The Reading Room

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The Reading Room

2155 Center Street
94720 Berkeley

January 15th, 2012 - December 21st, 2014
Opening: January 15th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–7pm
University of California Berkeley
Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees, Children (12 & under) $10 Adults (18-64) $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, Senior citizens (65 & over), Disabled persons, Young adults (13-17)


The Reading Room is a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction offering visitors the chance to take home a free book drawn from the overstock collections of several noted East Bay small presses, including Kelsey Street Press, Atelos Books, and Tuumba Press. Books and catalogs from Small Press Distribution will also be available. In turn, visitors are asked to replace that book with one from their own library. We look forward to seeing how the character of the works on the shelves evolves over the course of the project!

Stop by The Reading Room during gallery hours to enjoy a comfortable reading area, listen to recordings of selected poets published by these presses, and view silk-screen prints and original works on paper created by George Schneeman in collaboration with poets Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, and Lewis MacAdams.

As part of selected Friday night L@TE programs throughout winter and spring, The Reading Room will be the site of literary readings (RE@DS) co-curated by poet/author David Brazil and Suzanne Stein, poet, publisher, and community producer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 


Guided and inspired by arts writer and poet Ramsay Bell Breslin and poet and UC Berkeley Professor of English Lyn Hejinian, BAM/PFA’s new literary project invites visitors to look, listen, share, and read in The Reading Room.




Programmed by Suzanne Stein and David Brazil


Friday / 1.27.12 @ 5:30

Jackqueline Frost

 Friday / 2.10.12 @ 5:30

Tom Comitta

Friday / 2.24.12 @ 5:30

Monica Peck

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