Friday, November 21, 2014

Jennifer Tamayo, Mark Johnson & Gregory Betts

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, November 22, 2014


We are starting earlier than usual so we can also attend the Insert Blanc Press Fall Book launch at Commonwealth & Council, where the world premiere screening of Joseph Mosconi's Fright Catalog (The Movie) will take place.

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

is a Colombian-born transnational artist and activist based in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. JT is the author of the collection of poems and art work, Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011) and the limited edition chapbook POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013). Her second full collection, YOU DA ONE, was published in the fall of 2014 (Coconut Books). Since 2010, JT has served as the Managing Editor for Futurepoem an independent NYC press publishing contemporary poetry and prose. She lives in Harlem.

Mark Johnson is the author of Dream of a Like Place (SUS Press: 2013), rFul (Hiding Press: 2013), Gruon BS (Make Now: 2014), and After Such Knowledge Park (Make Now: 2014). Three of his mix projects can be found on Gauss PDF: Orange Mound (2013), Pink Lotion (2013) and Then AIr (2014). He runs Hiding Place, a book / record shop in Philadelphia.

Gregory Betts is still recovering from Avant Canada, a concerted effort by a generation of Canadian writers to salvage the avant-garde from our capitalist milieu.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Friday Nov 7, 7:30pm: Laura Moriarty & Andrew Zawacki

LAURA MORIARTY's recent books are The Fugitive Notebook (a chapbook just out from Couch Press), Who That Divines (Nightboat Books, 2014), A Tonalist (Nightboat Books, 2010), A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007 (Omnidawn, 2007) and the novel Ultravioleta (Atelos, 2006). She has taught at Naropa University and Mills College and is now the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. She is also part of the  Bay Area Public School collective at the Omni Commons in Oakland where she and Zoe Tuck have just finished teaching a class in Vampire Poetics.

ANDREW ZAWACKI is the author of the poetry books Videotape (Counterpath, 2013), Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House, 2009), Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia, 2002). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and elsewhere, and he has published three books in France: Georgia and Carnet Bartleby, both translated by Sika Fakambi, and Par Raison de brisants, translated by Antoine Cazé and a finalist for the Prix Nelly Sachs. Zawacki’s translation of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo (Burning Deck, 2012), received a French Voices Grant, while his translation of Smirou’s See About, forthcoming from La Presse, earned an NEA Translation Fellowship. A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, Zawacki edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine, 1999) and edited and co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s Without Anesthesia: New and Selected Poems (Persea, 2011). He is coeditor of Verse, The Verse Book of Interviews (Verse, 2005), and Gustaf Sobin’s Collected Poems (Talisman House, 2010). He directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia.

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Doors open @ 7:00pm, Readings @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 7 – Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Timeless, Infinite Light: Emji Spero, Zoe Tuck, Joel Gregory & Olive Blackburn

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Timeless, Infinite Light is an Oakland small press focused on contemporary poetry and critical theory, with a heavy, West Coast lean towards the experimental / political / mystical. They are a member of the Omni Collective.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Emji Spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, installation, and performance. Their writing has been featured in Tripwire, Dusie, Jupiter88, Jacket2, Tract/Trace, Wheelhouse Magazine,The Vulgate, and Not Enough Data. Spero's new book, almost any shit will do, uses found language, word-replacement and erasure to strange the familiar and map the boundaries of collective engagement.

Joel Gregory is a dropout of the New School MFA program and a co-founder of Timeless, Infinite Light. He is a poet and visual artist living in Oakland, California. 

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, where she cut her teeth on poetry. Since relocating to the Bay Area, she has been an active in the local literary community, working at Small Press Distribution and co-curating Condensery Reading Series. She facilitates workshops on gender, poetics, trans-mythography, and queer sci-fi. Her recent work can be found in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and in journals such as textsound and Dusie. She is a poetry reader for HOLD: a journal.

Olive Blackburn is a dancer, writer, and communist from Northern California. She is a doctoral candidate at UCLA in dance history. She lives between Oakland and Los Angeles.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Open Press: 4 Press Events, This Weekend, Oct 11-12

Saturday, Oct 11 4-7pm
The Song Cave @ the PRB

Readings by Todd Colby, Graham Foust & Jane Gregory

Doors open @ 4pm
Readings @ 4:30pm

951 Chung King Rd
LA, CA (Chinatown)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tan Lin, Kate Durbin & Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Our final week of Step and Repeat.

Tan Lin
Kate Durbin
& Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Saturday, October 4

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Poetry will start at 6pm.

Other performers include:

Tim Hecker
Geneva Jacuzzi
Heather Lawless
Neil Hamburger
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Brendan Fowler 
Dub Club

Monday, September 29, 2014

Step and Repeat: Rod Smith & Will Alexander

Back again for another weekend of performance. Here are the poets the PRB and curators Emma Reeves and Bennett Simpson have lined up:

Rod Smith
& Will Alexander

Saturday, September 27

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Poetry will start at 6pm.

Other performers include:

Barbara T. Smith
Yung Jake
Power Violence
Le1f with Isla Jones Cheadle and REACH LA

Fade to Mind presents
and Prince Will

Monday, September 15, 2014

Step and Repeat: Trisha Low, Aaron Kunin & Fred Moten (Sat, Sept 20 – 7pm)

The Poetic Research Bureau is collaborating with MOCA to bring poets and writers to their multidisciplinary performance series at the Geffen in downtown LA.

This Saturday:

Trisha Low
Aaron Kunin
Fred Moten

Saturday, September 13

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The poetry will be on the early side of the evening, and will start at 7pm sharp. But stick around for performances by:

Jack Name | Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga | Kate Berlant | Derrick Beckles | Marina Rosenfeld | Oxbow | Opening Ceremony presents Dangelxxx, open1one, and Psychopop

Buy tickets and see the full line-up that MOCA curators Bennett Simpson and Emma Reeves have put together here: