a reading in translation: Sho Sugita and Norma Cole

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

SHO SUGITA AND NORMA COLE
at ALLEY CAT BOOKS
3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
FREE ADMISSION

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
PETRA KUPPERS, STEPHANIE HEIT and CHING-IN CHEN

at CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
MFA WRITERS STUDIO
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.

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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:
http://video.dptv.org/video/2365737793/

 

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

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Residency slot 2/5–3/19
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
JANUARY 27th
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Residency slots:
3/20–4/30
5/1 to 6/15
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MARCH 1st

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Residency slots
6/16 to 7/31
8/1 to 9/15
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MAY 15th

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Residency slots
9/16 to 10/31
11/1 to 12/31
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
AUGUST 15th

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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

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 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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

DECEMBER 18
a reading and conversation
with ROBERT GLÜCK AND AARON SHURIN

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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.

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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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ELEVATE: an urban residency (GhostShip Fire friends)

Small Press Traffic is thrilled to announce that we will be continuing our Residency Program ELEVATE: an Urban Residency throughout 2017.

In light of the recent meteor that crashed through the local creative community, we have reserved the first slot of the year solely for those affected by the GhostShip Fire on December 2nd.
If you have been impacted by the fire and would benefit from a free studio space to write and think, please APPLY.

We will also take nominations if you know someone who would benefit from this residency but might be experiencing barriers to applying. There is no mandate to have a finished body of work at the end of the residency. There is a small stipend attached.

QUESTIONS? Contact Samantha at smallpresstraffic@gmail.com.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
DECEMBER 25th at 11:59pm.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
Small Press Traffic in partnership with Real Time and
Space, invites submissions for 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.

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. Up to three residents will be chosen for this session.

The duration of the residency will last from January 1st through February 5th, and includes an opportunity for the resident to perform creative work and/or give an artist talk if desired.  Residency candidates will receive a $200 stipend for the duration of the residency.There is no housing attached to this project.

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The Process

Proposals will be considered from experimental writers of any genre. Applications are due by 12/25/16 and successful candidates will be notified by 12/28/16.

All applications for this round are to be made by email to smallpresstraffic@gmail.com.

Please submit the following with the subject line: ELEVATE

+ artist statement (maximum 500 words) including a simple explanation of why the studio space would be useful to you in face of this tragedy

+ maximum 10 pages of relevant previous work or a brief discussion of/links to your past work

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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.

 

 

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Layli Long Soldier & Cedar Sigo

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

DECEMBER 11, 2016
a reading & conversation with
LAYLI LONG SOLDIER & CEDAR SIGO
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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 America, The Brooklyn Rail, Eleven Eleven and Mud 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 titled Whereas (Graywolf Press, 2017).

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Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northweat 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. Mary’s College, Naropa University, Institute of American Indian Arts and University Press Books. Additionally, a new collection of poetry, Royals, will be published by Wave Books in Fall 2017 and he is editing a book of Joanne Kyger interviews letters, portraits and poetry for Wave tentatively titled Lo & Behold, also to be published in Fall of 2017. He lives in San Francisco.

NEXT UP:
Robert Glück AND Aaron Shurin on DECEMBER 18th!

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12/4: TOLBERT and CLEVIDENCE

 

Event begins 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

DECEMBER 4, 2016
a reading & conversation with
CODY-ROSE CLEVIDENCE &
TC TOLBERT

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). S/he is Core Faculty in the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. His favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive). www.tctolbert.com

Cody-Rose Clevidence’s 1st book, BEAST FEAST, was published by Ahsahta press in 2014. They live in the Arkansas Ozarks with their dog, Pearl.

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11/13: COBB & BOLDT!

Please join us for this dynamic duo!

Sunday NOVEMBER 13
event begins at 5:00pm, reading 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press); Green-Wood (Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press); and After we all died forthcoming in 2016 from Ahsahta Press. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.”

Cobb was a 2015 finalist for the National Poetry Series; a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist; a 2014 Playa Resident Artist; received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading series.

 

 

 

Lindsey Boldt is a poet, performer and editor, born out of the wilds and muds of Olympia, Washington. She is the author of publications include <((

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Sunday 11/6: OBSESSIONS with Kaia Sand

Please join us for this next installment in our ongoing series OBSESSIONS, where writers get to talk about what occupies their thoughts.

Kaia Said will give the talk:
Tarps, Pallets, & Cinder Blocks

Among an uneven distribution of shelter, communities organize informal settlements, a continual struggle for a right to the city. The very materials of construction become pages on which both memory and demands for a future are written. Kaia Sand will discuss two informal settlements–Villa Autódromo in Rio de Janeiro and Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon, both enduring communal efforts comprised of creativity and resilience. She will draw from her new book, A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff, weaving in poetry and a magic show.

Sunday NOVEMBER 6
doors open at 5:00pm, talk at 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco,
$6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

Kaia Sand is the author of the newly released A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press 2016) as well as Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010), and interval (Edge Books), a Small Press Traffic book of the year in 2004; and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press, 2008). With Garrick Imatani, she was an artist-in-residence from 2013-2015 at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, a public art commission in which they responded to the contents of historical surveillance files on local political activists. This past spring she exhibited Moth, Flame, Desire, at the Portland Community College Cascade Gallery, after serving in the Despina Artist Residency at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She works across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts; she documents work at kaiasand.net.

Here’s what Susan Schultz wrote about Kaia Sand’s new work: ” For over a decade now, Kaia Sand has been making magic with her ethical documentary poetry and prose around our globe’s fragile ecology, economies and sites of resistance. In her first Tinfish Press book, Remember to Wave, published in 2010, she wrote about the secret histories of north Portland, Oregon where Japanese Americans were warehoused before they were sent inland to be interned, and where African American workers were squeezed into housing built on a flood plain. Her work is radically interdisciplinary, encompassing collage, the craft of sewing and metal work, and (in A Tale of Magicians That Puffed Up Money Until It Lost Its Puff) a magic show that explains the 2008 crash to children young and old. This combination of serious whimsy characterizes Sand’s work and is unique in contemporary American poetry.”
& Maged Zaher: “Some of us inhale what others exhale. Kaia Sand’s book reminds us of this simple fact. In this, a metaphor about love, daily life, community and power unfolds. These poems provide a tremendous answer to the question of what it means to be a poet who is deeply aware of those who live down river and down wind from power’s malice. Deeply beautiful and tough, this is a book that is not only conscious of itself and of the world, it actually invites the reader to partake in this consciousness. It will make us meander into wakefulness.”
& Carolyn Forché: “Kaia Sand’s work always interests me: her inventories, interventions, recordings, dispatches, her mixing memos into songs, her soundings and measurements and exposés. These are lived poems, necessary and urgent and I learn from them. She is to be honored, read, shared, and given our undivided attention.

Photo by Ken Hawkins

 

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A reading&conversation w/ Cecily Nicholson & Tongo Eisen-Martin

 

 

 

 

Sunday OCT 16
event begins at 5:00pm, reading 5:30pm
@ ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $6-10 sliding scale
free for Small Press Traffic members

Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She collaborates with the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is an appointed member of the research ethics board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has taught in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California county jails.
He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He is also a revolutionary poet who uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. His latest book of poems is titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” has been nominated for a California Book Award. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

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