Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Support the Poetic Research Bureau

Dear friends, poets, and friends of poets:

It’s been awhile since we’ve reached out like this! While we’ve been opening up our humble living room to all comers since 2010, and hosting events across LA for many years prior, October marked only our second full year as an independent nonprofit and “literary service in the public domain.” 
We’d love your help to keep the momentum going. As always, we aspire to keep our calendar full, and it’s our intention to do so as long as the doors to 951 Chung King Road remain open. We hope that you will support the PRB by making a year-end tax-deductible donation.

In 2017 the Poetic Research Bureau held nearly 60 readings and performances from its storefront in Chinatown in Los Angeles. And we’ve endeavored to expand our programming over the past year with new series, hosts and offsite events, including:

  • THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau, an exhibition and reading series that took place at MOCA Storefront from January 16 to June 28, 2017 
  • Desert Poetry, a three day poetry festival that included workshops, talks, screenings and readings that took place in Joshua Tree over a windy weekend in April ((and organized in collaboration with some of our favorite writers)
  • @SEA, our ongoing Sunday afternoon “live magazine” of film, music, performance and talks 
  • The Mingus School, Harmony Holiday’s sound and word workshop of radical poetics, deep listening and archival research 

In addition, we’ve brought on new curators to keep our programming fresh and informally ranging, and we’ve initiated new collaborations with existing organizations such as ALOUD at the Central Library and the Villa Aurora artist residency. We also provide a working space for other artist and activist run projects like the Reader’s Chorus and The Public School.

We have several exciting things planned for 2018, including our ongoing busy schedule at Chung King Road, and an expansion and formalization of our extensive chapbook and magazine archive. Your contribution gives us the opportunity to continue to provide a space for free and open readings and performances, new publications, and support for traveling writers. Any size contribution is welcome.

Holiday hugs,

Joseph & Andrew
From the PRB

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saturday, December 9: Claudia Castro Luna & Margaret Rhee

Claudia Castro Luna & Margaret Rhee
With Lucy Burns, Mark Marino, Sean Pessin, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell & SA Smythe
Hosted by Harold Abramowitz & Andrea Quaid

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Through readings of robots, bodies, violence and love, a celebration and invocation of two new debut poetry collections by Margaret Rhee and Claudia Castro Luna.

Readers include Lucy Burns, Mark Marino, Sean Pessin, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell and SA Smythe.

Salvadorean and Korean food, along with poetry cake provided. Plus wine.

Special thanks to: Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid


Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) by Margaret Rhee is a collection of love poetry that humanizes our relationship with technology. This vision of an artificially intelligent future reveals and questions the contours of the human, and how robots and humans fall in and out of love.

In Claudia Castro Luna's epic poetry collection, Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press, 2017) Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival." -- Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D., A Most Improbable Life, and The Runaway Poems: A Manual of Love


Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-201 and is the author of This City (Floating Bridge Press). She is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, City Arts and Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US, (Northwestern University Press); Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative, (Kalina Eds) and forthcoming in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press). Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Margaret Rhee
is a poet, artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. Literary fellowships include Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study.

Lucy Burns’s writings on the racial politics of performance, the performance of race, the Philippines, and Filipino diaspora are published in several journals including The Dance Research Journal, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Writing Instructor. Her book, Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire is published by the NYU Press (2012). As a dramaturg, Burns has collaborated with notable artists such as David Rousseve (choreographer and theater director), R. Zamora Linmark (writer), and TeAda Productions (theater). Among l m.s.p. b’s writing projects is Personating Robots, Impersonating Humans, a book on the racialization of Asian/Americans as a robot race. IG: @resistancecompanions

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of electronic literature living in Los Angeles. His works include “ a show of hands” (, “Living Will”(, and "The Ballad of Workstudy Seth"( His recent work includes Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House (, a collection of interactive stories that he is writing with his children. He is the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization. (portfolio here: He currently teaches writing at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (, a collaboratory exploring the explication of computer source code. When he is not masquerading as Spencer Pratt or Heidi Montag on social media, Mark writes netprov and makes homemade pasta sauce in Los Angeles.

Sean Pessin has lived in Los Angeles his whole life. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Northridge (where he teaches), and an M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. He counts among his projects agape: a journal of literary good will; Magra Books; Red Right Hand Press. His work has appeared in Interfictions Online, The New Short Fiction Series, Liminoid Magazine, and CRAG, and is always fabulous and strange and queer.

Jessica Ceballos (y Campbell)
is an indige/me/xicana-afro-euskaldunak interdisciplinary artist, a community activist and advocate. Her interests are centered on exploring the liminal intersections of art and personal narrative, and how those are affected by and inform the spaces we occupy and exist in. Her written work has been published in various journals and anthologies, and she’s published two chapbooks; Gent Re Place Ing: A Response (2016) and End of the Road (2017). She is currently working on a collection of poetry/prose centered on a 1984 visit to Disneyland with her mother after reunification from foster care, tentatively titled, Happiest Place on Earth.

SA Smythe is a Black genderqueer writer currently living between London and LA, constantly scheming up new ways for us to get free. SA is the publishing editor for THEM - Trans Literary Journal and associate editor for Scarf Magazine. They have poetry published (and/or have work forthcoming) in phren-Z, the nines, Johannesburg Salon, Strike!, and Black Trans Love Is Trans Wealth: An Anthology. Their writing has been featured in Critical Contemporary Journal, okayafrica, and elsewhere. SA also does translation work in six languages and organises in Black queer and trans abolitionist writing collectives around the world. They are currently working on their poetry collection, tentatively titled but do you have reparations money? Follow them on Twitter @essaysmythe.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Friday, December 1: Technicians of the Sacred 50th Anniversary

Join Jerome Rothenberg and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and a new updated edition, of "Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania."


Jerome Rothenberg
David Shook
Harmony Holiday
Will Alexander
Douglas Messerli
Jennifer Scappettone
+ more TBA

Co-presented by ALOUD, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Friday, December 1st 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

Seating will be limited, no reservation required. Join us!

Read more about Technicians of the Sacred here:

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, anthologist, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, Exiled in the Word, and, with Pierre Joris and Jeffrey Robinson, Poems for the Millennium, volumes 1-3. He was a founding figure of ethnopoetics –the combination of poetic practice and theory, and he has been a longtime practitioner and theorist of poetry performance. A significantly expanded 50th anniversary edition of Technicians of the Sacred has just been published by the University of California Press, and a new book of poems, A Field on Mars: Poems 2000-2015, was published last year in separate English and French editions.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Friday, November 17: The Current Vol. 4

Join hosts Deenah Vollmer & Ginger Buswell for an LA edition of
The Current at Poetic Research Bureau!

With readings and performances inspired by the times by:

Deenah Vollmer
Ginger Buswell
Dame Darcy
Jennifer Croft
Sheila McMullin
Alana Amram
Justin Feinstein

No cover, but we'll be collecting donations for Everytown for Gun Safety.

We'll also be holding a silent auction with art from India Brookover, Axel Wilhite, and Mayon Hanania, store credit to Alias East, yoga classes from Sondra Sun, 323 infinite boob bath and hand towels, a hand painted Kind Woman sweatshirt from Dani Fine, and more TBA!

All proceeds will go to Everytown so bid high! (cash/venmo accepted)


Event begins at 7pm

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Saturday, November 11: The Mingus School Celebrates Muhal Richard Abrams

The Mingus School presents...


The Music & Poetry of

a tribute through collective listening

at Poetic Research Bureau

Saturday, November 11 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

Monday, November 6, 2017

Friday, November 10: Ghayath Almadhoun, Louise Mathias & Ramón García

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Celebrating Ghayath Almadhoun's new book 
from Action Books
translated by Catherine Cobham.

Friday, November 10 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet who was born in a refugee camp in Damascus in 1979. He studied Arabic literature at the University of Damascus and has worked as a cultural journalist for several Arab-language newspapers. In 2006 he founded Bayt al-Qasid, "The House of Poetry," together with the Syrian poet Lukman Derky in Damascus. He has published four collections of poetry in Arabic and his work has been translated into many languages, including two collections in Swedish: Asylansökan (Ersatz, 2010) which was awarded the Klas de Vylders stipendiefond for immigrant writers, and Till Damaskus (Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2014) a collaboration with the Swedish poet Marie Silkeberg, which was included in Dagens Nyheter's list of Best Books of 2014 and adapted as a play for Swedish National Radio. With Silkeberg, Almadhoun has also made several poetry films which can be viewed at Moving Poems. A series of poems by Almadhoun were projected as part of For Aarhus, a new installation by Jenny Holzer. Almadhoun has lived in Stockholm since 2008.

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.

Ramón García was born in Colima, Mexico and grew up in Modesto, California. He is the author of two books of poetry The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010), and a monograph on the artist Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The Chronicles was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award for Best Poetry Book in English in 2016. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry anthology, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature, The American Journal of Poetry, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday, October 26: David Abel & Mark Wallace

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, October 27 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


David Abel
is a poet, editor, and educator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery in Portland, Oregon. He is currently touring with two new books: Selected Durations, a limited-edition, letterpress artist’s book published by the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, and XIV Eclipses, a book of poems from Couch Press in Portland. With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series, and since moving to Portland at the end of the last millenium he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry & art broadside series Envelope.

Mark Wallace
is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a novel, Crab, and book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy. Selections of his multi-part long poem The End of America, which he has been writing since 2005, have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in San Diego, California.