MICHELLELOUISE'S TOP FIVE PICKS
Things that make me go hmm. Postcards are like short email messages that take longer to receive and cost money. But. Big but. There’s something quite intimate about writing words and sending them unenveloped. Try it. Feel the intimacy. Send one. Litquaking tha Bay are some Mills folks (former and current). Check out their faces, check out their words. Cheena Marie Lo, Kate Robinson,...
LIFE IS LIVING FESTIVAL
Celebrating life through urban performance, intergenerational health and environmental action, under the artistic direction of Former Mills visiting Faculty member Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Graffiti battle finals! Traveling environmental caucus! Speak Green youth poetry event! FREE! De Fremery Park, West Oakland, Saturday, October 8, 11 AM-5 PM. http://www.lifeisliving.org/
for readers at this week’s Works in Progress reading. HEIDI MCCOY …is sometimes the protagonist. but not always. PAIGE O’FARRELL great. succinct PATRICIA POWELL writes by hand in bed ADRIENNE OLIVER Laughing. Crying. Screaming. Silent. Dreamer.
STUDENT PROFILE: ELWIN COTMAN
Fiction, reading at Works in Progress on September 27. Born and raised in Pittsburgh. Three inspirations: Prince, Freddie Mercury and Stevie Wonder. Artist’s philosophy: My art is character-driven fantasy. For the past five years I have worked in this genre, using the language and tropes of the fantastic to better understand society. Something you don’t know about me: But then you...
SARAH MERKLE'S TOP FIVE PICKS!
Despite my undying love of staying home (hey, there is a puppy here!), I sometimes am enticed by events so remarkable that I am drawn from the cocoon that is my apartment. The next few weeks contain some of the ones that I cannot miss: Coming up in just over a week is one of my favorite events: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. It is three full days of music, good beer, and wonderful people. Oh, and best...
“Grandfather advised me: Learn a trade I learned to sit at desk and condense No layoff from this condensery” - Lorine Niedecker Find a word and run with it. This month’s Condensery reading - a series curated by Zachary Darr Tuck and Mills’ own Jackqueline Frost - will feature Norma Cole and Michael Nicoloff. 604 56th...
STUDENT PROFILE: PENINA TAESALI
A short poetics: Voice the only frontier. Quiet, Loud, Confrontational, Easy does it and it doesn’t come easy, but I have my moments. My inspirations are the teachings from the Tenderloin Monk, my father Iopu, a holy man with the kingly stature, a persuasion whispering: “Never give up Beloved Daughter, you’re on your way…” Something you may not know about Penina: I am actually very...
OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS: A SHAMELESS PLUG
What do Nikki Giovanni, Robert Olen Butler, Michelle Tea, Yiyun Li, Walter Mosley, Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler), Novella Carpenter, Dylan Schaffer, Nina Lacour, Lisa Schiffman and 30 other hardworking young writers who study their craft in a renovated theater building smack dab in an urban entertainment district have in common? Oakland School for the Arts. Check OSA out at: www.oakarts.org,...
SAILOR HOLLADAY'S TOP FIVE PICKS!
#1 Jewelle Gomez’ Waiting for Giovanni The Bay Area is full of brilliant people. Jewelle Gomez is one of them. I’m proud to note we’re both in the same anthology, Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme http://persistenceanthology.tumblr.com/ Jewelle Gomez has a new play, Waiting for Giovanni, based on her scholarship and love for James Baldwin. Waiting for Giovanni is playing at the New...
WIP IT GOOOOD
Works in Progress, more tenderly known as WIP, is a student and faculty reading series where second-year students and faculty alike share their works or works in progress in a supportive, casual, intimate atmosphere. The schedule for Fall 2011 is September 20th and 27th, October 18th and November 1st, 15th and 22nd. WIP readings are always held in the Bender Room on Tuesday evenings and run from...
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
This Thursday, September 15, Juliana Spahr is reading from her most recent book, Well Then There Now, at City Lights Books in San Francisco! 7 PM! Be there… as l’ll be being square in class. Yay, grad school! Yay, poetry!
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Theo Jansen. He is a Dutch engineer that creates giant kinetic wind sculptures out of PVC pipe. He places his creations (which he refers to as animals/creatures) on Dutch beaches for bystanders to discover. Whenever I want to procrastinate, I look up his animals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcR7U2tuNoY http://www.strandbeest.com/film_videos.php Having worked...
WORD OF THE DAY →
Helluo librorum: a devourer of books. From the OED.