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Reading with Bill Gainer and Takeema Hoffman (Music by Amber Flame)

  • Nomadic Press 2926 Foothill Blvd Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

Join us for an evening of "true-story" readings by Bill Gainer and Fruitvale's very own Takeema HoffmanMusic by Amber Flame.

Donations are kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  

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Bill Gainer is known for the openness of his confessional poetry and is recognized as one of the founding contributors to the modern movement of "After Hours Poetry." Early on he was swept away by the boldness, courage and brevity of the works of Richard Brautigan, Michael McClure, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, and a legion of "Meat Poets." He continues to read and work with a wide range of poets and writers, including readings on KUSF radio with Nation Book Award recipient, Punk-Rocker Patti Smith, and performances with California Poet Laureate, Al Young. He is also the editor/publisher of the "Pen Award" winning press, R.L. Crow Publications, which was recognized by the Sacramento News and Review as a "The Best of Sacramento 2009," for its Gorilla Poetry Project. Gainer can be previewed at His most recent book is Lipstick and Bulletholes.

Takeema Hoffman was born in raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She relocated to the Bay area in 2010 and has been a Fruitvale resident since 2011. She received her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of The Arts in May of 2015 and works with east Oakland youth at Lighthouse Community Charter School.

An award-winning writer and performer, Amber Flame is also a singer for multiple musical projects. Flame’s original work has been published and recorded in many diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Jack Straw, and forthcoming from Blackberry Magazine and more. Flame works as a teaching artist and co-produces the Oakland Slam and performs regularly on musical, slam and literary stages. She is committed as an activist and organizer for a diverse number of theatrical, cabaret, queer, and POC communities. Amber Flame is one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.


There is ample street parking, but just to make it easy, there is an O'Reilly Auto Parts/Walgreens on the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill with a huge parking lot. Here's a Google Map link:'Reilly+Auto+Parts/@37.789393,-122.233008,14z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1so+reilly+auto+parts+near+Foothill+Blvd,+Oakland,+CA!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xa74c9fbc2152bd68

Nomadic Press should show up on that map as well. We are just in between Austin and Rutherford on Foothill.

Hope to see you soon!