Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Friday, June 3rd @ 7:30 pm, feat. Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, David Lau and Garrett Caples

  Please join us on Friday, June 3rd @ 7:30 pm for a reading w. 
Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, David Lau and Garrett Caples! 

Event is FREE.

Wine, Lagunitas beer and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center | 365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609

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& as always, a huge thanks to our sponsors!

Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel’s work has appeared in VOLT, jubilat, The Volta, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. Her first book, occident, is forthcoming from Called Back Books in 2017. She is managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter Burghardt and Robert Andrew Perez. She lives in Oakland, California.

David Lau's poetry and essays have appeared widely (in Boston Review, The American Reader, Armed Cell, New Orleans ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, and New Left Review). His first book of poetry, Virgil and the Mountain Cat, was described by the Believer as "simultaneously creative and destructive … grounded in—or rather, trapped by—the present." Commune Editions will publish his second book this August; Still Dirty finds its bearings in the political struggles after the economic crisis. In 2009, he was chosen as a Poetry Society of America New American Poet. Lau is also the author of the chapbook Bad Opposites (2012). With Cal Bedient, he edits the journal Lana Turner. A graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, where he first began teaching in 2005. He has also taught poetry at UC Berkeley and in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College. 

Garrett Caples is the author of the forthcoming Power Ballads (Wave, 2016), as well as earlier poetry collections The Garrett Caples Reader (Angle, 1999) and Complications (Meritage, 2007).  He wrote the essay book Retrievals (Wave, 2014), and co-edited Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems by Frank Lima (City Lights, 2016) and Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (California, 2013).  He curates the Spotlight Poetry Series for City Lights.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friday, May 6th @ 7:30 pm, feat. Angela Hume, Samia Rahimtoola, Maya Weeks and paintings by Mary Burger

Please join us on Friday, May 6th @ 7:30 pm 
for a reading and release party for 
Angela Hume's Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016)
feat. readings by Angela Hume, Samia Rahimtoola, and Maya Weeks, plus paintings by Mary Burger!

Optical Occlusions 11, by Mary Burger

 Admission is FREE.
Wine, Lagunitas beer, and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center | 365 45th St. | Oakland, CA | 94609

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+ a huge thank you to our sponsors:

author bios and photos follow below

Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Melos (Projective Industries, 2015), The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her first full-length book of poetry is Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). Her poems appear in Macaroni Necklace, Dusie, Armed Cell, Little Red Leaves, and RealPoetik, among others. She has essays published or forthcoming in Contemporary Literature, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Evental Aesthetics. You can learn more about Angela here.

Samia Rahimtoola is a poet and critic living in Oakland. 

Maya Weeks is a wannabe oceanographer and trash aficionado from the central coast of California. She is the author of Panic Train (Mondo Bummer, 2013) and How To Be On the Outside of Every Inside/How To Be Inside Every Outside (these signals press, 2016). She is currently working on a project about the gendered violence of marine debris. Catch her on Twitter @looseuterus.

Mary Burger is an artist and writer living in Oakland. Her visual work uses biomorphic and geometric patterns to explore spatial experience and the intersections between natural and cultural adaptations, drawing on practices of literature, philosophy, and environmental history. Mary posts interviews with artists at the blog Articiple. Her art is online at Maryburger.com, and some recent writing is at Elderly Magazine (elderlymag.tumblr.com.) She exhibits work frequently at the Compound Studio Artist Gallery and other locations in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Friday, March 4th @ 7:00pm, feat. Stephen Ratcliffe, Patti Trimble and Susan Stone

Please join us on Friday, March 4th @ 7:00 pm
for a night of sound, visual and language art, 

feat. Stephen Ratcliffe, Patti Trimble (w. Peter Whitehead), 
and Susan Stone

Admission is FREE.
Wine, Lagunitas beer and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center | 365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609

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AND many, many thanks to our generous sponsors!
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Clorox Company Foundation 
Friends of Oakland Parks and Rec.

Stephen Ratcliffe’s most recent book is Painting (Chax Press, 2014).  His Selected Days (Counterpath) won the Poetry Center Book Award in 2012.  An ongoing daily poems-plus-photographs from sound of wave in channel can be seen at Temporality (stephenratcliffe.blogspot.com).  He lives in Bolinas, and teaches at Mills College.
Patti Trimble is a poet, essayist, and visual artist living in California and Sicily. Her poetry is widely published and she performs lyric poems in the USA and Europe. She was co-founder of the Tuolumne Poetry Festival and her writing received grants from the Lannan Foundation, Poets&Writers, Djerassi Residency, and a Pushcart nomination. Two 2014 CDs of spoken word/poems/music are out on Out of Round Records: Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily, with Tunisian singer Ramzi Harrabi, (new translations); and In The Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood, with musician Peter Whitehead. Bob Holman calls this CD, "a Classic Right Now." as the poems tell the lyric news about several kinds of wilderness. Patti also writes for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and offers lectures and workshops at Point Reyes Field Institute and various OLLI programs www.pattitrimble.com

Susan Stone has produced radio drama, soundscapes, and storytelling series for public radio since 1980, including documentary features for The Modern Language Association, Australian Broadcast Corporation, the Soros Foundation, and West German Radio. Her original mixed-media texts and scores for theater, dance, and independent film have been awarded for story and sound design.

Investigative interests drew her from invention to the radio documentary form focused on the recorded experiences of people living on the front lines of deeply felt human experiences, whether impacted by war, natural disasters, or the fatal beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to a United States Artist/Rasmuson fellowship, she created an oral history project (IfTheseWallsCouldTalk.org) based on the recorded readings, writings and art of incarcerated youth, with whom she works as a mediator in restorative justice programs. 


Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday, February 5 @ 7:30 pm, featuring the YesYes Books Tour!

Please join us on Friday, Febraury 5 @ 7:30 as we host
the YesYes Books tour, featuring: Aricka Foreman, Jay Deshpande, Taryn Schwilling and Phillip B. Williams!

The event is FREE.

Wine, Lagunitas, water and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609

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Many thanks to our sponsors:
Aricka Foreman is the author of Dream with a Glass Chamber, a Vinyl 45 released by YesYes Books in 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Drunken Boat, Torch Poetry: A Journal for African American Women, Minnesota Review, Union Station Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, RHINO, shufPoetry, Day One, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others.  She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Callaloo Writers Workshop, and is the Enumerate Editor for The Offing.

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Handsome, Spork, Prelude, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have been published in Slate, The New Republic, The Millions, and Publishers Weekly. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia and has taught in Egypt, France, and the United States. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Taryn Schwilling is the author of The Anatomist (YesYes Books, 2015). She is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Cambodia. She recently returned from a year-long lectureship in Iraq. Her work has appeared in FENCE, Colorado Review, Anti-, Tupelo Quarterly, The Volta, Pinwheel and elsewhere.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He is a recipient of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and is the Coeditor In Chief of the online journal Vinyl. Phillip is the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Friday, December 4 @ 7:30 pm, featuring Arisa White and Leora Fridman

Please join us on Friday, December 4 
@ 7:30 pm for a reading featuring 
Arisa White and Leora Fridman!

Event is FREE.
Beverages and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
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And as always, a huge thanks to our sponsors:
Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She's a Cave Canem fellow and author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. A 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and a regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Arisa is a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. Forthcoming from Augury Books in fall 2016 is her third full-length collection, you’re the most beautiful thing that happened. arisawhite.com

Leora Fridman is the author of My Fault forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press. She is also the author of the chapbooks Precious Coast (H_ngm_n Books), Obvious Metals (Projective Industries), On the architecture and Essential Nature (The New Megaphone), and Eduardo Milán: Poems (Toad Press). With Kelin Loe, she edits Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer. With new media artist Liat Berdugo, energy specialist Joshua Finn, and scientist Shawn Manchester, she forms the collective The Bureau.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friday, November 6 @ 7:30 pm, Minus A Press' FOUR POETS Release!

 Please join us on Friday, November 6 @ 7:30 pm 
for the release of Minus A Press' Four Poets, featuring
Brenda Hillman, Joshua Marie Wilkinson 
and Andrew Zawacki, with emcee Barbara Claire Freeman

Admission is FREE.

Guests will receive a copy of Four Poets.
Beverages and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center 
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
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As always, many thanks to our sponsors!

Brenda Hillman has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, and EmPress; she is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009) and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013). With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand PermissionNew Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003).  Hillman teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Andrew Zawacki is the author of the poetry books Videotape (Counterpath), Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and elsewhere, and he has published three books in France: Georgia and Carnet Bartleby, both translated by Sika Fakambi, and Par Raison de brisants, translated by Antoine Cazé and a finalist for the Prix Nelly Sachs. Zawacki’s translation of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo (Burning Deck), received a French Voices Grant, while his translation of Smirou’s See About, forthcoming from La Presse, earned an NEA Translation Fellowship and a fellowship from the Centre National du Livre. A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, Zawacki edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine) and edited and co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s Without Anesthesia: New and Selected Poems (Persea). He was recently awarded a poetry fellowship from The Howard Foundation.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of Meadow Slasher (out next year from Black Ocean). He runs a small press called Letter Machine Editions and a poetics journal called The Volta. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a poet, scholar, and the publisher of Minus A Press, an occasional series that publishes limited editions of books that are given away to anyone who wants one for as long as the very small print run lasts. Four Poets is the third book in this series, all of which are designed by Jeff Clark. She teaches creative writing and poetics in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley.  Every Day But Tuesday, her second collection of poems, is just out from Omnidawn Press (Fall, 2015). New work is forthcoming in Fence, Lana Turner, the PEN poetry series, and Prelude.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, October 2 @ 7:30 pm featuring Gillian Conoley, Brian Teare and Richard Meier

Please join us for our 2015-16 season kick-off reading 
on Friday, October 2 @ 7:30 pm
featuring Gillian Conoley, Brian Teare and Richard Meier!

Admission is FREE.
Wine, Lagunitas beer and snacks will be served. 

Studio One Art Center 
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
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+ Many, many thanks to our sponsors! +

Gillian Conoley’s sixth collection, Peace, out this year with Omnidawn, was named one of the Academy of American Poets Standout Books for 2014 and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Northern California Independent Bookstores Award. Her translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux with City Lights, was included in Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10 poetry books Fall 2014. Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is also the author of The Plot Genie (Omnidawn), Profane Halo (Verse Press), Lovers in the Used World (Carnegie Mellon), and Tall Stranger (Cornell University Press), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.

A 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map (New California Poetry), the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure (Ahsahta), and Companion Grasses (Omnidawn), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His fifth book is The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven (Ahsahta, 2015). An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in South Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Richard Meier is the author of three books of poetry, Terrain Vague (Verse Press), Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar (Wave Books) and, most recently, In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary (Omnidawn). He is writer-in-residence at Carthage College and lives in Madison and Chicago.