Norma Cole and a short reading by Kathleen Fraser herself.

Join Small Press Traffic and The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University for our celebration of the life and work of Kathleen Fraser.

Kathleen Fraser has published more than 15 books, including mixed-genre collections, a chapbook of collaged wall pieces, and an essay collection. Her published works include What I Want (1973), New Shoes (1978), Each Next: narratives (1980), Notes Preceding Trust (1987), when new time folds up (1993), Wing (1995), il cuore : the heart—Selected Poems 1970–1995 (1997), Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling (2004), and movable TYYPE (2011). She is the founder of the American Poetry Archives, which she created while she was directing the Poetry Center, in the early 1970s, and teaching at San Francisco State University from 1972 to 1992. From 1983 to 1991 she published and edited the journal HOW(ever), which focused on innovative writing by women. She lives in San Francisco and spends each spring in Rome.

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Field report with De’Ath, Tamayo & Troyan

March 1, 2015
Artist Television Access/992 Valencia Street, San Francisco
doors open at 5pm/event begins at 5:30pm
admission FREE
co-presented by Mills College 

Join us for an info-share with poets in, from, and moving between Vancouver, Chicago, New York, and London. How are other scenes, institutions, editors and curators responding to rape and sexual violence in writing communities? Amy De’Ath, Jennifer Tamayo, and Cassandra Troyan will share their experiences organizing meetings, potlucks and online interventions, in a discussion of the dynamics, difficulties and benefits of their respective locations, action taken and not taken. What does feminist solidarity look like? What might it look like? How can we take better care of one another? What kind of socialities and spaces do we want to create?


Amy De’Ath’s poetry books include Lower Parallel, Caribou, and Erec & Enide. With Fred Wah, she is the editor of a collection of poetry and poetitcs, Toward. Some. Air. Her critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming in AnguishLanguage, After Objectivism: Reconfiguring 21st Century Poetry & Poetics, and Cambridge Literary Review. For several years she worked in London, UK and in 2011 was Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey. She is now a PhD student at Simon Fraser University and works on the poetics journal Line. She lives in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Writers-Series-Jennifer-TamayoJennifer BAAAARRRRFFFF Tamayo is a writer and performer.  She is the author of the collection of poems and art work, Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011) and the limited edition chapbook POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013).  Her second full collection of poems and artwork, YOU DA ONE, was published in the fall of 2014. Since 2010, JT has served as the Managing Editor for Futurepoem an independent NYC press publishing contemporary poetry and prose. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. She lives and works in New York City.

Cassandra Troyan is a writer, organizer, ex-artist, and former college employee. They are the author of THRONE OF BLOOD, BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME GROWLED and KILL MANUAL. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Shifter Magazine, The Chicago Review, Elderly, ANCIENTS, and BOMB Magazine. Since 2010 they have curated the reading and performance seriesARTIFICIAL EAR with numerous friends and collaborators. They received their MFA in Visual Art from the University of Chicago and work with sex workers, prisoners and radical feminists in Chicago, IL where they currently live.

These writers will also be performing their creative work at Mills College on Tuesday March 3rd. For more information visit: http://www.mills.edu


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an evening with Lucas de Lima and Wendy Walters



Join us for a reading  and conversation with

Lucas de Lima and Wendy Walters


Sunday February 15, 2015

at Artist Television Access/992 Valencia/San Francisco

Doors open at 5pm/Event begins at 5:30pm

Admission $6-10/members free/no one turned away for lack of funds





Lucas de Lima is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) and, most recently, the chapbook Terraputa (Birds of Lace).  Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Evening Will Comeboundary2, and The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing. A contributor to Montevidayo, he pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Amerindian thought.









Wendy S. Walters is the author ofMultiply/Divide (Sarabande Books, 2015) Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem Books, 2014),  Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles(2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA).  Forthcoming projects include a book of essays to be released by Sarabande Books in 2015.  Walters was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.  She has won a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a scholarship from Bread Loaf, and multiple fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.  She is a founder of The First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem, a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review, and Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.

Walters’s lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely, including   Carnegie Hall,  Joe’s Pub, the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark, and The Institute for Advanced Study.  With Bermel she was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mendelssohn Choir to write the libretto for “The Good Life,” an oratorio celebrating the first 250 years of Pittsburgh’s history.  Walters and Bermel were also artists-in-residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, teaching advanced students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in lyrical techniques.  In addition to works for large ensembles and orchestras, they have written dozens of art songs. They are completing a musical called Golden Motors, which was commissioned by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.


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