Monday, June 29, 2009

and Don't Forget about August!

The title of the workshop is Oakdish.

Oakland A's /White Sox Game with Bill Luoma
Oakland Coliseum Saturday August 22nd
3:45pm workshop/6:05pm game
$40 includes admission to the game and a baseball to take home/ $30 students and members

In the spirit of the Basketball Aritcle by Meyer and Waldman and Yo-Yo's with Money by Berrigan and Schiff, we will spend some time working on the body of baseball & poetry. Or just poetry since that encompasses baseball.

* Beyond A Boundary, C.L.R. James, Duke Up 1993

* The American Game: Capitalism, Decolonialization, World Domination, and Baseball, John D. Kelly, Prickly Paradigm Press 1996

* The Basketball Article, Bernadette Mayer and Anne Waldman, Shark Books 2005
bring:notebook, pen, binoculars, short poem that will fit on a baseball, some phrase, collage on 4x6 baseball card, hat

* 1 baseball
* 1 copy (facsimile) of Yo-Yo's with Money, Ted Berrigan and Harris Schiff, United Artists 1977
* 1 copy (original) of the proceeds of whatever we do published by subpress if there is enough work/interest
* 1 bleachers ticket to Oakland vs Detroit

*Note* Scholarship admission is available for those who need it. Please contact Samantha for more information. To sign up or get more information by emailing Samantha Giles at


***Please not the change of length and cost for this amazing workshop. You don't want to miss this one, do you?***

Conceptualism and Craft with K. Silem Mohammad
CCA San Francisco Campus
Time: 6pm-9pm$40 / $30 students and members

This one-day workshop will begin by examining and rehearsing various techniques central to Conceptualist poetics, broadly considered so as to encompass appropriation, transcription, and other versions of what Kenneth Goldsmith has called “uncreative writing,” as well as the deliberately awkward and expressively debased gestures associated with Flarf. We will then look at these techniques in relation to older and more traditional notions of craft: can there be coherent criteria for craft-based evaluation of texts written using blankly conceptual or intentionally “bad” methods? Do any of the familiar aesthetic categories still apply, and if so, how?

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of three books of poetry: Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), and Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003). His work has been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2004, Bay Poetics, and A Best of Fence, as well as the forthcoming Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf, which he is co-editing with Sharon Mesmer, Nada Gordon, and Gary Sullivan. With Anne Boyer, he edits the poetry magazine Abraham Lincoln. He is Associate Professor of English and Writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Class is limited to 20 participants.Sign up online by using paypal from sptraffic.orgor make arrangements through email at

Photos of Site Based Practices on Flickr

Check out a few documents from our fantastic Site Based Practices workshop led by Jessica Tully and David Buuck here and here.