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February 2008

Press Release, Newcomer Can’t Swim

Newcomer Can’t Swim, Renee Gladman. Kelsey St. Press, 2007. Written as seven loosely connected pieces, Renee Gladman’s Newcomer Can’t Swim mixes poetry with prose to recreate life for the twenty-first century flaneur in urban America, where, amid a confusion of aims, identities, and miscommunication devices, being attuned to different frequencies …

A Reading by Renee Gladman

In January 2008 I met Renee Gladman for the fist time when she flew to San Francisco from Brown University, where she teaches, to give a reading at my alma mater, the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). Since my time there, the San Francisco campus has acquired an …

Berssenbrugge/Smith collaboration

My history at Kelsey Street began in 2006 with the publication of Concordance, a collaboration between poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and visual artist Kiki Smith. Our artists don’t illustrate, any more than our writers caption images. These books are true collaborations, by which I mean a collective labor in which each …