Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Friday, July 28: erica lewis & Franklin Bruno

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, July 28 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. In addition to mary wants to be a superwoman, her books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Franklin Bruno is the author of The Accordion Repertoire (Edge Books), the chapbooks MF/MA (Seeing Eye) and Policy Instrument (Lame House), and Armed Forces (music criticism, in Continuum's 33 1/3 series). His poetry and prose have appeared in Critical Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, The Oxford American, and Paideuma. Since 1990, he has released fifteen albums as a member of Nothing Painted Blue, as a solo artist, and with his current band The Human Hearts. Other musical projects include collaborations with The Mountain Goats, Jenny Toomey, Laura Cantrell, and Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra. He is currently writing a history of bridges and 'middle eights' in pop music for Wesleyan University Press. Franklin was raised in Southern California's Inland Empire and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 24: Manifestoh! Insert Blanc Press Series 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Manifestoh! Insert Blanc Press Series 2017
Pablo Jofré, Kyn. Taniya, David Shook, Anthony Seidman & Boris Dralyuk

Saturday, June 24, 2017

PRB, always free.

Manifestoh! series editor David Shook


Abecedary by Pablo Jofré

Translated from Spanish by David Shook with a prologue by Will Alexander
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 84 pages, $14.00

“Jofré’s vision empowers his alchemical expression, swirling as it does his personal monsoon of droplets that casts spells seemingly closer in technique to the creative dossiers of Enrique Lihn and Nicanor Parra. Abecedary condenses via poetic semaphore lingual neutron stars penultimate to incalculable eruption.” —Will Alexander, from the Prologue: Quantum Lingual Deftness

Pablo Jofré’s alphabet begins with Abyss and travels through Caravan, Jewel, and Narcolepsy before arriving at Xenophobia, charting the Berlin-based Chilean poet's obsessive exploration of the world around him through the lens of politics, relationships, and travel. Awarded the Gabriela Mistral Chilean National Literature Contest for his book Abecedario originally in Spanish, this English-language edition, Abecedary, is supported by the Chilean government's prestigious National Council of Arts and Culture Translation Support Grant.

Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya
Translated from Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 190 pages, $14.00

“Kyn. Taniya exposed the relationship between modernity and the avant-garde. His speed and calm, his temporality and permanence, his economy and spatiality, his visualness and sound, his humor and science bear witness to the changes and contradictions of his era. That’s where his importance resides: poetic exaltation as description of mood, prediction, and perfume traversing minds like the globe as it spins. Luckily, Kyn. Taniya’s work found David Shook and Anthony Seidman, two poet-translators who understand the social, political, emotional, and sarcastic currents of the work of this aviator and Mexican poet. The translators revel—like hummingbirds in nectar—in the reconstruction of Kyn. Taniya’s language, with all its glint and rhythm, its ideology and melancholy.” —Giancarlo Huapaya

Slap in the Face
Four Russian Futurist Manifestos
Translated from Russian by Boris Dralyuk
Paperback, Full Color, Bilingual edition, 62 pages, $14.00

“These four manifestos of Russian Futurism, charting key points in the rapid unfolding of the Russian avant-garde, provoke the appreciative bourgeoisie while declaring the liberation of the word, the phoneme, and even the grapheme! Dralyuk’s brisk, inventive translations convey the energy and rowdiness of the original.” —Eugene Ostashevsky

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunday, June 18: Rodrigo Toscano, Sophia Le Fraga & Ed Steck

Sunday, June 18, 2017

MOCA Grand Ave
Ahmanson Theater

FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

​Rodrigo Toscano is an experimental poet, playwright, and labor activist whose work addresses borders. Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and artist who has presented works in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York exhibition and Performa 15. Ed Steck’s poetry is often drawn from his experiences with insomnia and its associated memory loss.

This reading is part of a series presented in conjunction with the exhibition storefront: THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau.

The program is generously supported by William and Ruth True – Gramma Poetry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Saturday, June 17: Bonnie Ruberg & Kit Schluter

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

The PRB presents two Wakefield Press authors with brand new collections of translations from the Press.

Bonnie Ruberg reads from her translation of Gisèle Prassinos, THE ARTHRITIC GRASSHOPPER: COLLECTED STORIES, 1934–1944. Kit Schluter will read from Wakefield's new collection of Marcel Schwob tales, The King in the Golden Mask.


Bonnie Ruberg is an postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California and an assistant professor at UC Irvine, where her research focuses on gender and sexuality in digital media. Bonnie received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature with a focus in a range of areas, including French surrealism. She has also worked as a journalist for publications like The Village Voice and The Economist.

Kit Schluter is the translator of Marcel Schwob’s The Book of Monelle and The King in the Golden Mask (both available from Wakefield Press), as well as Jaime Saenz’s The Cold (Poor Claudia) and, in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar, Amandine André’s Circle of Dogs (Solar▲Luxuriance). His writing has appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Folder, inter|rupture, Entropy and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for further translation of Schwob, he coedits/designs for O’clock Press and currently lives in Mexico City.

Gisèle Prassinos (1920–2015) was born in Istanbul of a Greek father and an Italian mother. At the age of thirteen she began to compose short absurdist vignettes in a fit of boredom, filling up pages with tales of sarcastic stains, arrogant hair, liquid frogs, and blue spiders. Encouraged by her brother, who introduced her and her experiments in automatic writing to his Surrealist colleagues, she immediately found herself welcomed into the Parisian avant-garde community and her stories were published in all the significant literary journals of the time. Her first collection was published in 1935, with a preface by Paul Éluard and a frontispiece portrait by Man Ray. With World War II, Prassinos stopped publishing and began to distance herself from the Surrealists and the limitations imposed by her writing being so closely bound to the idea of automatism in its purest, “childhood” form. Writing nothing from 1944 to 1954, she then returned to literature with a series of novels and stories that, if still imbued with a Surrealist sensibility, pointed to a new direction in her writing.

Marcel Schwob (1867–1905) was a scholar of startling breadth and an incomparable storyteller. A secret influence on generations of writers, from Guillaume Apollinaire and Jorge Luis Borges to Roberto Bolaño, Schwob was as versed in the street slang of medieval thieves as he was in the poetry of Walt Whitman. His allegiances were to Rabelais and François Villon, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe. Paul Valéry and Alfred Jarry both dedicated their first books to him, and in doing so paid tribute to the author who could evoke both the intellect of Leonardo da Vinci and the anarchy of Ubu Roi. He was also the uncle of Lucy Schwob, better remembered today as the Surrealist photographer Claude Cahun.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Saturday, June 10: Writers Who Love Too Much

New Narrative Writing 1977-1997
edited by Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian

a book launch for the New Narrative Anthology
from Nightboat Books

Dodie Bellamy
Kevin Killian
Richard Hawkins
Sheree Rose (for Bob Flanagan)
& Matias Viegener

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


At last a major anthology of New Narrative, the movement fueled by punk, pop, porn, French theory, and social struggle to change writing forever.

In the twenty years that followed America’s bicentennial, narrative writing was re-formed, reflecting new political and sexual realities. With the publication of this anthology, the New Narrative era bounds back to life, ripe with dramatic propulsion and infused with the twin strains of poetry and continental theory. The reader will discover classic New Narrative texts, from Robert Glück to Kathy Acker, as well as rare supplemental materials, including period interviews, essays, and talks, which form a new map of late 20th century creative rebellion.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 4 1pm: @SEA No. 15 "Ventriloquism"

The 15th episode of the PRB's live magazine moves on from last month's "soundtrack" to the the theme of thrown voice, own voice, inserted speech, strange animations, gastromancy, phony phones and pirated/parroted phonics.

Join writer/scholar Sarah Kessler (currently writing a book on ventriloquism), filmmaker and preservationist Ross Lipman (and his treasure trove of early ventriloquist cinema), poet/translator Eugene Ostashevsky (w/ DJs, pirates, and parrots in tow), and artist/writer Mady Schutzman (whose latest fiction features a ventriloquist dummy) for a Sunday afternoon of stagecraft, masquerade and dissembling! 

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Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-American poet currently residing in Berlin. His most recent work, The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, explores the communication challenges of pirate-parrot relationships. Released in the New York Review of Books Poets series, it draws on early modern travel narratives, hip-hop, and philosophy of language while pursuing the themes of emigration and untranslatability. His previous poetry book, The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, engages characters like MC Squared, the Begriffon, and Peepeesaurus to deal with snafus in natural and artificial languages. As translator, he is most known for his work on Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and other Russian poets of the twentieth and twenty-first century avant-gardes.

Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker, archivist, and essayist. His films have screened throughout the world and been collected by museums and institutions including the Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Northeast Historic Film, the Oberhausen Kurzfilm Archive, Budapest's Balazs Bela Studios, and Munich's Sammlung Goetz. His most recent work, Notfilm, was named one of the 10 best films of the year by ARTFORUM, SLATE, and many others. Formerly Senior Film Restorationist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, his many restorations include Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzie's The Exiles, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Kenneth Anger, Barbara Loden, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. He was a 2008 recipient of Anthology Film Archives' Preservation Honors, and is a three-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics' Heritage Award. His writings on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in Artforum, Sight and Sound,and numerous academic books and journals.

Mady Schutzman is a writer and theatre artist.  She has published academic essays, performative texts, and creative non-fiction and is particularly proud of her Brechtian musical comedy about Rodney King and the  L.A. uprising.  She is currently writing a book for Routledge Press on the relationship between humor and ethics.  Mady is Faculty Emeritus at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles.

Sarah Kessler is a media and cultural studies scholar and television critic. She is working on a book, Anachronism Effects: Ventriloquism and Popular Media, that explores metaphorical and material deployments of ventriloquism in contemporary transatlantic popular culture. Her writing on art, film, and media has appeared in the Brooklyn RailCamera ObscuraIn These TimesTriple CanopySounding Out!, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among other venues. She writes a regular television column, "The Bingewatch," for Public Books. Kessler completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine in 2016 and currently teaches at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
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Saturday, June 3: Josef Kaplan & Bridget Talone

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, June 3 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Josef Kaplan's most recent book is POEM WITHOUT SUFFERING (Wonder, 2016). He lives in New York.

Bridget Talone is the author of Sous Les Yeux (Catenary Press, 2017) and The Soft Life, forthcoming from Wonder in 2018.