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For over 26 years"since Nixon was President!"Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center has been putting our money on contemporary writers of all age, ethnic, and socioeconomic and cultural groups. We believe that the most innovative, radical, and important writing is often found in the work of authors not represented in mainstream media. This writing needs to be heard, and our mission is to identify such work (ready!), nurture it (aim!), and bring it to new and loyal audiences. Fire! Small Press Traffic sponsors writing workshops, talks, panels, book parties, author receptions, poets, theater productions, poetry and fiction readings; reviews and promotes small press publications; and engages in community outreach for the enrichment of San Francisco Bay Area residents. And not only the Bay Area. To attend our events people come from as far as Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. In fact we're a popular stop with cognoscenti-type poetry-loving tourists.

Small Press Traffic has just relocated to glamorous, tidy new digs at the just-completed San Francisco campus of the California College of Arts & Crafts! Most of our events will be held at their Timkens Lecture Hall, and our archive will be housed in their library. Please come see us at 1111 Eighth Street -- near the intersection of 16th and Wisconsin -- And remember, our radical, elegant charm will never change -- except in that change is part of it! .

Small Press Traffic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary arts center. We are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council; the California Council for the Humanities; the California College of Arts & Crafts; Community Thrift Store; Cultural Equity Grants Program of the San Francisco Arts Commision; the Fund for Poetry; the W.A. Gerbode Foundation; Grants for the Arts/ San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the Lane Family Charitable Trust; Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., New College of California; Poets & Writers; the Harold and Alma White Memorial Fund; the Zellerbach Family Fund; and anonymous.

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