We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 2, 7pm for the first reading in what promises to be an outstanding Spring reading series. This month, we’re hosting two writers recently featured in Jacob Steinberg’s Alt Lit Cityscapes anthology: Ana Carrete of San Diego-Tijuana and Aurelio Meza of DF-Tijuana-Mexicali.
Ana Carrete is the founder and editor of New Wave Vomit, an experimental online literary art magazine. She’s a graduate student and teaches Spanish at SDSU. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Baby Babe, came out last Thanksgiving from Civil Coping Mechanisms. She has things online.
Fiction author Janey Smith writes: “Flighty, full of speed, and fostering its own no-future, Ana Carrete’s Baby Babe is like reading Juan Rulfo, if Juan Rulfo were Barbie. At some point, you’re going to have to make a decision as to what you want: teeth-whitening toothpaste or the ends of civilization. Baby Babe marks that point.”
Aurelio Meza has participated in several literature festivals and conferences in Mexico and the US. He has translated to Spanish some of the work by American poets Ben Dollar, Mark Wallace, Jesse Ball and Tony Tost. Since 2010 he is chief editor at the independent publishing collective Kodama Cartonera in Tijuana. He recently finished a research project on art collectives in the Tijuana-San Diego border region. Poetry books: Sakura (2008), La droga (2010) and Sombra (Unpublished). Essays: Shuffle. Poesía sonora (2011).
Alt Lit personality Beach Sloth writes: “Aurelio Meza digs deep into the words…One earthquake and everything went into a deep dark place. Despite the worry and fear of the city it beat the death of the countryside. Heat eats people alive. They die dry-mouthed. Mexico City tries to bring them into her loving arms. It seems extremely bleak. Aurelio is the sun. Aurelio laughs at the ruin.”
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.
Saturday, February 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]]>
There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that positions “the neighborhood” as a fluid institution of creative production, critical thinking and intersecting interests. Collaborations among artists, residents, small businesses, universities and local activists will culminate in a series of workshops, talks, installations, performances and tours that center around the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, with satellite events at the UCSD campus and the San Diego Museum of Art (in conjunction with the opening night of the Summer Salon Series).
This year the focus of the There Goes the Neighborhood is “the neighborhood” as a nexus of global conditions which manifest themselves in local, everyday, situations. These issues range from transportation networks to means of food production to how information (and knowledge) is disseminated publicly. The first iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood! took place in June of 2010 and focused on issues relating to gentrification and how art can play a role in neighborhood revitalization and can also be complicit in the displacement of existing groups by those moving in. There Goes the Neighborhood takes as its “fundamental organizing assumption the notion that individuals are inherently active, thoughtful, innovative and engaged citizens.” So please join us in examining these issues. The project is not complete without your participation!
|3pm – 5:30pm||In and With – Part I a conversational forum moderated by David White|
|5pm – 6:30pm||Wayfinding Seminar with Mario Borja and Micki Davis|
|6:30pm – 7pm||Re-locating a University presentation and sculpture by David White|
|7:30pm – 9pm||In and With – Part II: How do knowledge and information flow?
a panel discussion with Todd Gloria, Anchi Mei, Brian Goldfarb, and Xavier Leonard;
moderated by David White
|10am – noon||Brunch with Strangers|
|noon – 2pm||Photography workshop with Shane Anderson and Zach Parks at Agitprop|
|1pm – 3pm||Un-Photography workshop with Andrew Printer at Art Produce|
|2pm – 4pm||Bicycle tour of thrift stores with Joy Boe and Josh Bellfy|
|2pm – 4pm||Silkscreening workshop with Eddie Miramontes|
|2pm – 4pm||Music at Whistlestop|
|2pm – 6pm||Streetcar tours with Beryl Forman, Xavier Leonard, Leslie Ryan, and Randolph Van Vleck|
|6pm – 10pm||Hard Shoulder opening reception of new work by Shane Anderson at Agitprop|
|8pm – 10pm||Poetry reading at Agitprop|
|8pm – 9pm||You Are Here projected films by Glen Wilson|
|8:30pm – 9:30pm||Critical postcards at Art Produce garden|
|9:30pm – 11:00pm||Music by starvelab (Michael Trigilio) and Chris Warren at Art Produce garden|
|10am – 1pm||Brunch and intercambio at Santos Market|
|2pm – 4pm||Daily Unusual zine workshop at Art Produce|
|3pm – 7pm||Alt. Town Square workshops at the North Park Theatre parking lot|
|2pm – 4pm||Yard by Yard II garden tour with Lesley Stern|
|6pm – 8pm||Hay conexiones entre de los tres: a dinner atop the Landis Street overpass
with Elizabeth Chaney RSVP required, subject heading: DINNER
|8pm – 10pm||Block party on Landis near I-805 overpass|
Charles Alexander is the founder/director of Chax Press, author of five books of poetry, most recently Pushing Water, from Cuneiform Press in 2011; and 9 chapbooks. He is the editor of Talking the Boundless Book (Minnesota Center for Book Arts), and former director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Alexander also is Senior Lecturer at University of Arizona South (where he co-directs the program for English majors), and he teaches at the Naropa University Summer Writing Program. In Tucson, he is a co-founder and one of the several directors of the organization POG, which has presented poetry and prose readings, visual art presentations and lectures, musical performances, and more. He is married to the visual artist Cynthia Miller, and has two daughters, Kate and Nora.
Aaron Kunin is recently the author of The Sore Throat and Other Poems. His other books include a poetry collection, Folding Ruler Star, and a novel, The Mandarin. Grace Period, a collection of aphorisms, sketches, and fragments, is forthcoming. He lives in Los Angeles. You can hear several recent recordings on .
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.
Saturday, May 5, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind where Glenn’s Market used to be)
San Diego, CA 92104
For more information about the Agitprop Reading Series and Agitprop Art Space, visit our webpage, join our Facebook group, or sign up to receive email announcements from us.
May 5: Charles Alexander & Aaron Kunin
June 2: Zyzzyva Magazine celebration with John Gibler & Oscar Villalon
October 6: Brandon Brown, Alli Warren & Company
November 3: Joseph Harrington
Kelli Anne Noftle grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has a B.A. in Visual Art and is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Her first collection of poems, I Was There For Your Somniloquy, was selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout for the Omnidawn Book Prize. Her work has appeared in several literary journals including Colorado Review, The Journal, VERSE, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Conduit, and Harvard Summer Review among others.
Both musically and lyrically, Kelli has collaborated and performed with several bands in Southern California. Her singer/songwriter project is Miniature Soap and her debut solo album, I Don’t Like You, is a collection of songs sonically divided into sets of three.
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia, earned an MFA at Mills College and a PhD at Penn, and is the author most recently of Letters to Kelly Clarkson (Sidebrow Books). She is an editor of Jacket2 and lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches literature at the Bard College MAT program.]]>