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?

Writers-Series-Amy-DeAth

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.

Writers-Series-Cassandra-Troyon
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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Save the Dates for Winter/Spring 2015!

We’re so excited to announce what will be a thrilling, expansive and nourishing season filled with some of the most dynamic and innovative writers of our time.  So grab your calendars, you wont want to miss a single one of these surely fabulous performances.
 

JANUARY 23, 2015 at 7PM
at the Omni Oakland Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland

POETS THEATER: THE FIRST NIGHT
featuring short plays by:Will Alexander;  Jen Coleman; Tom Comitta, Yume Kim & Amy Berkowitz; Drew Cushing; Gloria Frym; Heather Gibbons & Angela Willetts; Ivy Johnson & Kate Robinson;  Becca Klaver, Kristin Aardsma, Hanna Andrews, Marisa Crawford, Lily Ladewig, Krystal Languell, Caolan Madden, Emily Skillings & Jennifer Tamayo; Jenn McCreary; Davida Small; and Chet Wiener

Advance Tickets Available at BROWNPAPERTICKETS. COM
$15 general/$25 generous.
Tickets at the door are $20.

JANUARY 24, 2015 at 7PM
at Little Boxes Theater
1661 Tennessee Avenue, San Francisco

POETS THEATER: THE SECOND NIGHT
featuring the world premiere of a full length play
DINNER PLUS THEATER
by Tanya Hollis & Kevin Killian

Advance Tickets Available at BROWNPAPERTICKETS. COM
$15 general/$25 generous.
Tickets at the door are $20.

FEBRUARY 15, 2015 at 5PM
at Artist Television Access
a reading with

Lucas de Lima & Wendy S. Walters

MARCH 1, 2015 at 5PM
at Artist Television Access
co-presented with Mills College
Report from the Field with Amy De’Ath, Jennifer Tamayo and Cassandra Troyan

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? De’Ath, Tamayo and Troyan will share their experiences organizing meetings, potlucks and online interventions, in a discussion of the dymanics, difficulties, and benefits of their respective locations, actions 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?

MARCH 22, 2015 at 5PM
at CCA Writers Studio
co-presented by the Poetry Center
a celebration of the work of Kathleen Fraser on her 80th birthday

with participants including

Bev Dahlen, Frances Richard, John Sakkis, Brenda Hillman, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Linda Russo, Brian Teare, Latasha Diggs, Elena Rivera, Lauren Shufran, Stephen Motika, and Susan Gevirtz

APRIL 19, 2015 at 5PM
at Artist Television Access
a reading with
Rodrigo Toscano & Aisha Sasha John

 

MAY 3, 2015 at 5pm
at Artist Television Access
a reading by
erica kaufman & Frank Sherlock
MAY 17, 2015 at 5PM
at Artist Television Access
a conversation with Andy Fitch’s
60 Morning Talks

Join Andy Fitch, author of 60 Morning Talks, in conversation with and readings by: Juliana Leslie, Brandon Brown, Amanda Nadelberg, Laura Wertherington, and more!

JUNE 7, 2015 at 5pm
location TBA
LESLIE SCALAPINO LECTURE IN 21st CENTURY POETICS
WITH RONALDO WILSON

 

JUNE 20, 2015
location TBA

ENDLESS SUMMER, A MARATHON READING

 

 

PLUS
ONLINE CLASSES CONTINUE WITH: 

erica kaufman
Bhanu Kapil
Stephanie Young
Meg Day
and more TBA!

Hope to see you there!

 

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40×40@40: Tremblay-McGaw on Howe

Welcome to another installment to our year-long program of inquiry (that’s been on hiatus): 40×40@40.

As part of looking back and mapping what the amazing contributions to experimental literature in the past forty years, we asked 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.

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

Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1985.

In August of 1985, my partner Clay and I drove across country, towing a homemade trailer, from New Hampshire to San Francisco so I could go to graduate school in English and Creative Writing at San Francisco State. There I would take classes with Bob Glück, Kathleen Fraser, Peter Weltner, and others.  That same year, as of yet unbeknownst to me, North Atlantic Books would publish Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson. While studying poetry with Charles Simic at the University of New Hampshire, I’m sure we read a Dickinson poem or two. However, it was through Kathleen Fraser’s classes, the groundbreaking journal HOW(ever), and Susan Howe (whose work Fraser introduced her students to) that I came to Dickinson anew.  Fraser encouraged her students to attend the Emily Dickinson/H.D. Dual Centennial Colloquium at San Jose State in October of 1986 where Howe was presenting her revolutionary, erudite and activist scholarship on Dickinson’s work and the history of its presentation and violation by male editors.  I was intimidated and awe-struck by the wiry energy and intellectual and imaginative force of Howe—in person and on the page.

My Emily Dickinson begins with an epigraph from William Carlos Williams: “Never a woman: never a poet. That’s an axiom. Never a poet saw sun here.” While Howe informs us she loves In the American Grain, she makes clear her book  is “a contradiction of its epigraph.”

Rarely has scholarship about literature become poetry as it does in Howe’s book:

Through a forest of mystic meaning, Religion hunts for Poetry’s freedom, while Poetry roams Divinity’s sovereign source (55).

The lure-dark Tower, blind as the fool’s heart was a squat mirage too late.  At the edge of unknown, the sacred inaccessible unseen-Lyric “I” is both guard and hunter. We and We prey on each other.  Absence is the admired presence of each poem. Death roams the division—World’s november (70).

Conversion is a sort of Death, a falling into Love’s powerful attraction. Power is pitiless once you have put it on. The poetry is an intermediary hunting form beyond form, truth beyond theme through woods of words tangled and tremendous. Who owns the woods? Freedom to roam poetically means freedom to hunt (79-80).

From first word to the last MY Life my art my power DIEs into rhymed order. Rhyme and meaning are one, death completes my life and makes it mine. Master is still sleeping, Gun still soliloquizing (129).

My Emily Dickinson is fueled by Howe’s passions for reading, scholarship’s thick description, poetry’s sonic and linguistic densities.  Howe reads Dickinson’s radical and enigmatic writing by travelling with George Eliot, Emerson, Browning, Tennyson, Spencer, Jonathan Edwards, Mary Rowlandson, Emily Brontë, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Shakespeare, numerous others, and Dickinson herself.

When I reread Howe’s book, I am still stunned by her accomplishment, caught again in the thicket of words, reading’s resonances.  It is ironic I needed to cross the country to discover the complexities of two New England women writing (through reading) on the edge of probability.  Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson provides a model for what an activist and poet’s scholarship might imagine and make possible.

Poetry is the great stimulation of life. Poetry leads past possession of self to transfiguration beyond gender. Poetry is redemption from pessimism. Poetry is affirmation in negation, ammunition in the yellow eye of a gun that an allegorical pilgrim will shoot straight into the quiet of Night’s frame. Childe Roland at the moment of sinking down with the sun, like Phaeton in a ball of flame, sees his visionary precursor peers ringed round him waiting

To Edward (Ned) Dickinson                                                  mid-may 1880

Phoebus–  “I’ll take the Reigns.”

Phaeton.

(L642) (Howe 138).

 

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Celebrate SPT with Midwinter Day

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This December, Small Press Traffic is going to celebrate it’s 40th birthday with Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day and we hope you can be a part of it.

40th Anniversary Celebration
12 p.m. to 4p.m., Saturday, December 20th
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
410 13th Street Oakland
ADMISSION FREE
+ hot cider and gingerbread for deliciousness!

As you well know, 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.

At the end of our 40th year of programming, we want to host a small celebration of our years by spending the day reading a book together that was born about the same time SPT was, equally pushes the limits about what language can do and challenges the notions about what can be done in a single day.

Please join us!   Bring your reading voice!

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$20 memberships!

SPT is so very proud to be a collaborative extension of our community, working to build the infrastructure that keeps a dynamic literature alive.

Your support is vital to the success of Small Press Traffic. Please purchase or renew your membership today.

As a special thank you for your many years of support, we’re offering (from now until the end of 2014) a special membership rate of $20.

TWENTY DOLLARS for a year’s worth of engaging, adventurous programming. TWENTY DOLLARS to help ensure that SPT is around long into the future.

But should you be a member? Put an X through any of the squares that apply to you:
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OPEN CALL: Submissions for Poets Theater 2015!

Poets Theater is an annual festival in which innovative works are performed, enduring avant-garde plays showcased, and the boundaries of theater generally jostled by artists and writers in collaboration to ask questions around and negotiate the possibilities of poetics of and in performance.

This year we are, once again, happy to announce the production of new plays (10 minutes or less) slated for January 2015 written, directed and staring YOU!

Contributions could can range from brief play to improvised performance to participatory instructional pieces to cross-genre collaboration – or anything you might discover between or beyond those suggestions.

You’ve got 10 minutes: be astonishing!

We won’t be able to offer payment for your participation, but the experience of the festival affords communion, conversation, sometimes a little collusion and always a lot of fun. We, of course, would love to accept every proposal we receive, but sadly only have room for a limited number of performances.

The process goes like this:

1)you send us brief proposal for what you’d like to do following the guidelines below; then

2) we will review the submissions and notify you by November 15th regarding your proposal and next steps including  the deadline for the full text of the play on December 15th

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: EASY AS 1,2,3!

All proposals must be submitted by November 10th tosmallpresstraffic@gmail.com and must adhere to the full guidelines. Proposals should reflect the constraint of the performance space, which has a limited area and minimal lighting, and minimal rehearsal access.

1. Proposals must be for performances that will not exceed 10 minutes in length. If your already-written play is longer than this, please select an exerpt.

2. Proposals should include the following:
a. a basic idea (with maybe some lines of dialogue);

b. general technical needs for the performance (music, lighting , props etc.);

c. number of performers; and,

d. if you are unable to attend but would like to send in a proposal for others to perform on your behalf, a suggestion for a director/performers.

We are so excited to collaborate with you! Please feel free to e-mailsmallpresstraffic@gmail.com with questions! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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an evening with Jocelyn Saidenberg and Amina Cain hosted by Robert Glück

Join us for a reading  and conversation with Jocelyn Saidenberg and Amina Cain hosted by former SPT Director Robert Glück

Sunday November 16th, 2014

at Artist Television Access/992 Valencia/San Francisco

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

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

Jocelyn Saidenberg’s books include Mortal City, Cusp, Negativity, Shipwreck and Dead Letter. Born and raised in New York City, she’s lived and worked in San Francisco since 1994. She is the founding editor of KRUPSKAYA Books and one of the twelve curators of Right Window.

Amina Cain is the author of two collections of short stories: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) andI Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Work has appeared in BOMB, n+1, Denver Quarterly, The Paris Review Daily, Two Serious Ladies, and other places. She is a member of Betalevel, a basement space in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, where she sometimes curates readings and events.

Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist and a collection of stories, Denny Smith.  Glück 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, Associate Editor at Lapis Press, and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he is Professor of Creative Writing.  In 2013 Ithuriel’s Spear republished his first book of stories, Elements, and in 2015 Semiotext(e) will publish his collected essays, The Greatness of Kathy Acker, and other Essays.

 

 

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WRITING AS PHOTOGRAPHY: BECOME THE CAMERA an online workshop with Ariel Goldberg

Sign up NOW!  LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE


ARIEL GOLDBERG
Writing as Photography: Become the Camera

ALL WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED ONLINE
FOUR SUNDAYS in NOVEMBER 11/2; 11/9; 11/16; 11/23
2pmPST/11amEST

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

email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com to sign-up

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This workshop is an experiment in captive watching of the cameras around us. We will suspend and redirect our photographic impulses into poetic opportunities. Writing as Photography will study diverse modes of photographic production such as online image sharing, tourist attractions & consumer markets, lost images, and what we sometimes call the news. We will examine both the multiplying types of photographs that appear in our lives, and the multiplying types of photographers in order to ask the following questions: What do we lose when we are behind a camera? What implications can the realm of “digital” or lack of physical mean for photographs that are not taken but merely imagined? What does it do to our memories to make images without cameras? We will explore these questions through weekly assignments, reading discussions, and a daily log of photographic encounters. To engage these questions we will look at some of the work of Vilém Flusser, Tisa Bryant, Heimrad Bäcker, Juliana Spahr, Gustav Metzger, Zoe Leonard, Lisa Robertson, Félix Fénéon, bell hooks, Hollis Frampton, Hito Steyerl, Ehren Toole, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, & Philip Perkis.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Ariel Goldberg is a writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. Goldberg’s publications include The Photographer(Roof Books, 2015) and the chapbooks Picture Cameras (NoNo Press, 2010), The Photographer without a Camera (Trafficker Press, 2011), and The Estrangement Principle, selections of which appear in Aufgabe 11. Goldberg is completing the book length version of The Estrangement Principle with a research fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study. They were the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund grant for The Photographer, a series of performances and slideshows, most recently at Anthology Film Archives Single Frame Series in December 2013. They have been an artist in resident at Headland’s Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA in Mexico City. Goldberg is the 2014 Wednesday Night Coordinator at The Poetry Project. They teach writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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an evening with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by Elizabeth Treadwell

Join us for a reading with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by former SPT Director Elizabeth Treadwell

Sunday October 19th, 2014

Doors open at 5pm/Event begins at 5:30pm
Admission $6-10/members free/no on turned away for lack of funds

Ed Roberson is the author of eight books of poetry, including Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and a recent collection, The New Wing of the Labyrinth (Singing Horse Press, 2010). His Atmosphere Conditions was selected for the National Poetry Series and nominated for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest book, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in fall 2010. A recipient of theLila Wallace Writers’ Award and the 2008 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is Distinguished Artist in Residence at Northwestern University.

Roberson’s limnology studies have taken him to Alaska, Afognak Island and Bermuda. Twice a team member of the Explorers’ Club of Pittsburgh’s South American Expeditions, he has climbed mountains in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes and explored the upper Amazon jungle. He has been a diver for the Pittsburgh Aquazoo, motorcycled across the United States, and traveled in Mexico, the Caribbean, Nigeria and West Africa. His wide-ranging investigations, both geographical and intellectual, inform a poetics encompassing “startling and just metaphors” and “acrobatic leaps and counter-leaps of thought.” (Reginald Gibbons) He has been described in the American Book Review as one of those deeply skilled poets—like William Bronk, Jack Spicer, and Gustaf Sobin—who have worked far outside that matrix of professional critics and reviewers where literary reputations are determined.”


Truong Tran is a visual artist and the author of The Book of Perceptions, placing the accents, dust and conscience, within the margin, four letter words, and a children’s book, Going Home Coming Home. The Book of Perceptions was a finalist for The Kiriyama Prize and placing the accents (Apogee Press, 1999) was a finalist for the Western States Prize for Poetry. dust and conscience (Apogee Press, 2002) was awarded the San Francisco State Poetry Center Prize. His honors include grants from The Fund for Poetry, The Creative Work Fund, The Cultural Equity Grant, and The California Arts Council Grant. Truong lives in San Francisco where he is currently teaching poetry at San Francisco State University and Mills College.

Elizabeth Treadwell’s books include Eve Doe (1997), Chantry (2004), Birds & Fancies (2007), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (2012). A new collection, Posy: a charm almanack & atlas, and a new chapbook, Holocene, are forthcoming.

Current poetry appears in The American Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, Stolen Island, and Upstairs at Duroc. A career-spanning selection of her work will be included in the sequel to the landmark 1996 anthology Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK, due out next year. She recently completed a manuscript titled Penny Marvel & the book of the city of selfys (as well as its accompanying tumblr).

Treadwell directed Small Press Traffic from 2000-2007, where her projects included the journal Traffic; the conference Coordinates 2002: Indigenous Writing Now; and revivals, for Poets Theater, of plays by Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein. She now directs Lark Books & Writing Studio, curates Lark Readings at Studio Grand, and teaches at two local colleges.

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