Cartonera Collective is a project of Cardboard House Press, devoted to the creation of spaces and media for cultural, artistic, and literary development. We publish writing, art, and contemporary thought from Latin America and Spain, and host bilingual events, community projects and workshops. Our work serves as a platform to exchange ideas and highlight meanings that stimulate diverse human connections and social actions. All of our publications are bilingual—English and Spanish. To date we have published authors from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain and Uruguay.
Presentation and readings: Thursday, November 7 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
The Collective’s new Tripwire pamphlet, cardboard minutes // libro de cajas, will
be available (including limited-editing hand-bound copies), along with
the new Tripwire pamphlet from Anenta Aire, who inaugurated the Poetry
Center series last year. Hope to see you at some or all of the events!
Announcing the third installment of the Tripwire pamphlet series: Desperate Holdings (un) Real Estate: Dis-Investment Strategy, by Cassie Thornton and the Feminist Economics Department. Drawing on the collaborative work and story of the immersive real estate/spa installation at Dream Farm Commons in spring 2019, this pamphlet explores the FED’s ongoing investigation into property and land, with art-actions and performative rituals aimed at subverting the logics of colonial real estate and economic displacement. Find out more at the Desperate Holdings site.
Book release and talk: Tues Oct 22, 7pm EM Wolfman Books, Oakland. RSVP here.
Then on October 23, 25, and 28, from 11am to 2pm, come visit Desperate Holdings Real Estate & LandMind Spa at Oscar Grant Plaza for a land-facial! details here
Tripwire’s 2nd pamphlet showcases nibia pastrana santiago‘s performance interventions at and around the Whitney Museum of American Art, in collaboration with Eduardo F. Rosario and Daniela Fabrizi, and with performance photos and scores as well as texts by Ren Ellis Neyra, Tung-Hui Hu, and guest curator Greta Hartenstein. pastrana’s practice explores choreography as a demarcation of space, an inherently territorial act. She understands the resulting relationships between choreographer, performer, and audience to be enmeshed in a complex power dynamic—one that, in her work, she relates to the colonial force enacted on Puerto Rico by the United States. Her ongoing practice investigates the history and physical characteristics of San Juan Bay; for the Whitney Biennial, she conducted a similar examination of the Hudson River and the New York waterfront, especially in the area around the Whitney.
Neither a poetry chapbook or a typical poetry zine, this new series will explore a range of (extra-)poetic materials, from short monographs/longer critical essays to collaborations around a theme/issue/site, from archival work to something akin to a mini artist’s catalog that might focus on someone(s)’s work from a variety of angles.
Contributors are paid & pamphlets will be cheap with free PDFs available upon publication.
Our first pamphlet is on the performance poetry of Fel Santos, organized by Paolo Javier & David Mason/Listening Center for the 2018 Queens Museum International Biennale.
Forthcoming pamphlets in 2019 from The Feminist Economics Department, Antena, Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, nibia pastrana santiago, the Black Took Collective, Isabel Waidner, & more! Check back for subscription info.
Antena, John Pluecker & Jen Hofer, engage in a live translation experiment, recorded on September 27, 2018, at The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University. The second night of a two-evening program, debuting The Poetry Center’s Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, Antena enacted their collaborative practice by engaging in topics chosen through audience feedback, free-flowing association, and discussion of current and past projects, culminating in a performance of improvised interpretative poem-making. The prior night, both writers read from their own work, as well as translations, at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland. Both full programs at Poetry Center Digital Archive.
Exchanged over email, this interview between David Buuck & Aaron Beasley explores Tripwire’s aesthetico-political engagement and counterinstitutional practices, as well as what affordances print can bring to the digitally inflected poetics scene. It has been lightly edited for readability.
Tripwire 14: The Red Issue— now available for $3 download 375+ pages of new poetry & translations, essays, reviews, radical poetries from the archive, a special section on Greek Poetry of the Crisis & more
Tripwire editor David Buuck’s The Riotous Outside— free download from Commune Editions
A Ballad for Etel Adnan
Join Tripwire editor David Buuck at SFMOMA for an exploration of Etel Adnan’s relationship to Bay Area creative communities at a night of poetry and musical performances. Artist Simone Fattal and poets David Buuck, Nick Hoff, and Denise Newman will share selections from both Adnan’s writing and their own. The evening’s festivities continue with a performance by experimental harpist and composer Zeena Parkins and percussionist William Winant inspired by Adnan’s long relationship to color, abstraction, and the California landscape.
Thursday, September 20, 7-9pm
SFMOMA (free with museum admission)
Floor 4, Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box
Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series:
Jen Hofer & John Pluecker Reading & Presentation
The Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, a partnership with The Poetry Center, debuts this month with a two-day series by poet-translator-activists Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who collectively organize Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating, interpreting, and language justice. Hofer and Pluecker, visiting respectively from Los Angeles and Houston, will read from their own work, then present their work around Antena the following evening; both events are free and open to the public.
Jen Hofer & John Pluecker will read from their poetry & present their collaborative work with Antena as the debut event for the Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series
The Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, a partnership with The Poetry Center, debuts this month with a two-day series by poet-translator-activists Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who collectively organize Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating, interpreting, and language justice. Hofer and Pluecker, visiting respectively from Los Angeles and Houston, will read from their own work on Wednesday, September 26, then present their work around Antena the following evening, Thursday, September 27. Join us!
Jen Hoferis a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and local language justice collective Antena Los Ángeles. Her most recent translations are Style / Estilo by Dolores Dorantes (Kenning Editions 2016) and Intervenir / Intervene by Dolores Dorantes and Rodrigo Flores Sánchez (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). Her translation of Virginia Lucas’s Amé.RICA is forthcoming from Litmus Press.
John Plueckeris a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, he co-founded the collaborative Antena and in 2015 the social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. His undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press.