The Reading Room
January 15, 2012 - August 25, 2013
Visit The Reading Room, a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction. Leave a book from your own collection and take home a book from one of several noted East Bay small presses. Spend time here reading and viewing text-based and other writing-themed artwork. On selected Fridays, The Reading Room becomes the site of our literary series, RE@DS.
David Brazil was born in New York and lives in Oakland, California. With Sara Larsen, he edits the monthly xerox periodical TRY! In 2010, his groundbreaking anthology (with Kevin Killian) The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater:1945–1985 appeared to wide critical acclaim. He is active in the San Francisco Poets Theater and has co-curated a variety of local reading series, as well as the Poetic Labor Project's annual Labor Day event, which has invited writers to talk about how they make a living as well as their involvement in political work. Forthcoming publications include Mina Loy Portal (Trafficker) and ECONOMY (Little Red Leaves).
Jaime Cortez, our guest programmer for November and December 2012, is, a Bay Area writer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited throughout Northern California and whose short stories have been widely anthologized. He wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sexile, and he is currently creating On The Job, a graphic novel about his immigrant father’s history as a laborer.
Sara Larsen, our guest RE@DS programmer for spring 2013, is a poet living in Oakland. Her most recent books are The Hallucinated; A,a,a,a,a; and Merry Hell. All Revolutions will be Fabulous is forthcoming in 2013.
Suzanne Stein is the author of Tout va bien (Displaced) and HOLE IN SPACE (OMG!). Poems, talk performances, and prose have appeared in War and Peace, On: Contemporary Practice, Counterpath Online; and at New Langton Arts, the San Francisco Exploratorium, The Poetry Project, and elsewhere. She is editor and publisher of the small, Oakland-based poetry press TAXT and was codirector and film curator at (f o u r w a l l s gallery in San Francisco. She works currently as community producer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, organizing a variety of talk- and conversation-based programs, and is editor-in-chief of the museum's blog, Open Space.
The Reading Room is supported by a generous grant from the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco. Special thanks to Ramsay Bell Breslin for organizing the book installation, to Ross Craig for creating the sound installation, and to Meyer Sound for contributing the speakers. Thanks also to Kelsey Street Press, Atelos Books, Tuumba Press, and Small Press Distribution for their donations.