Friday, October 20, 2017

Saturday, October 21: Louise Mathias, Elena Karina Byrne & Steffi Drewes

















The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

LOUISE MATHIAS
ELENA KARINA BYRNE
& STEFFI DREWES

Saturday, October 21 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Louise Mathias is the author of two books of poems, Lark Apprentice, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and The Traps (Four Way Books), as well as a chapbook Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, chosen by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook competition. Raised in England and Los Angeles, for the last eight years she has lived in Joshua Tree where she drives around the Mojave taking photos and writing poems about wildflowers, desolation, sex and trash.

Multi-media artist, editor, Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Elena Karina Byrne is the author of Squander (Omnidawn 2016), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press 2002). She just completed a collection of essays entitled, Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire. Her book reviews and poetry publications include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, APR, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Slate, Volt, Diode, OmniVerse, Verse, and BOMB.

Steffi Drewes is the author of Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and the chapbooks Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, History of Drawing Circles, and New Animal (forthcoming 2017, Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as 6x6, Eleven Eleven, Laurel Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, and in the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco But It’s Sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). This spring she also debuted a custom set of photo-based tarot cards in performance at The Wassaic Project Summer Exhibit: Vagabond Time Killers in New York. She works as a freelance writer and editor in the Bay Area.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sunday afternoon, Oct 15th: @SEA #16 "The/oral"




The Poetic Research Bureau's Sunday live magazine returns, with hauntings from Vienna, New Mexico, Buenos Aires and beyond. The sixteenth episode is focus on the theme of "the/oral" – voice, oral history, the guttural, the sung.

Featuring:

Philipp Schmickl (Vienna) – talk
Chelsea Rector (Los Angeles) – folk-song & active listening
Jon Davis (New Mexico) – translation & poetry
Nelson Carlo De Los Santos – film excerpt
Andrew Choate & Jeremy Kennedy – voice & falsely ethereal music

Doors 1pm
Event 1:30pm-3:30pm

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Philipp Schmickl is the editor of "THEORAL – oral music histories and interesting interviews", a rhizomatiqc and continuously growing web of stories and thoughts in- and outside of the experimental music scene. In his talk "On being a medium" he will try to point out the guiding principles of his work.

Chelsea Rector performs Young Tambling: "I will listen, unaccompanied. She will sing, unaccompanied. "Young Tambling" is a folk-tale with a woman at the center of the narrative. She is mortal and is as impregnable as she is fallible. Saving the life of her beloved, in an enchanted forest, Chelsea Rector's adapted folk-song subtly resets the primary-text. As "Young Tambling" is performed, as it is sung, the terminology shifts from magical to relatable."

Jon Davis reads from recent work and translations of Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan. Jon is the author of six chapbooks and four books of poetry, including Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon, 2010) and Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron, 1995). He also co-translated Dayplaces (Tebot Bach, 2015) from the Arabic with author Naseer Hassan. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including a Lannan Literary Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is Director of the Low Residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He occasionally performs as the peripatetic poet Chuck Calabreze.

We will screen an excerpt of Canciones De Cunas by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias is a director and writer, originally from the Dominican Republic, and is known for Cocote (2017), Lullabies (2014) and Le Dernier des Bonbons (2011).


Andrew Choate & Jeremy Kennedy haint Los Angeles. They will perform "Philosophy Coaching," This performance uses the relationship between coaching and action to coax out an experience of musical activity as relatable, manipulable and un/imaginable. Advice translated live. Music falsely ethereal.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Postponed: Gillian Conoley & Martha Ronk

Due to the tragic fires in Northern California, which have impacted the friends and families of both Gillian Conoley and PRB programmers, we are postponing Saturday night's reading until later this fall. We wish our fellow Californians strength and resolve during a difficult time, and look forward to Gillian and Martha joining us soon. Let the water come.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 7: Will Alexander & Aldon Lynn Nielsen


















This Saturday night, Will Alexander reads at the Poetic Research Bureau with Aldon Lynn Nielsen, who will be launching his new book from Make Now Press, TRAY.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

TRAY by A.L. Nielsen

With Tray Aldon Nielsen establishes himself as a formidable voice among American poets. And voice, his forte and bete noire, articulates social criticism as aesthetic form. The incantations of religious and secular crusades are rendered in the eponymous opening poem as live scratching by a deejay (call him History, or God): Gangster Zimmerman as another wanna-be gangsta. And in the poems that constitute “Escamotage,” the second half of the book, Nielsen’s penchant for puns, jokes and blues whimsy are offset by a deft lyricism that is, by turns, poignant (“Interval” is a touching homage to Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem”), humorous (“Clarence Farmer’s Complaint”) and celebratory (“Experimental Hope”). The common senses and uncommon sense delineated as Tray will be balm for our new dark age.
–Tyrone Williams

These days we’re trying to save us. These are some good poems about that.
–Rod Smith

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Will Alexander—poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist,visual artist, and pianist. He is author of over thirty books in the above mentioned genres. His latest book is one of aphorisms entitled Across The Vapour Gulf.

A.L. Nielsen was the first winner of the Larry Neal Award for poetry, and has appeared in both Best American Poetry (selected by John Ashbery) and Best American Experimental Writing (selected by Tracie Morris and Charles Bernstein). His previous books of poetry include Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, Mixage, Mantic Semantic and A Brand New Beggar. He currently serves as the Kelly Professor of American Literature at Penn State University, and previously taught at Howard University, San Jose State, UCLA, Central China Normal University and Loyola Marymount. His books of criticism include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant and Integral Music. With Lauri Ramey he has edited two anthologies of innovative writings by African American poets. Other awards include The SAMLA Studies Prize, the Kayden Prize, the Darwin Turner Award, an American Book Award and the Josephine Miles Award. When not teaching at Penn State, he lives in Santa Barbara.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 23: Real Cozy Readings & Music


















Hosted by Deenah Vollmer & Ginger Buswell

Saturday, Sept 23rd
Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm

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wow deenah and ginger are back with more readings & music, this time at poetic research bureau! with live refreshments, and performances by:

Deenah Vollmer
Ginger Buswell
Sam Child
Nicole Valencia
Herman Dune
Alan Hanson
Sean Fabi
Emily Lacy

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Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA
90012

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, Sept 16: Ted Pearson & Paul Naylor



TED PEARSON was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. Early studies in liturgical music, modernism, and jazz led him to poetry in the mid 1960s. He attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State University. To date, he has published twenty-one volumes of poetry. Recent books include Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980 (Singing Horse, 2014), An Intermittent Music: 1975-2010 (Chax, 2016), The Coffin Nail Blues (Atelos, 2016), After Hours (Singing Horse, 2016), and The Markov Chain (Shearsman, 2017). He co-authored The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (This / Mode A, 2006-2010) in ten volumes. He co-edited Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson (Wayne State UP, 2004). His essays have been widely published, notably in Poetics Journal. A two-part conversation with Luke Harley appears online in Jacket2. It focuses on the evolution of An Intermittent Music. Pearson lives in Highland, California, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands.

PAUL NAYLOR was born and raised behind the Zion Curtain—also known as Utah. He has undergraduate degrees from Westminster College, a Masters degree from Utah State University, and a PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He was an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis until 2001, when he beat a retreat from academia and, in 2004, took over Singing Horse Press from the late Gil Ott. He lives in San Diego with his wife Debi and daughter Siena. Paul Naylor’s poetry books include Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), Jammed Transmission (Tinfish Press, 2009), Book of Changes (Shearsman Books, 2012), and Anarcheology (forthcoming, Talisman House Books). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (Northwestern University Press, 1999), a critical study of five contemporary poets—Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip.


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The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

TED PEARSON
& PAUL NAYLOR

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm
 

September 15: Diana Arterian & Muriel Leung



The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

DIANA ARTERIAN

&
MURIEL LEUNG

Friday, September 15, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm



Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, forthcoming), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). She is also a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press and a Managing Editor at Ricochet. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is also a Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.