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Event Calendar

Alley Cat hosts events almost every night of the week! Poetry readings, book releases, art openings, film screenings, square dances, and workshops all happen in our handsome art gallery.

Book your event: Alley Cat is available for your book launches, gallery shows, or other events freely or at a sliding scale, depending on the scope & audience of your proposed event. Our space is yours to solicit by sending a proposal to events@alleycatbookshop.com

Speculative Fiction Night with Stephen-Paul Martin, Andrew Joron and Carrie Seidler
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Speculative Fiction Night with Stephen-Paul Martin, Andrew Joron and Carrie Seidler

Join us for a reading of speculative fiction curated by local legend, Andrew Joron! Featuring three writers and electronic music by Ava Koohbor to start the night off right.

Stephen-Paul Martin has published many books of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. His most recent collections of fiction are The Ace of Lightning (FC2) and Changing the Subject (Ellipsis Press). An earlier collection of stories, The Gothic Twilight, was nominated for the National Critics Circle Fiction Award in 1992. He is currently the co-director of the MFA program at San Diego State University.

Andrew Joron is the author of The Absolute Letter, a collection of poems published by Flood Editions (2017) and Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010). His speculative fiction has appeared in Dalhousie Review and Big Other magazine. As a musician, Joron plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles. Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Carrie Seidler moved to San Francisco after spending 8 years in New York City where she studied improv comedy and sketch writing. Now, she is in her final year of the SFSU MFA program. She spends her time working on her second novel, teaching high school at the GLIDE Homeless Resource and Father Alfred's Rehab Centers, practicing Muay Thai, and devouring free persimmon samples at the Farmer's Market.

Ava Koohbor is a poet, artist, and electronic musician living in San Francisco. Ava will open the reading with a performance of electronic music.

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The Hyena Debutante Comes Out
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Hyena Debutante Comes Out

An interactive ritual musical theatre experience honoring the centennial of Leonora Carrington’s birth.

The poles unfold and time collapses into a cauldron of wild, steaming, snorting wonder as a cackling, fluttering herd of beasts arises to celebrate the feminine glory of our beloved Ancestress, Leonora Carrington.

Participants: Jaina Bee, Jennyb the Shady Lady, Linda Goldie Hagood, Melissa Margolis

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was hailed as an important Surrealist, though she rejected that label herself and did whatever she damn well pleased. She painted, wrote, sculpted, and produced theatre pieces exploring the themes of alchemy, spiritualism, mythology, and nature—with astonishing delicacy, profound attention to detail, and a wicked grin. During her life she was banished from her aristocratic family in England, fled to Southern France with Max Ernst, escaped torture and madness in Spain, and then found a final home and family in Mexico City. Throughout her days, Leonora startled, enchanted, and illuminated all in her path.

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Tommy Pico with Shira Erlichman
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Tommy Pico with Shira Erlichman

Join Tommy Pico and Shira Erlichman for the release of their new books, Feed and Odes to Lithium.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Shira Erlichman is a visual artist, writer and musician. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work can be found in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed Reader, and PBS NewsHour's Poetry Series, among others.

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Crone Circle: Mxopause for Many Bodies
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Crone Circle: Mxopause for Many Bodies

Join us for tea, cookies, and empowering conversation as we discuss our experiences with menopause as humans with ovaries and/or uteruses. This discussion is open to anyone who has experienced or may someday experience menopause. We aim to make this discussion relevant to cis, trans, and queer folk alike. Co-hosted by Lis Goldschmidt of Five Pins Project Acupuncture.

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Queer Rebels: Give Us The Word!
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Rebels: Give Us The Word!

Give Us The Word, Queer Rebels present an evening of words of wisdom, words of resistance, words to inspire, words that heal. Words that help QTPoC folks get to the other side. We need US. QTPOC writers, readers, singers, talkers, storytellers and thought makers speak to our lives, loves and desires in this world and in this crazy moment.

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Self-Ish Presents Intergenerational womxn and queer open mic
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Self-Ish Presents Intergenerational womxn and queer open mic

SPECIAL NOTE: while Self-ish is usually a womxn (cis and trans women), trans and non-binary open mic for this event we are opening the mic to gay, queer and bi identified cis men!

Self-ish is back with an intergenerational womxn and queer open mic aiming to bring together senior and younger folk! Come share your story, your craft and your talent!

Anyone is invited to attend but the mic is exclusively open to womxn (cis and trans women) and LGBTQI+ identified folk. Sign up beforehand to perform at http://bit.ly/selfishopenmic or on the night starting 6 pm. Everybody gets 5 minutes on stage!

✰ ABOUT US ✰

Self-ish is a womxn, trans and non-binary open mic launched in Paris in May 2016. Why? Because it’s about time we have a space of our own to express our-selves and share our stories.

So come along and share your poetry, songs, craft, prose or performance: let’s be Self-ish and Queer Bound!

✰ ENTRANCE AND ACCESSIBILITY ✰

There is no entrance fee but please donate to support our work. This space is wheelchair accessible!

✰ VALUES ✰

We ask that all performers adhere to our guidelines (https://self-ishopenmic.org/guidelines) and we particularly encourage performers of colour, black performers, trans and/or non-binary performers, intersex performers, queer, lesbian, bisexual and asexual performers, fat performers, disabled performers (with a visible or invisible disability), sex workers, and Muslim and Jewish performers to get on stage and express themselves, be it related to the discrimination(s) they face or not.

✦ Q&A ✦ (more detailled Q&A at https://self-ishopenmic.org/qa/)

☞ What do the terms trans and/or non-binary mean?

A person who identifies as trans is a person whose gender identity and the sex they were assigned at birth do not match up. Someone who identifies as non-binary is a person whose gender identity is defined as being neither "male" or "female," they might use other terms to define themselves such as genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, and more. Find our more here: https://transequality.org/issues/resources/understanding-non-binary-people-how-to-be-respectful-and-supportive. A cisgender (or "cis") person is someone whose sex they were assigned and gender identity match up.

☞ I am a straight cis dude, can I come?

Yes of course.

☞ I am a straight cis dude, can I come and complain about how I am not included in this open mic?

No.

☞ I am white, can I call into question what people of color say about racism and their own lived experiences of it?

No.

✎ Should you have any other questions feel free to drop us a line via PM or at selfishopenmic@gmail.com.

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Opening! Back to Back: The Art of Juan R. Fuentes & Leon Sun
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Opening! Back to Back: The Art of Juan R. Fuentes & Leon Sun

We invite you to this exhibition of works on paper, including linoleum cuts, woodcuts, and screenprints. The artists’ works respond to the world, community, and nature. Both artists have been involved with their respective communities for over 40 years. In honoring those who have joined the ancestors, we celebrate Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos as we present these works.

Juan R. Fuentes’ works began with the Chicano Poster Movement of the 1970s and have continued to represent the struggle for social and racial justice.

Leon Sun learned screenprinting while an artist/activist in the 1970’s Asian American movement. He is also a painter and graphic designer. His current focus is on nature and the environment.

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Reading: Gail Scott & Carla Harryman
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Gail Scott & Carla Harryman

Join us for a reading from Gail Scott whose classic experimental novel 'Heroine' has been published in a brand new edition by Coach House Books with a forward by Eileen Myles. 'Heroine' is an underground classic novel about art and politics in a particularly left separatist era of Montréal.

She will be joined by acclaimed poet Carla Harryman who is visiting us from the East coast. A conversation between the two will follow.

Gail Scott is an experimental novelist. The Obituary (New York, Nightboat, 2012; Coach House: 2010), a ghost story with a fractalled narrator set in a Montréal triplex, was a 2011 finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Montréal. Other novels include My Paris (Dalkey Archive), about a sad diarist in conversation with Gertrude Stein and Walter Benjamin in late 20th century Paris, Main Brides and Heroine. Spare Parts Plus 2 is a collection of stories and manifestoes. Essays are collected in Spaces Like Stairs and la théorie, un dimanche. (translated as Sunday Theory from Belladonna, NY, 2013). Scott’s translation of Michael Delisle’s Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award [2001]. Scott co-founded the critical French-language journal Spirale (Montréal), and is co editor of the New Narrative anthology: Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Toronto: Coach House, 2004). Her memoir Furniture Music, on the downtown Manhattan poetry scene in the early Obama years has just been completed.

Carla Harryman is a poet, experimental prose writer, essayist, and performance writer. She is known for her boundary breaking investigations of genre, non/narrative poetics, and text-based performance collaborations, a number of which have been developed with artists from the Bay Area. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an artist award in poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, New York; a grant (with Erling Wold) from Opera America: Next Stage; an NEA Consortium Playwright Commission; and an Alexander Gerbode Foundation award in poetry. Her work has been translated into many languages, including multiple publications in French, and her essays, poetry, prose, and plays have been represented in over thirty national and international anthologies. She currently lives and teaches in the Detroit area. Harryman will be reading from her recent collection of poetry and works for performance, Sue in Berlin (PURH, 2018).

See you there!

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The Racket #35: Freedom w/ David Hallock Sanders
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Racket #35: Freedom w/ David Hallock Sanders

Freedom ain't a damn thing we think we once heard a person say. And in the midst of our notions of government collapsing around us, we'd like to explore the idea of what this oft used but rarely invoked abstract actually means with a few of our favorite friends. More so we'd like to explore the idea with a good friend and a great writer, David H Sanders, whose recent book - Busara Road (New Door Books) - deserves a West Coast party. So we will throw him a West Coast party.

The Readers (as of now):

David H Sanders

Claire Calderón

EK Badran

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Leticia Del Toro

Yang Huang

Amanda Muniz

Christine No

There will be free beer.

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Self-Ish: a women, trans, & nonbinary open mic!
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Self-Ish: a women, trans, & nonbinary open mic!

Self-ish is a womxn, trans and non-binary open mic launched in Paris in May 2016. Why? Because it’s about time we have a space of our own to express our-selves and share our stories. Anyone is invited to attend but the mic is exclusively open to womxn, trans and/or non-binary folk. So come along and share your poetry, songs, craft, prose or performance: let’s be Self-ish!

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Reading: Anne Lesley Selver / Ryanaustin Dennis / Susan Gevirtz
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Anne Lesley Selver / Ryanaustin Dennis / Susan Gevirtz

Please join us at Alley Cat Books for reading from a trio of amazing artists: Susan Gevirtz, Ryanaustin Dennis, and Anne Lesley Selcer!

Anne Lesley Selcer is a poet who writes about art. She is the author of Blank Sign Book—a collection of essays, and of Sun Cycle—a poetry book about the image. Her chapbooks and gallery publications include from a Book of Poems on Beauty,
Banlieusard, and Untitled (a treatise on form). Writing and poetry can be found in magazines like Hyperallergic, Jacket2, Fillip, Fence, GaussPDF, Open Space, Art Practical, Action, Yes! and The Chicago Review, as well as in gallery and museum
exhibition catalogs. Her work appears in several anthologies, and she occasionally creates off the page.

Ryanaustin Dennis is an Oakland based curator/artist/writer/cultural strategist. As the former founding member of The Black Aesthetic, a curatorial collective, their practice is concerned with how 20th and 21st century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness. They have done curatorial work for E.M. Wolfman Bookstore, Kadist, SFMOMA Open Space, Eastside Arts Alliance, Betti Ono, Soundwave Biennial, and is a Southern Exposure Curatorial Council Fellow. They currently co-curate the Black Life series at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and is a co-founder of Project Kalahati at Pro Arts Gallery and Commons.

Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include Hotel abc, Nightboat; AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger, Kelsey Street; BROADCAST, Trafficker; Thrall, Post Apollo; Hourglass Transcripts, Burning Deck; Taken Place, Reality Street; Black Box Cutaway, Kelsey Street. Critical books: Narrative’s Journey: The fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson, Peter Lang; and Coming Events (Collected Writings), Nightboat. Gevirtz has co-organized the annual translation and conversation meeting of The Paros Symposium with Greek poet Siarita Kouka, and guest organizers Helen Dimos, Eleni Stecopoulos, and Liana Sakelliou for fifteen years. She lives in the SF bay area.

See you there!

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