Location: Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 W. Grand Avenue (enter on West St), Oakland

Events start at 6pm (doors open 5:45pm)


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Special event for MONDAY NIGHT journal

featuring Zack Haber, Tamer Mostafa & Genie Gratto

ZACK HABER is a poet who lives in West Oakland. He is the author of if you want to be one of them playing in the streets… (quiet lightning 2014). Some of his recent work has appeared in Elderly, 580 Split, Sierra Nevada Review, Banqueted, and Eleven Eleven. He has curated The Other Fabulous Reading Series in Berkeley since 2012.

TAMER MOSTAFA is a Stockton, California native whose work has appeared in various journals and magazines such as Confrontation, Triggerfish Critical Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Extract(s), and Phantom Kangaroo.

GENIE GRATTO lives and writes in Oakland. Her work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly and Night Train, and she once lost a Literary Death Match to a valiant opponent who bested her at beer pong in the final battle. You can find her very short fiction and nonfiction at


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Writers in Residence Megan Breiseth, John Sakkis & Della Watson

+ CONFLUENCE: a site-specific acoustic installation by Kate Lee Short featuring a sonic maze and minimalist sculptures

With readings and group chapbook release by:

MEGAN BREISETH is the author of the chapbook Zia, from Mrs. Maybe Press, and a couple of yet-to-be published manuscripts. She lives in Alameda, CA, where she also works as a trainer, coach, tarot reader, and mother.

JOHN SAKKIS is the author of RAVE ON!, The Islands and Rude Girl + numerous chapbooks and ephemera. He has translated 7 books of poetry by Demosthenes Agrafiotis. Recent work has appeared in SF Weekly, Harriet and SFAQ. He lives in Oakland.

DELLA WATSON is the co-author of Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow and Benjamin Letters (Mission Cleaners Books, 2013) and a founding member of the Bay Area Correspondence School. Her work was recently featured in the anthologyRemembering the Days that Breathed Pink (Quaci Press, 2016). She tweets poetry as @alma_crow.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Writer in Residence Emji Spero with Vanessa Flores & Anhvu Buchanan

All Ways Lead to the Mill: a solo exhibition by Jamil Hellu examining the conflicts that emerge at the intersection of Middle-Eastern heritage and queerness.

EMJI SPERO is an artist and writer living in Oakland, California. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and are currently working on two manuscripts:Exhaustion, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of accumulated subthreshold violences, and Disgust, transcriptions of videos made in response during a week-long ds protocol from d. wolach.

ANHVU BUCHANAN is the author of The Disordered (sunnyoutside press) andBackhanded Compliments & Other Ways to Say I Love You (Works on Paper Press). He is the recipient of the 2010 James D. Phelan Award and also received an Individual Artists Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He received an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State. He currently teaches in Berkeley.

VANESSA FLORES is a short-story writer, playwright and performer with an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She is currently co-writing and starring in “Easy,” a web-series debuting later this year. She lives in Oakland, CA.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Writers in Residence Kate Folk, Joel Gregory, Tomas Moniz

+ Hypertrophic Distress: a solo exhibition by Alex Oslance featuring sculptures which fuse destructive, chaotic, and sensuous elements inspired by our contemporary fetishization of violence, aggression, and post-coital bliss

With readings and group chapbook release by:

KATE FOLK’s fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Colorado Review, The Baltimore Review, Word Riot, Joyland, and many other journals. She’s received support for her writing from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Originally from Iowa, she’s lived in San Francisco since 2008.

JOEL GREGORY is a poet and visual artist living in Oakland, California. He is a dropout of the Evergreen State College and the New School. He is a co­-founder at Timeless, Infinite Light. His work can be found in 580 Split, Elderly, and Open House. He is currently working on Connection, a voyeuristic book-length manuscript, in which he collages language from Craigslist missed connections into poems and reposts them in search of the absent object of desire.

TOMAS MONIZ is the founder, editor, and writer for the award winning project: Rad Dad. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He is co-founder and co-host of the rambunctious monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zine addition / subtraction is available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Carrie Hunter, Julian Talamantez Brolaski & Junior Clemons

+ KunstCapades: an art-based variety show/podcast hosted by artists Josh Pieper, Tim Sullivan, and their trusty barkeep Marv (Robyn Carliss)

JUNIOR CLEMONS received an M.F.A. in Writing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. His book, SO MANY MOUNTAINS BUT THIS ONE SPECIFICALLY, is currently available from Carville Annex Press. He was born, lives and writes in San Diego, CA.

CARRIE HUNTER received her M.F.A./M.A. in the Poetics program at New College of California, edits the chapbook press, ypolita press, and is on the editorialboard of Black Radish BooksHer chapbook Vice/Versa came out with Dancing Girl Press, and her full-length collections, The Incompossible and Orphan Machines were both published by Black Radish Books. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL.

JULIAN TALAMANTEZ BROLASKI is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian lives in Oakland and is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in the country band The Western Skyline (


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sara Larsen, Zoe Tuck & Danny Thanh Nguyen

+ Flesh & Blood: surreal narrative works of video focused on family and self

SARA LARSEN is a poet, living in Oakland. Her newest book is All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous from Printing Press. Another full-length book, Merry Hell, is forthcoming from Atelos Press in 2016. Sara has performed her work widely, including at The Berkeley Art Museum, Grace Cathedral, LitQuake, and Multifarious Array in NYC. Over two years, she and David Brazil published more than 60 issues of the seminal literary zine Try Magazine. Chapbooks include NOVUS, A,a,a,a,a, The Hallucinated, Merry Hell and After Sappho.

After the publication of her tract Terror Matrix (2014) by Timeless, Infinite Light, ZOE TUCK joined the press’s editorial staff. She also works for Small Press Distribution and is an editor of Hold: a journal, whose second issue is currently open for submissions ( She is also a tarot reader, so if you are in need of guidance, drop her a line.

DANNY THANH NGUYEN is the former fiction editor of Indiana Review and edited the anthology AS IS: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists. His stories and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and The Full Spectrum. Danny has attended the RADAR Writer’s Lab in the Yucatan and received his MFA from Indiana University.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Writers in Residence Diana Aehegma, Hugo García Manríquez, Nicole Trigg
A PLAN VIEW: Ephemeral Works and Evidence from Cameron Hockenson

With readings and chapbook release featuring:

DIANA AEHEGMA grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, and lives in Oakland, CA. She earned her MA and MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she won the Ann Fields Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Beeswax Magazine, Monday Night, the Tinfish Press anthology Jack London is Dead, The Press at CSU Fresno anthology Shadowed: Unheard Voices, and at Bang Out SF, among other venues.

HUGO GARCÍA MANRÍQUEZ is author of the chapbook Two Poems and Painting is Finite, and two books in Spanish: No oscuro todavia and Los materiales, and more recently, the bilingual book Anti-Humboldt. Recent work has appeared in Dreamboat, Berkeley Poetry Review, New American Writing, Dusie, Spiral Orb, Tierra Adentro, the collective chapbook Field Work, and the collection of essays Escribir Poesía en México. He has also translated works by William Carlos Williams, Clayton Eshleman, Charles Bernstein, George Oppen and Myung Mi Kim.

NICOLE TRIGG is the author of 2 chapbooks, Double Cup, and Slats (forthcoming from hooke press). Recent writing is published in Macaroni Necklace, 580 Split, and Monday Night. She studies Italian feminism and radical writing by women, lives in Oakland, and works at Small Press Distribution.


Saturday, November 7, 2015 @6pm

Arisa White, Annie Guthrie & Erin Wilson

Again, and Again, and Again: a solo exhibition by Minji Sohn featuring performance and installation informed by childhood memories, fears and experiences

ARISA WHITE received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She’s a Cave Canem fellow, and the 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 faculty member in the BFA Creative Writing program at Goddard College.

ANNIE GUTHRIE is a writer and jeweler from Tucson. Her first book of poems, The Good Dark, is just out with Tupelo Press. She teaches creative writing courses in “Oracular Writing” at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and offers apprenticeships in project and manuscript consultation (

ERIN WILSON is a poet and librarian. Her writing has appeared in Word For/Word, Artifice, and Bird Dog, among others. She lives in Berkeley and is in her third year as an Affiliate at the Headlands Center for the Arts.


Saturday, September 19, 2015 @6pm

Aja Couchois Duncan, Janice Lobo Sapigao & Writer in Residence Nico Peck

AlterLandEscape: sculpture, video, and multi-channel installation works by Centa Schumacher, John Tronsor, and May Wilson that remap the gallery’s physical landscape

AJA COUCHOIS DUNCAN is a Bay Area writer of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. In 2005, she was a recipient of a Marin Arts Council Grant for Literature, and, in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award. Her first book, Restless Continent, is forthcoming from Litmus Press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

JANICE LOBO SAPIGAO is a poet, writer, and educator from San Jose, CA. She earned her MFA in Critical Studies/Writing at California Institute of the Arts. Her first book, microchips for millions, is forthcoming from PAWA, Inc in Fall 2016. She is also the author of the forthcoming chapbook toxic city (tinder tender press, 2015). She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump and was a Finalist in the Katipunan Poetry Slam. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. She enjoys playing with stuffed animals, drinking green tea, running, and cooking.

NICO PECK is a writer, artist, and teacher. Their book The Pyrrhiad was published last year by Dirty Swan Projects. Their writing has appeared recently in the online journal Open House and the Portable Boog Reader. Nico’s visual art has been shown at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland and internationally with the Herstory Inventory project. Recent video work was screened in Hamberg’s International Queer Film Festival and San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival. Nico lives in San Francisco.


Saturday, June 20, 2015 @6pm

Matt Shears, Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel & Writer in Residence Ben Black


OLD GROWTH: a kinetic sculpture exhibition by Terry Peterson

MATT SHEARS is the author of Where a road had been (BlazeVox) and 10,000 Wallpapers (Brooklyn Arts Press.) Memorabilia, a new collection, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press in 2016. He lives in Berkeley with his family.

GILLIAN OLIVIA BLYTHE HAMEL’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in VOLT’s 20th anniversary issue, The Volta, The Offending Adam, and Laurel Review. 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 received an MFA in Poetry from Saint Mary’s College and lives in Oakland, California.

BEN BLACK is a graduate of the MFA program at San Francisco State University and his work has appeared Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Harpur Palate, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. His stories have also been finalists for the Calvino Prize and the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest. He can be reached at:


Saturday, May 2, 2015 @6pm

Norma Cole, Paul Ebenkamp & Writer in Residence Claire Becker

NEW PAINTINGS: work that speaks to the act of painting through programmed strokes, pneumatic drips, self-aware idioms, layered time, and tactile impersonations

NORMA COLE‘s recent books of poetry include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside and Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988 – 2008. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks made its appearance in 2010 from Omnidawn Press. Her translations from the French include Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives and Franck André Jamme’s To the Secret. Actualities, her collaboration with painter Marina Adams is forthcoming from Litmus Press.

CLAIRE BECKER is the author of Where We Think It Should Go (Octopus Books) and the chapbooks The Werld, We Know in 2010 We Survive, Young Adult, Get You, and Untoward. She grew up in Kansas City and has attended four colleges in California. This is her 8th year teaching the visually impaired in the public schools; in 2019, she will begin her career as a poet/medical doctor.

PAUL EBENKAMP is author of The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015), “Four Colors for the Based God” (The Equalizer: Second Series, 2014), “Seizured in the Ease” (Mondo Bummer, 2013), and everything at He is co-editor of Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (Counterpoint, 2014). With Andrew Kenower he curates the Woolsey Heights reading series, and with strings and devices makes music as Position, Cellophane Marrow, or Plume of Assessor.


Saturday, March 21, 2015 @6pm

Donna de la Perrière, Jared Stanley & Writer in Residence Nana K. Twumasi

PATTERN RECOGNITION: A Solo Exhibition by Darrin Martin featuring sculpture, video and print-based installations that engage the synesthetic qualities of perception

DONNA DE LA PERRIÈRE is the author of two full-length collections, True Crime (Talisman House, 2009) and Saint Erasure (Talisman House, 2010), a 2011 NCIBA Book of the Year Award finalist. She teaches in the creative writing programs at CCA and SF State, curates the Bay Area Poetry Marathon summer reading series at The Emerald Tablet gallery, and is at work on a third full-length manuscript, Second Person.

JARED STANLEY is the author of two books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest. A frequent collaborator with plastic artists, he has recently contributed to It Calls From the Creek, Surrender, and Lake Lahontan’s Maritime Legacy. Forthcoming projects include Oaths of the Blossoms, an inquiry into the obligations of wildflowers, The Heliotropic Poetry Lab, a writing rover charged with military mysticism, and I Can Hear the Universe Singing, a novel in objects.

NANA K. TWUMASI lives and writes in Oakland, CA. An alum of California College of the Arts MFA Program in Writing, her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Sou’Wester Journal, Ballyhoo Stories, and Eleven Eleven. She is the co-editor of Monday Night, a journal of new literature.


Saturday, February 7, 2015 @6pm

David Lau, Andrew Joron & Writer in Residence Geraldine Kim
CRINGE: a video exhibition featuring self-reflexive performances, awkward personal narratives, and portrayals of the artist as an alter-ego rejecting social norms

DAVID LAU’s first book of poems, Virgil and the Mountain Cat (UC Press), appeared in 2009. His new book is coming out in 2016. speCt! Books published a chapbook called Bad Opposites in 2012 and other recent poems and essays have appeared in The American Reader, Boom: a Journal of California, Mandorla, Armed Cell, and on the Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog. He teaches writing at UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College.

ANDREW JORON is the author of Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010). 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). Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

GERALDINE KIM is the author of Povel (Fence Books, 2005) which was featured in the Believer and Village Voice’s top 25 books of the year. She has contributed to Starting Today (2010), a collection of 100 poems for Obama’s first 100 days, and to Gurlesque, an anthology of “grrly, grotesque, burlesque” poets (2010), with an electronic version of the same forthcoming. She also wrote the play Donning Cheadle which was performed in venues in Oakland and San Francisco.


Saturday, December 20, 2014 @6pm

Angela Hume, Wendy Trevino & Writer in Residence Nora Toomey
MobileInTent: Alta California + Parts Close By, Re-mapping Forms, Trees, Rivers:
a multimedia installation exploring questions of borders, distribution and ecology informed by the artists’ travels and conversations inside a tent.

ANGELA HUME lives in Oakland. She is the author of the chapbooks Melos (Projective Industries, 2014), 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 forthcoming from Omnidawn.

WENDY TREVINO lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco. Her chapbook 128 – 131 was published in 2013 by Perfect Lovers Press, and her poems have appeared in the American Reader, The Capilano Review, Mrs. Maybe, LIES, OMG!, With+Stand, Abraham Lincoln, Try! and West Wind Review.

NORA TOOMEY writes poems in Oakland, California. Her work has recently appeared in Harmonium, sPARKLE & bLINK, and Workspace Limited. She is a MFA graduate of California College of the Arts, recipient of CCA’s Graduate Award for Poetry, and one half of the art-poem-band, MPNT. You can visit her at


Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 6pm

Laura Woltag, David Koehn & Writer in Residence Tom Comitta
Experimental Space: an exhibit bringing scientific images and perspectives from the laboratory into the realm of art

LAURA WOLTAG lives in the drought of California. Her chapbook, Hush Hyletics, was recently published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Other poems can be found in the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny In Oakland, Try, OMG!, and installed alongside the Deer Creek Trail in Nevada City (by Unmanned Minerals).

DAVID KOEHN’s first full length manuscript, Twine, now available from Bauhan Publishing, won the 2013 May Sarton Poetry Prize. David’s poetry and translations were previously collected in two chapbooks, Tunic, (speCt! books 2013) a small collection of some of his translations of Catullus, and Coil (University of Alaska, 1998), winner of the Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest.

TOM COMITTA is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2013) and SENT (Invisible Venue, 2014). From 2011-13 he ran the publishing house Currently Comitta is a book designer and a facilitator of writing workshops at elementary schools. The first chapter of his novel-in-progress The City of Nature is forthcoming as a chapbook from Make Now Press.


Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 6pm

Ben Mirov, Louise Mathias & Writer in Residence Sean Labrador Y Manzano
tug · gut: a solo show by Alyssa Lempesis

SEAN LABRADOR Y MANZANO lives on the island off the coast of Oakland, prefers snorkeling or canoeing in Hawai’i. He edited the print journal, Conversations at the Wartime Café; founded Mixer 2.0, a MFA reading series every third Thursday of the month at the Cat Club in San Francisco; is curator of the CIIS symposium, “Trauma and Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant-Garde.”

LOUISE MATHIAS is the author of two books of poems, The Traps, released in 2013 from Four Way Books, and Lark Apprentice which won the New Issues Poetry Prize. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.

BEN MIROV is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012). He is also the author of Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010) selected for publication by Michael Burkard, and chosen as one of the best books of poetry in 2010 for Believer Magazine’s Reader Survey. He is one of the founding editors of PEN America’s Poetry Series. He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.


Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 6pm

David Brazil, Lara Durback & Writer-in-Residence Cheena Marie Lo

SURVIVAL ADAPTATIONS: works that explore housing relocation, gentrification, and the preservation of artistic communities in the Bay Area

DAVID BRAZIL was born in New York and lives in Oakland, California. His first full-length book, The Ordinary, was published by Compline Editions in 2013. Chapbooks include Spy Wednesday, Mass of the Phoenix : A Mina Loy Portal, and Meet Me Beneath the War Angels. He organizes with the Bay Area Public School and makes his living as a bookseller.

LARA DURBACK is a poet, publisher, & letterpress printer living in Oakland for 9 years. She has published as NoNo Press & Mess Editions, both collective projects.

CHEENA MARIE LO is a poet and curator living in Oakland, California. They are a co-founder of the Manifest Reading and Workshop Series, which seeks to foster a collaborative and experimental community of artists and writers across aesthetic sensibilities. Their writing has been published in 580 Split, Gigantic Sequins, La Fovea, and It’s Night in San Francisco but It’s Sunny in Oakland, and has been performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, n/a gallery, Small Press Traffic, among others.


Saturday, June 21, 2014 @ 6pm

Caroline Goodwin, Peter Burghardt & Writer-in-Residence Erika Staiti
+ FACT AND FANCY: installation by Danielle Schlunegger and paintings by Jana Rumberger

CAROLINE GOODWIN teaches in the MFA Writing and BA Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts. Born and raised in Alaska, she moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to attend Stanford’s creative writing program. She lives in Montara and is currently serving as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Her book is Trapline (JackLeg Press, 2013).

PETER BURGHARDT lives in Oakland, where he works as a poetry editor and book designer for Omnidawn Publishing, and co-publishes the chapbook imprint speCt! books. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California, and in 2013 founded the Community Poets’ Workshop at University Press Books. Recent work has been included in (or is forthcoming from) Witness: The Magazine of the Black Mountain Institute, The Laurel Review, BlazeVox, and Tammy: Issue 4.

ERIKA STAITI lives in Oakland and is author of chapbooks In the Stitches published by Trafficker Press in 2010 and Verse/Switch and Stop-Motion published in 2008. Recent work appears in Dusie 15 and is forthcoming in It’s Night in San Francisco but It’s Sunny in Oakland, an anthology of Bay Area writers edited by Timeless Infinite Light.


Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ 5pm

Truong Tran, Nicole Trigg & Writer-in-Residence RJ Ingram
+ APRIL 11, 1954: THE MOST BORING DAY IN HISTORY: a show celebrating inspiration in the the most overlooked places

TRUONG TRAN is a poet and visual artist. His publications include, The Book of Perceptions, Placing The Accents, dust and conscience, within the margin, and Four Letter Words. He is the recipient of four Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Grants, An Arts Council of Silicon Valley Grant, a California Arts Council Grant, a Creative Work Fund Grant and a Fund For Poetry Grant. Truong lives and works in San Francisco and is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at Mills College. His Artwork has been shown at Intersection for the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop, and the California Historical Society. In February of 2010, Truong had his first solo exhibition at The Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco. In 2011, Truong along with Poet Laureate Robert Haas represented the United States at The Poetry Festival International, in Rotterdam. In 2012, Truong had an exhibition of large scale sculptures at SOMArts entitled At War, and in March of 2014, Truong had a solo show with Telegraph Hill Gallery in San Francisco. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Dutch and Vietnamese.

NICOLE TRIGG lives in Oakland, works at Small Press Distribution, and is the author of a chapbook, Double Cup. She recently collaborated with strangers to make the literary magazine Birkensnake 6. Her writing has appeared in Manifest, Sparkle & Blink, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Jacket 2. She is a participant at the Bay Area Public School and is planning a study group around radical prose forms and feminism in the fall.

RJ INGRAM lives in Oakland & is pursuing an MFA in creative writing with concentrations in poetry & creative nonfiction from Saint Mary’s College of California where he works as an editor for Mary & a social media editor for Omnidawn Publishing. Recent work can be found in new issues of Timber, Whisky Island, Salt Hill, & Selfies in Ink. His cat Brenda lives in North Carolina where she organizes the resistance & lost a leg making nothing happen.


Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 5pm

Evan Kennedy, Amanda Nadelberg & Writer-in-Residence Kari Marboe
+ music by AVOIDERS + BROADCAST STANDARDS video show by Doug Garth Williams

EVAN KENNEDY is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Terra Firmament (Krupskaya), Shoo-Ins to Ruin (Gold Wake Press), and Us Them Poems (BookThug).

AMANDA NADELBERG is the author of Bright Brave Phenomena (Coffee House, 2012), Isa the Truck Named Isadore (Slope Editions, 2006), and two chapbooks: Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married (The Song Cave, 2009) and Delphiniums (speCt!, 2013).

KARI MARBOE earned a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the Eisner Award for art practice. She was also a resident at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC, and created the concept for the exhibition and archive MFA: Now at Root Division in San Francisco. Marboe’s site-specific, text-based installations have lived in spaces such as an exterior wall of the Berkeley Art Museum, the windows of the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico, and within the air of Southern Exposure in San Francisco.

AVOIDERS are an improvised music ensemble of rotating membership. Currently operating as a duo, Trevor Hacker (Sunbeam Rd) and Cody Hennesy (The Rhombus) use their fingers to push buttons, pull strings, scratch surfaces and manipulate dials. Sounds come out.


Saturday, February 8, 2014 @ 5pm

John Sakkis, Chris Kerr & Writer-in-Residence Niki Korth
FULL FRAME – “time-based media works that use the screen not as a mirror or magnifying glass, but as a frame that encapsulates the unseen”

JOHN SAKKIS was nominated for the SF Literary Arts Foundation James D. Phelan Poetry Award for 2013. He is the author of The Islands (forthcoming Nightboat Books) and Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books). He has translated three books by Athenian poet Demosthenes Agrafiotis — ‘now, 1/3’ and thepoem (BlazeVOX Books) Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press), awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, and Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse). He lives in Oakland.

CHRIS KERR was born near San Diego, his fiction debuted in The New Review of Literature, and his poetry first appeared in Eleven Eleven. As the founding editor of Projector, a magazine of creative responses to film, Chris has programmed screedings (screening + reading) for venues such as Rock Paper Scissors Collective and The Roxie Theater. Artist Colter Jacobsen and he recently produced a chapbook of collaborative poetry titled Round Ether O Weather. Chris holds an MFA in Fiction from Pacific University, teaches Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, and is slowly finishing a novel about an unplanned midlife pregnancy in a loveless marriage in a desert border town.

NIKI KORTH wears many hats but is ultimately an artist and free culture enthusiast/activist who believes earnestly in the triad of the creative arts, technological literacy, and human rights. Should you wish to learn more about her, please write to Please also contact her if you’d like to discuss the history of the moving image and speculate about the future of video as consumer technology as much as artistic medium and political tool. In the spirit of McLuhan but in the age of the Internet – she believes that we all own the message. But the medium may have a mind of its own.



Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 5pm

Stephanie Young, Taylor Brady, Sara Wintz & Writer-in-Residence Steffi Drewes

+ Not Each, But All: a multimedia exhibition featuring seven artists who started Aggregate Space Gallery

STEPHANIE YOUNG lives and works in Oakland. Her most recent book is URSULA or UNIVERSITY. Other poetry includes Picture Palace and Telling the Future Off. With Juliana Spahr, she edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism. She edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of Deep Oakland (

TAYLOR BRADY’S books include Microclimates, Yesterday’s News, Occupational Treatment, and For I Know Not What I Did Last Summer. He is the co-author with Rob Halpern of Snow Sensitive Skin, and edited Will Alexander’s recent prose collection, Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat. Current projects include two collections of poems in progress, In the Red and A Mountain Pointing Down, along with parenthood and the cultivation of a very small orange tree. He lives in Oakland.

SARA WINTZ’S work brings together text and theater in a practice that encompasses research, poetry, and performance. Ugly Duckling Presse published her book about the twentieth century, WALKING ACROSS A FIELD WE ARE FOCUSED ON AT THIS TIME NOW, in December 2012. Her writing has also been published in Jacket, The Poetry Project Newsletter, 6×6, Big Bell, Openned,Try!, HTML Giant, and in the anthology The Sonnets: Re-Writing Shakespeare (recently published by Telephone/Nightboat Books). She lives in Oakland.

STEFFI DREWES’ chapbooks include Cartography Askew (speCt! books, 2013) and History of Drawing Circles (Edible Engines Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in 6×6, Omniverse, SpringGun, Eleven Eleven, No Tell Motel and Zen Monster. As founder and curator of Featherboard Writing Series, she has been collaborating with Aggregate Space in West Oakland since 2011. She is also a member of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley.


Saturday, November 2nd @ 5pm

Joseph Lease, Megan Breiseth & Writer-in-Residence Chloé Veylit

+ The Other Side of the Lake – An Installation by Brynda Glazier…”full-size ceramic figures and elaborately conceived environments shepherd viewers into an alternate reality”

JOSEPH LEASE’S critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011) and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” have been selected for Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Second Edition). “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was also selected for The Best American Poetry 2002. The Academy of American Poets anthologized Lease’s poem “True Faith” on, and emailed the poem to 70,000 subscribers. Michael Bérubé called Broken World “remarkably inventive and evocative work from Joseph Lease, one of the finest poets writing today.”

MEGAN BREISETH comes from Illinois and has lived in the Bay Area for 14 years, currently residing on the island of Alameda with her wife and brand-new son. She’s the author of the chapbook Zia and the manuscript Fur. In addition to writing poetry, she teaches, coaches, and reads tarot cards.

CHLOÉ VEYLIT: Chloe likes the ocean but is still afraid of big waves. In Chloe’s family the saying goes: horse dies, woman pulls plow. Chloe likes sharing at


Saturday, September 21st @ 5pm

Cedar Sigo, Mary Burger & Writer-in-Residence Maisha Z. Johnson

+ The Missed-Adventures of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Death in the Land of Shadows: a new installation by Christopher Burch exploring the trickster figure of the American South

CEDAR SIGO’s books include Plains Pictograph, Stranger In Town, Slivers and Selected Writings. Language Arts is forthcoming from Wave books in Spring 2014. Recent Poems have appeared in Dreamboat and The Brooklyn Rail. He published small books under the imprint Old Gold. He lives in San Francisco.

MARY BURGER is a writer and visual artist based in Oakland.  Her writing is often cross-genre, combining poetry, essay, memoir, and fiction.   Her book Then Go On, a collection of prose, was published in 2012.  Her writing has appeared in various literary journals (most recently The Volta and the Poetic Labor Project) and in landscape and art publications.  She currently teaches in the School of Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University.

MAISHA Z. JOHNSON is a Bay Area-based writer and activist of Trinidadian descent. She studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, and she holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Her work appears in numerous journals, including Eleven Eleven, aaduna, and Blackberry: A Magazine. Maisha leads art and healing workshops with LGBTQ survivors of violence, and you can find her exploring the relationship between art and social change on her blog, at


Saturday, August 3 @ 5pm

Farnoosh Fathi, Christine Choi & Writer-in-Residence Christopher Reiger

+ CINDERSCAPE: New Work by Jamie Lakatos…“myth-based creatures one would expect to find in the diary of an explorer”

FARNOOSH FATHI was born in 1981 and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Her first book of poems, Great Guns, was just published by Canarium Books.

CHRISTINE CHOI passes time lollygagging in matters of the heart, navigating human-animal-machine relationships, considering video games, and dreaming in sounds. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, and her writing has appeared in Paul Revere’s Horse, In Posse Review, BANG OUT, or was performed with Soundwave, NOMA GALLERY, POW!POW!POW! Action Art Festival, Small Press Traffic’s Poet’s Theater Extravaganza, and Bay Area Poetry Marathon at The Lab. There’s also work forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project’s Vol 3 L-Z.

CHRISTOPHER REIGER is a writer and artist originally from Virginia’s rural Delmarva Peninsula. Before moving to the Bay Area, he lived and worked in New York City for a decade, where he graduated from the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts (NYC) in 2002. He has exhibited his artwork in the United States and abroad and has contributed art criticism to a number of print and online journals. Additionally, essays and short-form pieces about art, natural history, and miscellany have been published in various books and magazines as well as on his long-running blog, Hungry Hyaena. In 2011, he and artist-curator Selene Foster co-founded the non-profit organization BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions).


Saturday, June 22nd @ 5pm

Geraldine Kim, Hollie Hardy, Hugh Behm-Steinberg & performance artist Daniel Yovino

+   ENOUGH ALREADY: an exhibition of works that are too cute, too normal, too violent, too sexual, and too boring

GERALDINE KIM is a Bay Area poet who has dabbled in standup comedy and worked for a short time as a clown. Her debut book, Povel, was featured in The Believer and Village Voice’s top 25 books of the year. She also wrote the play Donning Cheadle which was performed for Small Press Traffic Poet’s Theater. She is working on her second book which she doesn’t know what to name. Her poems have been included in Starting Today (2010), a collection of 100 poems for Obama’s first 100 days, and to Gurlesque, (2010).

HOLLIE HARDY can teach you to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, is currently looking for a home. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and teaches writing classes at both SFSU and Berkeley City College. She is a core producer for the Beast Crawl literary festival in Oakland, co-host of Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, co-curator of Litquake’s Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLINK, The Common, Parthenon West Review, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals you’ve never heard of. She lives in Oakland.

HUGH BEHM-STEINBERG’S published work includes The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press), Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv) as well as two different chapbooks titled Good Morning! (Deconstructed Artichoke Press and Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv). His poems have appeared in such places as Crowd, VeRT, Volt, Spork, em, esque, Thrush, Forge, Cue, Slope, Aught, Fence, Swerve, dirt, Nap, ditch, Zeek and Sweet, as well as a few places with more than one syllable. In 2012 his libretto for a children’s opera, The Clever Wife, commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for its Opera to Go program, was performed in Houston area elementary schools. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and NEA creative writing fellowship recipient, he teaches writing at California College of the Arts, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.


Saturday, May 4th @ 5pm

Gloria Frym, Erica Lewis & Evan Karp

+   A TRAPPED IN YOUR MIND FEELING: multimedia exhibition on the pervasiveness of anxiety in our everyday world

GLORIA FRYM is a poet and fiction writer. Her most recent books of poetry are Mind Over Matter (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Any Time Soon (Little Read Leaves, 2010). A previous collection of poems, Homeless at Home (Creative Arts Book Company), won an American Book Award. She is also the author of two critically acclaimed collections of short stories–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as several other volumes of poetry and a book of interviews, Second Stories: Conversations with Women Artists (Chronicle Books). She is a recipient of two Fund for Poetry Awards, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates. She is currently finishing a new book of proses, The True Patriot. She teaches writing & literature at California College of the Arts.

ERICA LEWIS is a fine arts publicist in San Francisco, where she ran the Canessa Reading Series. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Books include murmur in the inventory, just out from Shearsman Books, the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books) and camera obscura (BlazeVox Books), the latter two works featuring original artwork by Bay Area artist Mark Stephen Finein. Chapbooks include excerpts form camera obscura (EtherDome) and of excerpts from murmur in the inventory (Ypolita Press). She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

EVAN KARP writes literary culture columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Weekly and curates the top ten monthly literary events for SF Arts. He’s the founder and Executive Director of Quiet Lightning, a monthly submission-based reading series turned nonprofit that publishes each month’s show as a book, and founder/Editor of, which maintains a comprehensive daily calendar of the Bay Area’s literary events, with previews, reviews, interviews, videos and a podcast. He’s also co-creator and -host of The Emerald Tablet’s Under the Influence series. Poems are forthcoming in Eleven Eleven and Vertebrae.


Saturday, March 16th @ 5pm

Kate Greenstreet, Cynthia Arrieu-King & Val Witte

+   A TEMPTING FATE: Inevitability and Scientific Fortune, time-based media on human nature and technology

Kate Greenstreet’s new book Young Tambling is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. For more information, visit her site at

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010), and with Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, By a Year Lousy with Meteors (Dream Horse Press 2013) and Manifest (Switchback Books 2013). Her poems and reviews will appear this year in The Denver Quarterly, Diode, and The Kenyon Review.

A native St. Louisan, Valerie Witte received her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her chapbook, The History of Mining, has just been published by the ge collective, and her work has also appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including Eleven Eleven, VOLT, Interim, No Tell Motel, and Gone Lawn. She is a member of Kelsey Street Press, and during her daytime hours she edits photography books in San Francisco.

Saturday, February 2nd @ 5pm

Celebrating Jessica Wickens’ & Della Watson’s collaborative book release + Elizabeth Treadwell’s new collection

+   BACKWASH: a solo exhibition by artist-in-residence Pete Hickok

Jessica Wickens is a founding editor of Monday Night. A Michigan native, she studied at California College of the Arts and the University of Chicago. Follow her on Twitter: @BnjmnR

Della Watson grew up in Kentucky. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Current addictions include Diet Coke, cayenne pepper, and Pinterest. Follow her on Twitter: @alma_crow

Together with Kelsey Street Press, Watson and Wickens founded the Bay Area Correspondence School, a mail-art project exploring experimental writing through online and offline communications. Their poetry collection Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow & Benjamin Letters is forthcoming from Mission Cleaners Books in February 2013.

Elizabeth Treadwell lives and writes in Oakland, where she was born. Her sixth book of poetry, Virginia or the mud-flap girl, is just out from Dusie. Her previous books include Chantry (Chax, 2004); LILYFOIL + 3 (O Books, 2004); and Birds & Fancies (Shearsman, 2007). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Gurlesque and Kindergarde. She published Outlet magazine and Double Lucy Books from 1997-2002 and directed Small Press Traffic from 2000-2007. Work from her current project, Posy, appears in the latest issue of Puerto del Sol.



Saturday, December 8th @ 5pm

Mg Roberts, Tom Comitta & Samantha Giles

+   BRUSHA, BRUSHA, BRUSHA: new paintings by Sea Lions

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Roberts teaches in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a Kundiman Fellow and MFA graduate of New College of California, where strange tricks were added to her bag. Her work has appeared and or is forthcoming in Bombay Gin, Eleven Eleven, The New Delta Review, Web Conjunctions, and the anthology Kuwento for Lost Things. If she were not a poet she would be a snake handler, or maybe just a good speller.

Tom Comitta is an announcer, call center operator, commencement speaker, emcee, hip hop artist, interviewee, interviewer, lecturer, master of ceremonies, motivational speaker, operator, orator, panelist, performance poet, preacher, public speaker, radio personality, rapper, slam poet, sound poet, speech coach, speech instructor, speech pathologist, speech therapist, speech writer, spoken word artist, talk radio guest, talk radio host, talker, talkshow guest, talkshow host, telemarketer, text sound artist, troubador, visiting lecturer, vocal translator, vocalist, vogue chanter, and voice actor.

Samantha Giles grew up in an industrial section of Santa Monica, California and currently lives in the flatlands of Oakland, CA. She is a graduate of the School of Social Work at San Francisco State and holds an MFA from Mills College where she was managing editor of 580 Split. She is the author of hurdis addo (displaced press, 2011) (a winner of the Sexiest Poem awarded by CAConrad) and the forthcoming deadfalls and snares from Futurepoem. Since 2009, she has been the Director of Small Press Traffic.


Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 5pm

Michelle Puckett, Myron Michael & Cynthia Sailers

+   SHIFTING MARGINS: exploring the use of edge, outsider-ness, privilege and marginal spaces in society and culture

Michelle Puckett works for a disability rights organization in San Francisco, is a union member, and an activist in the East Bay. She earned her MFA from Mills College in 2010 and was the winner of the 2009 Mary Merritt Prize in Poetry and the 2011 Poetry Ark Prize. Her poems have appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Bang Out San Francisco, The Walrus, Flaneur Foundry, The Poetry Ark, and Monkey Puzzle Magazine. Originally from Dallas, she is pure Oakland at heart and so lives there now.

Myron Michael’s words appear in Spillway #17, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds (City Lights, 2009), Nanomajority, Fourteen Hills, Harvard Review Online, Eleven Eleven, and Toad Suck Review. His chapbook Scatter Plot won the 2010 Willow Books Integral Music Chapbook Prize, and he has had poems exhibited at Eidolon (Climate Theatre), Perfect Place No Place (A Million Fishes Arts Collective), and Vanquished Terrains (Intersection for the Arts). He is co-author of Hang Man (Move Or Die, 2010) and lives in the Bay Area where he curates HELIOTROPE: a monthly reading series.

Cynthia Sailers is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. Author of Lake Systems (Tougher Disguises, 2004) and recently published poems Lady of Leisure (Cypress, 2011). Her current writing projects include the history of the clinic, perversion, and group psychology. She leads a work group in psychoanalysis and film and curates a film program for the Lacan School of Psychoanalysis.


Saturday, September 8, 2012 @ 5pm

Jane Gregory, Brandon Brown & Lauren Levin

+   RED CARDED: solo exhibition by Ian Treasure

Jane Gregory’s poems have appeared in Cannibal, JERRY, MARY, notnostrums and elsewhere.  Her last chapbook, “Some Books,” was published by The Song Cave in 2009.  New poems are forthcoming in BESTONED.  Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona.  She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and is currently a graduate student in the English department at UC Berkeley.

Brandon Brown’s first two books were published in 2011, The Persians By Aeschylus (Displaced Press) and The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus (Krupskaya). Poems and prose have recently appeared in Sprung Formal, Postmodern Culture, BPM, Model Homes, and Art Practical.   In 2012, his debut play Charles Baudelaire the Vampire Slayer was staged at Small Press Traffic’s Poet’s Theater.  He co-curated Performance Writing at New Langton Arts and The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand at 21 Grand Gallery in Oakland.  He publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! and lives in San Francisco.

Lauren Levin is from New Orleans and lives in Oakland.  She wrote Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), Song (The Physiocrats), Keenan (Lame House Press) and Not Time (Boxwood Editions).  Recent work appears or will appear in OMG, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Rethinking Marxism, 1913, and Catch-Up, and critical essays on Anne Boyer & Stephanie Young, and Brent Cunningham, are in Lana Turner Online.  She co-edits the Poetic Labor Project blog and the journal Mrs. Maybe.


Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 5pm

nana k. twumasi, Robert Andrew Perez & Denise Newman

+   HYPNAGOGIC: installation and videos exploring the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep

nana k. twumasi was born in the south, and raised a bunch of other places, which left her with a midwest work-ethic, an east-coast attitude and, now that she lives in Oakland, CA, a west-coast sense of time. Her work has appeared as part of Ballyhoo Stories’ 50 States Project, in the International Museum of Women’s Imagining Ourselves online exhibit, Sou’Wester Magazine, and a forthcoming piece in Zyzzyva. She is also the co-editor of Monday Night, a journal of new literature.

Robert Andrew Perez lives in Berkeley, California with two biologists. Unlike most poets, he is, quite literally, rolling in the dough, working for a deep dish pizza company not in Chicago. In true post-recession fashion, he holds various other odd jobs: teaching ESL, mobile DJing for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and working for the English departments of UC Berkeley and Saint Mary’s College (where he earned his BA and MFA, respectively). He is also the blog manager for the Underpass Reading Series and “director of design” for speCt!, a chapbook project, both based on Oakland. He is the recipient of the Lannan Prize for Saint Mary’s College and a Lambda Literary fellow. His recent work can be found in publications such as The Cortland Review, Writing Without Walls, and The Offending Adam.

Denise Newman’s latest books are FILM STUDIES (Omerta Publications) and THE NEW MAKE BELIEVE (The Post Apollo Press). She is the translator of two novels by the Danish poet Inger Christensen, and she is currently translating the work of the Danish author Naja Marie Aidt. For the past decade she has been involved in collaborations with composers, visual artists, and poets, and a poetry installation made in with poet Hazel White is now up at the Berkeley Botanical Garden as part of the group show Natural Discourse. She teaches at CCA.


Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 5pm

kathryn l. pringle, Alli Warren and Brent Cunningham

+   NO FOUND ROUTE:  E.S.P. LAB, video works by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie

kathryn l. pringle is an American poet living in Oakland, Ca. She is the author of fault tree (winner of Omindawn’s 1st/2nd book prize selected by C.D. Wright), RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School 2009) and two chapbooks: The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper and Felicity are lovers.(TAXT). Her work can also be found in the anthologies Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (Conversations at the Wartime Cafe Press/ WODV Press 2011) and I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues 2012).

Alli Warren is the author of Grindin (Lew Gallery), Acting Out (Editions Louis Wain), Well-Meaning White Girl (Mitzvah Chaps), and Cousins (Lame House Press). With Michael Nicoloff, she wrote Eunoia (Abraham Lincoln) and Bruised Dick. Recent writing appears in Lana Turner Journal and Where Eagles Dare. She co-edits the Poetic Labor Project and lives in Oakland.

Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and visual artist living in Oakland. He has worked for Small Press Distribution in Berkeley since 1999 and currently serves as their Operations Director. His first book of poetry, Bird & Forest, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005; his second book, Journey to the Sun, was published in early 2012 by Atelos Press. Over the last decade he has served on the board of Small Press Traffic in San Francisco, helped found the annual SPT Poets Theater festival, and helped coordinate the Artifact Reading Series in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera.


Saturday April 21, 2012 @ 3pm

Claire Becker, Sean Labrador y Manzano & James Meetze

+   NEW WORKS by artist Ryan Jones

Claire Becker is the author of Where We Think It Should Go, from Octopus Books, as well as chapbooks from HorseLess Press, Lame House, Duration Press, Mondo Bummer, and Boxwood Editions. She lives in San Francisco and teaches students with visual impairments at Skyline High School in Oakland.

Sean Labrador y Manzano lives on the island off the coast of Oakland. Recently in January 2012, Tinfish Press released, his chapbook, The Gulag Arkipelago. He edits Conversations at the Wartime Café. He teaches high school students how to read literature and history with a Vajrayana lens.

James Meetze’s book Dayglo was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. He is also the author of I Have Designed This for You, and editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in 4 chapbooks and numerous publications, including AGNIA Public SpaceAmerican Letters & Commentary, and New American Writing, among others. He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, and in the MFA Program at National University. James currently serves as the Program Director for the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he is developing an online MFA program in creative writing. A new chapbook, Dark Art 1-12, is forthcoming from Reservoir Editions in 2012.


Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 @ 3pm

Amber DiPietra, Laura Schadler & Erika Staiti

+   DESCENDING THE STAIRCASE: Six Female Artists Redefining Portraiture

Erika Staiti lives in Oakland. Some work can be found at and SAGINAW and in the next issue of Mrs. Maybe. Her chapbook In the Stitches was published by Trafficker Press in 2010.

Laura Schadler grew up in the mountains of Virginia. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, West Branch, and Fourteen Hills, among others. She just completed her first novel.

Amber DiPietra is a poet who lives and works as a disability advocate in the Bay Area. Read about her embodied writing classes at Her work has been featured in anthologies such as the bestselling, Beauty Is a Verb, and she recently presented a solo performance piece at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. In 2011, Kenning Editions published, Waveform, a chapbook-length poem written with Denise Leto.


Thanks for your support at our inaugural reading!

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 @ 3pm

Steffi Drewes, Trevor Calvert & Sara Mumolo

+   OSTRANENIE: Reconsidering the Known, featuring sound and video art

Trevor Calvert is a poet and a librarian. He lives in the East Bay. Some of his publishers include Omnidawn, Faux Press, Blazevox, Beeswax, and Scrambler Books, which published his book Rarer and More Wonderful. He has a blog at

Steffi Drewes lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area where she curates the Featherboard Writing Series and volunteers at Kelsey Street Press. Some of her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spring Gun, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, Monday Night, No Tell Motel, New American Writing, Beeswax Magazine, and BlazeVOX. Her manuscript, This Body Of Islands, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Switchback Books Gatewood Prize.

Sara Mumolo works for the Center for Environmental Literacy and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at St Mary’s College of CA. Her chapbook, March, is forthcoming from Cannibal Books. Since 2008 Mumolo has curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland. She is a poetry editor at Omnidawn, and with Alisa Heinzman she publishes the CALAVERAS chapbook series. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Eleven Eleven, Lana Turner, Real Poetik, Evening Will Come and West Wind Review, among others.


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