Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Excerpts from my Grocery List" Now Available from Beard of Bees!

Photo attributed to Meagan Donegan

I'm happy to announce that my chapbook Excerpts from my Grocery List is now available for download at Beard of Bees! Beard of Bees is an independent, free press. They have published chapbooks by Rae Armantrout, Paul Hoover, and Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop. I am excited to have my chapbook published alongside them.

You can download my book at http://beardofbees.com/pubs/Excerpts_From_My_Grocery_List.pdf

Friday, November 29, 2013

Makers Market - December 5

What: a miniature holiday fair with hand-crafted gifts, live music, and DIY stations
When: Thursday, December 5
Time: 12pm to 8pm
Where: Cesar Chavez Center, 3rd Floor Art Gallery at San Francisco State University
Free to Enter!

Get into the holiday spirit at the Makers Market. We'll have live music, literary readings, libations, tasty treats, and art stations for you to make your own DIY gifts. 

Art Workstations include: Button making, mini-book binding, hand-made gift wrap and cards, snow globes, and felt java jackets. Don't forget to stop by the free photo booth. Art workstations are open throughout the event.

I will be selling ornaments, pendants, collages, and Excerpts from my Grocery List. Come by to say hello!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Chapbook forthcoming from Beard of Bees Press!

I'm happy to announce that my chapbook "Excerpts From My Grocery List" will be coming out mid-December e-book style from Beard of Bees Press! Below are a few sneak previews in the form of my collage poems. Check back soon for details on when and where the downloads will be available.

Nancy Graves' "Perfect Syntax of Stone and Air" w/Excerpts

Joan Mitchell's untitled oil on canvas w/Excerpts

Milton Glaser's "Dylan Poster" w/Excerpts

Sunday, October 20, 2013

in its plum age

here's a poem for this warm foggy day:

in its plum age
let the bamboo
adore a door

oh, to live in delay
of decomposition

let it, at most
come to fear
the compress
of brother branches

as other stalks
pass on, eat aerie
also dawdle, lei tepee

as the lizard’s
tail withers
away with the sawdust


let the dust delay
a stalk is a door
is the door a liar

let it bamboozle
the atmosphere

the compass saw a way
despite what we are
so, so of blood

come, press plumage
into a composition
a tale retold
branches, lives on

in the withered
the other, its after

Monday, October 7, 2013

APAture '13 Comix & Zines Expo @ the Cartoon Art Museum

Image courtesy of Eddie H. Ahn/EHA Comics

Kearny Street Workshop proudly presents:

A Window into the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists

Comix & Zines Expo

Get into the D-I-Y spirit and check out a full lineup of artist tables, workshops, screenings and a ton of interactive fun. Local artists will have illustrations, comics, zines, and cartoons on display and for sale. I will be selling Excerpts from my Grocery List as well as other poems and pendants all repurposed from abandoned books, office supplies, and art.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Cartoon Art Museum
Address: 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Department of Illegal Superheroes - a live art performance
  • Film Screenings - Watch non-stop animated shorts playing throughout the day!
  • Comic Jam - Grab a pencil and bust out a comic book page or two with your fellow fair attendees!
  • Make a Sketchbook - Make your own sketchbook using basic bookbinding and Gocco printmaking techniques.
  • Two Panels - D-I-Y Publishing and Asian American Women Comic Book Creators
  • Featured Artist - Eddie H. Ahn

$5 presale/$7 at the door
Purchase tickets here: www.kearnystreet.org
For more information: www.kearnystreet.org
For the complete festival schedule: http://on.fb.me/16npFcF

Alley Cat Books - Poetry Reading

What: Voz sin Tinta Reading Series + Open Mic
Who: Susan Calvillo, Aurelia Cortez Peyron, Raul Ruiz, Katie Dalla, and Farah Amezcua
Where: Alley Cat Books
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Curators: Marguerite Munoz & Jose Hector Cadena
Sponsored by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia and Alley Cat Books.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I dedicate this poem to all the writers wading through guidelines, editors' expectations, and rejection letters this hopeful summer.

Submission Guidelines

September theme: On The Couch
            for a proposal to send to potential publishers

We accept anything: poetry, napkin doodles, instructions for assembling killer robots, a photograph of the poem you wrote with a sharpie marker on top of graffiti sprayed on a ripped up advertisement, poems which are heartfelt, but not sappy, work that goes beyond celebration and observation to suggest new ways to think and write about birds, work that makes us look at ourselves in a new way & work that challenges (or, you know, confirms in some subversive way) the stereotypes that paint our generation as lazy or stupid or narcissistic or victims of the times.

We will never accept “cookie cutter” writers (you know who you are).

Helpful hints from the poetry editor:

Be image oriented (show don't tell).
Don’t have heavy end-stop rhymes.
Have a clever use of language (i.e. slant & internal rhymes, alliteration & assonance).
The weirder the better.
Things that are funny make us laugh.
We're looking for dramatic monologues, or characters talking to God.

No fan fiction, no erotica, no work that is cliché or unoriginal
Submissions containing sex, violence, or profanity simply for the sake of “shock value”, will surely be rejected

Feel free to send submissions, but you will likely not receive a response until (gulp)… December? Send up to 3 poems at a time. Submitting more than 8 tends to conceal the merits of individual poems. No epics, PLEASE!!

1st prize: $100 & an Osprey backpack, 2nd prize: gift certificate for a pair of La Sportiva Mountain running shoes. All prizewinners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing.

Include a cover letter with brief bio & statement describing your connection to Nebraska.  Bios should be professionally written, not comical or irreverent.

Only Southern poets (born, living, spent time in prison, or otherwise dallied somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon) will be considered or the material needs to be plainly set in or derived from the South.

If your poem has non-standard grammar/styling, please note it in your cover letter so that it doesn’t affect our decision. Line length may be edited to fit chapbook publication format, 3-line haiku need not to conform to strict syllable count. The poet should also know, fairly clearly, what is or is not good work and send only that.

We reserve the right to print or not print any & all submissions.
You will probably not get paid, except in our eternal gratitude.
To submit now click here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Excerpt Art with Frankenthaler, the iPhone, Mondrian, and O'Keeffe

Here's some more artwork that I admire paired with Excerpts From My Grocery List. This one's "Madame Butterfly" by Helen Frankenthaler.

Apple iPhone paired with an Excerpt From My Grocery List.

Piet Mondrian's "Composition with Blue, Black, Yellow and Red" paired with an Excerpt From My Grocery List.
Georgia O'Keeffe's "Canna Red and Orange" paired with an Excerpt From My Grocery List.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MFA Mixer 2.0 Six Flags Amusement

What: Some Wild Ride Lit
When: Thursday August 15, 2013
Where: Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, SF

Dog days of summer got you down? Come join us for the literary roller coaster loop d' loop known as MFA Mixer 2.0, exclusively at The Cat Club. We'll spike your lemonade. Get you sweating to the 80s. Send you home with a rockin' smile wide as the Tilt o Whirl.*

Check out all these amazing readers who will be sharing their work with us:

Mary Bond, Pacific University
Michael Caligaris, St. Mary's
Susan Calvillo, SF State
Lindsey Englehardt, Mills
Jill Kolongowsk,i St. Mary's
Nicole McFadden, USF
Colin Partch, CCA
Lauren Peck, SF State
Samiat Salami, CCA
Brittany Wason, St. Mary's

Doors open at 6:30. Event begins at 7. Dancing and $2 well drinks begin at 9.

*Actual size of smiles may vary. Void where prohibited by law.

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room, August 10, 2013

Writers With Drinks sends you back to school with science fiction, poetry and boxing!

When: Saturday, August 10, 2013, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
Who: Hannu Rajaniemi, Natalie Serber, Aimee Phan, Matt Shears, Mike the Boxer and Susan Calvillo
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco
How much: $5 to $10 sliding scale, all proceeds benefit the CSC

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Excerpt Art - Warhol, McGraw, Little, Marin

Andy Warhol's 100 Cans; An Excerpt from My Grocery List

DeLoss McGraw, Mother and Child 'Bleak and Lonely Heights' in August Moving Sunlight; Excerpts
James Little, Sneak-Attack; An Excerpt from My Grocery List
John Marin, Sun Spots; An Excerpt from My Grocery List
Last year McGraw-Hill had layoffs and was going to fill a dumpster with beautiful paper, artwork, files, and office supplies. I snatched them up and am now re-purposing excerpts of artwork and collaging them together with excerpts from my poetry.

New American Writing 31

I am happy to have one of my Dual Duel poems in New American Writing's 31st edition. Thank you so much to Paul Hoover and Maxine Chernoff for all the support and for giving me the opportunity to be published alongside poets I admire so much.

This edition includes Andrew Joron, Gillian Conoley, Maxine Chernoff, Sylvia Legris, John Olson, Nathaniel Mackey, Hoa Nguyen, Donna de la Perriere, Barbara Tomash, Gretchen Stengel, and many many more!

My poem included is about slaying Gorgons and snacking on Gorgonzola, please check it out and pick up your edition at http://www.newamericanwriting.com/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MFA/MA Thesis Reading, May 16

::: SFSU MFA/MA Thesis Reading :::

Place: The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco State University

Day: May 16, 2013
Time: 5pm
Free: Any and all are welcome!

VelRo, Wordsmith, and The Art Gallery are teaming up to present an awesome cast of graduating MFA/MA Prose writers, Poets, and Playwrights. Please join us Thursday in The Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Readers include: Jill Tomasetti, Mariama Lockington, Stepanie Doeing, and Susan Calvillo (me!)

Poetry Reading: Navigating the underCurrents, May 15

What: Poetry Reading at SOMArts: Navigating the underCurrents
When: Wednesday, May 15, 7–8:30pm
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission.

Amy K. Bell, Susan Calvillo, Ploy Pirapokin, Shobha Rao and more!

Come see us perform original poems inspired by artworks in the visual art exhibition "underCurrents & the Quest for Space," presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC). This multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts exhibition aims to identify and contemplate the political implications of what lies below the surface, while exploring possibilities to move beyond, reinventing history and artistically predicting an unrestrained future. 

For more information please visit http://www.somarts.org/undercurrentspoetry/

Handmade Notepads

"The Great Wave" + Notepad = The Crash Pad

Notepad in four panels of Clouret Bouchel's "Passing Through"

Notepad with cover image: Janice Lessman-Moss's #305-703

An Excerpt from my Grocery List in lieu of participating in "Poetry Month"

This year I decided not to participate in the poem-a-day challenge for Poetry Month. Because every month has been poetry month for me for the last three years, and forcing myself to write under quantifiable constraints always produces the worst poetry from me. That said, without that pressure, I somehow woke at 6am on a sunny morning in San Francisco with the intense urge to put something down. The only paper within my reach was my grocery list. Here's a little bit of what happened that day...

—Three Excerpts from my Grocery List—

I eat the carousel in my sleep. Horse flesh carries the never-ending pipe organ of whinnies. It is not a sound that subtitles protect. My unborn child will emerge in a society too lazy for words. Her imagination will only be as wide as a movie screen. While my innerchild’s imagination will have the depth of a page. Locked in a book. Every word a hyperlink. Mental. Popping up everywhere before its time. Like a purple gluestick. Twisting in and out. Inside a temple. Outside a theme park. The water I sip in sleep tastes sweeter than holy water.

“I need to add something to my grocery list,” I tell the time traveler. He warns me not to write the secrets of the universe. I will alter the space-time continuum. The first thing I do when I wake up is use the toilet. When I crawl back in bed I find an uncapped pen and the words cadavers galloping into history under my pillow, still warm.

When the toast catches fire, it’s hard to look away. Even when knowing a hundred tons of meteoroids will hit the Earth’s atmosphere today. This happens daily. There’s an art to juggling fire. You put as much thought into it as lightning does to striking. There is a meteoroid as small as the strawberry seeds you roll on your tongue. There is a planet composed entirely of streams of lightning.