Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday, August 1: Cheena Marie Lo & tessa micaela


Cheena Marie Lo is a poet based in Oakland, CA, where they co-founded the Manifest Reading and Workshop Series. They are the author of chapbooks NO FILTER (Aggregate Space 2014), Ephemera & Atmospheres (Belladonna* 2014). Their first book, A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters, is forthcoming from Commune Editions in 2016.



tessa micaela carries with her a list of things to learn in a lifetime; the list keeps getting longer, and currently includes midwifery, carpentry, bicycle repair, edible local plants, dog training, and the best forgotten places in the middle of the city to get lost in. tessa is a full-spectrum doula, community educator, book maker and quiet firecracker living in Oakland. Her book, there are boxes and there is wanting, is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press.


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Saturday, August 1
Doors 7pm
Reading 7:30pm

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 7pm: Rob Halpern & Jen Scappettone


Common Place is Rob Halpern’s most recent book of poetry (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). He lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.


Jennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, and several chapbooks. Exit 43, an archaeology of the Superfundament and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress palimpsest, A Chorus Fosse, coming soon from Compline. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and is at work on translating a 1944 F.T. Marinetti “aeronovel or aeropoem”; she just launched PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the archive devoted to Italian poetry that she curates. Collaborative work includes performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble; digital archaeologies with Judd Morrissey; libretti, scores, and vocal concepts for PARK, directed and choreographed by Kathy Westwater; and sonic documentaries for X Locus, with AGENCY architecture and composer Paul Rudy at the American Academy in Rome. Her most recent work is Leave Loom, a garbage documentary room woven at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood. She lives in Chicago and sometimes elsewhere, including here.



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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 7pm: Jasper Bernes

The Public School and Poetic Research Bureau close the circle to present Jasper Bernes and his new book We Are Nothing and So Can You this Thursday night at 7pm at 951 Chung King Rd.


Jasper Bernes is the author of a previous collection of poems, Starsdown (2007), and is currently completing a book of literary history, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization, about the role of poetry in the postindustrial restructuring of labor. Excerpts from We Are Nothing and So Can You have appeared in Lana Turner, The American Reader, The Capilano Review, Hi Zero, Prelude, and elsewhere. His writing on contemporary politics and political economy can be found in venues such as The New Inquiry, LARB, Endnotes, and Viewpoint. He lives in Berkeley with his family and teaches in the English Departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
 

Friday, July 17, 2015

STEP & REPEAT: Friday-Sunday nights, July 17-19 @ Geffen Contemporary

 
 
For the second year, the Poetic Research Bureau has partnered with MOCA on the literary component of Step & Repeat, MOCA's annual festival of live performance. The festival spans three nights, with poetry and performance beginning at 6pm each night.

Friday night (July 17) features Mashinka Firunts & Danny Snelson from Philadelphia, Raquel Gutierrez & Adam Garcia from SF/LA, and Harryette Mullen from Los Angeles.

Saturday night (July 18) brings out Nathaniel Mackey from North Carolina and Maged Zaher down from Seattle.

Sunday night (July 19) concludes with a visit from New York experimental literary collective TROLL THREAD, with Holly Melgard, Joey Yearous-Algozin and Chris Sylvester.

INFO: moca.org/stepandrepeat
FREE for MOCA members; $12 general admission; $30 for all three nights


THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY @ MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Full lineup below:

FRIDAY

Harryette Mullen | Raquel Gutiérrez with Adam Garcia | Mashinka Firunts and Danny Nelson | Geo Wyeth | Jibz Cameron and Kate Berlant | Lafawndah | WAND | Mike B. and DJ Zo with KRN FX | Adam Linder

SATURDAY

Nathaniel Mackey | Maged Zaher | Juliana Huxtable | Casey Jane Ellison | Baron Vaughn | Ho99o9 | Kodak to Graph | Azul | Mustache Mondays with Rosé Hernandez, Santiago Salazar and Zakmatic | Adam Linder

SUNDAY

TROLL THREAD | Nao Bustamante | Kristina Wong | Brent Weinbach | James Fauntleroy with special guests | Open Mike Eagle | DJ set by Juliana Huxtable | Adam Linder



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thursday, July 16: TRANS PLANET TOUR!




Die Dragonetti is an angel boy, co-editor of Be About It press and curator of TRANS PLANET. They recently published a chapbook of poetry, No Greater Love (Punk Hostage, 2015). Their work has appeared in aqnb, VIDA, xoJane, Salon, the Fanzine, HTMLGiant, Quaint Magazine, and elsewhere. Find them on the internet @angelboyangelboy on Tumblr and @_dieangelboy_ on Twitter.

Jos Charles is the founding editor of THEM, as well as founder and co-managing editor of Sol&Res. Their work has been featured in BLOOM, the Denver Quarterly, the Quietus, Huffington Post, LAMBDA Literary, EOAGH, the Feminist Wire, GLAAD, Bitch Magazine, and more. Find them at joscharles.tumblr.com and @josdcharles.

Manuel Arturo Abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. They are the managing editor at Civil Coping Mechanisms. Their work has appeared in MCA Sydney, Tactic Cork, ACLA, The New Inquiry, Gauss PDF, Keep This Bag Away from Children, and other places. See their work at twigtech.tumblr.com and @Deezius.

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is an American poet from Riverside, CA. She is extremely gay and her work tackles themes such as how fucked it is to have a body and being extremely gay. Her work has been in Shabby Doll House, the Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. Her first book, i'm alive / it hurts / i love it is available now from boost house. Find her at blankslate.tumblr.com and @sadqueer4life.

Sara June Woods is standing at the aircanada ticket counters crying after being forced to prove she is a transgender. She is the author of Wolf Doctors (Artifice Books) and Sara or the Existence of Fire (Horse Less Press). Her work has appeared in Guernica, Shabby Doll House, The Nervous Breakdown, Bodega, and many more. Find her at moonbears.biz, saramountain.tumblr.com, and @whatmountains.


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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 7:30pm: Lindsey Boldt & Erika Staiti




Erika Staiti lives in Oakland and is author of The Undying Present (Krupskaya 2015) and In the Stitches (Trafficker 2010).



Lindsey Boldt is a poet and performer living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of the book Overboard (2012) and the chapbooks, Oh My, Hell Yes (2009), Overboard: Rampage (2011), and Titties for Lindsey (2013). With Steve Orth, she writes and performs plays including, "The Reading" and "Dating by Consensus". She works as Managing Editor for both Nightboat Books and The Post-Apollo Press.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The PRB in July: We Will Not Leave You Alone



If you think the Poetic Research Bureau is planning to go sleepy into summer like we've tended to in years past, it just ain't so. We're here for you, old chums, and we're ready to renew our vows. Are you open to the prospect? Because July features four incredible events for our Angeleno kin and Southland summer sojourners – it's a month so good, it's just nuts.

In our regular Saturday night series, we have two readings on July 11th and July 25th, the former with two awesome East Bay poets, Erika Staiti and Lindsey Boldt, and the latter with once-they-were-Californians Rob Halpern and Jen Scappettone. You'll want to get out for both of those.

For the weekend in between, we've lined up four consecutive nights of dizzying summer skylarking from Thursday, July 16th to Sunday, July 19th.

First the PRB plays host to the TRANS PLANET West Coast tour on their Los Angeles leg, Thursday the 16th. Die Dragonetti presents manuel arturo abreu, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, and Sara June Woods. That'll be excellent. Just two days after New Horizons arrives at the Plutonic system, the Trans Planet will be at hand, and Chung King Road will not contain it! Don't miss out.

Finally, we move over to MOCA at the Geffen where we've partnered with the museum's curatorial wizards to bring ten poets & performers to downtown LA over three nights as part of this year's Step & Repeat festival. Friday night, July 17th, it's Harryette Mullen, Raquel Gutiérrez w/ Adam Garcia, and Mashinka Firunts + Danny Snelson. Saturday night, July 18th, it's Nathaniel Mackey and Maged Zaher. And Sunday the 19th we conclude with Troll Thread (Holly Melgard, Joey Yearous-Algozin, and Chris Sylvester).

Denser than a dwarf planet, but with more oxygen and brighter lights: the Bureau in summer. Tireless companion, and at your service.