Small Press Traffic is pleased to co-sponsor the 2022 Writer Residency at Moments Cooperative and Community Space in downtown Oakland.
Giovanna Lomanto is an Oakland-based poet and teaching artist. An alumnus of U.C. Berkeley and a current MFA candidate at NYU's low-residency program, her work has been featured on KALW, the Worth-Ryder Art Gallery, the SFMOMA archive, and various literary magazines. She is the author of two poetry collections: "no body in particular" (Scrambler Books, 2019) and "jupiter fell out the sky last night" (Bound to Brew, 2021) as well as a poetry box/art edition called "erase this: prose poem for the sentimentalist" (RITE Editions, 2021). She is honored to be a poetry reader at The Adroit Journal, and she simultaneously serves as the host/curator of a monthly open mic and reading series at UMA Gallery, in addition to running The Living Room Series & Salon in San Francisco.
Amber Butts (she/her) is a storyteller, cultural strategist, grief worker and scholar of delight. Her practices are rooted in building reparative, joyful and interdependent relationships between the living Earth and all of its beings. Amber's role as a steward, listener and beginner have taught her that spaces centered in tenderness, nuance, and care are freedom playgrounds. Her favorite freedom practice is observing the ways non-human beings organize to confront power and protect one another. Though Amber holds many identities, her most cherished is Audrie Lowe’s granddaughter. Amber lives in and is from Oakland. She is currently at work on an intergenerational speculative fiction novel.