Piedmont Copy, Oakland Print Shop in Trouble

Years ago, before I was a graduate student teacher at the New College of California, in about 2003, when I was living in the Piedmont area of Oakland, close to Mountain View Cemetery, in the magical shack mansion on John Street, I frequented a print shop that was around the corner from me. Once, I ordered prints of a book for some research I was working on and the owner handed them over to me as he said, "My name is also Youssef" with a smile. We were friends ever since. He introduced me to his kids Badar and Fatima. I mostly dealt with Youssef, but once he gave the shop over to the kids, the business exploded with an amazing abundance. I soon developed a great friendship with Badar and Fatima. Youssef (the father) had told me years ago (he came up in the printing business after working at Krishna Copy in Berkeley for umpteen years) that he would beat anyone's price in town. I told my friends. In 2013 I was proud to refer JK Fowler of Nomadic Press to their services. For over 20 years they have been rolling steadily along, growing. Until COVID hit. Their circulation is down, orders are dwindling. JK Fowler saw the need and heroically created this GoFundMe page. The family is in dire need. Pitch in a few bucks or a whole lotta bucks to help this sweet family-owned business that prints so much of the Bay Area's poetry zines and books. They made my class readers. They print all my business cards. They print the chapbooks I make for Paper Press. This shop is an essential Oakland resource. Please do not let them vanish in the COVID haze.


Transfigureight Update

News for Transfigureight:

The new album is called ARCADIOPOLIS.

It is a selection of 13 remastered songs from bandcamp. ASCAP signup is complete and CDBaby has created videos of the album. Soon the album will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon music, and google music. Enjoy!

Storytelling Live follow up

Hi all! I have been telling stories live on FB for five weeks now. Tonight marks the fifth week. People are enjoying it. People write to me, thanking me. It's something they -and I- look forward to every week. I have great stories lined up for you. I might look for a home for these on vimeo or youtube at some point in the future. I have not been listing them on my current events page and for that I am sorry. I will begin that soon so you'll know. Basically, you can't go wrong. Tune in to my FB page on Saturday night 7:30PM Pacific Time and you can sit in on a really great short story. They usually last 45 minutes. If you're not into sitting at the computer for that amount of time, then I completely understand. Just turn the volume up and walk away. Or, tuck yourself into bed while you listen. :) I will read to you and if you happen to fall asleep, the video will be available for three days after.

Storytelling Live

We're cooped in all over the world with COVID19 restrictions and forced isolation. That can be rough. Many artists are offering their services to help soothe the psyche and/ or to help make ends meet.

Last week I told LES BATS which is a humdinger of a story published in Paris/NYC's THE OPIATE magazine, run by Genna Rivieccio.

This week I will read CORN WOMAN OR, THE BAKER'S WIFE published in my short story collection FIERCER MONSTERS published by Nomadic Press.

If you do not have a facebook account, I think the LIVE STREAM should come through ON THIS PAGE.