Thursday, March 22, 2018

Saturday, March 24: López, Arterian, Rios & Villareal

The Poetic Research Bureau
in collaboration with 1913 Press,
Omnidawn & Noemi


Saturday, March 24 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Manuel Paul López
’s books include These Days of Candy (Noemi Press, 2017), The Yearning Feed (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), 1984 (Amsterdam Press, 2010) and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems (Bear Star Press, 2006). He also co-edited Reclaiming Our Stories (City Works Press, 2016). A CantoMundo fellow, his work has been published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Huizache, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA, among others. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative 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, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and 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.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is from Fresno's San Joaquin Valley. He's been a gardener, a janitor, a packinghouse supervisor, and a handyman. He is a recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley and CantoMundo. He is a VONA alumnus and a Macondo Fellow. In 2015, he received the John K. Walsh residency fellowship from the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, his debut poetry collection was chosen by Claudia Rankine as a finalist for Omnidawn's first book prize. He was named one of the notable Debut Poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017 and was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent fellowship. He is a graduate of Fresno City College and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian
(Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry​ ​from the​ ​Texas Institute of Letters. Her work has appeared​ or is forthcoming​ in ​the ​Academy of American Poets, ​The Rumpus, ​Buzzfeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Friday, March 23: Jaap Blonk, Pauline Gloss & Tom Comitta

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, March 23 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands) is a self-taught composer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the early 1980s he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a specialist in the creation and performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence. He performs worldwide on a regular basis. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.

Pauline Gloss is a writer and literary sound-artist based in Los Angeles. Her language-sound work attempts to dramatize and expand language in its timbral, rhythmic, textural, and meaning-making dimensions. Pauline runs Spoken Records, a label specializing in the release of work in dialogue with the Text-Sound tradition. She has been written about favorably in art and music publications and has performed or had work shown in Los Angeles, London, and New York, at institutions including MoCA Geffen, Cal Arts, Resonance FM, The Lambda Literary Festival, Automata, Betalevel, and others.

Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread) and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014 (Gauss PDF). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, VOLT and New American Writing, with two poems in The New Concrete (Hayward, UK), an anthology mapping “the rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.” In 2017, the Southern Theater, the Walker Art Center and other local organizations commissioned Comitta and Fire Drill to compose and stage Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical, as part of Minneapolis's Momentum dance festival.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saturday, March 17: Melissa Mack, Baby & an. cinquepalmi

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Melissa Mack
& an. cinquepalmi

Saturday, March 17 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Melissa Mack
is a poet and working person whose book The Next Crystal Text is just out from Timeless, Infinite Light. Recent poems appear in Elderly and forthcoming from 1913 Journal. Her chapbook Includes All Strangers was published by Hooke Press in 2013. Other earlier work includes poems and other writings in ATTN:, The Capilano Review, Try!, With+Stand, the anthologies What We Want: A List of Our Fucking Demands (Small Press Traffic) and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (PEN America), Poet’s Theater, the Alette in Oakland conference, and the Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette. She loves collective learning, participates in multiple reading groups, and helped organize the Bay Area Public School and the Oakland Free University. She lives and works in Oakland.

("BABY" is) (uhhhh) (tryin so hard to be treasonous) (uhhhhh) (no reason, treason) (uhhhh not really) (not really at all) (is that ronald) (omg omg omg) (thats ronald) (ronald macdonald) (yea its ronald macdonald) (as in: big macs) (as in: hamburgers) (naw naw naw) (no: no: no) (as in: president of the united states of america) (hail the chief) (once upon a time) (once upon a time) (once upon a time we lived happily ever after)

an. cinquepalmi

@SEA 17: INVENTORY (w/ Fischbeck, Goodwin, Haeusler & Todd), Sunday March 18

The Poetic Research Bureau's Sunday live magazine @SEA returns, in its 17th installment, on the theme of INVENTORY. Evidence, artifacts, itemization, incident reports, and kinds of cataloguing explored in film, video, poetry and talk.


Luke Fischbeck, video
Doug Goodwin, 16:9 video
Natalie Haeusler, reading
Robert Todd, 16 mm film, video

Doors open at 12:30pm. Event 1-3pm.


LUKE FISCHBECK is an artist, composer, and organizer who designs and tests structures for collaboration. He is a contributing member of the group Lucky Dragons (with Sarah Rara), founder and principal organizer of Sumi Ink Club (a platform for collaborative art) and KCHUNG Radio (a collectively-organized broadcast project), managing director of the non-profit arts organization Human Resources, and a member of the steering committee for The Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. His work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA/PS1, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, LACMA, MOCA, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.

DOUGLAS GOODWIN trains a keen eye over the misalignments between systems of information, language, and human perception. These interests have led him into several careers from engine repair to instructional strategies and software design. Goodwin has taught computers about narrative and writing. These efforts resulted in "Nonsense nor Sensibility," a new novel by Jane Austen and "Kerouac Machine," a Teletype that delivers new communications from Jack Kerouac. Lately, he has been building systems to facilitate mobility in Los Angeles and collecting interviews on the production of color.

NATALIE HÄUSLER is an artist and poet living in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstverein Bielefeld; Noplace, Oslo; Supportico Lopez, Berlin; Combo, Córdoba; PS122 Gallery, NY; Municipal Gallery of Lisbon; ICA, London; KM - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo; Hacienda, Zürich; Raven Row, London; Kunstverein Nürnberg; Herman Nitsch Museum, Naples; Nurture Art Foundation, NY; Goethe Institut, New York Library; and Kunsthalle Ravensburg. Her book “A Virus Can be on a Mussel [...]” was published in 2014 by Mousse. Her writing also appears in “VierSomes 004,” Birkbeck College Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, London; “Blackbox Manifold (14),” University of Cambridge/Sheffield; “General Fine Arts 1/1,” Version House, Berlin; and in “Noon on the Moon,” Sternberg, Berlin.

A lyrical filmmaker as well as a sound and visual artist, ROBERT TODD continually produces short works that resist categorization. In the past twenty years he has produced a large body of short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Le Rencontres Internationale, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist’s awards. He teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Saturday, March 10: Eileen G’Sell, JoAnna Novak, Elizabeth Hall

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Eileen G’Sell's cultural criticism and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, and the Denver Quarterly, among other publications. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and her first full length poetry collection, Life After Rugby, is available from Gold Wake Press early 2018. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

JoAnna Novak
is the author of the novel I Must Have You and the book-length poem Noirmania. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, BOMB, Guernica, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Tammy, a literary journal and chapbook press.

Elizabeth Hall was born in Louisiana and raised in Georgia. She is the author of the book I HAVE DEVOTED MY LIFE TO THE CLITORIS (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook Two Essays (eohippus labs). She currently lives in San Pedro, California where she plays bass with the band Pine Family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Saturday, March 3: Gillian Conoley & Martha Ronk

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, March 3 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Gillian Conoley was born in Austin, Texas and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she has lived for more than twenty years. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Peace (2014), The Plot Genie (2009) and Profane Halo (2005), as well as being the editor of the poetry magazine VOLT. Conoley was the 2017 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s prestigious Shelley Memorial Award. Her most recent book, Preparing One’s Consciousness for the Avatar, is just out from Magra Books.

Martha Ronk is the author of several collections of poetry, including Ocular Proof (Omnidawn, 2016); Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn, 2013); Partially Kept (Nightboat, 2012); Vertigo (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was selected by C.D. Wright as a part of the National Poetry Series; and Desire in LA (University of Georgia Press, 1990). She is also the author of two chapbooks.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saturday, February 24: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice

Join us for the L.A. launch of
New Narrative as Contemporary Practice
(published by ON Contemporary Practice)

The first comprehensive anthology of essays on New Narrative writing and community practices by a younger generation of poets and poet-scholars.

Tonight's line-up will feature editors

together with contributors


Saturday, February 24 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Rob Halpern
lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Prison. His books of poetry include Common Place (2015) and Music for Porn (2012). Weak Link is forthcoming later this year (Atelos).

Robin Tremblay-McGaw lives in San Francisco, writes about poetry and poetics, and teaches at Santa Clara University and at Bard College as part of the Institute for Writing and in the Language & Thinking Program. Robin is the author of Dear Reader (Ithuriel’s Spear 2015).

Amanda K. Davidson
walks in LA. The Sissy Goes for a Swim, her latest chapbook, was recently published by The Elephants. Visit for fiction, comics, and more.

Robert Dewhurst
is a poet and scholar; he holds a PhD in English from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he participated in the Buffalo Poetics Program. With Joshua Beckman and CAConrad, he coedited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). Currently, he is writing a literary biography of Wieners. He lives in Los Angeles.


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