Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 23: Real Cozy Readings & Music


















Hosted by Deenah Vollmer & Ginger Buswell

Saturday, Sept 23rd
Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm

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wow deenah and ginger are back with more readings & music, this time at poetic research bureau! with live refreshments, and performances by:

Deenah Vollmer
Ginger Buswell
Sam Child
Nicole Valencia
Herman Dune
Alan Hanson
Sean Fabi
Emily Lacy

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Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA
90012

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, Sept 16: Ted Pearson & Paul Naylor



TED PEARSON was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. Early studies in liturgical music, modernism, and jazz led him to poetry in the mid 1960s. He attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State University. To date, he has published twenty-one volumes of poetry. Recent books include Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980 (Singing Horse, 2014), An Intermittent Music: 1975-2010 (Chax, 2016), The Coffin Nail Blues (Atelos, 2016), After Hours (Singing Horse, 2016), and The Markov Chain (Shearsman, 2017). He co-authored The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (This / Mode A, 2006-2010) in ten volumes. He co-edited Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson (Wayne State UP, 2004). His essays have been widely published, notably in Poetics Journal. A two-part conversation with Luke Harley appears online in Jacket2. It focuses on the evolution of An Intermittent Music. Pearson lives in Highland, California, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands.

PAUL NAYLOR was born and raised behind the Zion Curtain—also known as Utah. He has undergraduate degrees from Westminster College, a Masters degree from Utah State University, and a PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He was an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis until 2001, when he beat a retreat from academia and, in 2004, took over Singing Horse Press from the late Gil Ott. He lives in San Diego with his wife Debi and daughter Siena. Paul Naylor’s poetry books include Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), Jammed Transmission (Tinfish Press, 2009), Book of Changes (Shearsman Books, 2012), and Anarcheology (forthcoming, Talisman House Books). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (Northwestern University Press, 1999), a critical study of five contemporary poets—Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip.


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The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

TED PEARSON
& PAUL NAYLOR

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm
 

September 15: Diana Arterian & Muriel Leung



The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

DIANA ARTERIAN

&
MURIEL LEUNG

Friday, September 15, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm



Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, forthcoming), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). She is also a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press and a Managing Editor at Ricochet. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is also a Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Friday, July 28: erica lewis & Franklin Bruno











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ERICA LEWIS
& FRANKLIN BRUNO

Friday, July 28 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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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
with
Pablo Jofré, Kyn. Taniya, David Shook, Anthony Seidman & Boris Dralyuk

Saturday, June 24, 2017

PRB, always free.

Manifestoh! series editor David Shook
insertblancpress.net

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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

3pm
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.

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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.