Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday, March 3rd @ 7:30 pm, featuring Steffi Drewes, Laura Walker and Janice Sapigao!

Please join us on Friday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm for 
a reading with Steffi Drewes, Laura Walker and Janice Sapigao!

Event is FREE.

Snacks, wine and Lagunitas beer will be served.

Studio One Art Center | 365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
Here's a map.

+ gratitude & love to our sponsors:

Author bios and photos follow below.

Steffi Drewes is the author of Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, and History of Drawing Circles. Her poems have appeared in various journals and in the anthology It’s night in San Francisco but it’s sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). She attended a writing and art residency at The Wassaic Project in New York last fall, and currently works as a freelance writer and editor in the Bay Area.

Laura Walker is the author of story (Apogee Press, 2016), Follow–Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004), and the chapbook bird book (Albion Books, 2010). She has taught poetry at UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco State University, and University of San Francisco. She grew up in rural North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, CA. More information is available at

Janice Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants.  Her first book of poetry about her mom, microchips for millions, critiques the Silicon Valley and its exploitation of immigrant women workers. Her second book, like a solid to a shadow, about fatherlessness, grieving, and family lineages is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light. She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. If you want, you can learn more at

Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, February 3rd @ 7:30 pm: Nina Lindsay and Rosa Lane

Please join us on Friday, February 3rd for a reading with 
Nina Lindsay and Rosa Lane!

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

Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
here's a map.

+ gratitude & love to our sponsors:

Looking forward to seeing you on February 3rd!

Photo by Aya Brackett
Nina Lindsay is the author of Because (2016) and Today's Special Dish (2007) both from Sixteen Rivers Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry International, the Colorado Review, Fence, and other journals, and has been awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize.  Lindsay lives in Oakland and works for the Oakland Public Library.

Rosa Lane is author of Tiller North, winner of the 2014 Sixteen Rivers Press Poetry Competition released in April 2016, and Roots and Reckonings, a chapbook. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has won several awards and appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New South, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Rosa has taught at Berkeley City College, Ashland University (Ohio), and Southeast University (Nanjing, China). She currently lives in Berkeley with her partner. For more information, see Rosa's website:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Friday, December 2nd @ 7:30 pm: Robert Andrew Perez, Matthew Siegel and Peter Burghardt, plus art by Peg Videtta

Please join us on Friday, December 2nd @ 7:30 pm 
for a reading featuring Robert Andrew Perez, Matthew Siegel
and Peter Burghardt, plus art by Peg Videtta!

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

Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
here's a map.

+ gratitude & love to our sponsors:

Looking forward to seeing you on Dec. 2nd! 

Robert Andrew Perez lives in Berkeley and is an associate editor & book designer for speCt! in Oakland, where he also curates readings. He is an alum of the Lambda Literary fellowship & a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for poetry. His poetry has appeared in print & online in publications such as DIAGRAM, The Awl, The Laurel Review & The Cortland Review, and has forthcoming work in Vinyl. His first collection, the field, was published with Omnidawn in their pocket book series. He is currently writing a movie about a divorce and wine tasting; it's a comedy. More at

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work (University of Wisconsin/CBe) which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection. His poems and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he teaches literature and writing at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Peter Burghardt lives in Oakland, California, where he co-publishes speCt! books, and edits OAR, a print journal of poetry and prose. His recent work has appeared in such publications as the Offending Adam, Tammy, The Laurel Review, and White Stag. His chapbook, Cosmic American Music, is forthcoming from Old Gold.

Peg Videtta brings her experience of dance, yoga, and physics into making figurative sculpture. Her work explores the energetic components of the body, especially while in movement.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, November 4th @ 7:30 pm: C.S. Giscombe, Jennifer Kronovet and Garrett Caples

Please join us at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 4th 
for a reading featuring C.S. Giscombe, Jennifer Kronovet 
and Garrett Caples, plus art by Brian Reinbolt

The event is FREE.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas will be served.

Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street | Oakland, CA | 94609
Here's a map.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Author/artist bios & photos below.
And, as always, a shout out to our generous sponsors:

C. S. Giscombe’s poetry books are Prairie Style, Giscome Road, Here, etc.; his book of linked essays (concerning Canada, race, and family) is Into and Out of Dislocation.  His recognitions include the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for Prairie Style) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (for Giscome Road). Ohio Railroads (a poem in essay form) was published in 2014 and Border Towns (essays on poetry, color, nature, television, etc.) appeared in September 2016. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a long-distance cyclist.
Jennifer Kronovet is the author of THE WUG TEST (Ecco/HarperCollins), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her previous book of poetry is AWAYWARD (BOA Editions). Under the pen name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated EMPTY CHAIRS (Graywolf Press), the poetry of Chinese poet Liu Xia. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Garrett Caples is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including the brand-new Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016). He has also written a book of essays, Retrievals (Wave, 2014), and a pamphlet, Quintessence of the Minor: Symbolist Poetry in English (Wave, 2010). He co-edited Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems by Frank Lima (City Lights, 2016), Particulars of Place by Richard O. Moore (Omnidawn, 2015), and Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (California, 2013). A freelance writer, he is also an editor at City Lights, where he curates the Spotlight poetry series. He lives in San Francisco.

Brian Reinbolt was born in Alabama and spent the first 17 years of his life dreaming of his escape. He first attempted this by studying music (piano performance) in Florida and then finally broke free to California where he got an MFA in electronic music at Mills College. He then used newly discovered talents to secure a day job as a computer geek. In the 80s and 90s he produced three CDs of his music (now residing at and also, more importantly, managed to find true love. At the turn of the Millennium, he started working on various multimedia projects involving electronic circuitry. In an effort to make the projects solidly presentable he taught himself woodworking and is currently creating electronic timekeeping devices.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, October 7th @ 7:30 pm: Ida Börjel, Jennifer Hayashida and Hugo García Manríquez

Please join Studio One and Commune Editions on 
Friday, October 7th @ 7:30 pm to celebrate the release of  
Ida Börjel's Miximum Ca' Canny the Sabotage Manuals, featuring 
Ida Börjel, Jennifer Hayashida 
and Hugo García Manríquez

 The event is FREE.
Beer, wine and snacks will be served.

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

book info, author bios and photos below | + a HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

Ida Börjel was born in 1975 in Lund, Sweden. She is recognized as one of the most important Swedish poets of the last decade. She is recognized as one of the most important Swedish poets of the last decade and has received numerous prizes for her works, which include Sond, Skåneradio, Konsumentköplagen: juris lyrik , and MA . Her poems have been translated into fifteen different languages. She currently lives in Röstånga and works with the City Fables Group at Malmö University, exploring the way that stories about financial success circulate in contemporary cities.
Jennifer Hayashida is a writer, translator, and visual artist. Her most recent projects include translation from the Swedish of Athena Farrokhzad’s White Blight (Argos Books, 2015) and Karl Larsson's Form/Force (Black Square Editions, 2015). She is director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, CUNY, and serves on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Hugo García Manríquez’s most recent book is the bilingual work Anti-Humboldt: A Reading of the North American Free Trade Agreement (published by Litmus Press, in co-edition with Aldus Editorial, in Mexico City). He is the author of two books in Spanish: No oscuro todavia and Los materiales, as well as two English chapbooks, Two Poems (Hooke Press) and Painting is Finite (Little Red Leaves). His work has appeared in New American Writing, Berkeley Poetry Review, DreamboatDusie, Denver Quarterly, Letras Libres, La Tempestad, among others.Hugo has a Master's Degree from the Poetics Program at SUNY-Buffalo, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Berkeley. 


Ida Börjel's Miximum Ca' Canny the Sabotage Manuals, translated by Jennifer Hayashida:

At once practical handbook and philosophical inquiry, Ida Börjel’s exploration of sabotage and its history throws a wrench into the machinery of contemporary language, generating strange affinities between wreckers, iconoclasts, and saboteurs of all types. Sourced from political pamphlets and factory workers’ diaries, and drawing out important connections between technology and poetic technique, Börjel’s poem allows for the most profound understanding of sabotage – technological, political, economic, and linguistic all at once. Silencing the machines, these sabotaged manuals allow us to hear new sounds and new possibilities for resistance.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, September 9th @ 7:30 pm: A collaboration with Commune Editions, feat. David Lau, Wendy Trevino, Cheena Marie Lo and Jasper Bernes

Please join us on Friday, September 9th @ 7:30 pm for 
a collaboration with Commune Editions, featuring David Lau, Wendy Trevino, Cheena Marie Lo and Jasper Bernes!

Event is FREE.
Snacks, Lagunitas beer and wine will be served.

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

We hope to see you there! 

author bios and photos below. &, as always, a HUGE thanks to our generous sponsors:

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 (speCt!, 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. 

Wendy Trevino was born & raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She now lives and works in San Francisco. Her chapbook 128-131 was published by Perfect Lovers Press in 2013. Her chapbook BRAZILIAN IS NOT A RACE was just recently published by Commune Editions, and Krupskaya Books will publish her chapbook Cruel Work later in 2016. Her poems have appeared in various print and online journals, including Abraham Lincoln, Armed Cell, the Capilano Review, LIES, Macaroni Necklace, Mondo Bummer, ELDERLY and Open House.

Cheena Marie Lo is the author of the full length title A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters (Commune Editions, 2016). They currently coordinate a youth art program at California College of the Arts, and co-edit the literary journal, HOLD.

Jasper Bernes is author of two books of poetry, Starsdown (2007) and We Are Nothing and So Can You (2015). He has recently completed a scholarly book, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), about the role poetry plays in the postindustrial restructuring of laborPoems, essays, and other writings can be found in Modern Language QuarterlyRadical Philosophy, Endnotes, Lana Turner, The American Reader, Critical Inquiry and elsewhere. Together with Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover, he edits Commune Editions. He lives in Berkeley with his family.