Monday, April 21, 2008

Sat 4/26: An Evening of Innovative Fiction

featuring Amanda Davidson, Yuri Herrera, Summi Kaipa, & Chris Nagler

Saturday, April 26, 2008 7:30 p.m.
CCA's Oakland Campus, Nahl Hall
5212 Broadway, Oakland

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Please note the special *Saturday* date and
special *Oakland* location for this SPT event

Amanda Davidson is a San Francisco-based writer and multi-
media artist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Famous
magazine, Viz. Inter-Arts, Encyclopedia Volume F-K, and elsewhere.
She co-edits Digital Artifact Magazine and maintains several alter-
egos online at

Born in Actopan, México in 1970, Yuri Herrera is a Ph.D. Candidate
at the University of California, Berkeley in Hispanic Language and
Linguistics. He received a M.F.A from University of Texas in El
Paso and his B.A. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de
México in Political Science. Herrera edits the literary journal El
perro and is the author of Trabajos del reino (a novel), Este es mi
nahual! (a short story for children), and has contributed to several
anthologies of short stories in Spanish.

Summi Kaipa has authored several chapbooks, including The
Epics (Leroy Press), One: I Beg You Be Still (Belladonna), and
most recently The Language Parable (Corollary Press). For eight
years, she was the editor of Interlope, a magazine publishing
innovative writing by Asian Americans, and in 2002, she received
a Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize to write and produce her first play.
Kaipa is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology and
is slowly writing her first full-length manuscript.

Christian Nagler is a fiction writer, translator, and performer. In
2005 he received his M.F.A. from Brown University. His work has
appeared most often in the form of handmade artist's books.
Recently, he has been performing with Anna Halprin's Sea Ranch
Collective, and with Severine La Pan Vaux's Dance company in
France, and translating the works of the Salvadoran philosopher
and economist Alberto Masferrer. He teaches community art at
San Francisco State and is working on a novel.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Eileen Myles & Zoe Whittall this Friday 4/19

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Timken Lecture Hall 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served

Please note the special *Saturday* date for this SPT event.

Zoe Whittall is the author of the novel Bottle Rocket Hearts
(Cormorant, 2007) and two volumes of poetry, including the
recent Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 2006) and The Best
Ten Minutes of Your Life
(McGilligan, 2001). The Globe and Mail
recently called her, "the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest,
most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to
emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler." Her stories
and poetry have been anthologized widely in books like Baby
Remember My Name
edited by Michelle Tea, Red Light:
Superheroes, Saints & Sluts
edited by Anna Camilleri, Brazen
edited by Anna Camilleri and Chloe Brushwood-Rose,
With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn edited by Amber
Dawn and Trish Kelly, and Breathing Fire Two: Canada's New
edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane. She was born
on a sheep farm in rural Quebec and has lived in Toronto
since 1997.

Over the last three decades Eileen Myles has written, produced,
and performed a multitude of poems, plays, articles, libretti. In
1992, she conducted an openly female "write in campaign" for
President of the United States. She has toured internationally
with Sister Spit's Rambling Road Show and is considered
"America's best known unofficial poet." In Sorry, Tree (Wave
Books, 2007), Myles describes "some nature" as well as the
transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west. She's
a "rock star of modern poetry" according to Bust magazine and
we're glad to have here back at SPT.

Reid Gómez Benefit 4/20

Sunday, April 20, 2008
California Wasn't Good For Us,
A Benefit Reading for Reid Gómez
Co-hosted by Small Press Traffic and Many Goats

Timken Hall Lecture Hall 2:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served

Please note the special *Sunday* date
for this co-sponsored SPT event.

California Wasn't Good For Us,
A Benefit Reading for Reid Gómez

All OUT and All SKIN
California Wasn't Good For Us, a benefit reading for
San Francisco Native and Navajo writer Reid Gómez.
Featuring a landmark line up of queer American Indian
artists: Jewelle Gomez, Kim Shuck, Reid Gómez and
Master of Ceremonies, L. Frank. In the spirit of
radical feminism Jewelle Gomez, Kim Shuck and the
legendary L. Frank have joined co-host Small Press
Traffic in the first and only benefit for Reid Gómez
since her ill-fated and misdiagnosed ruptured
appendix in 2002. Contrary to urban myth, Reid did
not die, but she remains permanently disabled after
nearly four years of hospitalizations and
reconstructive/reparative surgeries. With no health
insurance, no state or federal financial support, Reid
continues to struggle to manage her physical therapy
regime (5 hours daily), and the ironic inability to
sit for long periods of time. At this time her most
urgent need is the purchase of a new computer and data
recovery. In this age even a writer who still writes,
ala Capote, prone and with pen and paper, requires
access to a computer to print and circulate work. As
Reid is not able to hold a job, and does not qualify
for state or federal disability, her only means of
support is through her writing.

Reid Gómez will be giving her first major reading
since her health crises and will read from her newly
finished novel, California Wasn't Good For Us. When
she was about to die all she could think was, "I can't
believe I'm going to die and not finish Cebolla's
story, how pathetic." Well, she finished in September
2007, and it took her the next year to get the
manuscript typed. She is eager to get this novel,
rather Rabelaisian in length and content, out to the
public. In 1995 she won the Astraea Lesbian Writers
Fund Emerging Writers Award.

Writer and activist Jewelle Gomez (Cape Verdean,
Ioway, Wampanoag) is the author of the double Lambda
Award winning novel, The Gilda Stories. Her
adaptation of this work was taken to 13 cities by the
Urban Bush on a tour titled, "Bones and Ash: a Gilda
Story." She is an original Gap Toothed Girl, and
contributor to the groundbreaking anthologies Home
Girls and Reading Black Reading Feminist.
She was
awarded a literature fellowship from the National
Endowment of the Arts, and her writing has appeared in
numerous periodicals: The San Francisco Chronicle, The
New York Times, The Village Voice; Ms Magazine,
ESSENCE Magazine, The Advocate, Callaloo and Black
More information about Ms. Gomez can be
accessed at

L. Frank is a Tongva/Ajachmem elder and activist,
deeply loved and respected by the California Indian
community. World renown for her painting as well as
her photography, and unequaled in her unique brand of
coyote humor. Her comic, Acorn Soup, appears
regularly in News From Native California, and her most
recent book is First Families: A Photographic History
of California Indians.
L. says, "My art is cultural
maintenance. I am the art janitor . . . koo koo ka
choo." She is a board member of the Advocates for
Indigenous California Language Survival.

Cherokee poet Kim Shuck is the recipient of the
Native Writers of the America's First Book Award for
her 2005 book Smuggling Cherokee. She has an MFA in
weaving from SFSU, and was a member of the board of
directors for Califorina Poets in the Schools.


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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Changes at SPT

Dear Members of the Small Press Traffic Community:

It is with great regret that the Board of Small Press Traffic (SPT) announces that we have received the resignation of Elizabeth Treadwell as our Executive Director (see below). Dana Teen Lomax, who has been acting as interim Executive Director since July of 2007, has agreed to stay on through the end of 2008, in order to ensure a smooth transition to the next generation of SPT leadership.

While the board is extremely excited about SPT’s future, and looks forward to helping guide the organization through this time of transition, we also want to take a moment to acknowledge our deep gratitude to Elizabeth for leaving SPT in a position of stability and strength. SPT’s new leadership will inherit a strong organization, as well as the large and passionate audience Elizabeth was key to expanding over the last seven years. In terms of outreach, programming, and fiscal management, Elizabeth has been extremely effective and will be a true challenge to replace. At the same time, we are confident that her leadership has given SPT the basic tools to succeed and grow during the organization’s next phase.

Since its inception, Small Press Traffic has always relied on the vigorous input and participation of the local writing community to sustain our mission and independence. Given the upcoming leadership transitions and current funding climate, we will welcome continued community involvement and support more than ever. We are eager to include feedback on how best to move forward, so be on the lookout for announcements on SPT’s transitional process and opportunities to get involved.

The Small Press Traffic Board of Directors
David Buuck, President
Stephanie Young, Vice President
Brent Cunningham, Treasurer
Scott Inguito, Secretary
Chris Chen
Cynthia Sailers
Jessica Wickens

Dear Friends,

I'm grateful for seven fabulous, illuminating years at Small Press Traffic. However, I have decided against returning as director when my year's leave is up in July, 2008. I will no doubt be going on to other literary and nonprofit projects. For now I'm happily engrossed in caring for my two young kids.

SPT has proven over the years to be limber, deep and strong in doing its part to maintain a relevant US literature by attending to culturally diverse innovation. I look forward to being a smaller part of its continuing adventure.

Vive la SPT.

Elizabeth Treadwell