Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, March 1st, featuring Morgan Parker, Maw Shein Win, Heather June Gibbons, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Please join us on Friday, March 1st from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Morgan Parker, Maw Shein Win,
Heather June Gibbons, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett!


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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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Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry collections Magical Negro, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Her debut YA novel Who Put This Song On? will be published in late 2019 from Delacorte Press, and her debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World/Random House. Parker is the recipient of a  2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.

Maw Shein Win is a writer, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and several anthologies including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Talking Writing, Poetry International, Cimarron Review, and others. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Her collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018) and her forthcoming second full-length collection of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press, as well as two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover. Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and West Branch. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Vermont Studio Center, Academy of American Poets and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, The Writing Salon, and as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth arts education non-profit.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of four chapbooks, including Twice Shy forthcoming from Nomadic Press and Harm’s Way forthcoming from dancing girl press. In 2018, she was a finalist for both the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry from Tupelo Press. Her poetry can be found in Third Coast, The Journal, The Common, Granta, and elsewhere. She serves as editor-in-chief of the queer literary journal Foglifter and lives in sunny Oakland, California.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, February 1st, featuring Sara Mumolo and giovanni singleton for our 10-year anniversary reading!

Please join us on Friday, February 1st from 7:30-9:30 pm
for our 10-year anniversary reading, featuring
Sara Mumolo and giovanni singleton,
plus art by tomye neal-madison!


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Contribute $20 + and receive a copy of the book ~
You can also purchase advanced copies at the event!

author & artist 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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Sara Mumolo is the author of Day Counter (Omnidawn, 2018) and Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013). Sara serves as the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, PEN Poetry Series, Volta, and Volt, among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Photo Credit: Amarnath Ravva
giovanni singleton is the author of Ascension and the poetry/art collection AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper. She has received the California Book Award Gold Medal, the African American Literature and Culture Society’s Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement, and fellowships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Cave Canem. Her work has appeared in many journals and publications, and has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, Oakland's Digital Literature Garden, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. singleton is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She served as the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California-Berkeley and has held visiting professorships in creative writing at Sonoma State University, New Mexico State University, and CalArts. Additionally, she has taught poetry at the de Young Museum, California College of the Arts, and Naropa University. She collects bookmarks and enjoys figs and greek style yogurt.

tomyé neal-madison has shown a passion for Drawing & Painting of various subjects since a child of elementary school age. By the time she relocated from the East Coast to the West, her abilities included, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Calligraphy. In the S.F. Bay Area, she learned how to frame Artworks, woodworking, being a guest Art Teacher, curating exhibits, fabricating with glass and using all these skills as a Visual Arts Specialist employed by the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department for 18 years. Currently, tomyé’s Artworks are small scale as well as larger for Public Art sites. She mostly enjoys depicting portraits and figurative Artworks. Due to the shift in humanity, tomyé often depicts more serious content that addresses disparities and inequitable politics, knowing there are others who relate to her images and need reaffirmation.

Fugitive Slave Act / Belonging   (Gouache Painting), by tomyé neal madison
Bind Up The Broken Hearted (Fused Slumped Glass atop Text), by tomyé neal madison
 


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Friday, December 7th, feat. Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout!

Please join us on Friday, December 7th, from 7:30-9:30 pm,
for a reading featuring Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout,
plus art by Patrick Sumner and Peggy Videtta!


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author & artist 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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Brenda Hillman is the author of 10 collections from Wesleyan University Press, most recently Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018), Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), and Practical Water (2011). Hillman recently co-translated At Your Feet, the poems of Ana Cristina Cesar (Free Verse Editions, 2018). She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Robert Hass and is Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), and Wobble were published by Wesleyan University Press. Wobble was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, Harper’s,The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, etc.   She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She lives in the Seattle area.

artist bios

Patrick Sumner has a BFA in printmaking from Colorado State University, where he also studied metal smithing, painting and design. His work has been shown in the Minot Print Competition, Edinburgh Print Invitational, World Print III, Bridle Gallery, Kala Artist's Annual, Berkeley Art's Passage, and the short-lived Chance Gallery in San Francisco. His design work includes posters, promotional material and C.D. cover-art for various Bay Area performing artists and composers, as well as selected audio artists produced by New American Radio in Brooklyn, New York. He designed and illustrated the graphic story magazine, "One of One", with short fiction by Sheila Davies, published in Oakland, California by Burning Books. In addition, he conceived of, curated and promoted the year-long telephone performance series "Thanks for Calling – Twelve pieces for the telephone". Currently, he is an Artist in Residence at the Kala Art Institute, in Berkeley California, where he is working on a series of traditional etchings, and digital college.

Peggy Videtta came to sculpture after a detour through Physics. Her work is inspired by the figure through ballet, modern dance and yoga. The current work began by sifting through the ashes of her cousin’s former home which burned down in the Sonoma fire in 2017. The sculpted forms emerged on their own.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Friday, November 2nd, feat. Raina J. León, Jacob Kahn, and Susan Kolodny!

Please join us on Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm for a reading featuring Raina J. León, Jacob Kahn, 
and Susan Kolodny!

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

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

As always, a generous thank you to our sponsors:


Raina J. León, PhD, CantoMundo graduate fellow, Cave Canem graduate fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Ragdale, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is currently a teaching poet-in residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

Jacob Kahn is a bookseller and editor and organizer and curator and lots of other things at E.M. Wolfman Books in Oakland, CA. He is a 2018 Frontier Fellow at Epicenter in Green River, Utah, a rural design studio and community-based artist residency, and his writing can be found in ‘A Circuit of Yields’ (Wolfman Books, 2014) and elsewhere.





Susan Kolodny is the author of two poetry collections: After the Firestorm (Mayapple Press, 2011) and Preserve (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems appear in New England Review, Bellingham Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and in other journals and several anthologies, and have been featured on American Life in Poetry and Poetry Daily. She is a psychoanalyst in practice in the East Bay, a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and author of The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition (PsychoSocial Press, 2000).

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
Here's a map.

+ 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.