Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Artifact Reading, 4/4 7pm, Oakland, CA

ARTIFACT is terrifically happy to announce our re-re-invention of itself as a house reading series (again)! We started off that way & we're excited to get back to our roots.

Cassandra Smith & her compatriots of The Dollhouse have invited us int their home and for that we are deeply appreciative (& blushing quite a bit)!

*We are going to kick it off on:*

Saturday, April 4th at 7PM

We're going back to our $3 cover-charge (as opposed to $5), as well as our BYOB air!

The address & directions are:
3263 Kempton Ave
Oakland, CA


*Amanda Davidson *will perform with the assistance of an audio tape, a part of her ongoing homage to lost technologies. With Judith Jordan, she makes a pants-pocket sized zine called *Parted in the Middle*. She hopes that by the time you are reading this bio, her website partedinthemiddle.com will be loaded up with new and breathtaking film clips, but even if it isn't, she hopes that you will visit the site and enjoy the cartoon. Davidson also co-edits *Digital Artifact Magazine*, the Web based, narrative little cousin of the Artifact Reading Series. Look online at digitalartifactmagazine.comfor submission details on* *Issue 3:* We Made This for You Out of Nothing.*

*Dan Fisher* lives on the island. No one seems to know exactly where the island is. You can get to the island via 4 bridges and a tunnel. His poems have appeared in *Bay Poetics, Viz, Lament, Work, Cricket Online Review,*among other places. He also makes collages and drawings under the name Fish Fishtofferson. He's really excited about being back in a house.

*Kaya Oakes* is the author of *Slanted and Enchanted: Indie Culture in America* (Henry Holt, 2009), and *Telegraph *(Pavement Saw Press, 2007). Her poems and essays have previously appeared in *Kitchen Sink Magazine, Parthenon West Review, Coconut, Volt,* and many other publications. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley. Her website is http://www.oakestown.org.
Artifact Reading Series
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Digital Artifact


Artifact is a Member of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program

Monday, March 30, 2009

Announcement: Kudos website


check out the website KUDOS

Here's a description from their website:

Everybody always remembers that amazing moment they actually won a prize, but writers cannot lose, because entering competitions encourages inspiration, motivation and organisation.

Bigger and better than ever (increased from 28 to 32 pps).
And at just £3 per issue, the cost is largely offset by savings on postage (around 70p each time) because several entry forms are usually enclosed -
which also saves time and effort.

Formerly Competitions Bulletin, these listings are a convenient, up-to-date and accurate means (every item double checked - where possible) to make use of all the information you need to know, allegedly:
current UK writing competitions plus an increasing number of Overseas contests.

Also includes news items and information about markets, outlets and opportunities for all kinds of writing.

Is it the competition which is putting you off? Sticking to the rules improves the odds no end; most judges will tell you, around 50% of entries get disqualified straight off.


Kudos 75

Runs mainly from the end of the month right up to mid May


For starters, the funniest you're likely to read are on the Bulwer-Lytton website: read, enjoy and be inspired to enter your own. And there's more, jokes that is, with Wergle Flump, and Archangel Shecky, who is winging his way back.

Short stories galore, from Frome right up to Scotland (HISSAC), via Bournemouth, Bristol and Calderdale; not forgetting Dark Tales, Firstwriter and V.S. Pritchett

Last and by no means least, Orbis is joining forces with Virginia Warbey, for the very best in poetry.

PS, Myths and Legends, in poetry and prose, for Earlyworks Press. And if you want to know more about Grey Hen, Loaves and Fishes, plus of course, Purple Moose, all will be revealed - in this issue of Kudos.

Every issue, around 200 competitions - some with free entry; at least 50 for poetry, around 40 for short stories.

Plus collections, anthologies, playwriting, non fiction, books etc, home and abroad. Details of around £250,000 in prize money.

If you like the sound of Kudos, a free sample back issue can be emailed as a pdf file.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Xantippe is now ONLINE!!!


Exciting news: Xantippe, edited by Kristen Hanlon, has an online edition! From their website:

XANTIPPE was published as an annual print journal [2003 – 2007] featuring poetry, poetics, reviews of small press/university press poetry, and the occasional interview and book excerpt. In this, XANTIPPE’s electronic outpost, the focus is on reviews of recent books (and chapbooks) of poetry. Please see Guidelines if you would like to contribute.

Check them out here.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Announcement: Recording of Poetry Reading with Lisa Robertson, Eric Selland, and Carol Snow, intro by Hugh Behm-Steinberg (12/5/08)


check out the audio here.

To celebrate the publication of 1111 Issue #5

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian writer currently living between California, where she is Artist in Residence at CCA, and France. Current projects include a translation of Situationist Michele Bernstein's novel All the King's Horses (published in installments in the London arts journal The Happy Hypocrite), and a recorded sound work in collaboration with Stacy Doris, commissioned by The Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver. A new collection of poems is forthcoming from Coach House Press.

Eric Selland is a poet and translator living on the San Francisco peninsula. His translations of modernist and contemporary Japanese poets have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. He has also published articles on Japanese modernist poetry and translation theory. He is the author of The Condition of Music (Sink Press, 2000), Inventions (Seeing Eye Books, 2007), and an essay in The Poem Behind the Poem: Translating Asian Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). He is currently editing an anthology of 20th Century Japanese avant-garde poetry.

Carol Snow lives, works, and arranges words, quotes and other small mostly indoor objects in her native San Francisco. She is the author of Artist and Model, For and The Seventy Prepositions. Her new book, Placed: Karesansui Poems, is now out on Counterpath Press.

Eleven Eleven is a bi-annual journal of literature and art based at California College of the Arts. The aim of the publication is to provide a forum for risk and experimentation and to serve as an exchange between writers and artists.

Issue Five features writing by Cecco Angiolieri (translated by Brett Foster), Alfred Arteaga, Abby Baker, Aaron Belz, Terry Bisson, Michael Reid Busk, Blake Butler, Jodie Childers, Hannah Craig, Richard de Nooy, Erik Ehn, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Andy Frazee, Elisa Gabbert, Carrie Hunter, Steven Karl, Katoh Ikuya (translated by Eric Selland), Chris Kerr, Bill Lavender, Juan J. Morales, Simone Muench and Philip Jenks, Sarah O'Brien, Pilar Olabarria, Benjamin Parzybok, Barbara Jane Reyes, Lisa Robertson, Elizabeth Robinson, Sarah Sarai, Jordan Scott, Xu Smith, Carol Snow, Jack Spicer, Nicole Steinberg, Nathaniel Tarn, Rachel Tompa, Rodrigo Toscano, Daniel J. Vaccaro, St. Johnnie Walker, Robert Wexelblatt, Andrew Zawacki, and Jan Zwicky.

Issue Five also features images by Kirsten Stolle and Open End Kiss, a project by the CCA MFA Program in Social Practices.

For more information:

Monday, March 9, 2009

Two Announcements: Hooke Press & Wood Coin


Announcing another fabulous little chapbook from Hooke Press:

by Alda Merini
Translation & introduction by Carla Billitteri

$10.00 list price

Special Online Price = $8


Printed in an edition of 200 in October of 2008

Alda Merini is one of the better known poets in Italy, yet she remains
sorely under-translated into English. Carla Billitteri sets out to
right this situation with this delightful selection of Merini's
aphorisms. These poems all come from a series of limited edition
chapbooks originally published in Italy between 1992 and 1996.
Charmingly perverse, cynically joyful, lustfully feminist, and bawdily
philosopical, they are an ideal introduction to the fiesty intelligence
of a poet who still remains a well-kept secret in the U.S. Includes
both Italian and English. Introduction by Carla Billitteri.


More issues are up at the newest magazine of literature & liberal arts, Wood Coin
Featuring Jerome Rothenberg, Carol Berge, David Plumb, Heller Levinson, Barbara
Rosenthal, Mark Terrill, Clare Carswell, Nico Vassilakis, Karl Young, XeusZenon,
AnnyNymity; and cover art by Kari Dorth.