With grit, grace, and elegance Faithful Fools (a live/work non-profit) has collected an anthology of anthologies representing over 100 poets selected from five different volumes originally published by Will to Print Press. Edited by the University of San Francisco MartIn-BarO Scholars (2014-15), and produced by Freedom Voices Press, this collection will take you into the streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin District where you will hear a panoply of voices sharing art and wisdom drawn from harsh experience and existential joy.
"Welcome to Living in the Land of the Dead... Understand: this book
contains road maps, accident reports, and prayers and is filled with
human life crying like a helpless baby or the blast of a lonely horn..."
—Ed Bowers, a Faithful Fool and Tenderloin Poet
book is a crossroads. A crossroads of people: a place where poets meet
one another, where students meet poets, where faculty meet Fools. This
book is a crossroads of life: a place where words meet the page, where
truth meets dreams, where the past meets the present. It is an oasis on
the long Silk Road of poetry that connects distant corners of the
—Sam Dennison, a Faithful Fool
Maketa Smith-Groves is a reincarnate William Carlos Williams, recording specifics of an urban world so down and out that only those born of it are permitted to wander its ghost realm. When she brings this sensibility to a more familiar scenery, it is with compassion for its discarded broken denizens and exhausted working class ignored by the entitled, such as in L.A.'s bright horrors. Moving, accurate snapshots without a tough persona or preaching rhetoric. You haven't been here before. Marc Olmsted —poet, and author of Don't Hesitate Knowing Allen Ginsberg.
Maketa Smith-Groves has given her life to the poem, as these works so clearly and beautifully demonstrate. Her voice is strong, as she continues to practice the art and craft of poetry, with true devotion. This collection will take its place on the shelf of literature that lasts. Neeli Cherkovski —poet, memoirist and literary chronicler. His latest book of poetry is, The Crow.
The poems ... are marvelous! Elias Schneitter —poet, novelist, and co-founder, Sprachsalz Literary Festival. Co-author of, The Two Austrians of North Beach.
Maketa Smith-Groves is a truly important representative of American poetry. Her poetry unites the blues of Mississippi, the harshness of the struggle to survive in Detroit, and the sensitivity of an outsider in San Francisco. Hers, is a distinguished voice in American Literature. —Sprachsalz Literary Festival Review, Innsbruck, Austria.
104 Pages, Trade paperback. $14.95
Women’s Writing Workshop at Faithful Fools
234 Hyde St. (at Turk)
2nd Saturday each month
Based on the Writing from the Soul practice
Write! Meditate! Listen & Share Deeply!
Workshop leader Kitty Costello is a longtime writer, editor, activist and teacher
Come access your truest voice, free from inner &outer critics.
New and experienced writers all welcome.
This workshop is free and open to all who identify as women.
Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center, Freedom Voices and Hedgebrook Women’s Writing Retreat.
House Keys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond.
Written by Paul Boden with additional essays by friends and longtime allies, Art Hazelwood and Bob Prentice. It includes 67 images created by printmakers, painters, muralists, cartoonists and photographers giving a history of the art made in the struggle.
House Keys Not Handcuffs is a reflection on over 30 years of homeless organizing in San Francisco. It is an attempt to sort out what went well and what did not as a community begins to organize in order to hold public and private institutions accountable. Its purpose is not only to distill the lessons we have learned, but to encourage others to document and reflect on their own experiences in the hope that we can collectively contribute to a stronger, more broadly-based movement. Artwork has always been a vital part of this organizing.
The book draws from the insights of Paul Boden, whose own experiences on the street as an activist, and as a co-founder of the Coalition on Homelessness and later, the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), give him a unique and wide perspective. It is a voice for people who have no power or privilege except for their capacity to organize and demand social justice.
The life of graphic novel artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) is told by author and scholar David A. Beronä in a series of vignettes that are accompanied by woodcut prints illustrating the story. Seven contemporary artists provide the original woodcut prints. The illustrators include Olivier Deprez, Jules Remedios Faye, Drew Grasso, Art Hazelwood, Frances Jetter, Billy Simms, Kurt Brian Webb.
The vignettes include the childhood of the artist, his marriage, his graphic woodcut novels, and his later illustrated children's books. Graphic novel artist Eric Drooker provides an introduction to both Lynd Ward as well as the author.
64 pages, cover color, interior b/w perfect bound, 8.5 x 8.5 inches
classic like 1984 or Brave New World.”
—Jim Smith, The Venice Beachhead
“A great dystopian read that takes you on a journey around the
streets and scenic marvels of San Francisco. More than an Orwellian
dystopia, American Daydream draws on the revelations of Edward Snowden,
imagining where the National Security might be leading us in the future.
Added to this mélange is a passionate romance between the two main
characters, the utopian counter point of the story.”
—Roger Burbach, author of Fire in the Americas
“Margot Pepper’s literary incursion into Science Fiction is just like
her—daring, brave and fully imagined. She is a story goddess living in
and out of verses, whose political stance is vital and necessary.”
—Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and It Calls You Back
Freedom Voices Celebrates 25 Years with Reading at City Lights Bookstore — Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 pmFreedom Voices
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and our 2014 Award-Winner
with readings by Margot Pepper (left), Paul Boden (center), J. Douglas Allen-Taylor (right). MC, Jess Clarke
Frank Bette Center For The Arts
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1601 Paru Street
20th Anniversary: Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews From the Zapatista National Liberation ArmyBen Clarke
Edited by Ben Clarke and Clifton Ross
"Voice of Fire presents the critical communiqués and perspectives of the first guerrilla movement to emerge in Latin America in the post-Cold War era. This book puts us inside the minds of Indigenous peoples and Mexicans who are raising fundamental questions about the current political and social order in North America. Subcomandante Marcos' commentaries are written with a passion and commitment reminiscent of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America."
Author of Fire in the Americas
"The Zapatistas bring much needed fresh ideas to the world's progressive and indigenous rights movements. Their civil society strategy, which rejects both vanguardism and narrow ethnic nationalism, appears to have been remarkably successful in a short period of time. This collection of their own writings is a must read for anyone concerned with Mexico in particular and progressive movements in general."
Peter Rossett, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy
"The spectacular January first EZLN uprising was a cry 500 years in the making. It has unleashed a torrent of discontent that will mark the unraveling of the ruling party's stranglehold on Mexican politics for the past six decades. The future face of Mexico is as unknown as the faces behind the rebel's masks, but the chiseled features of Mexico's Indians will no longer be merely reminders of the past. Thanks to the EZLN, they will now shape Mexico's future. This collection of EZLN writings is key to understanding what that future holds."
Co-Director, Global Exchange
"If the lie returns to the mouth of the powerful our voice of fire will speak again..."
Communiqué of the EZLN, February 16,1994
Introduction by Ben Clarke : An overview of the Zapatista philosophy and origins.