EVENTS AT SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC
Friday, September 12, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Renee Gladman & Hung Q. Tu
Tisa Bryant on Renee Gladmans new book, The Activist (Krupskaya,
2003): "A covert narrative operating as an event disguised as a report
Is dreaming the medium for crossing the ambiguous borders of talk, responsibility,
collectivity, solitude? Or does reading anatomize a phantom bridge that
carries you over to an unmappable reality and calls you by your secret
name? You may ask how Renee Gladman knows that this city of slippage is
your city, how she holds you within it, riveted. And therein lies the
magic of this book." Gladmans previous works include Juice
(Kelsey St. Press, 2001). Formerly the editor of Leroy Books and Clamour
magazine, she returns to San Francisco for this reading.
Rodrigo Toscano on Hung Q. Tus new book, Structures of Feeling (Krupskaya,
2003): "[His] poetic modules are not pieces in the traditional
sensethat is, thematically staged, subjectively actored and assumedly
audienced, they are more like an intelligent arraying of graffiti that
youd run into in a modern citys sub-throughway, perhaps a
bit run-down, but with a shiny glass building across the streetthat
is, a city intra-imperialized in every way, its complicit fractals, its
bio-bit patois scrawled all about
. Heres not (in the web sense)
a content rich pixelscape of vain worderies, but rather, the
very packets of that packet-switching on the broadband of globalist ideology."
Also the author of Verisimilitude (Atelos, 2000), Tu joins us from San
Friday, September 26, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Yedda Morrison & Kim Rosenfield
Sianne Ngai on Yedda Morrisons first full-length collection, Crop
(Kelsey St. Press, 2003): "From insecticide to plastic heels, no
one has explored the disturbing intimacies between persons and things
that arise in a system of exploited labor with as much insight
Addressed to a world in which everything is brutally functionalized (picked,
pumped, husked, inserted, breasted)
, her poetry unflinchingly confronts
the violence behind the production of the sweet." Morrison co-edits
Tripwire and co-curated our interdisciplinary Crosstown Traffic series
for SPT; her previous works include The Marriage of the Well-Built Head
(Double Lucy, 1998) and Shed (a+bend, 2000). Her photography has shown
at Southern Exposure and New Langton Arts. A California native, she joins
us from Oakland.
David Buuck on Kim Rosenfields first full-length collection, Good
Morning Midnight (Roof Books, 2001). "Here feminist theory
simultaneously picks apart a feast of fashion and (gendered) self-help
discourse while taking delight in the festivities
. A carnivalesque
combines a strong ear for the pure pop of advertising lingo
and a surgeon's touch when it comes to cut'n'pasting. She avoids easy
moralizing over consumerism and media, implicating our own appetites within
the omnipresent public discourse of commodity aesthetics." Rosenfield
co-edited Object magazine during the 90s; previous works include Rx, Cool
Clean Chemistry (Leave Books, 1994) and a perfume, Trama. Dont miss
her The Truth Interview (with Brian Kim Stefans; see arras.net/truth_interview).
She joins us from NYC.
Friday, October 10, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Brenda Coultas & Brian Strang
Lisa Jarnot calls Brenda Coultas "the supreme weaver of tender weird
tales for a melancholy democracy. Her rural-urban-lyric-documentary of
the human condition is more than astute and more than compelling-think
of her as the new breed of great American poet." And Rain Taxi says
of Coultas new book, A Handmade Museum (Coffee House Press, 2003):
"[Her] poems sometimes seem to function as an extension of the observational
activities by which neighborhoods regulate themselves; in her descriptions
of encounters with people on the street and objects found in dumpsters,
she preserves the naturally elegant social organization of the Bowery
in its original chaos
". Coultas previous works include
A Summer Newsreel (2nd Story Books, 1999). She joins us from NYC.
Aaron Shurin says Brian Strangs first full-length book, Incretion
(Spuyten Duyvil, 2003), "maps a post-apocalyptic future which is
the present; in other words, our mortal occasion. There's lament - a dirge
that lacks bitterness because it loves what is lost - and an elegiac language
of the daily. But there's scariness, too - the tension of a noir narrative
emptying itself of details, places, persons, placements, that have the
ring of familiarity: our own necropolis. This is not a pretty book, as
is true of many honest mirrors, but an imperative one." Strang teaches
at San Francisco State, is co-editor of 26 magazine; previous works include
movement of avenues in rows (a+bend) and machinations (Duration ebooks).
Friday, October 24, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
kari edwards & Gail Scott
Anne Waldman says of kari edwards first novel, a day in the life
of p. (Subpress, 2002): "Burroughsian, transgressive, exceedingly
sharp and witty
startling and entertaining. Whats solid? This
picaresque book is the dislocated yet substantive narration of the future."
And Kevin Killian, who will introduce hir at SPT, says "[the] book
is side-splittingly funny, when it wants to be, and tragic and mystic
in turns from page to page. Like Marcel Duchamps Rrose Selavy, p
gives a new twist to our received ideas of heroism, kindness, and lucidity."
edwards received a Bay Area Award in Literature from New Langton Arts
in 2002; previous works include a diary of lies (Belladonna, 2002) and
post/(pink) (Scarlet Press, 2001).
Gail Scott joins us in celebration of the US publication of her novel,
My Paris, by Dalkey Archive. Eileen Myles says "[she] has redefined
landscape to include all weather, inside and out, including sex and a
female sexual vision--a vision of being that's pure animation, an action
made up of all the tiny windows of information constantly opening and
closing in the rhythm of the way we know a place in time, for instance
Paris. Her Paris is pretty stunning art." Scotts other novels
are Heroine and Main Brides. She is a coeditor of Narrativity and her
translation of Michael Delisle's The Sailors Disquiet was shortlisted
for the prestigious Governor General's award in 2001. She joins us from
Montreal and will be introduced by Robert Glück.
Cosponsored by the Poetry Center; held at Small Press Traffic.
Friday, November 7, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Anselm Berrigan & Margaret Christakos
Kevin Killian on Anselm Berrigans recent collection, Zero Star Hotel
(Edge, 2002): "really something different, it gives you the passionate
can't-put-it-down experience of reading a great novel, and technically
it's so assured you don't even notice how he is producing all his effects.
The hero of Zero Star Hotel goes on a mythic quest; the story's
told very simply, with lots of gritty detail and an attention to surfaces
. I can't speak highly enough about Zero Star
Hotel but in the words of Paula Abdul, Anselm, you have raised the
bar for all of us, you're my American idol now." Berrigans
previous works include Integrity & Dramatic Life (Edge, 1999). He
joins us from NYC.
Margaret Christakos recent collection, Excessive Love Prostheses
(Coach House, 2002) has just been awarded top poetry honors in Canadas
2003 ReLit awards. R.M. Vaughan says shes "a writers
writer, one of those jealously guarded things" and that this book
"reminds us again and again that what we call love (oh, and hate,
too) is a language a curly, sometimes thorny shorthand of breathing
spaces, double takes, blood rushes, musical marks in the air." Christakos
is the former editor of MIX: The Magazine of Artist-Run Culture; her previous
works include Wipe Under A Love (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2000) and Charisma
(fiction, Pedlar Press, 2000). Also a teacher and mother, she joins us
Saturday, November 8, 2003, from 3-8 p.m.
Nine Lives SPTs 9th Annual Literary Soiree & Auction
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Friday, November 14, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Xcp Magazine Benefit
with Mark Nowak & Wang Ping
Join us in celebrating and supporting one of the finest and most visionary
magazines around, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics. Editor Mark Nowaks
multidisciplinary work includes publications in anthropology, poetry/poetics,
cultural studies, and photography. He is the author of a poetry collection,
Revenants, co-editor with Diane Glancy of the acclaimed anthology Visit
Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours (both from Coffee House
Press). Contributor Wang Ping is the author of a novel, Foreign Devil,
a short story collection, American Visa, and a collection of poetry, Of
Flesh & Spirit (Coffee House). Anne Waldman says "she explodes
the safe boundaries of culture, gender, and female sexuality
meditations reveal the incongruities between byzantine bureaucracy and
the needs of a free spirit." They both join us from St. Paul.
Friday, November 21, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Mytili Jagannathan & Rodney Koeneke
Mytili Jagannathan was selected for a Pew Fellowship in 2002; her work
has appeared in Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Combo, Interlope, and Mirage;
and is forthcoming in the anthology Cities of Chance: An Anthology of
New Poetry from the United States and Brazil (Rattapallax). She joins
us from Philadelphia in celebration of the publication of her first book
by David Hadbawniks new press late this year. From her poem "Score";
"my hand deliberately//is that a safe space//is that our signatures
K. Silem Mohammad on Rodney Koenekes first full-length collection,
Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003): "Cannily an(a)esthet(ic)izing the
misogynist and orientalist phantasms that are projected on the digital
plateaux of its own prosodic bravado, this is how Naked Lunch might have
turned out if it had been written by Robert Browning having a sex-change
operation. There can be but one sordid bordello of this magnitude, and
Koeneke has erected it squarely at the fissure where the simulacral Middle
America of Pop Warner and bubble top vans collides with a paracolonial
hallucination of Eastern inscrutability inhabited by five-dollar houris
and hack oud players. These elegant verses have teeth." Koenekes
one of our favorite San Franciscans.
All events are $5-10, sliding scale, and begin at 7:30, unless otherwise
Unless otherwise noted, our events are free to SPT members, youth under
18, and CCAC faculty, staff, and students.
Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of Arts and Crafts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the intersection of 16th &