a reading and conversation with Janice Lee and Magdalena Zurawski

admission $6-10 sliding scale/ members free. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, and instructor. She is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013) a book-length meditation on the films of Béla Tarr, Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, Forthcoming 2016). She also has several chapbooks Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press), The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs), and The Transparent As Witness (Solar Luxuriance), a collaboration with Will Alexander. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Editor of the #RECURRENTNovel Series for Jaded Ibis Press, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, Executive Editor of Entropy, and CEO/Founder of POTG Design. She currently teaches web development to low-income women at Codetalk and Critical Studies at CalArts. She can be found online at http://janicel.com/

Magdalena Zurawski’s poetry collection, Companion Animal, was published in 2015 by Litmus Press. Her novel, The Bruise (FC2 2008) won both the Ronald Sukenick Prize for innovative fiction and the LAMBDA Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction. Her online column on teaching aesthetics after Ferguson can be viewed at Jacket2. Zurawski teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia.

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Obsessions: a conversation with Eileen Myles

the Obsessions talk series is about one writer’s obsession and the ways in which it informs their practice. In this iteration Eileen Myles will lead an an improvisational q & a.

Audience members are required to come with questions for Myles: the sky is the limit. About her work. About life. About politics. About sex and love. About obsessions. Theirs, hers.

admission $6-10 sliding scale/ members free. No one turned away for lack of funds.

(photo by Libby Lewis)

Eileen Myles was born in Boston (1949) and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Snowflake/different streets (poems, 2012) is the latest of her 18 books. Inferno (a poet’s novel) came out in 2010. For The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a Prof. Emeritus of Writing at UC San Diego. She’s a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.

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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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