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.
DECEMBER 25th at 11:59pm.

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.

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



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.


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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