Friday, July 31, 2009

Save the Dates and Grab your Checkbook!

While somewhat nestled in our foggy beds for the summer, SPT has been working diligently to once again create a season of programming to amaze, mystify, inspire and delight you.

As you well know, for over 35 years SPT has been at the heart of where experimentation and community intersect. This season we are excited to present what we're thinking of as a multi-pronged conversation. Components of this conversation include: class/warfare; translation; performance, and the Inverted I (which addresses memoir, lyric, identity). In addition, this season will feature the launch of Dialogues, talks and writing laboratories presented by visiting readers. Our hope is that a heightened sense of debate and investigation will ensue. You don’t want to miss it.

Our lineup is planned as follows:

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
CA Conrad and Frank Sherlock on Class/Warfare

Saturday September 12, 2009 at 1p.m
Dialogues with CA Conrad and Frank Sherlock: The New American Hybrid (co-sponsored by Non Site Collective)

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Brown and David Larsen on Translation

Saturday September 19, 2009 at 1p.m.
Dialogues with David Larsen: Translation as Conceptual Writing Practice

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Tardos and Amina Cain on the Inverted I

Saturday September 26, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Dialogues with Anne Tardos: Mono- multi- and neolingual aspects of literary composition

Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
THE SMITH FAMILY: a play by Kevin Killian and Craig Goodman on Performance

Friday October 16th, at 7:30 p.m.
An evening with Renee Gladman on the Inverted I

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Kate Greenstreet and Brian Teare on the Inverted I

Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Mark Nowak, Reid Gomez and Rachel Loden on Class/Warfare

Friday, November 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Norma Cole and John Sakkis on Translation

Thursday November 19, 2009
Dialogues with Gail Scott: A Talk on Narrative and Identity
Co-sponsored with University of San Francisco

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Gail Scott and Bruce Boone on the Inverted I

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Carla Harryman and Alan Bernheimer on Performance

Saturday December 5, 2009 at 1p.m.
Dialogues with Carla Harryman: Language and listening in performance

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Fred Moten and Steve Dickison on Performance

Our Fall 2009 season will, of course, will begin after you've been wow-ed by the brilliance of Bill Luoma's Oakdish (held before and during an Oakland As game at the Oakland Coliseum) on August 22nd, for which there are still spaces. Visit for more information or sign up at

It should go without saying that there is no better time to become a member of SPT. As we push to make it through another year with its own set of unique funding challenges, and hear of a different arts organization each day that closes its doors, we are heartened by the fact that it is our community that will sustain us.

If you value SPT and the incredible writers we showcase, show your support by becoming a member (or, if you already are, by making an additional donation) today at

I am humbled and honored to be a part of Small Press Traffic. I hope you are too.

See you soon!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hey Batter Batter!

Bill Luoma has been working hard in preparation for his August baseball writing laboratory at the Oakland Coliseum

Check out what's in store for the workshop at  

There is still room available for this event, so sign up today at