Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 23: Ed Steck & Shiv Kotecha

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Free and open to the public

Poster by Mark Allen


Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press), and others. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Librarie Yvon Lambert, and Chateau Shatto. He is a recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Shiv Kotecha is a poet and critic. He is the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books, 2015). His newest book, The Switch, is just out from Wonder. His writing can be found in frieze, Art in America, and convolution and on Troll Thread and GaussPDF. He is also a PhD candidate in NYU English, finishing a dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Saturday, March 16: Creatures of Yes (screening / DVD release)

Saturday March 16th, 951 Chung King Road opens its doors and lends its venue to a new screening series programmed by Nick Toti. We'll celebrate the magical, time-bending work of filmmaker/puppeteer/musician Jacob Graham with his DIY puppet series Creatures of Yes. This event will also celebrate the release of a limited edition Creatures of Yes DVD. Jacob Graham will be in attendance for a (possible) live performance and Q&A following the screening hosted by filmmaker/writer Nick Toti.
Creatures of Yes is a new experimental television show made by Jacob Graham and Co. in Brooklyn NY. It's about people discovering the world around them and learning to appreciate each other's differences. It addresses modern, relevant topics head-on with humor and sensitivity.

Jacob Graham is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, musician, and laser light artist who began his career as a puppeteer with the Walt Disney Company in 2002. He's recently worked with Basil Twist, Furry Puppet Studio, and Up In Arms puppet troupe.

Nick Toti is the producer/director of The Complete History of Seattle and various other works. When he has the energy, he also writes for the film website Hammer to Nail.
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
  • Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
  • Location: Poetic Research Bureau - 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday, March 3rd: @SEA #18 – colonies // communities

The Poetic Research Bureau's monthly live magazine is back!

Our secular Sunday afternoon salon – bringing together artists & writers, academics & activists, all gathered around a one-word theme – @SEA ("at sea") returns for its eighteenth installment. This time the theme joins "colonies" & "communities" – and stretches across both March and April sessions of @SEA to consider the overlapping social histories and community formations that have defined Chinatown, greater Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

This Sunday, we'll begin with recent video work set in LA's Chinatown, and feature a talk by sociologist Jan Lin, author of the excellent Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism and Gentrification in Los Angeles, on bohemias and ethnic communities in Northeast LA. In the second half of the program, we'll take on more speculative ideas of colony and community, with a reading from Janalyn Guo's new collection, and an incredible filmwork of speculative fiction by Jorge Jácome, which will take us well asea, to the islands of the Azores off the coasts of Portugal and W. Africa. 

When April's program resumes, we'll find our way back to familiar California climes, with talks and work by David de Rozas, Hadley Meares, and others. Come out, install yourself in our living room on Chung King Rd, and join the conversation.

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@SEA #18
colonies // communities

Recent video work by Lin Shih-Chieh (Sanmu)

A talk by Jan Lin on bohemias and ethnic places across
Arroyo Seco, Chinatown & NE LA 

A reading by Janalyn Guo from her new collection of fiction
Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins

A screening of Jorge Jácome's short film Flores  

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Sunday, March 3rd
Doors open 12:30
Program 1-3pm

Free & open to the public.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 22: Vernon Keeve III & Stephen van Dyck

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

Saturday, February 23 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm


Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer. He currently lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. His full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press last year.

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, performer, organizer and educator. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, van Dyck has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles. Since 2008, van Dyck has curated the Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events where over 300 LA artists and locals have re-imagined unused public space. On his radio show "Customer Care" on KChung Radio, van Dyck calls debt collectors, telemarketers and customer service agents, and through an episodic narrative about his debts and defaulted loans, they converse about his and their personal lives. His first book, People I've Met From the Internet, is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions in May 2019.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday, February 22: Gabrielle Civil's Experiments in Joy Book Launch

Join us as we celebrate the release of Gabrielle Civil's second memoir Experiments in Joy.

Gabrielle Civil
Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Jess Arndt
& Madhu H. Kaza 


Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Gabrielle Civil’s Experiments in Joy celebrates black feminist collaborations and solos in essays, letters, performance texts, scores, images, and more. Following her explosive debut Swallow the Fish, Civil now documents her work with From the Hive, No. 1 Gold, and Call & Response—whose collaborative Call inspired the title. The book also features her solo encounters with artists and writers, ancestors and audiences. Here you will find black girlhood, grief, ghosts, girls in their bedrooms, lots of books, dancing, reading, falling in love, fighting back, and flying. With lots of heart and the help of her friends, Civil keeps reckoning with performance, art and life.


GABRIELLE CIVIL is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered fifty original solo and collaborative performance works around the world engaging race, body, art, politics, grief, and desire. Since 2014, she has been performing “Say My Name” (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls)” as an act of embodied remembering. She is the author of Swallow the Fish and Tourist Art (with Vladimir Cybil Charlier). Her writing has appeared in Small Axe, Obsidian, Aster(ix), Rain Taxi, and more. She teaches Creative Writing & Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

KENYATTA A.C. HINKLE is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator and performer. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian and Among Margins: Critical and Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She is the author of the artist book Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) and Realities (Occidental College/Sming Sming Books) and SIR, her first book of poetry, a reflection on naming as a tool for undefining the defined (Litmus Press). Hinkle is assistant professor of painting at University of California, Berkeley.

JESS ARNDT was born in Washington State, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Jess received an MFA at Bard and was a 2013 Graywolf SLS Fellow and 2010 Fiction Fellow at the New York Foundation of the Arts. Jess has written for Fence, BOMB, Aufgabe, and the art journal Parkett, among others. Jess is a co-founder of New Herring Press. Jess’ debut collection of short stories, LARGE ANIMALS was published in 2017 by Catapult Press. She is Visiting Faculty in Creative Writing this year at the California Institute of the Arts.

MADHU H. KAZA was born in Andhra Pradesh, India and is a writer, translator, artist and educator based in New York City. She is the co-editor of an issue of Aster(ix) Journal entitled What We Love and editor of Kitchen Table Translation, a volume that explores the connections between translation and migration. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chimurenga, Gulf Coast, The New Inquiry, Waxwing, and more. She is a founding member of the No.1 Gold artist collective.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thursday, February 21: RAD! Residencies (Part 3) with Will Alexander

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


On Thursday, February 21st, Will Alexander concludes his RAD! Residency at the Poetic Research Bureau with a collaborative community discussion and snacks!

We would like to invite anyone who is interested to write a brief response to Will’s Residency theme, and then bring their response to the Poetic Research Bureau on the 21st for informal presentation, discussion, and snacks.

Will’s theme: “Language As Interior Alchemical Archery”


Hosted by Andrea Quaid & Harold Abramowitz

With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tuesday, February 19: J. Gordon Faylor & Lily Bartle


The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Tuesday, February 19

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


J. Gordon Faylor is the author of Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), Plummet (TROLL THREAD), and four volumes of Christmas poems in collaboration with Brandon Brown. He edits Gauss PDF and is managing editor of SFMOMA's Open Space.

Lily Bartle is a poet and editor from New York City. She is the founder of Hole, Earth, Catalog and has a forthcoming publication from Gauss PDF. Her phone number is 646 264 8339