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.

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
Here's a map.

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.