Saturday, September 15, 2018

Friday, October 5th, feat. Tongo Eisen-Martin, Daniel Tiffany, Andrew Joron, and Ciaran O'Driscoll

Please join us on Friday, October 5th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin, Daniel Tiffany, 
Ciaran O'Driscoll, and Andrew Joron!

*****
author bios & photos below.

All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.

365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
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+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Clorox Company Foundation
Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation 



Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. 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. His book titled, Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

Daniel Tiffany is a poet and theorist who lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California. Stanzas from his current project, a book-length poem, have been published, or will be appearing, in BOMB, Iowa Review, FENCE, Colorado Review, The Tiny, Journal of Poetics Research (Australia), Flash Cove (Australia), VOLT, Horsethief, Lute & Drum, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, West Branch, Brooklyn Rail, and Bennington Review (along with an interview about the project in Tupelo Quarterly). Tiffany is the author of five full-length collections of poetry, from presses including Action Books, Tinfish, and Omnidawn (along with a chapbook from Noemi Press). Poems from The Work-Shy (Wesleyan University Press, 2016)—his most recent collection, produced in collaboration with BLUNT RESEARCH GROUP—have appeared in museum exhibitions in the US and been adapted for theater. His poetry has also appeared in journals such as Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, jubilat, Lana Turner, the Poetry Project Newsletter, Gulf Coast, Chicago Review, and many others. In addition, he is the author five volumes of literary criticism and has published translations from French, Greek, and Italian. He is a recipient of the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize (awarded by the American Academy in Berlin).

Ciaran O’Driscoll, a member of Aosdána, has published six collections of poetry, including Gog and Magog (Salmon, 1987), his New and Selected Poems, Moving On, Still There (Dedalus, 2001), and Life Monitor (Three Spires Press, 2009, due for re-publication by Red Hen of California in 2018). His work has been translated into many languages. The Old Women of Magione, his fourth collection was published in a dual language edition as Vecchie Donne di Magione by Volumnia Editrice in 2006 and a Selected Poems in Slovene translation, was published in 2013 by Kud France Preseren. In addition he has been represented in many foreign anthologies of Irish poetry. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves, in 2001. His novel, A Year’s Midnight, was published by Pighog Press in 2012. He has won a number of awards for his work, including the James Joyce Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

Andrew Joron is the author of The Absolute Letter, a collection of poems published by Flood Editions (2017). Joron’s previous poetry collections include Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010), The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the Literary Essays of Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Perpetual Motion Machine by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). As a musician, Joron plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles. Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Friday, Sept. 7th feat. Vi Khi Nao, Steven Seidenberg, Vernon Keeve III, and Caroline Kessler

Please join us on Friday, September 7th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for our 2018-2019 kick-off reading, featuring 
Vi Khi Nao, Steven Seidenberg, 
Vernon Keeve III, and Caroline Kessler!

*****
author bios & photos below.

All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.

365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.

+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!


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Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. She is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (1913 Press, 2017), the story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel Fish In Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in Fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in Poetry.


Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts, and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College.




Writer and artist Steven Seidenberg is the author of Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Itch (RAW ArT Press, 2014), Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2015), and numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism, including Duration Knows No Law (ypolita press, 2016). He is co-editor of the three issues of pallaksch.pallaksch. (Instance Press, 2014-2018), is a member of the Right Window artists collective, and has most recently shown his visual work at the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altruve Metropoliz, in Rome. His collections of photographs include Pipevalve: Berlin (Lodima Press, 2017) and Choshi (Littlefield's, 2017).

Caroline Kessler is a poet, editor, and author of Ritual in Blue (Sutra Press, 2018). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and was a 2017-18 Dorot Fellow in Israel. One of the co-creators of Index/Fist, a collective that makes handmade magazines, she lives in Oakland.







Saturday, April 28, 2018

Friday, May 4th @ 7:30 pm, featuring Jason Bayani, Michelle Lin and Tamer Sa'id Mostafa

Please join us on Friday, May 4th at 7:30 pm for a 
reading featuring Jason Bayani, Michelle Lin 
and Tamer Sa'id Mostafa

Event is FREE.
Lagunitas beer, wine and snacks will be provided.

365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
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As always, a huge thank you to our sponsors!

The Clorox Company Foundation 

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (2013 Write Bloody Publishing). He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, "Locus of Control" in 2016. His second book, "Locus", is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in 2019.





Michelle Lin is a poet, community arts organizer, and author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), an examination of sisterhood, trauma, and survival. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program and of the University of California Riverside’s Creative Writing program. She is a Kundiman fellow, and a lead organizer for Kearny Street Workshop’s reading series, KSW Presents. Her most recent work can be found in Underblong, The Margins, and HEArt.




Tamer Sa’id Mostafa is an-always proud Stockton, California native whose work has appeared in over twenty various journals and magazines such as Confrontation, Monday Night Lit, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change among others. As an Arab-American Muslim, he reflects on life through spirituality, an evolving commitment to social justice, and the music of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Friday, April 13th: An evening with Black Radish Books, feat. Carrie Hunter, Barbara Tomash, Jean Vengua, Mg Roberts, Dana Teen Lomax & James Maughn!

Please join us on Friday, April 13th at 7:30 pm for a 
special collaboration with Black Radish Books, featuring Carrie Hunter, Barbara Tomash, Jean Vengua, 
Mg Roberts, Dana Teen Lomax and James Maughn! 

Event is FREE.
Lagunitas beer, wine and snacks will be provided.

365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
Here's a map.

As always, a huge thank you to our sponsors!



author bios follow below.

Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, edits the chapbook press, ypolita press, and is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books. Her chapbook <series out of sequence> recently came out with above/ground press, her first full-length collection, The Incompossible, was published in 2011 by Black Radish Books, and her second, Orphan Machines, came out in 2015. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL.

Barbara Tomash is the author of four books of poetry, PRE- (Black Radish Books 2018), Arboreal (Apogee 2014), Flying in Water, which won the 2005 Winnow First Poetry Award, and The Secret of White (Spuyten Duyvil 2009). Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Web Conjunctions, New American Writing, Verse, VOLT, OmniVerse, Witness, and numerous other journals. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.

Jean Vengua is a poet and artist, author of Prau (Meritage Press), and a chapbook, The Aching Vicinities (Otoliths Press). Her second poetry collection, Corporeal, will be published by Black Radish Books in summer 2018. With Mark Young, Vengua co-edited the First Hay(na)ku Anthology, and The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II. She edits Local-Nomad.net, an online journal of writing and art. You can view her visual art at https://jeanvengua.wordpress.com.

Mg Roberts is a teacher, poet, and multimedia artist. She is the author of Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish) and not so, sea (Durga Press). Currently she is co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh, an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing for and by writers of color with Ronaldo V. Wilson forthcoming from Nightboat Books. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters and geologist husband.

Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, and educator. She is the 2017 recipient of the Tiburon Arts Educator Award and the author of several books including _______ Is Not Goodbye (dusie kollektiv), Disclosure (Black Radish Books), Unpublishable Manuscript #43 (UbuWeb Editions), and Curren¢y (Palm Press); together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a “courageous and visionary book.” Her most recent editorial project, Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children, won the 2014 John Hopkins University Press Prize for Excellence in Northern American Poetry. Her writing has been recognized by the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Foundation, Intersection for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets, among other organizations. She is the former Director of Small Press Traffic in San Francisco and currently teaches writing at San Francisco State University and Del Mar Middle School. Dana lives in San Quentin, California.

James Maughn lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where he coordinates A New Cadence Poetry Series out of the Felix Kulpa Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz.  His most recent collection, These Peripheries was published with Otoliths in 2012; The Arakaki Permutations was published with Black Radish Books in 2011; Kata, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2008.  Black Radish Books published Maughn’s new collection, Playing the Form, in March 2017.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, March 2nd, featuring Arisa White, Aja Couchois Duncan, Adam Giannelli, and Catherine Theis!

Please join us on Friday, March 2nd for a reading featuring Arisa White, Aja Couchois Duncan, Adam Giannelli & Catherine Theis! 

Event is FREE.
Laguintas beer, wine and snacks will be served.

Studio One Art Center 
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA, 94609
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Special thanks to our generous sponsors!

author bios and photos follow.


Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her recent collection You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Award and the chapbook Fishing Walking” and Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. She serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is a faculty advisor at Goddard College. Arisawhite.com

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area capacity builder and writer of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her debut collection, Restless Continent (Litmus Press) was selected by Entropy Magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016 and won the California Book Award in 2017. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human; Great Spirit knew it all along.


Adam Giannelli is the author of Tremulous Hinge (University of Iowa Press, 2017), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the translator of a selection of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio, Diadem (BOA Editions, 2012). His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, FIELD, and elsewhere. He lives in Salt Lake City, where he is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.

Catherine Theis’ latest book, MEDEA (Plays Inverse, 2017) is an adaptation of the Euripides story. Her first book of poems is The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011), followed by her chapbook, The June Cuckold, a tragedy in verse (Convulsive, 2012). Theis has received various fellowships and awards, most notably from the Illinois Arts Council and the Del Amo Foundation. She is a Provost's Fellow and PhD Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she also translates contemporary Italian poetry into English. Theis’ scholarly interests primarily focus on the intersection between translation, poetics, and performance studies.