BINDERY: Dwayne Newton and Jon Obermeyer / Siren Call SF

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Dwayne Newton and Jon Obermeyer for their new book Siren Call SF. Please join us!


Siren Call SF is a paperback art book celebrating San Francisco landscapes and streetscapes with 24 poems and 24 complementary images, including iconic locations like Land’s End, Great Highway, Embarcadero, Alamo Square, and the Old Mint, and imaginative looks at off-the-beaten-path locales in Merced Heights, Dogpatch, the Marina, the Presidio, Treasure Island and Potrero Hill. Additional subjects include a sidewalk pressure washer, Hells Angels at a funeral in Daly City, passengers on the MUNI “K” Ingleside streetcar line and women marchers on Market Street.


Dwayne Newton and Jon Obermeyer knew each other in Santa Barbara in the early 1980’s when Dwayne was in the press corps covering the Reagan Ranch/Western White House for the Santa Barbara News & Review. They reconnected in 2016 at the Art of Fire photography exhibit at the Harvey Milk Center in Duboce Triangle. Jon composed “Inside,” the official poem for the exhibit, later published in Northern Virginia Review.


Proceeds from sales of the book benefit the SF Firefighters Cancer Foundation.



Dwayne Newton (images) is a native San Franciscan, a photojournalist, and a former San Francisco Fire Department lieutenant. A graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, he has shot for the Associated Press, ThomsonReuters,, USA Today, Newsweek, Greenpeace, Wall Street Journal, Public Media Center, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times.


Jon Obermeyer (poems) is a former resident of San Francisco, now residing in Durham, North Carolina. He served as assistant to the Publisher at The San Francisco Chronicle, V.P. of Partnerships for a Sausalito advertising technology start-up, and content advisor to the Not for Sale Campaign in Dogpatch. A native of Santa Barbara, Jon is a graduate of Westmont College. He holds the M.F.A. in Creative Writing degree from U.N.C. Greensboro, where he served as Associate Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review and received recognition for excellence from the Academy of American Poets. Jon is the author of fourteen books of creative work, including The Reassurance of Ghosts, Salsipuedes, and Occupational HazardsWingspan and The Principles of Composition (poems), The Winter Practice and Centripetal Force (short stories), The Low Wire: Meditations on Loss and Creative Restoration and The Writing Mirror (essays), It Happens That Fast, Briarcliff: 1985-1993, The Harbor, and The Guests (memoir), and Myriad: A Poet’s Guide to the Writing Life. A two-time finalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared in Cobalt, North Carolina Literary Review, Northern Virginia Review, The Greensboro Review, Blue Pitcher, Tar River Poetry, the International Poetry Review, Edge of our World, Stroke Connections, Santa Barbara Magazine and Spectrum (U.C.S.B.).



Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight. 


This is an all ages event. The bar opens with doors at 2pm; event starts at 4pm.


As with all of our events, seating may be limited; you can guarantee a seat by pre-purchasing the book below -- when checking out, just be sure to include a note that you'd like to attend the event. If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Siren Call SF, and/or any of the authors' events, send a line to events AT booksmith DOT com.


RSVP appreciated but not required