Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 22, 2011: Samantha Giles

Last Saturday Samantha Giles--Oakland native and current director of Small Press Traffic--dropped by the studio for a visit. She shared some thoughts on “community building,” her background in social work, and her experience as program director at Central City Hospitality House, where she provided artistic access for homeless people.

Samantha also gave us a brief history of SPT and announced a few upcoming events, one of which is the much-anticipated Grand Piano reading--featuring Lyn Hejinian, Kit Robinson, Barrett Watten, Rae Armantrout, and more--on November 20!

We were also delighted to hear Samantha read poems from her recent book hurdis addo(Displaced Press) and from her unpublished deadfalls and snares. Busily navigating that “nebulous space” between work, volunteering/community service, parenthood, & writing, we were grateful that Samantha took time out to join us for a visit!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Poets Etc!

In lieu of an interview this past Saturday, we tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to have a show exclusively of October poets. Well we got a few in there. We listened to a JohnTaggart reading, and read work by Eugenio Montale, Akilah Oliver and Jack Spicer. We also heard some work by Nicholas and Delia!

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Carrie Hunter Interview Part 2

On Saturday, October 1st, we played the second half of our interview with poet Carrie Hunter. She read from her new book The Incompossible and her chapbook The Unicorns. She discussed more about her writing practice and how meditation informs her poetics. We read some of her work from a new chapbook called Angel Unincorporated, written entirely on the BART! Later, we got to hear an audio submission from Bruce McRae, who generously shared his poetry set to his original music.
We had some technical difficulties, but we like to think our flaws are what make us lovable.
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