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AGITPROPReading Series Events | AGITPROP http://agitpropspace.org Knowledge toolkits to go Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Agitprop Reading Series: Brian Blanchfield & Mark Wallace on Saturday Dec. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2013/11/27/agitprop-reading-series-brian-blanchfield-mark-wallace-on-saturday-dec-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/11/27/agitprop-reading-series-brian-blanchfield-mark-wallace-on-saturday-dec-7th/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:14:14 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7850 Brian Blanchfield

Dear Friends,

We invite you to the fourth reading of our 6th season of the Agitprop Reading Series on Saturday, December 7th with two exciting readers: Brian Blanchfield and, our hometown hero, Mark Wallace.

Brian Blanchfield is the author of Not Even Then (University of California Press) and The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (chapbook, Spork Press). His second full-length book of poetry, A Several World, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books, in early 2014. Essays from his current nonfiction project, Onesheets, can be found in/on Guernica and Web Conjunctions, and his recent poems have appeared in The Nation, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, and A Public Space. He lives in Tucson.

Mark Wallace’s latest book, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, has just been published by The Altered Scale Press. He is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Other recent books include a novel, The Quarry and The Lot, and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion. His novel Crab is due out in late 2014. He lives in San Diego, California.

As always, we’re at:

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, November 2nd, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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Reading Series Events: Jessica Piazza & Andrew Wessels, Sat. Nov. 2nd http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/28/gitprop-reading-series-jessica-piazza-andrew-wessels-sat-nov-2nd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/28/gitprop-reading-series-jessica-piazza-andrew-wessels-sat-nov-2nd/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:42:26 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7760 Interrobang_Cover

Dear Friends,

We invite you to the third reading of our 6th season of the Agitprop Reading Series on Saturday, November 2nd with two exciting readers: Jessica Piazza & Andrew Wessels.

Jessica Piazza has seen some things. Terrible, terrible things. Her first poetry collection “Interrobang” was recently released by Red Hen Press and her chapbook “This is not a sky” will drop next year from Black Lawrence Press. Other than that, she’s published in a bunch of places and written a bunch of things, but is more interested in telling you about her Krav Maga mixed martial art skills and her canine BFF Special the Dog. If you care about her actual writerly accomplishments, go to www.jessicapiazza.com for the info. Either way, buy her book: it’s about lusts and terrors and you know you’re kind of into that. She is a contributing editor to The Offending Adam and co-founder of Gold Line Press.

Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. His poems, translations, and collaborations can recently be found in VOLT, Witness, Fence, and Colorado Review, among others. He is the managing editor of Les Figues Press and edits the poetry and poetics journal The Offending Adam.

As always, we’re at:

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, November 2nd, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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Agitprop Reading Series: Louise Mathias & Brett Zehner, Saturday, Sept. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2013/09/01/agitprop-reading-series-louise-mathias-brett-zehner-sat-sept-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/09/01/agitprop-reading-series-louise-mathias-brett-zehner-sat-sept-7th/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 22:57:57 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7666 mathias450

Dear Friends,

Now that summer is officially over and all that white denim is being put away, we’re ready to kickstart our 6th–yes, it really has been six years–season of the Agitprop Reading Series this coming Saturday, September 7th with two exciting readers: Louise Mathias & Brett Zehner.

Louise Mathias was born in Bedford, England and grew up in England and Los Angeles. She is the author of The Traps, just released from Four Way Books, and Lark Apprentice, chosen by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published by New Issues Press in 2004. Her poems have recently appeared
in TriQuarterly, Octopus, The Offending Adam, Massachusetts Review, and many other journals. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.

Brett Zehner studied geography at Ohio State University where he was a researcher on public housing issues. He later turned down a job at the CIA to pursue work in anarcho poetics at UCSD. Among other things, he is a percussionist who has recorded and toured with bands ranging in style from garage punk to noise and found sound. Currently, he is collaborating on an eco-documentary project concerned with abusive land use patterns in the Dakotas. His work has appeared in Dusie and Jupiter 88.

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations for the readers are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, September 7th, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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Agitprop Reading Series: Joe Hall & Carrie Lorig, Sat. June 1st http://agitpropspace.org/2013/06/01/agitprop-reading-series-joe-hall-carrie-lorig-sat-june-1st/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/06/01/agitprop-reading-series-joe-hall-carrie-lorig-sat-june-1st/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:19:50 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7671 true_final_web-1

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for the first reading in our NEW space in Barrio Logan.

Joe Hall was born in the woods and is devoted to Cheryl. His three books are Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean 2010), The Devotional Poems (Black Ocean 2013), and, in collaboration with Chad Hardy, The Container Store Vols I & II (SpringGun 2012).
He currently resides in Buffalo, New York.

Carrie Lorig lives in the cold part of Minneapolis, MN, where she co-runs the Our Flow is Hard reading series. She is the author of the chapbook, nods. (Magic Helicopter Press), and co-author w/Nick Sturm of the chapbook, Nancy and The Dutch (NAP).

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations for the readers are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, June 1, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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CAConrad & Lester Robles O’Connor, Sat. March 2nd http://agitpropspace.org/2013/03/02/caconrad-lester-robles-oconnor-sat-march-2nd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/03/02/caconrad-lester-robles-oconnor-sat-march-2nd/#comments Sat, 02 Mar 2013 19:59:53 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7675 ConradSepulcherflower

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled about our upcoming reading on Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm and hope you can join us for an evening of wit, insight tenderness and somatic-fabulousness with CAConrad and Lester Robles O’Connor.

Lester O’Connor writes in several genres, and also makes video work and street propaganda. He co-edited the pacific REVIEW and reviewed films for a defunct alt-weekly. He currently teaches for the Dimensions of Culture program at Marshall College, UCSD.

Of his work, poet Janice Lobo Sapigao writes, “He’s funny because he read a poem about the hipsters in the North Park region of San Diego. It’s like the Oakland Lakeshore, Los Angeles Silverlake and San Francisco Everywhere of San Diego — Hipsterlandia.”

CAConrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.” He is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD, 2013), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 BANFF Fellow. He is a 2012 and 2013 visiting faculty member for the Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Read some poems at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com/

The poet Eileen Myles writes that “[Conrad] always argues (from the inside of his poems) for a poetry of radical inclusivity while keeping a very queer shoulder to the wheel. His kind of queerness strikes me as nonpolarizing, not intentionally but because of the fullness of his exposition, a kind of gigantism that seems to me to be most deeply informed by love, and a tenderness for the ravages and tumult of existence.”

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop
Saturday, March 2, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, across from KFC)
San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: K. Lorraine Graham: klorraine(at)gmail(dot)com

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SDMA Summer Salon Series: Allison Cobb, Friday, August 17th http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/17/sdma-summer-salon-series-allison-cobb-friday-august-17th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/17/sdma-summer-salon-series-allison-cobb-friday-august-17th/#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2012 04:18:10 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7788 allison1

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for a reading by Allison Cobb in the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art, Friday, August 17 at 7:30 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with college ID, and open to the public.

In conjunction with Agitprop, the Agitprop Reading Series is collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art for the third year in a row to present the Summer Salon Series. Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, the San Diego Museum of art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” Cobb’s work combines history, nonfiction narrative and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Cobb will read from her work in progress, The Autobiography of Plastic.  For this work, the author is tracing the journey of a single piece of plastic that probably came from the Consolidated factory in San Diego during WWII. It was stamped VP-101, the name of a WWII PBY squadron. It turned up on Midway Island in 2004, inside the belly of a dead albatross chick. As more plastic pollution enters the ocean, this is becoming a common phenomenon: One study says 40% of albatross chicks die from swallowing plastic, Cobb says.

“We can read such statistics, but we may not really feel their full meaning,” she notes, “unless we can understand about a single piece of plastic and the lives it passed through.” In this case, they include the factory workers in San Diego, the young Navy pilot who survived being shot down by the Japanese but lost his plane, and the wildlife photographer who removed every piece of plastic – more than 500 in all – from the albatross chick she had been photographing only the day before. “I hope,” says Cobb, “that by uncovering such traces I can show that the autobiography of plastic is really the autobiography of all of us.”

 

San Diego Museum of Art
Friday, August 17, 7:30

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/130866180390290/

Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA website: http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, Please visit: http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/summer-salon-series-2012

For more information about the Agitprop Reading Series, you can join our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/149903861746355/

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SDMA Summer Salon Series: Omar Pimienta & John Pluecker, Friday, July, 20th http://agitpropspace.org/2012/07/20/sdma-summer-salon-series-omar-pimienta-john-pluecker-friday-july-20th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/07/20/sdma-summer-salon-series-omar-pimienta-john-pluecker-friday-july-20th/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:13:50 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7785 Omar-Pimienta-artist-photo

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for a reading by Omar Pimienta and John Pluecker  in the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art, Friday, July 20 at 8pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with college ID, and open to the public.

In conjunction with Agitprop, the Agitprop Reading Series is collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art for the third year in a row to present the Summer Salon Series. Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, the San Diego Museum of art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information.

Omar Pimienta is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 and his B.A in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University in 2006. He has published three books of poetry, including:Primera Persona Ella (Ediciones de La Esquina, 2004 and Littera Libros, 2009) and La Libertad: Ciudad de Paso (CECUT, 2006 and Aullido Libros, 2008). His most recent book, Escribo desde Aquí, won the Emilio Prado 10th International Publication prize from the Centro Cultural Generación del 27 Malaga Spain, 2009. His work as a visual artist has been shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Oceanside Museum of art; Centro Cultural Tijuana; Centro Cultural de España in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Cineteca UNAM, Mexico City, among other venues.

John Pluecker is  is a writer, interpreter, educator and translator. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production and has appeared in journals and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, including the Rio Grande ReviewPicnicThird TextAnimal Shelter, HTMLGiant and Literal. He has published more than five books in translation from the Spanish, including essays by a leading Mexican feminist, short stories from Ciudad Juárez and a police detective novel. There are two chapbooks of his work, Routes into Texas (DIY, 2010) and Undone (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011).  A third chapbook, Killing Current, will be published by Mouthfeel Press in 2012.

 

San Diego Museum of Art
Friday, July 20, 8pm

Facebook Event Page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/418354834881470/

Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA website:

http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, Please visit:

http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/summer-salon-series-2012

For more information about the Agitprop Reading Series, you can join our Facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/149903861746355/

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SDMA Summer Salon Series: Sesshu Foster, Friday, June 29th http://agitpropspace.org/2012/06/29/sdma-summer-salon-series-sesshu-foster-friday-june-29th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/06/29/sdma-summer-salon-series-sesshu-foster-friday-june-29th/#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2012 03:58:09 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7782 foster-sesshu

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for a reading by Sesshu Foster in the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art, Friday, June 29 at 7pm in Gallery 18. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with college ID, and open to the public.

In conjunction with Agitprop, the Agitprop Reading Series is collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art for the third year in a row to present the Summer Salon Series. Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, the San Diego Museum of art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information.

Sesshu Foster will read from his award-winning text Atomik Aztex.  In the alternate universe of Atomik Aztex, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders long ago. Aztek warriors with totemic powers are busy colonizing Europe, and human sacrifice is basic to economic growth. Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is plagued by nightmares of a parallel reality where American consumerism reigns supreme. Ghosts of banished Aztek warriors emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles, and Zenzontli’s visions of Hell become real as he’s trapped in a job in an East L.A. meatpacking plant.

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. One of his last readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project NYC is Mp3 archived at www.salon.com and local readings are archived at www.sicklyseason.com. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook. He blogs at East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines.

San Diego Museum of Art
Gallery 18
Friday, June 29, 7pm
Facebook Event Page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/194590347335376/?context=create

Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA website:

http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, Please visit:

http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/summer-salon-series-2012-beyond-banner-3

For more information about the Agitprop Reading Series, you can join our Facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/149903861746355/

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Summer Salon Series 2012 RFP http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/04/summer-salon-series-2012-rfp/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/04/summer-salon-series-2012-rfp/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:20:29 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5657
After months of hard work, I am excited to say that this year’s Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art is already shaping up to be the best one yet. The themes within the Museum’s summer exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to explore how information about various issues is disseminated on both a global and local scale.  Please read through the current RFP and if you have an idea or project that you think some how fits these themes- submit them to the Museum! We are looking forward to an amazing summer of thought provoking work, enlightening debate and hopefully some fun! The link to the RFP is HERE and at the bottom of the page.  Please submit work asap as the deadline to submit is March 19th 2012.
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From the SDMA website:

Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner

Fridays, June 1 through August 31, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Curated by The Museum and Agitprop

What is the Summer Salon Series?

Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information. Where do we get our news from? Who and what controls our access to information? What are the historical images and myths that affect our current social, cultural and political discourse? How is fiction used by artists to tell stories and create awareness of particular issues? Is there such a thing as the ethical use of propaganda? With such a glut of information at our fingertips, how do we assemble this information into practical knowledge? What are the personal fictions we tell ourselves as individuals? When does “the document” become the event itself in terms of shaping public discourse? These are the types of questions that have been raised since the popularization of postmodernist inquiry in the 20th century, which raise relevant questions for the information age, and serve as an appropriate link between contemporary art and the 15th century art that will be on view at the Museum over the summer.

This program provides the Museum an opportunity to present its version of the “salon,” a place for all those interested in art and culture to meet, discuss ideas, and engage with artistic performances. The Series presents projects, performances, talks, demonstrations, and workshops, most for one night only, although repeat performances or projects that occur over the course of several evenings will also be considered. Artists are encouraged to think about how their work at the Museum might engage the surrounding neighborhoods and residents of San Diego either directly or indirectly.

What is the theme of the 2012 Summer Salon Series?

In 1471, the Portuguese king Afonso V carried out a military campaign in Northern Africa that ended in the capture of the important cities Asilah and Tangier near the Straits of Gibraltar. To commemorate his victory, Afonso V commissioned a set of four tapestries that were originally hung in his royal palace. The first three tapestries illustrate the long siege and battle for Asilah, but the conquest of Tangier is depicted in a single panel: receiving no reinforcements, the town’s citizens chose exile over massacre and abandoned the city to the Portuguese army. Woven soon after the 1471 battles, these monumental tapestries, each measuring 12 by 36 feet, are considered among the finest Gothic tapestries in the world. Long held at the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain, they are commonly identified as the “Pastrana Tapestries.”

For three months, from June 9 until September 9, 2012, the San Diego Museum of Art will host The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, an exhibition that marks the first time that these recently restored tapestries have been shown in the United States.  Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk threads by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium, the tapestries teem with vivid and colorful images of knights, ships, and military paraphernalia set against a backdrop of maritime and urban landscapes. They are also among the rarest and earliest examples of tapestries created to illustrate what were then contemporary events, instead of allegorical or religious subjects. The designer minimized the misery of warfare, reinventing the event with the heroic image of Afonso and the ideals of chivalry in mind. Along with the glorification of the battles, the tapestries act as document of the earliest stages of European colonialism. Yet, at the time of their creation, these works would have been considered a primary document of the battles; now, 500 years removed, we can understand how these tapestries were utilized as a tool to mold opinion. The problematic nature of these otherwise incredible works raises several issues, the focus of which will comprise the 2012 Summer Salon Series.

Where did the 2012 title come from?

The Series title, “Beyond the Banner,” is actually an advertising term, which refers to a type of web page advertising that uses strategies other than an embedded image at the top of the page, such as sponsoring, contest promotion and blending with the content of the page itself.  In other words, this type of advertising is a bit harder to separate from actual content.   In the Medieval and Renaissance periods of course, banners were the flags that armies carried bearing the symbols and crest of their sovereign state or lord, and they are quite prominent throughout the Pastrana Tapestries.  The 2012 Series has taken as its starting point the historical re-examination of the 15th century Pastrana Tapestries, in order to investigate the fictions of our own information age.

Who does the Museum partner with on the Summer Salon Series?

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to work with important community partners in San Diego, such as Agitprop and M-Theory Records.

Agitprop is an alternative, community-oriented art space in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

M-Theory Records is located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, and is a favorite of vinyl junkies, DJs and music enthusiasts alike.  They frequently hold in-store performances and are passionate about turning people on to music they may not know about.

How do I apply to have my work included in the 2012 Summer Salon Series?

Request for Proposals

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Literary Art: Kristi Maxwell & Stephanie Balzer, November 5, 7pm http://agitpropspace.org/2011/10/31/115-agitprop-reading-performance-series-kristi-maxwell-stephanie-balzer/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/10/31/115-agitprop-reading-performance-series-kristi-maxwell-stephanie-balzer/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:23:23 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=4457 We hope you can join us, Saturday November 5th, for November’s exciting Agitprop Reading & Performance Series event. This month, we are lucky to have two poets hailing from Arizona: Kristi Maxwell and Stephanie Balzer.

Kristi Maxwell is the author of Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press, 2008), Elsewhere & Wise (Dancing Girl Press, 2008), and Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books, 2009). Her third full-length book, Re-, will be published by Ahsahta in Sept. 2011. In 2010, she completed work toward a Ph.D. in English & Comparative Lit at the University of Cincinnati, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She teaches at the University of Arizona and the Poetry Center in Tucson.

Stephanie Balzer is the author of Revenant (Kore Press) and faster, faster (Cue Editions) and a former executive director of VOICES Community Stories Past and Present, Inc., a Tucson nonprofit that empowers youth to share their personal stories through professional media outlets. PShe holds a master’s degree in creative writing from The University of Arizona and is the 2009 recipient of the Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship through The University of Arizona Poetry Center, which honors talented writers who strengthen and inspire our literary landscape. Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, MidAmerican Review, and CUE.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are
always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.

Agitprop
Saturday, November 5th, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on ah, behind Glenn’s
Market) Google Map
San Diego, CA 92104
619.384.7989

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SDMA Summer Salon Series: Bruna Mori, Thursday, Aug. 25th http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/25/sdma-summer-salon-series-bruna-mori-thursday-aug-25th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/25/sdma-summer-salon-series-bruna-mori-thursday-aug-25th/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:03:59 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7778 brunamori_-_copy_1

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for an Agitprop reading at the San Diego Museum of Art, THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 at 6:45 PM, with Bruna Mori

In conjunction with Agitprop Gallery, the Agitprop Reading Series is collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art to present Thursday   Summer Salons featuring contemporary artists and writers from Southern California. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with college ID, and open to the public. The reading will take place in the Asian Court.

Bruna Mori is the author of Dérive (Meritage Press), a book of cityscape poems with sumi-ink paintings by Mathew Kinney, and is currently working on a suburbs project with photographer George Porcari, tentatively titled Beige. Mori has held workshops on citywriting at SCI_Arc and CalArts with Jen Hofer. In San Diego, she has taught at UCSD, Woodbury, and the NewSchool of Architecture + Design, and writes for SDCVB, San Diego’s “official travel resource.” She is also Lucien’s mom.

San Diego Museum of Art
Asian Court Room
Thursday, August 25, 6:45pm

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206976212694565

Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA website: http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, Please visit: http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/summer-salon-series-2011

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Simone Forti performance http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/08/simone-forti-performance/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/08/simone-forti-performance/#comments Sun, 08 May 2011 19:35:56 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1227 Simone Forti performing at Agitprop on May 7, 2011

Courtesy of Abe Ravje

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Mark Wallace, India Radfar & Simone Forti at Agitprop http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/01/mark-wallace-india-radfar-simone-forti-at-agitprop/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/01/mark-wallace-india-radfar-simone-forti-at-agitprop/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 06:13:11 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1115 We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 7 at 7pm for an evening of fiction, poetry and dance with Mark Wallace, India Radfar and Simone Forti, and check out the current show at Agitprop, “Inside the Digital Scriptorium: New Works by Tim Schwartz.”


Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a novel, The Quarry and The Lot (2011), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008).

India Radfar is the author of four books of poetry: India Poem (Pir Press), the desire to meet with the beautiful (Tender Buttons Press), Breathe (Shivastan Publications) and most recently, Position & Relation (Station Hill/Barrytown Books) and one chapbook, 12 Poems That Were Never Written (Mind Made Books). She has lived in Los Angeles for the past 6 years. See more at http://www.stationhill.org/station-hill-books/authors/india-hixon-radfar

Simone Forti began dancing in 1955 with Anna Halprin, who was doing pioneering work in the teaching and performing of dance improvisation. In New York City, Forti studied composition at the Merce Cunningham studio with musicologist /dance educator Robert Dunn, who was introducing dancers to the scores of John Cage. Thus she began her association with the Judson Dance Theater Group which revolutionized dance in New York in the 1960s. From her early minimalist dance/constructions through her animal studies, news animations and land portraits, Forti has worked with an eye towards creating idioms for exploring natural forms and behaviors. Over the past fifteen years Forti has been developing Logomotion, an improvisational dance/narrative form wherein movement and words spring spontaneously from a common source. Her book Handbook In Motion was published in 1974 by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and she writes regularly for the Contact Quarterly Dance Journal and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Inside the Digital Scriptorium is the culmination of a five month trip
around the United States by artist Tim Schwartz, exploring what might
be lost as archives, museums, and libraries become digital. The works
in this show attempt to identify the space between physical objects
and their digital surrogates and in some cases fill that gap. The
works include a series of botanical prints which explore the loss
between high resolution scans and archival web images, a pair of books
which identify the space between a physical and digital book, and a
set of pages from various authors that investigate with a missing page
from the wild west.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.

Agitprop
Saturday, May 7, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s Market)
San Diego, CA 92104
619.384.7989

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Agitprop Reading Series: Kirsten Kaschock on Saturday, April 2nd http://agitpropspace.org/2011/04/02/agitprop-reading-series-kirsten-kaschock-on-saturday-april-2nd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/04/02/agitprop-reading-series-kirsten-kaschock-on-saturday-april-2nd/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 18:43:49 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7757
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We hope you can join us on Saturday, April 2nd for an evening with
poet & dancer KIRSTEN KASCHOCK. The reading will start at 7pm.

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of two books of poetry: <i>A Beautiful
Name for a Girl</i> (Ahsahta Press) and <i>Unfathoms</i> (Slope
Editions).  Her first novel, <i>Sleight</i>, will be published by
Coffee House Press in fall 2011.  She has earned a Ph.D. in English
from the University of Georgia and is currently a doctoral fellow in
dance at Temple University.  Kirsten lives in Manayunk with her three
sons, their father, and a small boxful of Needs.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are
always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.

Agitprop Gallery
Saturday, April 2, Reading 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market)
San Diego, CA 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Reading Series Events: Joe Ross & Laynie Browne, Saturday, Feb. 12th http://agitpropspace.org/2011/02/12/reading-series-events-joe-ross-laynie-browne-saturday-feb-12th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/02/12/reading-series-events-joe-ross-laynie-browne-saturday-feb-12th/#comments Sat, 12 Feb 2011 18:32:29 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7752
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We hope you can join us on Saturday, February 12th at 7pm for a reading
by Joe Ross and Laynie Brown.

JOE ROSS is the recipient of a Gertrude Stein Poetry Award  and the
author of numerous books, most recently Strata (Dusie, 2008) and
EQUATIONS=equals (Green Integer, 2004). Ross was born in Pennsylvania
and after university, moved to Washington, D.C.. In D.C., he worked at
The JFK Center for the Arts, served as the President of the Poetry
Board at The Folger Shakespeare Library and was the Literary Editor of
the Washington Review, 1991-1997. He Co-founded and directed the In
Your Ear poetry reading series. In 1997 he received an NEA Fellowship
for his poetry and moved to San Diego, where he worked for that city’s
Commission for Arts and Culture. In 1999, he left that position to put
his poetics into practice, and to work directly in politics serving as
Chief of Policy for elected officials. He also Co-founded the Beyond
the Page reading series. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Paris,
where their two children were born, and where he continues to publish
while working as an educator.

LAYNIE BROWNE is the author of nine collections of poetry and one
novel. Her most recent publications include: The Desires of Letters,
from Counterpath and Roseate, Points of Gold, from Dusie Books (both
2010). Other recent publications include The Scented Fox, (Wave Books
2007), Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Press, 2007) and Drawing of a Swan
Before Memory, (University of Georgia Press, 2005). Her honors
include: winner of the National Poetry Series, of the Contemporary
Poetry Series, two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American
Poetry, and a recent Pushcart Prize Nomination. With others she has co-
curated various reading series including the Ear Inn reading series in
New York, the Subtext Series in Seattle, and now the POG reading
series Tucson Arizona. She has taught creative writing at The
University of Washington, Bothell, at Mills College in Oakland and at
the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, where she is currently
the Elementary Education Coordinator.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are
always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.

Agitprop Gallery
Saturday, December 4, Reading 7pm, Art Opening at 8pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market)
San Diego, CA 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Reading Series Events: Kate Durbin & Susy Bielak, Saturday, Dec. 4th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/12/04/reading-series-events-kate-durbin-susy-bielak-saturday-dec-4th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/12/04/reading-series-events-kate-durbin-susy-bielak-saturday-dec-4th/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 18:29:12 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7749 POETRY_2

We hope you can join us on Saturday, December 4th at 7pm for a reading
by Kate Durbin and an art opening celebrating a new website by Susy
Bielak.
Kate Durbin is a writer and performance artist. She is the author of
the poetry collections The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books, 2009)
and, with Amaranth Borsuk, Excess Exhibit, forthcoming from ZG Press.
She has written several chapbooks including Fragments Found in a 1937
Aviator’s Boot (Dancing Girl Press, 2009), FASHIONWHORE (Legacy
Pictures, 2010), and Kept Women, forthcoming from Insert Press. She is
founding editor of the journal Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and
Art About Lady Gaga. Her fashion / text project, Prices Upon Request,
can be viewed at ZG Press. She writes about celebrity style at
Hollywood.com.

Susy Bielak’s work combines fine craft with social question. Inspired
by the interplay of identity and space, she uses drawing, painting,
printmaking, photography, and installation to envision ideas about
personal and social relationships. Bielak employs gesture, the emotion
of color, and sensory detail to choreograph each work. Her projects
often incorporate nontraditional materials and processes in order to
best render an idea (e.g., applying sketchbook text and drawings onto
bus doors to reference the personal and public; drawing with water on
opaque plastic to reference subtleties of memory; employing a seismic
testing device to speak to the rapport between interior life and
natural disaster). Experience in the social sciences, particularly
anthropology and ethnography, influences her immersive and research-
based approach to projects.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are
always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward!

Agitprop Gallery
Saturday, December 4, Reading 7pm, Art Opening at 8pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market)
San Diego, CA 92104 * 619.384.7989

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OVERSTUFT and Agitprop Reading series http://agitpropspace.org/2010/10/01/overstuft-and-agitprop-reading-series/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/10/01/overstuft-and-agitprop-reading-series/#comments Fri, 01 Oct 2010 16:41:42 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=698 Overstuft some projects by Joe Yorty and Agitprop Reading Series featuring Farrah Field and Jared White begins at 7:00pm, opening immediately following

Saturday, October 9, 7pm


Farrah Field’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, Ploughshares, Mantis and Cannibal. Rising, her first book of poems, won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. She lives in Brooklyn where she co-hosts a reading series called Yardmeter Editions. She blogs athttp://adultish.blogspot.com/.

Jared White’s poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Action Yes, Barrow Street, Cannibal, Coconut, Fulcrum, Harp &amp; Altar, Laurel Review and Open Letters. A chapbook, Yellowcake, was part of the hand-sewn anthology, Narwhal, from Cannibal Books. He lives in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where he co-hosts arts and poetry events at Yardmeter Editions and sometimes blogs at http://jaredswhite.blogspot.com/.

Joe Yorty was raised in the southwest corner of the state of Utah and spent his high school years in Escondido, California. Much of the time between then and now is filled with almost 11 years of military service in which he served onboard ships that carried him to many distant lands. Along with being gainfully employed by the Department of Art at University of San Diego as their head technician Joe is currently in his second year as an MFA candidate in the Visual Arts department at UCSD where he is engaged in the search for an art-making practice that incorporates his obsession with second-hand shopping. You can learn more about him at http://www.joeyorty.com/

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are always welcome.

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Reading Series Events: Jennifer Karmin & John Plueker, Saturday, Sept. 25th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/09/21/jennifer-karmin-john-plueker-at-agitprop/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/09/21/jennifer-karmin-john-plueker-at-agitprop/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 04:30:11 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=696 karmin-1

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us on Saturday, September 25 at 7pm for our first event of the season featuring Jennifer Karmin and John Plueker.

Jennifer Karmin’s text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, was published by Flim Forum Press in 2010. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, a…nd on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. A proud member of the Dusie Kollektiv, she is the author of the Dusie chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina. Walking Poem, a collaborative street project, is featured online at How2. In Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools.

John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter and translator. His work has been published by journals and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, including the Rio Grande Review, Picnic, Third Text and Literal. He has published five books in translation from the Spanish, including essays by a leading Mexican feminist, short stories from Ciudad Juárez and a police detective novel. A limited-run artist book, Routes into Texas, was published in early 2010.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward!

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SDMA Summer Salon Series: Rae Armantrout on Thursday, August 19th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/19/sdma-summer-salon-series-rae-armantrout-august-19th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/19/sdma-summer-salon-series-rae-armantrout-august-19th/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:32:33 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7744 Rae-Armantrout

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for an Agitprop reading at the cialis 5mg San Diego
Museum of Art on THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 at 6:15 PM, with Rae Armantrout.

In conjunction with Agitprop Gallery, the Agitprop Reading Series is
collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art to present Thursday
Summer Salons featuring contemporary artists and writers from Southern
California. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with
college ID, and open to the public. The reading will take place in the
“Asian Court” room.

Wesleyan will publish Rae Armantrout’s next collection, Money Shot, in
spring of 2011. Armantrout’s most recent book, Versed (Wesleyan,
2009), received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics
Circle Award. It was a finalist for the National Book Award. Next Life
(Wesleyan, 2007), was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007
by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose
(Singing Horse, 2007), Up to Speed  (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext
(Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan
University Press, 2001). Her poems have been included in anthologies
such as American Hybrid (Norton, 2009), Postmodern American Poetry: A
Norton Anthology (1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century:
Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford
Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of
1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.. Armantrout received an award
in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a
Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics
at the University of California, San Diego. Writing in Poetry
magazine, Ange Mlinko has said, “I would trade the bulk of
contemporary anecdotal free verse for more incisive, chilling poetry
like Armantrout’s.

Geoffrey Cunningham will be doing a performance/installation in the
lower rotunda all evening, and Joshua White will offer a jazz concert
upstairs at 7pm. We hope that you can join us for Rae Armantrout’s
reading as well as these other events.

San Diego Museum of Art
“Asian Court” Room
Thursday, August 19, 6:15 PM

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=120863121295170
Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA
website:http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, please
visit:http://sdma.balboaparkonline.org/programs-events/summer-salon-
series

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Jeanine Webb & Cati Porter Reading + Louis M. Schmidt Exhibition, Sat. Aug. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/07/jeanine-webb-cati-porter-reading-louis-m-schmidt-exhibition-aug-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/07/jeanine-webb-cati-porter-reading-louis-m-schmidt-exhibition-aug-7th/#comments Sat, 07 Aug 2010 23:56:01 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7732 9333352674_2d74821b45_z

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this, Saturday, August at 7pm for a reading by
JEANINE WEBB and CATI PORTER. An opening reception for LOUIS M.
SCHMIDT’s “We’re All in This Together for Ourselves,” on display at
the gallery, will follow the reading.

Jeanine Webb’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Antioch Review, Louis
Liard Magazine, the San Diego Writers’ 2010 anthology A Year in Ink
and online in the Summer 2010 issues of The Latent Print and WTF PWM.
She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of
California, Davis, where she taught workshops in making poems. Her
manuscript Flash Paper was a finalist for the 2008 Cider Press Review
Book Award. Her work concerns images of apocalypse in relation to late
capitalism, sci-fi, connectivity, surf culture, historical realities
as shaped by technologies, modern mythography, media spin and pop
culture. Jeanine lives in San Diego. Look for the literary magazine
she’ll be editing, Greater Than Or Equal To, which should exist at
http://www.greaterthanzine.com/ sometime late this summer or in early
fall.

CATI PORTER is the author of a collection of poems, Seven Floors Up
(Mayapple Press, 2008), as well as the chapbooks small fruit songs:
prose poems (Pudding House Publications, 2008), (al)most delicious, an
ekphrastic series after Modigliani’s nudes (forthcoming in 2010 from
Dancing Girl Press), and what Desire makes of us, a series written
during NaPoWriMo 2009 (forthcoming from Ahadada books as an e-book
with illustrations by her sister, Amy Joy Payne). She is founder &
editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry . In June 2010 she will
receive her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

LOUIS M SCHMIDT is an artist currently based in San Diego, CA. His
work addresses personal and societal unhappiness, the many failures of
history and myths of progress and upward mobility. Schmidt’s most
recent body of work, “We’re All in This Together For Ourselves,” is an
immersive, mixed-media wall drawing that presents itself as a cyclic
fragment, a frozen section of negative feedback loop that evinces a
dark pool of truths about humans, about Americans, about the now to
which our ideologies have delivered us.

Please share this information with friends and any interested parties.
Agitprop readings are free, but donations to the gallery are always
welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, August 7, 7pm reading (8pm Art Opening)
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market).
San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Agitprop Reading Series and opening of “We’re All in This Together For Ourselves” an installation by Louis M. Schmidt http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/06/agitprop-reading-series-and-opening-of-were-all-in-this-together-for-ourselves-an-installation-by-louis-m-schmidt/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/08/06/agitprop-reading-series-and-opening-of-were-all-in-this-together-for-ourselves-an-installation-by-louis-m-schmidt/#comments Fri, 06 Aug 2010 17:50:28 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=693 tumblr_mps5a1KJi91ryz7loo1_1280

Reading starts at 7pm with the opening of “We’re All in This Together For Ourselves” immediately following the reading.

Louis M Schmidt is an artist currently based in San Diego, CA. His work addresses personal and societal unhappiness, the many failures of history and myths of progress and upward mobility. Schmidt’s most recent body of work, We’re All in This Together For Ourselves (opening to the public on August 7, 2010 at Agitprop) is an immersive, mixed-media wall drawing that presents itself as a cyclic fragment, a frozen section of negative feedback loop that evinces a dark pool of truths about humans, about Americans, about the now to which our ideologies have delivered us.

http://bridgethevoid.blogspot.com

Reading Series:

Jeanine Webb’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Antioch Review, Louis Liard Magazine, the San Diego Writers’ 2010 anthology A Year in Ink and online in the Summer 2010 issues of The Latent Print and WTF PWM. She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, where she taught workshops in making poems. Her manuscript Flash Paper was a finalist for the 2008 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her work concerns images of apocalypse in relation to late capitalism, sci-fi, connectivity, surf culture, historical realities as shaped by technologies, modern mythography, media spin and pop culture. Jeanine lives in San Diego. Look for the literary magazine she’ll be editing, Greater Than Or Equal To, which should exist athttp://www.greaterthanzine.com/ sometime late this summer or in early fall.

Cati Porter is the author of a collection of poems, Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008), as well as the chapbooks small fruit songs: prose poems (Pudding House Publications, 2008), (al)most delicious, an ekphrastic series after Modigliani’s nudes (forthcoming in 2010 from Dancing Girl Press), and what Desire makes of us, a series written during NaPoWriMo 2009 (forthcoming from Ahadada books as an e-book with illustrations by her sister, Amy Joy Payne). She is founder & editor ofPoemeleon: A Journal of Poetry . In June 2010 she will receive her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

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SDMA Summer Salon Series & Agitprop: James Meetze, July, 22nd http://agitpropspace.org/2010/07/22/sdma-summer-salon-series-agitprop-james-meetze-july-22nd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/07/22/sdma-summer-salon-series-agitprop-james-meetze-july-22nd/#comments Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:25:25 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7741 178965_489449361089907_675746594_n

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for an Agitprop reading at the San Diego
Museum of Art this Thursday, July 22,  7pm, with James Meetze.

In conjunction with Agitprop Gallery, the Agitprop Reading Series is
collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art to present Thursday
Summer Salons featuring contemporary artists and writers from Southern
California. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students with
college ID, and open to the public. The reading will take place in the
room with the “Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece”
Exhibition.

James Meetze’s book Dayglo was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of
the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize from Ahsahta Press. He is also the
author of I Have Designed This For You (2007), and editor, with Simon
Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 2010). The recipient of the 2001 Poet Laureate Award
from the University of California, he has taught poetry and creative
writing at the University of California, San Diego, California State
University, San Marcos, and in the MFA Program at National University.
He lives in San Diego with his soon-to-be wife Lorelei, his son
Brighton, and their cats.

During your visit will be able to explore the works of living artists
and writers, participate in hands-on art making activities, enjoy a
cocktail, and view the Museum’s current exhibitions and collections.
We invite the public to join some of the most exciting artists working
in Southern California and immerse themselves in what’s happening
right now in our local art scene

Artist Presentations will be occurring in the museum before and after
the reading: Known also as the one man band Author and Punisher,
Tristan Shone will haul his drone machines inside the Museum to play
some songs from his latest album and Bombshell! Boom Boom will conduct
both an instrument making workshop and marching band procession for
all.
San Diego Museum of Art
“Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece” Exhibition Room
Thursday, July 22, 7PM

Directions and parking information are available on the SDMA
website:http://www.sdmart.org/visit/travel-information

For more information about the Summer Salon Series, please
visit:http://sdma.balboaparkonline.org/programs-events/summer-salon-
series

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Agitprop reading Series: O’Connor, Luz & Thomas, Friday, June 4th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/06/04/agitprop-reading-series-oconnor-luz-thomas-friday-june-4th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/06/04/agitprop-reading-series-oconnor-luz-thomas-friday-june-4th/#comments Fri, 04 Jun 2010 20:39:14 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7727 luz_ryan

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this FRIDAY, JUNE 4 at 7pm for a pastoral
poetry reading featuring  LESTER ROBLES O’CONNOR, RYAN LUZ, and JOSEPH
T. THOMAS.

We are excited to host this reading in conjunction with There Goes the
Neighborhood!–a four day event that not only hopes to shed light on
issues of art and its relationship to a specific community, but to
also re-examine, through artistic interventions, some aspects of the
neighborhood that are sometimes overlooked: www.theregoes.org

LESTER O’CONNOR writes in several genres and makes video work and
street propaganda. He was co-editor of the Pacific Review and reviewed
films for a defunct alt-weekly.

RYAN LUZ’s work is interdisciplinary–combining prose, poetry and
visual element. His poems often focuses on the tiny, quotidian, and
overlooked.

A libertine of unimpeachable taste, JOSEPH T. THOMAS, JR., is an
assistant professor of English at San Diego State University’s
National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. He is the
author of two books, Poetry’s Playground: The Culture of Contemporary
American Children’s Poetry (Wayne State UP, 2007) and Strong Measures
(Make Now Press, 2007). Poetry’s Playground was named a 2009 honor
book by the Children’s Literature Association.

Please share this information with friends and any interested parties.
Agitprop readings are free, but donations to the gallery are always
welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
FRIDAY, June 4, 7pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market)
San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Reading Series Events: Rozalie Hirs & Cooper Baker, Saturday, May 8th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/06/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series-2/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/06/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series-2/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 04:39:13 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=648 rozalie_hirs

Rozalie Hirs and Cooper Baker

We hope you can join us this Saturday, May 8 at 7pm for a reading and performance by Rozalie Hirs, an interdisciplinary writer and musician from the Netherlands, and San Diego sound artist Cooper Baker.

ROZALIE HIRS is a prolific interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates music, text and video. Her work has performed throughout Europe and the United States. Her three books of poetry are Locus (1998), Logos (2002) and Speling (2005, all Querido Publications). She also wrote the libretto for the opera The Cricket Recovers by Richard Ayres. Rozalie Hirs’ recent composition “Roseherte,” (2008) for full orchestra and electro-acoustic sounds was premiered by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and selected for the Toonzetters prize in 2009. Her electro-acoustic composition “Pulsars” (2006, 2007 rev.), commissioned by Café Sonore, VPRO Radio, Netherlands, received the distinction “Recommended work” at the 11th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music (IREM) in 2007. A CD, Pulsars, with electroacoustic music and text pieces by Rozalie Hirs will appear in 2010 as a co-production of Attacca records and Muziekcentrum Nederland. You can learn more about Rozalie Hirs’ work online at http://www.rozalie.com/.

COOPER BAKER is a sound artist living in San Diego, California. He regularly plays experimental music at venues along the west coast and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries and publications throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to his own creative output, he provides other artists and companies with custom software and electronics as a creative technical consultant.

Originally from Los Angeles, he recently moved to San Diego to attend the University of California San Diego in pursuit of a computer music Ph.D. where he is studying with Miller Puckette, Tom Erbe, and F. Richard Moore. Prior to enrollment at UCSD he was a music faculty member at California Institute of the Arts where he also received his MFA in experimental composition and finished his BFA in music technology. While at CalArts he refined his artistic practice and began incorporating new and experimental electronic media in his artwork and music production, under the guidance of Morton Subotnick, Mark Trayle, and Barry Schrader.

Please share this information with friends and any interested parties. Agitprop readings are free, but donations to the gallery are always welcome.

 

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES

Saturday, May 8, 7pm

AGITPROP

2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s

Market)

San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Agitprop Reading Series: UCSD MFA Student Reading, Thurs. March 11th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/11/agitprop-reading-series-ucsd-mfa-student-reading-thurs-march-11th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/11/agitprop-reading-series-ucsd-mfa-student-reading-thurs-march-11th/#comments Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:14:12 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7716 ucsd_030111-thumb-640xauto-2431

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this THURSDAY, MARCH 11 at 7:30 PM for special
event in the Agitprop Reading & Performance Series featuring UCSD MFA
students Zahava Ellis, Ryan Luz, Nikolai Beope, Lester O’Connor, K.
Lorraine Graham, Kaitlin Solimine, John Pluecker, & Courtney Kilian.

ZAHAVA ELLIS has an interdisciplinary background in printmaking,
dance, and cultural anthropology. Before coming to UCSD, she worked at
the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and in the archives of
WNYC radio.

RYAN LUZ is a poet, photographer and musician who also works in film.
He currently lives in San Diego with his ocean, the Pacific.

NIKOLAI BEOPE writes energetic, sometimes surreal, rhythmic
narratives. He is a research assistant for the New Writing Series.

LESTER O’CONNOR writes in several genres and makes video work and
street propaganda. He was co-editor of the Pacific Review and reviewed
films for a defunct alt-weekly.

K. LORRAINE GRAHAM makes poems, stories, choreography, and visual
pieces. She is the author of Terminal Humming (Edge Books, 2009).

KAITLIN SOLIMINE is a writer, musician, and Sinologist. In 2006, she
received a Fulbright creative grant to conduct research in China for
her first novel, The Soap Tree.

JOHN PLUECKER is a writer, interpreter and literary translator. Three
books he translated from the Spanish have been published and three
more are forthcoming, including a novel from Tampico, a collection of
essays from Tijuana and a collection of short stories from El
Salvador.

COURTNEY KILIAN  is a native southern Californian. She has interned
for 1913 a journal of forms, worked with Native American tribal
communities following the southern California fires with NRCS (Natural
Resource Conservation Services, USDA), and lived in Lugano,
Switzerland.
Please share this information with friends and any interested parties.
Agitprop readings are free, but donations to the gallery are always
welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities afterward!

AGITPROP READING & PERFORMANCE SERIES
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 7:30 PM
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market) * San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Reading Series Events & Performance Series: Jane Sprague & Diane Ward, Sat. Feb. 6th http://agitpropspace.org/2010/01/28/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/01/28/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:20:51 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=505 theport

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 pm for the next event in the Agitprop Reading & Performance Series featuring Jane Sprague and Diane Ward.

Jane Sprague is the author of THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES (Chax, 2009), *BELLADONNA ELDERS SERIES NO. 8 (with Tina Darragh and Diane Ward; Belladonna, 2009) and numerous chapbooks including APACHE ROADKILL (Dusie, 2009) and SACKING THE HENWIFE (Dusie, 2008). She teaches at CSULB and for Bard College’s Institute for Language and Thinking. She lives in Long Beach, CA where she edits and publishes Palm Press. Her current projects include editing the collection IMAGINARY SYLLABI, a utopian and practical investigation into various writing pedagogies in higher education as well as researching a project on generational poverty and histories of race and genocide in upstate New York, where she’s from.

Diane Ward was born in 1956 in Washington, DC and currently lives in Santa Monica, California.  She has published ten books of poetry including, most recently, *BELLADONNA ELDERS SERIES NO. 8 (with Tina Darragh and Diane Ward; Belladonna, 2009) NO LIST (NO LIST), Seeing Eye Books, 2008, Flim-Yoked Scrim, Factory School, 2006, among others. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, among them: MOVING BORDERS:  THREE DECADES OF INNOVATIVE WRITING BY WOMEN, edited by Mary Margaret Sloan (New Jersey:  Talisman House, Publishers, 1998) and OUT OF EVERYWHERE:  LINGUISTICALLY INNOVATIVE POETRY BY WOMEN IN NORTH AMERICA & THE UK, edited by Maggie O’Sullivan (London:  Reality Street Editions, 1996). .

Please share this information with friends and any interested parties. Agitprop readings are free, but donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities afterward!

AGITPROP READING & PERFORMANCE SERIES Saturday, February 6, 7:00pm AGITPROP 2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s Market) * San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Special Agitprop Event: Andrew Joron, Tuesday Nov. 10th http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/10/special-agitprop-event-andrew-joron-tuesday-nov-10th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/10/special-agitprop-event-andrew-joron-tuesday-nov-10th/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2009 19:50:09 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7706 pic-ajoron1

Dear Friends,

We are doubly lucky this November. We are very
pleased to hold a special event and welcome Andrew Joron to Agitprop
on Tuesday, November 10th.

Andrew Joron
Tuesday, Nov 10
7:00pm
Agitprop Gallery
2837 University Ave. (in North Park)
entrance on Utah St.

Andrew Joron is the author of The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2009),
Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), The Removes (Hard Press, 1998),
and Science Fiction (Pantograph Press, 1992). He is also the
translator, from the German, of the Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst
Bloch’s Literary Essays (Stanford University Press, 1998), and of the
surrealist Richard Anders’s aphorisms and prose poems. Andrew Joron
lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance bibliographer and
indexer.

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Agitprop Reading Series: Joseph Thomas & Mark Wallace, Nov. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/07/agitprop-reading-series-joseph-thomas-mark-wallace-nov-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/07/agitprop-reading-series-joseph-thomas-mark-wallace-nov-7th/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2009 19:36:36 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7703 poetrys-playground-culture-contemporary-american-childrens-poetry-joseph-t-thomas-paperback-cover-art

Dear Friends,

We hope you will join us this Saturday, November 7th at 7:00pm for the next event in the Agitprop Reading Series featuring Joseph Thomas and Mark Wallace. Additionally, we are pleased to hold a special event and welcome Andrew Joron to Agitprop on Tuesday, November 10that 7:00pm.

A libertine of unimpeachable taste, Joseph T. Thomas, Jr. is an
assistant professor of English at San Diego State University’s
National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. He is the
author of two books, Poetry’s Playground: The Culture of Contemporary
American Children’s Poetry (Wayne State UP, 2007) and Strong Measures
(Make Now Press, 2007). Poetry’s Playground was named a 2009 honor
book by the Children’s Literature Association.

Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of
poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the
2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer
Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous
publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It
Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism.
Most recently he has published a short story collection, Walking
Dreams (2007), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008).
Forthcoming in early 2011 is his second novel, The Quarry and The Lot.
He teaches at California State University San Marcos.
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We hope to see you there and for festivities afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, November 7, 7:00pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s
Market) * San Diego, CA * 92104 * 619.384.7989

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Agitprop Reading Series: Frank Montesonti & Jeannine Hall Gailey, Oct. 3rd http://agitpropspace.org/2009/10/03/agitprop-reading-series-frank-montesonti-jeannine-hall-gailey-oct-3rd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/10/03/agitprop-reading-series-frank-montesonti-jeannine-hall-gailey-oct-3rd/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2009 19:20:26 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7700 argot-ochre-holiday-party-marine-contemporary-poetry-reading-frank

Dear Friends,

We’re pleased to announce the first reading of the season and hope to
see you all there!

Poets Frank Montesonti & Jeannine Hall Gailey will read from their
work on, Saturday October 3 @ 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. As always, there will be a
reception following the reading. Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Frank Montesonti teaches creative writing at National University.  His
poems have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, AQR,
Cream City Review, Poet Lore, Lit, among many others. His chapbook, A
Civic Pageant, won the 2007 Black River Chapbook contest.

Jeannine Hall Gailey’s first book of poetry, Becoming the Villainess,
was published by Steel Toe Books. Poems from the book were featured on
NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in
2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007
Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State
Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review,
The Columbia Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter. She volunteers as an
editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at
the MFA program at National University.

Agitprop Gallery in North Park: 2837 University Ave
(entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s Market), San Diego, California,
92104,
619.384.7989.

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BRAIN TRUST: Events calendar and other info… http://agitpropspace.org/2009/09/16/brain-trust-events-calendar-and-other-info/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/09/16/brain-trust-events-calendar-and-other-info/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2009 02:41:23 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=351 So far, based on the opening reception, Agitprop’s Brain Trust is in full swing. (reception and event images HERE) Thanks to all participants.  Below is a calendar of events that will take place as part of the Brain Trust exhibition. These events were organized by people that have had some relationship to Agitprop in the past, and hopefully continue to do so in the future.  These events are brainchildren of each of these individuals.  All of these should be fantastic….

enjoy.

EVENTS

Saturday, September 19:  North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour

12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Begins at Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
joyboe@hotmail.com

Join the San Diego Second Hand Shopping Society, lead by Joy and Joe, in conjunction with North Park Night’s eco friendly focus theme, for our first annual North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour! We will leave Art Produce at noon sharp for a 2 hour pedal-powered tour of some of N.P.’s finest thrift establishments. Pump up your tires and show support of our local economy and several of North Park’s non-profit organizations by filling your basket with those vintage wares you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! A sundown slideshow presentation with take place at Art Produce from 6-9 that evening.

See images of the tour HERE

Saturday, September 26Meet the Press

6:00 pm
Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
artasauthority@artasauthority.com

Panel discussion about how the arts are covered by the press in San Diego, what constitutes good arts writing, and how do we get more of it. Panel members include: Seth Combs – San Diego CityBeat Arts Editor, Keli Dailey – SignOnSanDiego.com, Patricia Frischer – SDVAN (San Diego Visual Arts Network), and Pam Kragen – North County Times Arts Editor. Moderator is Kevin Freitas – Art as Authority

Saturday, October 3Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Location: Agitprop
2837 University Avenue (entrance off Utah)   North Park, CA

Poets Frank Montesonti & Jeannine Hall Gailey

This event is free and open to the public. As always, there will be a reception following the reading.
Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Frank Montesonti teaches creative writing at National University.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, AQR, Cream City Review, Poet Lore, Lit, among many others. His chapbook, A Civic Pageant, won the 2007 Black River Chapbook contest.

Jeannine Hall Gailey’s first book of poetry, Becoming the Villainess, was published by Steel Toe Books. Poems from the book were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at the MFA program at National University.

Sunday, October 4Residual Spaces Walking Tour

led by Megan Willis

(estudio Teddy Cruz; Woodbury University and New School of Arch. and Design)

1:00 – 3:00pm

Starts at 1 pm sharp at Art Produce Gallery

A short presentation discussing what residual spaces are; followed by a short walk through the neighborhood looking at those spaces that remain as cities and neighborhoods grow, change use, and evolve.

3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Saturday, October 10Old Timey Self-Portrait – Josh Bellfy

and:

Soup with/by Eddie Miramontes

2:00pm

In these harsh economic times, who couldn’t use a nice comforting bowl of soup. Made from Eddie’s Mother’s own recipe.  Free!  … And then take your own self portrait with assistance from Josh Bellfy.

“Brain Trust” closing reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Other Stuff…

During the opening reception I had several conversations about how this project came about. Over the course of long hours of carving the original block and casting the 1000 concrete units, I watched A LOT of videos online. I came across the two videos below during this time period and thought that they related really well to many of the ideas that Agitprop and the Brain Trust project have been about from the beginning. I wanted to incorporate both in the exhibition in some way, but I just never came up with a good idea how.  So here they are now.

-David White

Yochai Benkler: Open-Source Econonics

Ralph Nader: Corporate Fascism

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Reading Series Events: Brian Kim Stefans & Geoffrey Dyer‏, Saturday May 2nd http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/26/agitprop-reading-52-brian-kim-stefans-geoffrey-dyer%e2%80%8f/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/26/agitprop-reading-52-brian-kim-stefans-geoffrey-dyer%e2%80%8f/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:26:53 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=261 brianstefans1

Please join us for a monthly lit reading in the company of art @ Agitprop in North Park, co-sponsored by the gallery and local small presses 1913, Kuhl House, and Tougher Disguises.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception after the reading. Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Poets Brian Kim Stefans & Geoffrey Dyer will read from their work on Saturday May 2 @ 7pm

Brian Kim Stefans’ recent books include “Kluge” (Roof Books, 2007), “What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers” (Factory School, 2006) and “Before Starting Over: Selected Essays and Interviews” (Salt Publishing, 2006). Recent digital projects include the interactive Kluge (http://www.arras.net/kluge/) and a series of digital projections called “Scriptor” that are intended for gallery and environmental settings, one of which appeared in the show “Contranym” in New York City’s ABC Gallery in September, 2008. He is presently Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at UCLA, edits the online mag arras.net and writes the Free Space Comix blog; he lives in Los Angeles half a block away from Scarlett Johansson (’s face on a billboard).

Geoffrey Dyer’s first book of poems, “The Dirty Halo of Everything,” was published by Krupskaya Press in 2003. Of Dyer’s work, John Yau writes, “Welcome to the ‘valley of the near yonder hell, an Out West sort of place,” where you will find “Golgotha embellished in cement” and the “mascara of Andromeda.” While you are here, “pay attention to the words collaborating inside [y]our skull.” Geoffrey Dyer certainly does. So much so I swear that Apollinaire, William Eggleston, and Harry Dean Stanton have been slipping Dyer some potent Kickapoo Joy Juice. …This is America. And, like Eggleston and Stanton, Dyer is a damned wonderful guide.” An original member of the New Brutalist poetry collective and a graduate of Mills College’s MFA Program, Dyer lives and blogs in the Bay Area.

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Agitprop Reading Series: Steve Willard & Allison Carter, Saturday, April 4th http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/30/agitprop-reading-series/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/30/agitprop-reading-series/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:42:15 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=147 $T2eC16NHJHQFFh3wTjZtBRY57GrLTw~~_35

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, April 4 for the next reading in
our regular space at Agitprop (2837 University Ave in North
Park, entrance on Utah, a few blocks west of 30th Street), featuring
Steve Willard and Allison Carter. We often serve wine and snacks, and
donations to the gallery are always appreciated.

Steve Willard, b. 1970.  Book: Harm. (UC Press 2007.)  Ph.D. studies
at UC San Diego in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices: writing
about sound poetry, prosody, and pop.  Performs and is rap consultant
with avant-country band Go Duo; currently recording a CD of text +
music with bassist Jeff Denson.

Allison Carter currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a
freelance web designer and teaches a writing workshop in hybrid forms
at CalArts. She is the author of a book, A Fixed, Formal Arrangement
(Les Figues Press) and a chapbook Shadows Are Weather (Horse Less
Press). Her work has otherwise been published in Joyland, P-Queue,
5_Trope, Fence, 3rd Bed, and other journals.  Allison co-edits The
Particle Series (P S Books) with Joe Potts.

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, April 4
7:00pm
AGITPROP space
2837 University Ave in North Park. Entrance on Utah.

Curated by James Meetze and K. Lorraine Graham

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Agitprop Reading Series: Amina Cain & Saehee Cho, Sat. March, 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/07/agitprop-reading-series-amina-cain-saehee-cho-sat-march-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/07/agitprop-reading-series-amina-cain-saehee-cho-sat-march-7th/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2009 19:11:01 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7695 Cain1

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 7 for the next reading
in our regular space at Agitprop Gallery (2837 University Ave in North
Park, entrance on Utah, a few blocks west of 30th Street), featuring
Amina Cain and Saehee Cho. We often serve wine and snacks, and
donations to the gallery are always appreciated.

Amina Cain is the author of I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press,
2009).  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such
as 3rd Bed, Action Yes, Denver Quarterly, Dewclaw, Emohippus Greeting
Card #2, The Encyclopedia Poject,La Petite Zine, Sidebrow, and
Wreckage of Reason, and has been translated into Polish on
MINIMALBOOKS.  Recordings of her stories exist as part of the
exhibition “A Diamond in the Mud” at Literaturhaus Basel, and the
Moles Not Molar “Transmissions: Signal to Noise Ratio” radio show.
Recently she co-curated When Does It or You Begin? (Memory as
Innovation), a month long festival of writing, performance, and
video.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Saehee Cho is an MFA candidate at Calarts whose fiction has been
featured in Shrapnel and Ex Nihilo.  She holds a BA in Literature/
Creative Writing from UCSD and currently resides in Los Angeles.

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, March 7
7:00pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park. Entrance on Utah.

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Agitprop Reading Series: Vanessa Place & Teresa Carmody, Sat. Feb. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2009/02/07/agitprop-reading-series-vanessa-place-teresa-carmody-sat-feb-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/02/07/agitprop-reading-series-vanessa-place-teresa-carmody-sat-feb-7th/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2009 20:51:54 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7686
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Dear Friends,

After a winter hiatus, the Agitprop reading series is back!

We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 7th, for this event only, the Agitprop Reading will take place at Art Produce Gallery, 3139 University Ave. On the corner of University and Herman, next to Cafe Carpe Diem. This reading will feature VANESSA PLACE and
TERESA CARMODY. We often serve wine and snacks, and donations to the
gallery are always appreciated.

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues
Press. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues Press), a
50,000-word, one-sentence prose poem; the post-conceptual novel La
Medusa (Fiction Collective 2), and, in collaboration with
appropriation poet Robert Fitterman, Notes on Conceptualisms (Ugly
Duckling Presse
(2009). Place is also a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art
Quarterly, and is collaborating with Los Angeles conceptual artist
Stephanie Taylor on the film, “Murder Squaredance at the Spiral
Jetty.” Her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality will
be published by Other Press in 2010. Place is co-founder of Les Figues
Press, described by critic Terry Castle as “an elegant vessel for
experimental American writing of an extraordinarily assured and
ingenious sort.”

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem (Les Figues, 2005) and two
chapbooks: Eye Hole Adore (PS Book, 2008) and Your Spiritual Suit of
Armor by Katherine Anne by Teresa Carmody (Woodland Editions, 2008).
Other work has appeared in various publications, including emohippus
greeting card 1 & 2, Bombay Gin, Fold, Slope, American Book Review, LA
Weekly and Stolen Purse. She was one of the organizers of the original
Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington, and co-organizer (with Matias
Viegener and Christine Wertheim) of Feminaissance, a colloquium on
women, experiments and writing at the Los Angeles Museum of
Contemporary Art.  She is cofounder and co-director (with Vanessa
Place) of Les Figues Press.

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterward!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, June 7th
7:00pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park. Entrance on Utah.

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Agitprop Reading Series: Stan Apps & Mathew Timmons, Sat. Nov. 1st http://agitpropspace.org/2008/11/01/agitprop-reading-series-stan-apps-mathew-timmons-sat-nov-1st/ http://agitpropspace.org/2008/11/01/agitprop-reading-series-stan-apps-mathew-timmons-sat-nov-1st/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2008 20:41:40 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7683 Gods_Livestock_Policy

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, November 1 for the next reading
in the Agitprop reading series at Agitprop Gallery (2837 University
Ave in North Park, entrance on Utah, a few blocks west of 30th
Street), featuring STAN APPS and MATHEW TIMMONS. Wine and snacks will
be served. Donations to the gallery are always appreciated.

Stan Apps is a poet and essayist living in Los Angeles.  His books of
poems include soft hands (Ugly Duckling Presse), Princess of the World
in Love (Cy Press), Info Ration (Make Now Press) and God’s Livestock
Policy (Les Figues Press).  A collection of essays is underway from
Combo Books.  Recent work has appeared in Joyland:  a hub for short
fiction (http://www.joyland.ca/home/los_angeles), Try Magazine,
Abraham Lincoln, Ecopoetics, and the Icelandic webzine Tregawott.
Stan ekes out a living as an adjunct college instructor, teaching the
poor to write short persuasive essays.

Mathew Timmons co-edits/curates Insert Press (w/ Stan Apps), LA-Lit (
w/ Stephanie Rioux) and Late Night Snack (w/ Harold Abramowitz). His
collaboration with visual artist Marcus Civin, a particular vocabulary
(P S Books), is forthcoming, and his work may be found in various
journals, including: Sleepingfish, P-Queue, Holy Beep!, Flim Forum,
The Physical Poets, NōD, PRECIPICe, Or, Moonlit, aslongasittakes,
eohippus labs and The Encyclopedia Project. He teaches
interdisciplinary arts and writing workshops for CalArts School of
Critical Studies.

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterwards!

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, June 7th
7:00pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park. Entrance on Utah.

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Reading Series Events: Kearney & Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Saturday, June 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2008/06/07/reading-series-events-kearney-sueyeun-juliette-lee-saturday-june-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2008/06/07/reading-series-events-kearney-sueyeun-juliette-lee-saturday-june-7th/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2008 20:14:46 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7840 gallery_5

Dear Friends,

It’s that time again! So please join us in welcoming poets Douglas Kearney & Sueyeun Juliette Lee at Agitprop Gallery this Saturday, June 7th at 7:00pm. Wine and snacks will be served. Donations to the gallery are always appreciated.

Poet, performer and educator, Douglas Kearney started his poetry career in San Diego and now lives in the San Fernando Valley. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has performed his work in venues across the country and on the air, including SD’s own Illfonix. His first full length book, Fear, Some was published by Red Hen Press in 2006.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee is the author of three chapbooks, Trespass Slight In (Coconut Books), Perfect Villagers (Octopus Books), and Mental Commitment Robots (Yo Yo Labs). Her work has been featured in the anthologies Poets on Painters (Ulrich Museum of Art) and The Bedside Guide (No Tell Motel). She lives in Philadelphia, where she is currently working toward her PhD at UPenn.

AGITPROP POETRY SERIES
Saturday, June 7th
7:00pm
AGITPROP Gallery
2837 University Ave in North Park. Entrance on Utah.

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Reading Series Events: Rae Armantrout & Jericho Brown, Saturday, May 3rd http://agitpropspace.org/2008/05/03/reading-series-events-rae-armantrout-jericho-brown-saturday-may-3rd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2008/05/03/reading-series-events-rae-armantrout-jericho-brown-saturday-may-3rd/#comments Sat, 03 May 2008 20:25:32 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7845 BROWN INTERIOR PAGES

Dear Friends,

Curated by the editors of three small presses, 1913 (Sandra Doller, ed.), Kuhl House (Ben Doller, ed.), and Tougher Disguises (James Meetze, ed.), and hosted by David White’s Agitprop Gallery, the Agitprop Reading Series brings contemporary poetry into contact with contemporary visual art on the first Saturday of every month.

Jericho Brown worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Jubilat, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, including Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown has also been Assistant Editor at Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. His first book titled Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose) is forthcoming in November 2008, and he is currently Assistant Professor in the English department at the University of San Diego.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent book of poetry, Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose (Singing Horse, 2007), Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Norton, 1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002),  The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006) The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2007, and the New Yorker magazine in 2008. A founding member of the “Language Poetry” movement, Armantrout’s work has been the subject of numerous essays, some of which are gathered in A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout (Burning Deck), and she received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry for 2008. A native of San Diego, she is currently Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.
Admission is free and open to the public, though donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Please join us for more poetry in the company of art, with readings by Rae Armantrout and Jericho Brown:

Agitprop Reading Series
Saturday May 3 at 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park, San Diego (entrance on Utah)

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Agitprop Presents: Susan Maxwell, K. Lorraine Graham, and “Colby Jackson’s Alien People” Sat. April 5th http://agitpropspace.org/2008/04/05/agitprop-presents-susan-maxwell-k-lorraine-graham-and-colby-jacksons-alien-people-sat-april-5th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2008/04/05/agitprop-presents-susan-maxwell-k-lorraine-graham-and-colby-jacksons-alien-people-sat-april-5th/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2008 20:05:02 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7837 MaxwellGrahamJackson

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a monthly lit. reading in the company of “Colby Jackson’s Alien People” (ceramic sculpture) at Agitprop in North Park, co-sponsored by the gallery and local poetry presses 1913, Kuhl House, and Tougher Disguises.

Susan Maxwell & K. Lorraine Graham will read this Saturday April 5th @ 7pm
2837 University Ave (entrance to the gallery is actually on Utah) in North Park.

Susan Maxwell’s first book of poems, “Passenger,” was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2005 as winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series. Maxwell earned her BA in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in such publications as 1913 a journal of forms, American Letters & Commentary, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, Bay Poetics Anthology, Verse, VOLT, as well as other journals and art installations. She’s currently a doctoral student in Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

K. Lorraine Graham is the author of several chapbooks, including “Diverse Speculations Descending Therefrom” (Dusie), “Terminal Humming” (Slack Buddha), “See it Everywhere” (Big Game Books), and “Large Waves to Large Obstacles” (forthcoming from Take Home Project), and the recently released chapdisk “Moving Walkways” (Narrowhouse Recordings). Graham has just completed the extended manuscript of “Terminal Humming” and writes the bloghttp://terminalhumming.blogspot.com/ from her home in Carlsbad, CA.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

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Reading Series Events: Noah Eli Gordon & Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Saturday, March 1st. http://agitpropspace.org/2008/03/01/reading-series-events-noah-eli-gordon-joshua-marie-wilkinson-saturday-march-1st/ http://agitpropspace.org/2008/03/01/reading-series-events-noah-eli-gordon-joshua-marie-wilkinson-saturday-march-1st/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2008 19:58:20 +0000 Kylie King http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7834
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Dear Friends,
Come one, come all to the first reading in North Park’s new and explosive
series. We begin with Noah Eli Gordon & Joshua Marie Wilkinson who are

reading in support of their fresh new collaborative book Figures for a
Darkroom Voice.


Agitprop Gallery in North Park
2837 University Ave. San Diego, California 92104
(entrance to the gallery is on Utah)

7:00pm Saturday, March 1st.*

Noah Eli Gordon’s first book, The Frequencies, was published by San

Diego’s own Tougher Disguises Press in 2003. Since then, he has had five
other books appear, including Novel Pictorial Noise, which was selected by
John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, and published last year by
Harper Perennial. Last year also saw the release of Figures for a Darkroom
Voice, a book written in collaboration with Joshua Marie Wilkinson. He
writes a column on chapbooks for Rain Taxi: Review of Books, and his reviews
and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including The Review of
Contemporary Fiction, Publishers Weekly, Boston Review, and Denver
Quarterly. He teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado in
Denver. See him reading with Joshua Marie Wilkinson here:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=aSENrRf0pNw

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of Suspension of a Secret in

Abandoned Rooms (Pinball, 2005), Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful
Dusk (U of Iowa, 2006), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth
(forthcoming from Tupelo Press). He holds a PhD from University of Denver
and lives in Chicago where he teaches at Loyola University. His first film,
Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, a documentary about the band
Califone, is due out next year. He curates Rabbit Light Movies, a website
devoted to short poem-films, and recently co-edited an anthology of
conversations between younger poets and their elders, which is forthcoming
from the University of Iowa Press. See him reading with Noah Eli Gordon
here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aSENrRf0pNw

Wine & Cheese will be served. Donations to the gallery are much appreciated.

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