Dana Ward’s Workshop


You’re invited to the March installment in a series of month-long and one-day ONLINE workshops taught by a different writer each month throughout 2014. For this month we’re so full of happiness to continue the series with:

DANA WARD
HOLOPHONOPHILIA
SATURDAYS: 11amPST/2pmEST
admission $100-150 sliding scale for four three-hour workshops
Each class will be held online through a video conferencing website.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Holophonic Sounds are designed to trick your mind into seeing alternate realities. Poetry too. But Holophonia is probably bunk. Bootleg. Make believe. Poetry too, & not at all.

So in this class we’ll listen to stuff, then we’ll write in relation to what we heard. Each week we’ll constellate sounds for each other; songs, readings, field recordings, whatever. We’ll share our playlists with the group. Then we’ll make some poems by way of our various involvements with these aural arrangements, attending all the while where & how we’re listening. The facts of our production, our made-ness & our making.

Maybe we’re closer to what’s known as ‘music’ than to what’s known as ‘the human.’ So we’ll try to hear for one another in that ordinary way, ‘like signals from a more intense life, a life that has not really been found.’ We’re favored by such sounds. They’re what we call our favorites. We’ll linger there, heartsick, ’cause, uh, the world, but we’ll hold our disease with a scavenger’s ear for the writing of some mash notes on our heavenly afflictions.

WORKSHOP LEADER BIO
Dana Ward is the author of Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader (Flowers & Cream), The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem) This Can’t Be Life (Edge Books), & several other little books throughout the years. He lives in CIncinnati, hosts the Cy Press @ Thunder Sky Inc readings series, & edits, along with Paul Coors, Perfect Lovers Press.

QUESTION AND SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
Please email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com

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Spring 2014 at SPT

We are very excited to announce these slate of programs in celebration of our 40th Anniversary!

February 16, 2014
DOUGLAS KEARNEY
CLAUDIA RANKINE
NORMA COLE
present Femshi (Feminist NeoBenshi)
hosted by former SPT Director Dana Teen Lomax

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

March 16, 2014
RENEE GLADMAN
EVELYN REILLY
hosted by former SPT Director Jocelyn Saidenberg

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

April 27, 2014
LISA ROBERTSON
JEFF DERKSEN
hosted by former SPT Director Dodie Bellamy

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

June 1, 2014
LESLIE SCALAPINO LECTURE MEMORIAL LECTURE IN 21st CENTURY POETICS
with Divya Victor and Simone White
location TBA

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

ONLINE CLASSES

FEBRUARY
CA Conrad

MARCH
Dana Ward

APRIL
Erica Kaufman

MAY
TBA

JUNE
Anne Boyer

ONLINE CONTENT
40×40@40

As part of looking back and mapping what the amazing feats of the SPT community have been since 1974, 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.

We’re interested in having writers reflect on a book that palpably shifted their perspective, startled their aesthetics, changed their life; a book they always recommend to others; a book that they would place in a time capsule. The Forty by Forty at Forty (40×40@40) inaugurates the section of our website called Traffic Report, which is enlivening a space for criticism, critique and conversation.

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

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

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We can’t do it WITHOUT YOU!

Dearest friends of SPT,

As you might have heard, throughout 2013 I’ve taken a backseat to curating to do some work on strategic planning. As a result, I’m really excited to announce plans for the coming year and enhancements to our programming. My hopes, overall, is to shift SPT from solely a presentation organization to a resource for experimental writers throughout their career, including hosting workshops, online publishing opportunities, and a retreat. Because our general operating budget is fairly strained this year, SPT will need your help in order to make this happen.

This year is the beginning of this transformation, and I’m really exited! Here’s what we have in the works for 2014:

+Poets Theater THEN&NOW Festival: NOW IN SUMMER!
We’ve joyfully produced Poets Theater every January for the past 11 years, and now we’re taking it outdoors in the sunshine. This year we’ve done an open call for new work and will be producing some classic plays from the archive.
+Events guest-curated by former SPT Directors Dana Teen Lomax, Elizabeth Treadwell, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Dodie Bellamy and Robert Glück, in an effort to honor and include the efforts of those that created the extraordinary legacy of SPT throughout its history.

+The launch of a new Dialogues program: PEEP SHOW a reading/talking hybrid where each invited author gives us a peep into their new projects and process and we get to talk about it as a group. Folks kept asking for a way to talk about craft. I hope this helps.

+The Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in 21st Century Poetics, now in its fourth year.

+Endless Summer, a ridiculously long marathon, featuring over 100 Bay Area local writers reading work over BBQ and sweet tea over one weekend.

+Traffic Report, an online forum for critique and conversation, will now feature twice-monthly articles, interviews and conversations.

+A new experiment in offering monthly online workshops with writers and students around the globe. This project will offer one-day and month-long classes available for a sliding scale fee with the larger percentage of tuition fees going directly to teacher.

+Experiments in the Archive: an Artist-in-Residence program, launching in Fall 2014, generating a creative approach to the engagement with Small Press Traffic’s 40 year history of community programming.

+Small Press Traffic’s FIRST ANNUAL RETREAT! This will be an open-call application to invite writers to come to California and work for a week together, just writing and talking about work with other writers.

To help us fund all of this, we are attempting to raise $10,000 through an Indegogo campaign that you can visit right now!

Donating to this campaign at any level will get you shout outs and endless appreciation. Each level has a unique gift package from t-shirts to Kevin Killian’s voice on your outgoing phone message , to a specially designed (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual by CA Conrad!

Even a $5 contribution from all of our friends and members would greatly help us out! However, I do realize you might not be able to financially support us right now. Could you at least help us spread the word? Could you link to the campaign on your blog, your Facebook, Twitter, whatever socially networked thing the kids are doing these days? It really would mean so much.

Could you show your love for SPT by going to the Indegogo campaign page right now and contributing? Just click here.

As always, I appreciate your openness and generosity and I hope you’ll ask me any questions you might have. I’m honored to be entering my fifth year of working for Small Press Traffic and am super excited to make this magic happen.

All best, Samantha

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Davidson, Cortez

December 15, 2013

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
5pm, reading starts at 5:30 pm
$6-10

AMANDA DAVIDSON

photograph by Ariel Goldberg

Amanda Davidson writes, teaches, and makes performances. She is the author of Apprenticeship (New Herring Press, 2013), a fiction chapbook. Writing, reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Encyclopedia Project, eMusic, the City Lights Bookstore Blog, and elsewhere. Visit partedinthemiddle.wordpress.com.

Davidson will be joined by special guest Carvell Wallace.

Carvell Wallace writes, acts, and plays piano. Some of these are things in which he has allegedly trained. He is currently working at a glacial pace on a collection of stories, emails resumes and flowcharts entitled Letters To Someone Who May Not Want Me, as well as designing a social media theatre project with the City Of Oakland. Don’t ask what that means because no one knows yet. For money he is paid to think about the future of media technology.

JAIME CORTEZ

Jaime Cortez is a visual artist and writer based in Oakland, California. His art has been exhibited at venues across the Bay Area, including The Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Galeria de la Raza, and Southern Exposure. His short stories have been anthologized in over a dozen anthologies, including most recently “Kindergarde: Avant Garde writing for Children,” (Black Radish Press, 2013) and “Why are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots?,” edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (AK Press, 2013). Jaime’s art can be seen at www.jaimecortez.org.

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Stanley, McCreary, Robinson

December 1, 2013

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
5pm, reading starts at 5:30 pm
$6-10

JARED STANLEY

Jared Stanley is the author of two books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose latest installation, It Calls From the Creek, is a site-specific walking poem installed on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, California and on view through September 2014. Stanley is a 2012-2014 Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, and teaches at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

JENN MCCREARY

Jenn McCreary’s new full-length collection, & now my feet are maps, is forthcoming from Dusie Press in 2013. Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living (Horse Less Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press), :ab ovo: (Dusie Press), & a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). A 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she lives with her family in Philadelphia, where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary.

ELIZABETH ROBINSON

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Blue Heron and Counterpart. She is also the author of a mixed genre meditation called On Ghosts. Robinson has been the winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize and the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, the Boomerang Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She is a co-editor of Instance Press and the literary journal pallaksch.pallaksch.

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Robert Kocik

November 17, 2013

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
5pm, reading starts at 5:30 pm
$6-10

“UBIQUITOUS DIVIDEND”
SUPPLE SCIENCE BOOK LAUNCH
Spoken, choral and choreoprosodic selections from the ongoing libretto “Re-English,” an investigative musical that treats our current ecological and inequity crises as consequents of the sonic and connotative qualities of english, calling upon forms and phenomena as diverse as neuroendocrinology, cosmogony, naad, triple bottom line accounting, optativity, dead languages, energy cauldrons, and even poetry to re-tune our tongues, imbuing them with unheard of inherences, moods, admixtures and admonishments.


Robert Kocik’s cutting-edge work blurs the distinction between art, architecture, and healing. He has studied poetry at the New College in San Francisco and engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique IBOIS in Lausanne, Switzerland. After apprenticing with Japanese woodworkers in the San Francisco Bay Area, under the tutelage of Makoto Imai, and working with the Compagnons du Devoir, a traditional French wood-framers guild, Kocik began fusing these two traditions in his own work, beginning with furniture, and gradually evolving into architecture and sculpture.

He has been commissioned to design buildings for several well-known artists, including internationally acclaimed sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard and prestigious art critic David Levi-Strauss. As an architect in the public sphere, he works toward the realization of “missing civic services,” conceptualizing, designing, and constructing buildings that serve a public function and provide an activity that in some way “turns the world around.” Examples of past missing civic services include Preemptive Peace Place, Enfranchisement Ranch, and Furniture While You Wait. Kocik has exhibited related sculptural work at P.S. 122, Hunter College Gallery, the Kentler International Drawing Space, and the Makor Gallery, all in New York, among many other venues. His work is currently on view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan.

Kocik is also an acclaimed poet whose books include Over Coming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2000) Rhrurbarb (Ecopoetics, 2007) and the forthcoming The Prosodic Body (The Factory School, 2009). His poetry and writings have appeared in the journals Acts, Object, Crayon, Action Poetique, The New Coast, and Ecopoetics, among many others. He has also translated and published the work of several contemporary French poets.

In 1990, Kocik co-founded the Atelier Trigon, a multidisciplinary arts, trades, and performance space in Paris with choreographer Daria Faïn, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 1990-94. In 1997 he founded the Bureau Of Material Behaviors, a materials research, consultation, design, and building practice located in Brooklyn, NY. Kocik has taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States.

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Fred Moten

November 3, 2013

Timken Hall, CCA
1111 8th Street, SF
5 pm
$5-10 (free to SFSU students, Poetry Center & SPT members)

Please join us for a poetry reading and talk by literary and cultural critic and poet Fred Moten. Fred will read his poetry and talk about The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, a book he co-authored with Stefano Harney. This event is co-sponsored by Small Press Traffic and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, and with the Bay Area Public School.

The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
Introduction by Jack Halberstam

In this series of essays Fred Moten and Stefano Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Today the general wealth of social life finds itself confronted by mutations in the mechanisms of control: the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit, and the management of pedagogy. Working from and within the social poesis of life in the undercommons Moten and Harney develop and expand an array of concepts: study, debt, surround, planning, and the shipped. On the fugitive path of an historical and global blackness, the essays in this volume unsettle and invite the reader to the self-organised ensembles of social life that are launched every day and every night amid the general antagonism of the undercommons.


Fred Moten works at the intersection of black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was _still_ in it. (Cusp Press, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2013), and with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013).

Related events:

  • Thursday, October 17, 7-9pm @ Bay Area Public School, 2141 Broadway (at 22nd), Oakland – Discussion of Moten and Harney’s book, focus on Chap 1: Politics Surrounded and Chap 4: Debt & Study
  • Sunday, October 27 5-7pm @ Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia Street (at 21st), SF – Discussion of Moten and Harney’s book, focus on Chap 5: Planning and Policy, and Chap 6: Fantasy in the Hold
  • Saturday, November 2 6pm @ Bay Area Public School, 2141 Broadway (at 22nd), Oakland – a conversation with Fred Moten and Bay Area writers and activists
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POETS THEATER + YOU =NOW

What time is it? It’s Poets Theater Open Call Time!!!!

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 slated for January 2014, centered around the theme of THEN&NOW.

Along with the production of archival plays (in celebration of our 40th Anniversary i.e. THEN ) we’ll be selecting new work that celebrate the NOW.

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 1st regarding your proposal and next steps including the deadline for the full text of the play on Devember 1st

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: EASY AS 1,2,3!

All proposals must be submitted by October 15th to smallpresstraffic@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.

3. IF YOU ARE ABLE and WILLING, please consider sending a voluntary donation as a reading fee. This contribution will not in any way affect your acceptance into this year’s production, but will very much help us to produce this year’s event. Every dollar you contribute will go directly to Poets Theater production. Donations may be made via paypal to smallpresstraffic@gmail.com or by sending a check to 1111 8th Street, SF CA 94107.

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

Thanks!
Samantha Giles

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Fall 2013 at SPT

We are very excited to announce that this season has been curated by some of SPT’s board members. Join us for a riveting lineup!

September 15, 2013
NICOLE TRIGG
LOURDES FIGUEROA
WENDY TREVINO

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

October 6, 2013
RACHEL LEVITSKY
MARY BURGER

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

October 20, 2013
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL
MATTHEW GORDON

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

November 3, 2013
FRED MOTEN
a reading and talk on “The Undercommons”
in partnership with the Poetry Center
Timken Hall – CCA
1111 8th St, SF

November 17, 2013
ROBERT KOCIK
Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

December 1, 2013
JARED STANLEY
ELIZABETH ROBINSON
JENN MCCREARY

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

December 15, 2013
AMANDA DAVIDSON
JAIME CORTEZ

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF

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

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

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Gordon, Russell

October 20, 2013

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
5pm, reading starts at 5:30 pm
$6-10

MATTHEW GORDON

Matthew Gordon is an artist and poet living in Oakland, California. He grew up in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania and received a BFA & BS from Penn State University (2003) and an MFA from California College of the Arts (2009). His work has been shown at [2nd floor projects], Right Window Gallery, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Southern Exposure, Patricia Sweetow Gallery as well other venues locally and nationally. He is currently the manager of the digital printing facility at CCA and this experience has radically changed his work/writing, particularly in regard to issues such as seriality and reuse.

CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL

From 2001 to 2005 Christopher Russell edited, designed, produced, and distributed the “destroy–to–enjoy” literary art zine Bedwetter. He was the subject of a 2009 Hammer Museum Projects solo exhibition, and has exhibited his work internationally. Russell has published numerous books including, Sniper, a novel length artist book, Against the Grain, LACE Press, Budget Decadence, 2nd Cannons Publications, Landscape, Kolapsomal Press and Pattern Book, Insert Blanc Press. Additionally, he has written more than two-dozen articles about art in Los Angeles. Russell has received a Printed Matter Awards For Artists grant and has exhibited his work extensively and is represented by Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles. His work is in various public collections, including the Hammer Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemproary Art, San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, the RISD Museum and Getty Research Institute. Russell received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco in 1998 and his MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 2004.

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