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ELEVATE: An Urban Residency

Residency slot 2/5--3/19
 _____________ Residency slots: 3/20--4/30 5/1 to 6/15
______________ Residency slots 6/16 to 7/31 8/1 to 9/15
 _____________ Residency slots 9/16 to 10/31 11/1 to 12/31 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: AUGUST 15th ________________

ELEVATE: An Urban Residency Small Press Traffic in partnership with Real Time and Space, invites submissions for the Residency Program, ELEVATE.

 ELEVATE grants selected experimental writers, at any stage in their career, free studio space (no housing) in a decommissioned elevator at Real Time and Space in Oakland, CA, as well as an opportunity to perform creative and critical work. One resident will be chosen for each session. The duration of each residency includes an opportunity for the resident to perform creative work and give an artist talk. Residency candidates receive a $200 stipend.

 ABOUT SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC Since 1974 Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center (SPT) has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses to engage, create, present, critique and archive their work. Small Press Traffic’s mission is to provide a local and national platform for experimental writing, paying particular attention to underserved writers and those that identify as women, LBGTQ and/or people of color. SPT offers writers a continuum of support, from the generation to the connection to a readership both inside and beyond the experimental writing community.

 ABOUT REAL TIME AND SPACE Real Time and Space (RTS) is comprised of 15 work-only artist studios and an artist residency program located in a former print shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. The mission of RTS is to provide a productive and participatory workspace for its members and residents by fostering opportunities for dialog, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary interaction. Our members include a wide range of artists, writers, curators, and designers. By offering a residency program open to local, national, and international cultural producers, RTS seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area artistic community. Numerous public programs such as artist talks, film screenings, and social events enhance our overall mission by supporting further opportunities for conversations to take place.

 ELEVATE offers the opportunity to integrate critical and creative practices into a new set of parameters, and the potential of challenging established routines, activities and assumptions. ELEVATE asks experimental writers to question what constitutes creative space, and creative community. Successful candidates will be offered one slot, roughly one month in duration.

 The Objectives The aim of this residency program is to generate a new work or body of work. During their residency, candidates will be asked to perform their creative work at a local reading for Small Press Traffic and give either a critical talk or have a conversation with another writer/artist. The Application Proposals will be considered from experimental writers of any genre. Successful candidates will be notified within one week of the submission deadline. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that consider the notion of community, although this is not required.

 The Logistics
 + The Residency will include access to studio space only. There is no housing attached to this project.
 + Residents are expected to fund their own travel to and from Oakland. +Residents will receive a $200 stipend at the beginning of their residency.
 + Residents are expected to arrive at Real Time and Space prepared to work independently on their work for the duration of the residency in whatever capacity that is possible