Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Saturday, August 25: Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, Vi Khi Nao

The Poetic Research Bureau presents:


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She's a professor in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and co-edits Canarium Books.
Joshua Edwards is the author of several books of poetry, including Imperial NostalgiasArchitecture for Travelers, and Castles and Islands. He lives in West Texas and Chicago, where he works as a bookseller and directs Canarium Books.

Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. She is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (1913 Press, 2017), the story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel Fish In Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Friday, August 3: alex cruse, Paul Ebenkamp, Kevin Lo, Nicholas Komodore

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, August 3, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


alex cruse is an Oakland-based writer and artist. Her first book, CONTRAVERSE, was published in 2017 by Timeless, Infinite Light. She is the gallery curator of Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, and also does anti-repression work throughout the Bay. cruse performs with Kevin Lo in the multidisciplinary experiment DROUGHT SPA.

Paul Ebenkamp is author of Parallel Realism (Despite Editions, 2017) and The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). With Andrew Kenower he hosts the Woolsey Heights reading series in Berkeley. With strings and devices he makes music as Position. Blog: afterundisclosedrecipients.blogspot.com.

Kevin Lo is a composer, choreographer and writer based in Oakland (previously Australia, born New Zealand). He works with spatiality, machinic processes, and has a background in the biological sciences.

Nicholas Komodore
is a Greek poet, filmmaker, composer, photographer, self-taught architect and founder of Mayakov+sky Platform, an anarchist/autonomist framework which has produced collaborations with dancer/choreographer Anna Halprin, dance artist Margit Galanter, poets alex cruse, Heidi Tomoe, Alberto Tinoco Duran, Lara Durback and Brian Ang, visual artists Eliza Alexandropoulou and Christina Kamma, composers Bill Noertker, Kevin CK Lo, Dusan Chae and experimental projects Inverz, B.R.A.C. and Raspberry Fields. His poetries, compositions and architectural designs have been published in Textsound, Tripwire: a journal of poetics, Armed Cell, Lana Turner, Cordite Poetry Review, Left Curve and the anthologies "It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland", Greek Avant-garde Poetry (Big Bridge issue 19) and "#This Is A Co-op" of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. With alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo he is editing the inaugural issue of journal Radii.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Saturday, July 21: Nick Montfort, Sophia Le Fraga & Aaron Winslow

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, July 21 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Nick Montfort programs computational poetry and other types of creative computing, from very small Commodore 64 BASIC and assembly pieces to computer-generated books. His practices involve constrained writing, collaboration, concrete poetry, and certain other conceptualisms. His computer-generated books of poetry in print include The Truelist (Counterpath); Autopia (Troll Thread); with collaborators, 2x6 (Les Figues); and #! (Counterpath). He has done more than fifty digital projects including The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul), Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland), and Taroko Gorge. Montfort edits the Counterpath series of computer-generated books Using Electricity. He has published six collaborative and individually-authored books with The MIT Press. He is professor of digital media at MIT, also teaches at the School for Poetic Computation, and lives in New York and Boston.

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of Other Titles by Sophia Le Fraga, literallydead, I RL, YOU RL, and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET. Her work in performance and video has recently been included in From Concrete to Liquid (Centre d'Art Contemporain), This Known World (MOCA), and Greater New York (MoMA PS1).

Aaron Winslow
’s novel, Jobs of the Great Misery, is available from Skeleton Man Press. Recent fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Social Text Online, and Full Stop. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California. Further information and writing can be found at aaron-winslow.com

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Saturday, June 30: Feliz Lucia Molina & Precious Okoyomon

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, June 30

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

*Chinatown Summer Nights will be happening on the same night. Parking might be tough--please consider alternative forms of transportation.


Feliz Lucia Molina is the author of Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press), a co-author of The Wes Letters (Outpost19), Roulette (forthcoming from Make Now Books), and chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press). Her writing has appeared in Open Space, Fence, PEN America, Night Papers, and others. She can be found at felizluciamolina.com

Precious Okoyomon
is a queer poet, artist, performer, alien, living in new york. Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Exo Exo in Paris, Artist Space and MoMA PS1 and published in The Iowa Review, Lambia Literary, New York Tyrant and Best American Experimental Writing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saturday, June 23: Us & Them, a Writer-Translator Reading Series

Us&Them LA, hosted by DAVID SHOOK at the POETIC RESEARCH BUREAU, will feature:







Us&Them is normally a Brooklyn-based reading series that gives literary translators with parallel careers as writers a place to showcase both sides of their work. Readings are typically hosted four times a year at Molasses Books in Bushwick, but have also taken place in Havana, Oakland, and now right here in beautiful Los Angeles!

MAGDALENA EDWARDS is a Chilean-born writer, translator, and actor. Her new translation of Clarice Lispector's second novel The Chandelier (New Directions) has been widely praised in the New York Times and many other publications. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Boston Review, The Millions, and El Mercurio. She is now writing a manuscript titled “In the Name of the Body: Traveling with Elizabeth Bishop, Clarice Lispector, and Raúl Zurita.”

ALANA MARIE LEVINSON-LABROSSE is a poet, translator, and professor who has worked in Iraq since 2011. Handful of Salt (The Word Works, 2016) introduced Kajal Ahmad’s poetry to English. The Dictionary of Midnight: Selected Poems of Abdulla Pashew is forthcoming from Phoneme Media. Poems, translations, and essays have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, Bengal Lights, Epiphany, The Iowa Review, The Sewanee Review, and Words Without Borders.

ANDRÉ NAFFIS-SAHELY's first collection is The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017). He has translated over twenty titles of fiction and poetry from French and Italian, including works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Rashid Boudjedra, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Abdellatif Laâbi. His latest translation is Alessandro Spina's The Colonial Conquest: The Confines of the Shadow Volume I (Arcade Publishing, 2018).

ELISA WOUK ALMINO is a writer, editor, and translator from Portuguese. Her writing and translations have appeared in Asymptote Journal, Guernica Magazine, The Nation, the Paris Review Daily, and Words Without Borders, among other places. She translated a collection of poetry by the Brazilian poet Ana Martins Marques in the book This House, published in 2017 by Scrambler Books. She is the Senior Los Angeles Editor of Hyperallergic and a co-editor of harlequin creature's new online translation platform.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sunday, June 27: Trevor Joyce, Jason Magabo Perez & David Lloyd

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Sunday, May 27 2018

Doors 3:30pm
Event 4pm


Trevor Joyce is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including the collections with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (2001), What’s in Store (2008), Rome’s Wreck (2014) and Fastness (2017). The latter two books are “translations from the English” of the Elizabethan poet and colonial official and settler in Ireland, Edmund Spenser. Joyce is also a translator from Irish, Chinese, and other languages: some of his Irish translations are collected in Courts of Air and Earth (2008). A volume of essays on his work, Essays on the Poetry of Trevor Joyce, edited by Niamh O’Mahony, appeared in 2015. Joyce is the co-founder of the New Writer’s Press in Dublin and the annual SoundEye Festival of poetry in Cork.

Jason Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry and prose: the chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016); and the recently published full-length debut This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez also wrote and performed two multimedia theatre-performance works: The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito (2009); and You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011); the latter of which was funded by an NEA Challenge America Grant. An alumnus of the VONA Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California and a dual Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and Communication from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.

David Lloyd is a writer and critic, born in Ireland and currently living in Los Angeles and teaching at the University of California, Riverside. Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009 (2012) collects his new and selected poetry. A bilingual French/English edition of his play, The Press, is forthcoming from Nouvelles Scènes at the Presses Universitaires du Midi in 2018. Kodalith, a sequence of poems, is @ Smithereens Press, http://www.smithereenspress.com/. He is the editor of Cusp Books, a chap-book press based in Los Angeles.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, May 26 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and diaCRITICS. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018).

Amanda Choo Quan is a Trinidadian-Jamaican writer, performer and organizer currently based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she earned the Brodber-Pollard prize, and of CalArts' MFA in Creative Writing, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She has attended Callaloo and Cropper Foundation workshops, the Juniper Summer Institute, and the Scottish Universities Summer International School. She was most recently awarded a REEF/CalArts residency. Her work can be seen in Callaloo, Entropy, or on various stages across Los Angeles.

Ana Cecilia Alvarez is an essayist and poet born in Mexico City and raised in southern Florida.​ ​Her​ ​writing has appeared in several publications, including The New Inquiry and Real Life.​ ​​She​ ​edited Adult, a magazine of new erotics, and taught Sx-Ed, a communication-based, pleasure-oriented, and politically engaged course at BHQFU.​ ​​Alvarez is a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at CalArts and is at work on a collection of poetry and a nonfiction manuscript about ghosts, plants, colonialism, and mothers​.​