Melissa Sipin (MFA Prose ‘14) reads at Under the Influence. April 25, 7:30pm, The Emerald Table, 80 Fresno Street, SF.

Attn: Book Artists — ARTBOUND

From University of Florida Libraries:


Call for entries:

Students (graduate or undergraduate) making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States are invited to participate in ARTBOUND 2014 by submitting work to a juried artists’ book exhibition and permanent collection at The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries! Books selected by juror Jessica Peterson of The Southern Letterpress will be purchased for the qualifying award amount, exhibited during the ARTBOUND exhibition, and become a permanent addition to the University of Florida Smathers Libraries’ Special Collections in Book Arts. View Prospectus for entry rules and information. Complete the entry form to enter the competition. [Entry forms can be completed digitally and saved as a new PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro or Preview (Mac only).]
Link to the Prospectus and Entry Form:

Entry Deadline: May 23, 2014
Questions? Contact Ellen Knudson,


From Cave Canem:

Cave Canem Programs Director: Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Programs Director is responsible for advancing Cave Canem’s mission, values, visibility and resource development by effectively planning, administering, delivering and evaluating public programs and events of the highest artistic quality. S/he will develop and sustain strategic programming and community alliances; direct the promotion of programs and special events, including cultivation activities and benefits; develop and manage department and project budgets; identify new sources of program support; and draft narratives for selected grant applications and reports. S/he will supervise and inspire a team of working fellows and interns, as well as volunteers, seasonal program staff and contractors. The successful candidate will be an organized, entrepreneurial leader with a minimum of five years’ experience at a literary non-profit at the mid- to senior-management level. S/he will be a published writer deeply knowledgeable about contemporary poetry, especially poetry by African Americans; possess superior communications skills, both written and verbal; and be an accomplished public speaker. An advanced degree is preferred. This is a full-time, 40-hour/week salaried position with benefits. To apply, e-mail cover letter, résumé and salary requirement to using the subject line “Programs Director.” The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014. Cave Canem is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Individuals of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Cave Canem Foundation, 
A 501-c-3 literary service and presenting organization, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the isolation and under-representation of African American poets in writing workshops and MFA programs, Cave Canem provides high-quality opportunities for under-served African American poets and, more recently, poets of color and Arab American poets, to create and refine new work. Cave Canem’s programs and publications strive to bring previously marginalized literature and ideas into the center of cultural awareness and the popular imagination.

Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and high-achieving national fellowship of 371. The organization’s flagship program is a week-long writing retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, PA, annually serving 54 emerging African American poets from all areas of the country. Community-based workshops in New York City and Pittsburgh have served over 600 minority poets since 1999; and diverse public audiences engage with the organization’s cross-cultural Poets on Craft series, Legacy Conversations with such iconic writers as Lucille Clifton, and cutting-edge public readings, including showcase presentations at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. With 13 individual volumes in print, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a first-book award, has jump-started the careers of such poets as Tracy K. Smith, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, and current U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Cave Canem annually serves a direct audience of approximately 3,500, and contracts with 250 poets and artists to lead workshops and participate in public events. The organization’s 18 collections of poetry, including anthologies, reach an international audience.”

Woolsey Heights

Cheena Marie Lo (MFA Poetry ‘12) reads:

"April 25, 8pm

1628 Woolsey St. Apt. C Berkeley, CA 94703

the next Woolsey Heights smashathon is this Friday, April 25th with Cecil Giscombe, Cheena Marie Lo, and Elizabeth Robinson!”

Bay Area Generations

Mills Professor Patricia Powell and Melissa Sipin (MFA Prose ‘14) read:

On Monday, April 28, 2014, Bay Area Generations will present the following readers at DUENDE Bar and Bodega in Oakland (468 19th Street).

Paul Hoover + Justin, Etc. 
Anita Kline + Katy Van Sant
Paul Corman-Roberts + Kyrsten Bean
Christine Baniewicz + Peter Bullen
Jeff Kingman + Jen Siraganian
Patricia Powell + Melissa Sipin

and musical guest Michael Parsons

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 SHARP. There is a requested $5.00 donation, with nobody turned away for lack of funds.”

From Jose Vadi (MFA Prose ‘12):

Sunday, April 27, 2014

University of San Francisco, McLaren 250

The Off/Page Project - a collaboration between the literary non-profit Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting - are teaming up with the University of San Francisco’s WORD Poetry Club Sunday, April 27th! 

USF WORD and Off/Page will explore the intersection of poetry and journalism through an evening of live performance, short film screenings, talkbacks and writing sessions. 

Together we hope to examine how both genres are being pushed and explored through new forms storytelling. Join us for an awesome night of groundbreaking storytelling!”

my gaze / / / yr gaze

From n/a:

"sunday, april 27, 7-11pm

n/a, 4304 west steet, oakland, ca

n/a is very excited to present a selection of shorts by denah a. johnson, director of operations at the canyon cinema foundation. this special presentation features works on 16mm motion picture film:

this is it by james broughton (1971) 10 min. 
scar tissue by su friedrich (1979) 7 min. 
geography of the body by willard maas (1943) 7 min. 
a visit to indiana by curt mcdowell (1970) 10 min.
amphetamine by warren sonbert (1966) 10 min.
chiquitita and the soft escape by michael robinson (2003) 10 min.
no no nooky TV by barbara hammer (1987) 12 min.
removed by naomi uman (1999) 6 min.
invocation of my demon brother by kenneth anger (1969) 11 min.

my gaze / / / yr gaze is a screening program that explores what cinema seen through a queer perspective can tell us about itself, ourselves, the worlds we live in, and the worlds we imagine. it is curated by irwin swirnoff.

co-presented by canyon cinema foundation


denah a. johnston is a san francisco based filmmaker, writer, teacher and director of operations at canyon cinema foundation. her first book no future now: a nomadology of resistance and subversion was released in spring 2012. an editor for agnè, she is always on the lookout for new and challenging works on female filmmakers. her current research explores cinema produced by women, transcending gendered representations in the production of their work regardless of form or substance.


irwin swirnoff (b. pheonix 1977, lives in the bay area) received his mfa from the san francisco art institute, and teaches in the cinematic arts department at cal state university monterey bay. 

using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, he creates intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. a longtime dj, he’s hosted the popular radio show, sleeves on hearts and served as the music director of kusf 90.3fm, in san francisco.

irwin’s work has been shown throughout the united states and europe at festivals like outfest, the new york film fest, frameline, seattle queer film festival, toronto inside out, etcetera, and he’s been featured in the new york times, sf weekly, maximum rock n roll, punk planet, and the bold italic.”

Our very own Venus Jones (MFA Poetry ‘14) is part of a collaboration with dance student Joslynn Mathis Reed, check out program B on April 18 and 19!

The Mills College Dance Department is hosting schema(tic), the 2014 choreographic showcase of its MFA candidates and will be held at Lisser Theatre on the Mills College campus in Oakland. 

Every performance thesis in this two-part concert is culmination of emerging choreographers’ work toward the Mills College MFA inChoreography or in Choreography and Performance. Each candidate will premiere both solo and group choreography for this event. 

Program A of schema(tic) 
features Sarah Shouse, Claire Augustine, Jenna Jones, Annabel Clarance and Kevin Loveland at 8pm April 17th and 19th.

Program B of schema(tic) 
features Rachel Caldwell, Joslynn Mathis Reed, Shannon Stubblefield, Jiaxin Guo and Alexandra Cummins at 8 pm April 18th and at 2pm April 19th.

Tickets are available at the door. $10 general/$8 students and seniors with valid ID. This event is free for members of the Mills College community.”

Liberating Legacies

From Queer Rebels, featuring Mills alum Jezebel Delilah X (MFA Poetry ‘10):

Queer Rebels debuts Liberating Legacies, a FREE, ALL AGES, QUEER/TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR ART SHOW. 13+ artists. One day only!

WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2014. TIME: 2-4pm

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library – Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, SF CA

WHAT: Queer Rebels pays homage to the past and blazes new trails for our future. Let’s create freedom …liberating legacies for all genders and generations. This FREE program features a broad range of artists, from internationally known musicians like Earl Thomas, to youth talent such as Joshua Merchant and StarAmerasu, experimental artists Jeepneys, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, and MOON RAY RA, to Bay Area locals such as Amir Rabiyah, BELLOWS, Jezebel Delilah X, Carrie Leilam Love, Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd, Lambert Moss, and MORE! Join us to celebrate new work by queer/trans artists of color – featuring fresh music, film/video, performance, and literary arts! Read more about the artists here:

ABOUT QUEER REBELS: Artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan founded Queer Rebels in 2008. Their vision: to break down doors for queer artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future. Queer Rebels is fiscally sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center. Find out more: and

HELP BRING QUEER REBELS ON TOUR: We are currently booking for 2014-2015! We love presenting at universities and community venues - get in touch:

Thank you to our funders and supporters: CA Arts Council, Horizons, SF Arts Commission, SF Public Library, Queer Cultural Center, and Zellerbach Family Fund.”

We have everything we need: A listening and dreaming session


1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94612


Join us for an evening of sound and story, snacks and discussion. How can interviewing, recording and storytelling draw out collective forms of knowledge; name or resolve historical trauma; and inspire new forms of organizing or understanding? How can we unpack what we’ve experienced and move forward?

We’ll listen to clips and hear accounts from movement documentarians from SoMove (, ICU ( and Nodutdol ( Together, we’ll brainstorm ways that you or your group could use oral history techniques to take organizing to a next level. 


1. Beyond a single line in our history textbooks, the lived history of the Korean peninsula is hardly shared or understood, even as the geopolitical conflict of the region rages on. Within families, that history is also full of omissions, gaps and silences. A new Korean-American oral history project brings together artists and organizers to create space for both 1st and 2nd generation Korean-Americans to bridge these gaps and share their oral histories, beginning with some critical questions: What did you experience during the Korean War? What are the legacies of the war and subsequent military dictatorships? How did you survive and what did you carry to the United States? What changes do we dream of, going into the future? 

2. Government documents, requested through the Freedom of Information Act, have revealed some of the terrifying details of spying and infiltration of activist groups during the last decade. Informants and infiltrators were and are woven into the fabric of political activist life. They’re in our photos and have stayed at our houses. SoMove—a group of oral historians, independent journalists, media activists and artists—is collecting personal accounts of encounters with informants and infiltrators to map out the effect of government intervention on interpersonal relationships, communities and political movements. 

3. ICU Oakland gives surveillance camera walking tours of Oakland to start conversations about how surveillance affects those in poverty, those on parole, those on welfare, the incarcerated, undocumented or documented immigrants, black and brown youth in public schools and activists holding down street protests. We think that looking at the historical consequences of surveillance in low-income communities of color—and their stories of resistance—takes the debate offline, so to speak, and shows why surveillance is a problem and how we might fight back.

*Want to request your FBI file? Drop by our FOIA station after the event!

**This is a sliding scale event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No stairs
Hallway to bathroom will be cleared but can be difficult to navigate
Not scent-free: shoe materials, potential paint smells. 
Let us know if you have any needs.”

CALL TO ACTION! CALL FOR ART! Submit Your Anti-Street Harassment Posters

From Mills MFA alum Mirabelle Jones (MFA Book Art and Creative Writing ‘13)


WANTED: your self-designed posters that speak out about street harassment!

WHY: We’re tired of the fact that street harassment is tolerated. We’re tired of being yelled at, spit at, groped in public, followed home, followed to our cars, flashed, taunted, insulted, cornered, objectified, made to feel unsafe in our own neighborhoods. We’re tired of hearing that we are to blame for dressing a certain way or walking a certain way or going out alone. We’re tired that despite how pervasive street harassment is, and how damaging it can be, it isn’t viewed by the media or policy makers as a serious issue worthy of societal intervention and political attention. We’re tired of being told that there is nothing we can do about it. Because there is. Here’s what we’re going to do:

WHAT: On a date TBA we’re going to flyer the hell out of our cities—the very same areas where we experience harassment everyday will be transformed into a visible representation of our anger. We will cover our cities in posters, flyers, and other artwork that we have made in order to make our outrage visible.

What do we hope to accomplish by this? 1) we wish to shift the view of street harassment in the minds of the public from a “personal” issue to a societal issue worthy of attention and serious consideration 2) we will unite our voices to show that we can collectively take action, granting agency to those who feel helpless about street harassment 3) we will use the campaign as a platform for furthering ideas and projects which lead to us feeling safer on the streets

HOW: Are you an artist? Graphic designer? Neither but still want to do something to make a difference to street harassment? Post your own self-designed, printable posters and flyers to the “iamnotanobject” tumblr and let’s wheat paste our neighborhoods! On a date TBA we’ll band together for one massive anti-street harassment protest! Hit the SUBMIT button at the top of this page to submit your poster. Tag and hashtag “anticatcall” to unite your work with the works of others. Check out this site for information on when the wheat paste campaign will be and in the meantime make as many inexpensive copies as you can and select your targets!

Together we can make a change to how we’re treated on our own streets!

Example: image

Print, Paste & Pass Along! <3 Mirabelle Jones //

Juliana Spahr sits on a panel for Crisis in the Culture of Capitalism Conference:

Over the course of the year, the Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism Research Cluster has brought together scholars from UCSC and beyond for an interdisciplinary inquiry into the history and future of the capitalist world-system. A few focal points have arisen: the history of separation from the means of subsistence, and the emergence of market dependence and waged labor; the interpretation of the history of economic thought, and its relationship to capitalist development; the political problem of work, as a process generative of capitalist subjectivities, and a horizon of post-capitalist imaginaries; the constitution of family forms, and practices of gendering that reproduce capitalist social relations.

The eponymous conference of the cluster, April 18-19, 2014 will provide a framework for collective discussion of the theoretical questions that have been raised over the course of the cluster’s events. It will also be a space for generating the research questions that the cluster will pursue as it continues its activities.

This conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, including the an agenda and panels, please visit Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism Conference page