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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 23

OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

film & video
November 2

Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

readings & workshops
November 6

Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

readings & workshops
November 6

Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 18

Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

performances
November 22

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
November 27

Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

readings & workshops
November 28

Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived exhibitions
Jun 20 June 20 - August 30
7:00pm, $6

Quemadura Design Exhibition: Books, Posters, and Prints by Jeff Clark. Featuring examination copies of small press books, handmade bookshelves, and a specially commissioned Ronald Johnson text piece designed by Jeff Clark at Quemadura. 

"Having returned to the Bay Area from getting an MFA in poetry at Iowa, I started a zine, which meant I had to learn the basics of typography, typesetting, and design. I found that I loved this work, and had a knack for it. Since roughly 1997, and snowballing very slowly, I'd done 'freelance' projects after-hours: friends' books for small presses, posters, etc. I begin with the inside of book: I read a manuscript, then begin to work on devising a basalt text treatment (typeface, size, leading) that befits the work at hand. When I have designed a few pages of pure poetry or prose and am happy with them, feel they're strong and of appropriate aura, I will then hand build the entire book interior. I'll then extrapolate that design to the cover. Interior book typography is my forte; it's metabolic now—I don't consciously think as I'm working, and I'm pleased and energized, as if assembling stones in a garden.

My aims in making a book: paradoxical. I want a book I've done to convey that the studio in which its form has come to life is an artisanal workshop—a woodworker's woodshop, or a mechanic's garage; and every element of a book, also every single page and paragraph, have been addressed, touched, thought about. In recent years I've become more and more interested in, drawn to, fascinated by woodworking and gardening, and these practices have not so much informed, but clarified my design work: I am interested in, and incredibly charged by, the task of making material objects and arrangements of objects that feel, overtly, to have been lavished with intense care and attention. In working with small presses I am among the people I find affinity with. I get to provide labor, craftsmanship, knowledge, and passion to precisely the books that most need it." 

- Jeff Clark

 

Jeff Clark was born in southern California in 1971. He went to Iowa for poetry, then moved to San Francisco and Oakland. Clark currently does book design as Quemadura, after eleven years with Oakland design studio Wilsted & Taylor. His own books are The Little Door Slides Back (Sun and Moon, 1997; reprint FSG, 2004), Music and Suicide (FSG, 2004), and 2A(Quemadura, 2006), written in collaboration with Geoffrey G. O'Brien. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his partner, the poet Christine Hume, and their daughter, Juna Hume Clark.