Uptown Fridays Presents: Emji Speero & Shelley Wong w/musical guest Blowdryer Punk Soul EB
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Emji Speero & Shelley Wong w/musical guest Blowdryer Punk Soul EB

  • Nomadic Press

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Emji Speero and Shelley Wong, with music by Blowdryer Punk Soul (with Jennifer Blowdryer & Michelle Gonazalez.) 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Emji Spero is a performance artist and writer living in Oakland, California. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. They are currently working on Exhaustion: A Retching, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of the accumulated, subthreshold violences, which daily permeate a body in transition. Code-switching between poetry and essay, Spero explores Jose Muñoz’s notion that “utopia exists in the quotidian.”

Shelley Wong is the author of RARE BIRDS, a poetry chapbook recently published by Diode (pronounced Die-ode) Editions. She is a Kundiman fellow and lives in Oakland.

Uptown Fridays presents: Cyrus Armajani & Derrick Carr
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays presents: Cyrus Armajani & Derrick Carr

  • Nomadic Press Uptown Gallery

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Cyrus Armajani and Derrick Carr, with music by Lani Grooves. Special Guest Host will be Nazelah Jamison!

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Uptown Fridays presents: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier & Sarah Kobrinisky
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays presents: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier & Sarah Kobrinisky

  • Nomadic Press Working Gallery

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and Sarah Kobrinsky, with music by Annah Anti-Palindrome. 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

The Artist's Financial Plan: How to Master your Finances and Still Rock the House
Apr
15
12:00 pm12:00

The Artist's Financial Plan: How to Master your Finances and Still Rock the House

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

The Artist's Financial Plan: How to Master Your Finances and Still Rock the House

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT (NOTAFLOF, sliding scale of $25-55): https://www.nomadicpress.org/store/theartistsfinancialplan

As an artist, or anyone doing creative work, money can feel like a dirty word. You don't ever want to feel like you're selling out, but you still need to pay the bills and take care of yourself. We hear you.  

Here's the exciting and scary part: now is the best time time ever to be an artist.  

There are no more gatekeepers. You can do this on your own. In this workshop, we'll show you how. You will learn how to: 

  • Monetize your skills! Build multiple income streams using your skills and talents
  • Think like an artist entrepreneur! Set up your art as a business and develop an artist entrepreneur mindset
  • Create income goals you can crush! Learn how to put together 12-month cash flow projections as a tool to measure success
  • Master your cash flow! Manage your inconsistent income and have a clear understanding of how to separate your business and personal expenses
  • Not be afraid of taxes! Understand what you can deduct, when to make estimated tax payments, when you should set up a business entity, and when to use an accountant 

Joint bio:

Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and has been doing financial planning for over 8 years. She founded Brunch & Budget to help adults learn about money in a friendly and approachable way and co-founded Pockets Change to help kids learn about money as early as possible.

Dyalekt is an MC, Hip Hop educator, actor, and playwright. His work focuses on celebrating your own identity and finding your voice, communicating with other authentically, and building up your community. He has worked with to preschoolers, high school dropouts, youth prisoners, and even Yale grad students. 

Pam & Dyalekt teach hip hop + finance workshops to kids, teens, and college students across the country. You can catch them talking about money and playing good music on their weekly radio show/podcast on Bondfire Radio at brunchandbudget.com/podcast or on iTunes.

GET LIT #23
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #23

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #24
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #24

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT #25
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #25

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #26
Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #26

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include:  and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #27
Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #27

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #28
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #28

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include:  and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #29
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #29

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include:  and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #30
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #30

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

GET LIT  #31
Dec
19
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #31

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include:  and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.


GET LIT #22
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

GET LIT #22

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only  Christine No.

Featured lineup of writers include: Jamey Genna, C. Anne Gardner, Gina Goldblatt, Tureeda Mikell, Jason Ridler, Ayo Kensu Ra, Rene Vaz, Jenee Darden, Norma Smith, Anna Davidson, Jessica Mejia, Brenda Usher-Carpino, Jose Vadi  and more TBA!

Musical Guest: Melissa Jones!

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

Uptown Fridays Presents:  Stephen Guai-Wu and Miah Jeffra
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Stephen Guai-Wu and Miah Jeffra

  • Nomadic Press

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Miah Jeffra and Stephen Guai-Wu, with music by Eve Chosak. 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Stephen Guai-Wu is a san francisco-based writer. his interests include monsters, experimental media, queerness, sex, and long walks on the beach. say hello at stephenguaiwu.com.

Miah Jeffra is from Baltimore. His work has most recently appeared in Glitterwolf, The Citron Review, Jonathan, Fifth Wednesday, Educe and Fourteen Hills. He has been awarded the Sidney Lanier Prize for fiction, the Clark-Gross Award for his first novel, was a 2016 finalist for the New Letters Fiction Prize, and was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow for non-fiction. Residencies awarded include Arteles, Anima and Red Gate. He is editor of queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Press.

Eve Chosak is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who writes and performs in a variety of genres ranging from World music to pop to rock to Jazz. She provides musical direction and songleading in theater, interfaith, and community settings around the Bay Area. She aims to create music that inspires people to experience more personal empowerment and joy.

 

 

StoryCorps at Nomadic Press
Mar
14
9:00 am09:00

StoryCorps at Nomadic Press

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Starting in 2017, we are excited to announce that Nomadic Press is a community partner with StoryCorps, the national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound

All day on March 7, StoryCorps will be set up to record personal stories at the new Nomadic Press location at 23rd and Telegraph in Uptown, Oakland. Recordings capture an interview between two people and will take place from 10-12, and 1-5ish. There will be roughly six (6) slots for interviews, so if you are interested, please shoot us an email with the proposed pair and why you think it might be a good fit for our StoryCorps debut!

And if you are interested in coming by to just watch and listen, you are more than welcome!

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. A StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation between two friends or loved ones. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 60,000 interviews from more than 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and may be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on StoryCorps’ Listen Page.

Uptown Fridays Presents: Robert Andrew Perez and Ploi Pirapokin (Music by Monica Hastings-Smith)
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Robert Andrew Perez and Ploi Pirapokin (Music by Monica Hastings-Smith)

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Robert Andrew Perez and Ploi Pirapokin and music by Monica Hastings Smith. 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Nomadic Press Invades Voz Sin Tinta, a Four-Year Celebration
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Nomadic Press Invades Voz Sin Tinta, a Four-Year Celebration

  • Alley Cat Books

Join us for a very special evening at Alley Cat Books to celebrate the four-year anniversary of Voz Sin Tinta with readings by eight Nomadic Press authors (lineup TBA soon)!

Its the four-year anniversary of Voz Sin Tinta, curated by Marguerite Munoz and René Vaz. Sponsored by Alley Cat Books and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia.

Uptown Fridays Presents: Laleh Khadivi and Persis Karim (Music by Michael Holmes)
Mar
3
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Laleh Khadivi and Persis Karim (Music by Michael Holmes)

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Join us for a very special Firsts Friday evening of readings with Laleh Khadevi and Persis Karim. With musical guest: Michael Holmes

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Michael Holmes bundles his love of punk and eighties pop and jazz ballads and Satie, et al into his songs. He is a student of poetry as well. It all adds up to angled and flowing words and music. Check out his bandcamp and wix music pages here:  https://michaelh.bandcamp.com/ and http://blozzom2.wixsite.com/michaelholmes/music.

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story Wanderlust. She lives in Northern California.

Persis Karim is a poet, editor, and professor at San Jose State University where she teaches literature and creative writing. She is the editor of three anthologies of Iranian Diaspora literature: Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-Americans, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and A World Between: Poems, Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans. Her poetry has been published in Callaloo, Caesura, Reed Magazine, White Wall Review and the New York Times among other publications.
 

WORKSHOP: The Artists Self-Care Guide with Kehinde Koyejo
Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

WORKSHOP: The Artists Self-Care Guide with Kehinde Koyejo

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

The Artists Self-Care Guide is designed for artists by artists! In this workshop, artists are empowered with useful information, tools and strategies to manage mental and emotional stress while pursuing a creative career or working in the entertainment industry. Artists will develop a self-care plan that can be used before and after auditions, rehearsals, shows, productions and over-all in their day-to-day lives. Our mission is to create a culture of self-care within the arts across the country and around the globe. Artists Lives Matter!

Workshop includes:

  • Creating A Culture of Self-Care in the Arts Handbook
  • Customized Self-Care Plan and Support System Directory
  • Self-Care Exercises
  • Group Activities
  • Free 30 min Consultation (Post-workshop)
  • Group Discussions and more!

Cost: Suggested donations of $10-25 will be collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Size: 20 participants max

About the workshop leader:

Kehinde Koyejo is a professional Actor/Mental Health Advocate/Self-Care Coach. She founded The Artists Self-Care Guide (ASCG) in response to the mental and emotional stress actors experience due to the extreme realities of creative industries.

In 2014, Ms. Koyejo created an artistic platform called "Don't Call Me Crazy" that addresses the many layers of mental health through performance, education and personal narratives. She has worked with various mental health experts and organizations including P.E.E.R.S, NAMI, Oakland Buddhist Mental Health Support Group, Joyful Joy, Alameda County Mental Health First Aid, and Each Mind Matters.

Ms. Koyejo holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Pace University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She received her certificate in Mental Health First Aid and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actor's Equity Association.

Uptown Fridays Presents: Joyce E. Young and Sharon Coleman (Music by the Space Country Museum)
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Joyce E. Young and Sharon Coleman (Music by the Space Country Museum)

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Join us for a very special evening of readings with Joyce E. Young and Sharon Coleman. With musical guest: The Space Country Museum. 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

The Space Country Museum is May Oskan and Andy Maag. May Oskan writes fiction, theater, and songs. Andy Maag is a musician and teacher who currently takes inspiration from still life and portraits for his songs. May and Andy are co-creating an experimental planetarium show. They sing together in Andy's band The Space Country Museum and at various mealtimes.    https://andymaag.bandcamp.com/

Joyce E. Young currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California. She has read at venues as diverse as The Berkeley Public Library, Oakland Museum, The M.H. de Young Museum, La Peña Cultural Center, Art & Soul Oakland, Smith College, Mills College and elsewhere. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Museum of Children’s Art, The Oakland Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Youth Speaks. She was also an English teacher for the Mills College Upward Bound Program for 3 years. She is the founder and facilitator of Write in Peace. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She was awarded a Writers on Site residency through Poets & Writers, Inc. and has also been awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Soapstone and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has most recently appeared in riverbabble, New Voices of the American West, and Temba Tupu! (Walking Naked): The Africana Woman’s Self-Portrait. She works privately as a writing consultant and also works with student writers at John F. Kennedy University. She is currently writing Parallel Journey, a novel, and working on a new series of poems.

Sharon Coleman's a fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She’s the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle, and a book of micro-fiction, Paris Blinks, that came out from Paper Press in 2016. Her recent work appears in Your Impossible Voice, Pith, and Ambush Review.

Perfectly Queer "Black Words" Reading
Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

Perfectly Queer "Black Words" Reading

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Vernon Keeve III, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Brontez Purnell, and Yodassa Williams read from favorite writing by Black writers in celebration of Black History Month. A discussion of Black literature, led by Vernon Keeve III, follows the readings.

Books by the readers will be available for sales and signing. Free admission, free refreshments, and door prizes!

As with all Nomadic Press events, suggested donations of $5-25 will be collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

We're bringing Perfectly Queer to the East Bay! Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month at Nomadic Station, Telegraph & 23rd in Uptown Oakland.

Get Lit #21 (Music by Shiloh Johnston)
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Get Lit #21 (Music by Shiloh Johnston)

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No.

Featured lineup of writers include: Rochelle SpencerWendy Notilde,Marguerite MunozIsabella BorgesonJosé VadiG Macias Gusman,Frederick SpeersKelsey SchimmelmanJenna SpagnoloKate Ambash,Alexandra NaughtonRiss RosadoJoel Landmine, and more!

Musical Guest: Shiloh Johnston

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Suggested donations of $10-20 will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

Maw Shein Win - Artist Talk Series - The Art of Collaboration
Feb
18
2:00 pm14:00

Maw Shein Win - Artist Talk Series - The Art of Collaboration

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Kicking off the Workroom Artist Program's Artist Talk Series is poet Maw Shein Win. Maw Shein Win will talk about various collaborations she has done with visual artists, musicians, and other writers over her career. There will be a short Q&A afterwards; however feel free to ask questions throughout the talk. 

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). She is a poetry editor for Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks and a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a CLMP Firecracker Award. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. http://www.el-cerrito.org/poets

Suggested donations of $5-25 will be taken for admission at the door, however nobody will be turned away through lack of funds.

WORKSHOP: Building a Manuscript for Submission to Small Presses
Feb
18
12:00 pm12:00

WORKSHOP: Building a Manuscript for Submission to Small Presses

  • Nomadic Press

Have you felt like submitting your manuscript to a small press is like sending a manuscript into an unknown void? Have you ever felt uneasy about how you have presented your manuscript, not knowing if it has been submitted in the correct format? Have you submitted and worried that you are following up too much or too little regarding your manuscript?

Join Nomadic Press' founder and managing editor, J. K. Fowler, at the new Nomadic Press Uptown location as he leads writers through a step-by-step instruction on how to prepare your manuscript for publication and save your potential publisher the headaches of sifting through wildly varying manuscripts. Some of the topics covered will be as follows: manuscript formatting (including fonts, cover pages, general dos and donts), communication (what constitutes too much or too little follow up), managing expectations as a submitter to small presses. After you have submitted and it has been accepted for publication, what can you expect the process to ideally look like? What do you do if it falls short of your expectations? How much money can you expect from the publication?

The workshop will lead the audience through general guidelines around all of these items, and more, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A at the end. Please note that J. K. will not be able to review your entire manuscript at this workshop, but if there are specific questions  that you would like to ask, they are more than welcome. 

Suggested donations of $5-25, with no one turned away for lack of funds, and small gnosh will be provided. Limited to 20 people. 

Uptown Friday Presents: Rohan DaCosta and Shideh Etaat
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Friday Presents: Rohan DaCosta and Shideh Etaat

  • Nomadic Press Uptown Station

Join us for a very special evening of readings with Rohan DaCosta and Shideh Etaat. With musical guest Phillip Hermans. 

Donations will be called for throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

OPEN HOUSE: The Workroom Artist Program
Feb
4
7:00 pm19:00

OPEN HOUSE: The Workroom Artist Program

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Open House! Swing by the for a chance to meet the current 2016-2017 Workroom Artist Program cohort, learn more about the artist program and their work, and enjoy readings by Arisa White, Maw Shein Win, and Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, as well as music by The Open Minds. 

Red Bay Coffee and red wine available. Donations will be called for throughout the night, as will sign ups for the next program cohort (limited to 10 people). 

Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents Nomadic Press All Stars at First Fridays (Music by Azuah)

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown)

Join us for a very special Uptown Fridays, which will coincide with Oakland's First Fridays, as we present a stellar lineup of Nomadic Press All Stars to welcome in our brand-new space at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Uptown, Oakland. Readings by Cassandra Dallett, Youssef Alaoui, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, MK Chavez, Nick Johnson, Cyrus Armajani, Nazelah Jamison, and Paul Corman-Roberts. Music by the one-and-only Azuah.  

Donations will be collected throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay Coffee will be available. 

Get Lit #20 (Music by Cricket Crawshaw)
Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Get Lit #20 (Music by Cricket Crawshaw)

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: Natasha Dennerstein, Chris Chandler, Yume Kim, Kyrsten Bean, Renata Salazar-Acosta, Wendy Trevino, Rebecca Gomez Farrell and more TBA!

Musical Guest: Cricket Crawshaw

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

Nomadic Press at 8th Poets & Writers Live
Jan
14
12:00 pm12:00

Nomadic Press at 8th Poets & Writers Live

  • San Francisco Art Institute

Join Nomadic Press at the beautiful San Francisco Art Institute for the 8th annual Poets & Writers live event, a day of books, lectures, and general good times. More info to come soon.

About Poets & Writers Live: Poets & Writers Live is a new initiative developed in response to interviews and discussions with writers from all over the country. When we asked what Poets & Writers could do to support their writing practice, time and again writers expressed a desire for a more tangible connection to other writers. So, we came up with a living, breathing version of what Poets & Writers already offers: Poets & Writers Live. 

Join us at the San Francisco Art Institute for two days of sound advice, practical information, and inspiration! We’ve put together a celebration of creativity that includes readings, lectures, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, and workshops exploring the literary imagination, innovation on the page, and uncommon sources of inspiration.

Presenters include (clockwise from top left) United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; best-selling novelist and author of Purity, Jonathan Franzen; New Yorker staff writer and author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean; acclaimed poet and former United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan; writer and activist Ishmael Reed; and renowned poet Jane Hirshfield.

Other featured authors include Benjamin Percy (The Dead LandsThrill Me: Essays on Fiction); Solmaz Sharif (Look); Matthew Zapruder (Sun Bear,Come On All You Ghosts); C. Dale Young (The HaloTorn); Bich Mihn Nguyen (Pioneer GirlShort Girls); and many others.

Participating publishing professionals include editors Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf Press), Jordan Bass (McSweeney's), Steve Wasserman (Heyday Books), and Rusty Morrison (Omnidawn Publishing); and agents Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency), Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary), and Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency).

We are very pleased to offer several small group sessions including craft talks and workshops, as well as three sessions with agents who discuss aspects of the business of writing. Seating for these sessions is limited. 

More information here: http://www.pw.org/live/events/San_Francisco_Inspiration_2017

Small-Press Book Fair at Aggregate Space Gallery
Jan
7
3:00 pm15:00

Small-Press Book Fair at Aggregate Space Gallery

  • Aggregate Space Gallery

A small-press book fair in the gallery with a handful of local presses / journals, like Nomadic Press, speCt! books, Timeless, Infinite Light, and Bootstrap Press. Join us for an afternoon of readings, videos and performance to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Featherboard Writing Series and Aggregate Space Gallery. Support local small press publishers. Collect limited edition chapbooks and letterpress goods. Snack, sip hot drinks and mingle, stay a while.  Readings by Fisayo Adeyeye, Sirama Bajo, MK Chavez, Angel Dominguez, Steffi Drewes, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Nick Johnson, Vernon Keeve III, Rusty Morrison, Sara Mumolo, Julien Poirer, MG Roberts, and more. Videos by Tom Comitta, Niki Korth, Denise Newman, and Syd Staiti.

There will be staggered readings throughout the afternoon, and the following Nomadic Press authors will be reading from 5-7:00 PM: MK Chavez, Fisayo Adeyeye, and Vernon Keeve III. 

Fruitvale Fridays Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Dez Hatter (Music by TBD)
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

Fruitvale Fridays Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Dez Hatter (Music by TBD)

  • Nomadic Station Fruitvale

Join us for a very special evening of readings with Tongo Eisen-Martin and Dez Hatter. With musical guest TBD. 

Donations will be called for throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Parking: Street parking is usually available, but the easiest thing to do is to park at the Walgreens just a block away. Here is a handy map (you should see Nomadic Press on there) https://goo.gl/maps/SgaHMhV88MA2

Get Lit # 19 (Music by Open Minds)
Dec
20
7:00 pm19:00

Get Lit # 19 (Music by Open Minds)

  • Ale Industries

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: Nazelah JamisonJennifer JosephJon LonghiLaura Eve EngelTavarez RicardoC Anne GardnerAlexandra KostoulasKelly LandmineJoanna Anabo Matys, Moon Flower, Luna G. Reiley, Jason Wyman, Terilynn Cantlon, Ryan HendricksWesley CohenKate Ambash, and MORE!

Musical Guest: Open MInds

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

Fruitvale Fridays presents: Yodassa Williams and Julianna Delgado Lopera
Dec
16
7:00 pm19:00

Fruitvale Fridays presents: Yodassa Williams and Julianna Delgado Lopera

  • Nomadic Press

Join us for a very special evening of readings with Yodassa Williams and Julianna Delgado Lopera. With musical guest Monica Hastings-Smith

Donations will be called for throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Parking: Street parking is usually available, but the easiest thing to do is to park at the Walgreens just a block away. Here is a handy map (you should see Nomadic Press on there) https://goo.gl/maps/SgaHMhV88MA2

BOOK RELEASE II:  Dear, Animal, by MK Chavez
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

BOOK RELEASE II: Dear, Animal, by MK Chavez

  • Chapter 510: Department of Make Believe

If you couldn't make the first release at Studio Grand, please join us at our soon-to-be-additional-home at 2301 Telegraph Avenue with our dear friends and community partners, Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, for the second release of Mk Chavez' much-anticipated full-length poetry collection, Dear Animal,. Readings by Tongo Eisen-MartinArisa WhiteNick JohnsonPaul Corman-RobertsCyrus ArmajaniIngrid Keir, and of course,Mk Chavez. Music by James Meder. Book signing to follow. 

Gnosh, wine, beer, and books—it'll be another great night in a beautiful space!

Donations will be called for throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Hope to see you there!

Nomadic Press' Winter Drive 2016
Dec
7
Dec 31

Nomadic Press' Winter Drive 2016

  • Nomadic Press

WINTER DRIVE 2016 (DECEMBER 7-31): Transparency in arts spaces is important. As supporters of arts organizations, you should know where your dollars go. And our organizations have real costs that require your support. Nomadic Press is no exception. 

Our organization has the following base direct overhead costs:

$837.50/month, half of the total unit rent of $1,675/month and most of which has been covered by our executive director every month (2926 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland)

$1,000/month (2301 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland—starting in February 2017)

$550/month (Faultline Artspace, Oakland)

~$180/month (electricity, gas, trash)

Total base direct overhead costs per month: $2,567.50

We have only accepted one grant, the Keep Oakland Beautiful grant in 2015, and this was for roughly $675 to be used toward some environmental work that we were doing in Fruitvale. We plan on applying for more, but we value the freedom that comes with subsisting on direct support from our community for as long as possible. 

The majority of our staff members are volunteer, including our founder and executive director, who has not yet taken a salary. Those that are paid are paid on a per-project basis at the highest rate that we can afford, and we collect donations at all of our events to pay artists the lion's share of all donations collected while a small percentage goes toward the continuance of our organization. 

We exist because of you. Truly. In every sense. None of us have trust funds, nor do we lead opulent lives. Most of us work two-to-three jobs with side projects to fill the gaps. We believe in the work and tirelessly host events and push out publications that we believe in. We carve out safe spaces for our fellow marginalized community members and support those in the community that do the same. We work ourselves sick and tired, burn out more often than we should because we believe in the power of art to transform the society in which we live and make people's lives better. 

To be honest, we don't know how we have existed thus far given the financial realities of operating in the Bay Area and Brooklyn. What we do know is that all of you have been, and will continue to be, central to our existence, and that we have an amazing, dedicated team of folks tirelessly pushing forward against increasingly difficult odds to simply survive. 

The average cost of one of our books is $12. Every dollar of every sale means everything to us. But this next year, we are expanding our operations even further recognizing more and more acutely the need for safe, affordable, and accessible performance spaces for our fellow marginalized members. We are therefore launching Winter Drive 2016 today. This will last for the remainder of December. Our goal is a modest $12,000, which if you do the math, will cover our base direct overhead expenses for less than 6 months. We need your support. More now than ever. 

If you have been to one of our events, read one of our publications, or have simply heard of the work that we do, you know that we are "all in." We believe firmly in the work that we are doing to meet community where it's at and carve out protective zones for creative expression. Absolutely every dollar will go toward the continuance of our operations. And if and when it is possible for us to start taking salaries, we will announce this with exact monetary amounts. If we exist because of you, this also means that we are accountable to you; that means embracing radical transparency, especially when it comes to where your dollars are going. 

Donate today by clicking the link below (each donation will have 2.9% + $0.30 deducted by Stripe, the credit card processer on Squarespace: https://stripe.com/us/pricing)

http://www.nomadicpress.org/winterdrive2016

We have 24 days left in December. That's $500 a day to meet our goal of $12,000. If 20 of you donate $25 per day, that meets our goal. Every dollar counts. You've seen it, supported it. Now help us keep going and grow.