Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brandon Drew Holmes, Amanda-Faye Jimenez & Miles Preston-Clark

Brandon Drew Holmes is the only son of Mia Vaughn and Baskerville Holmes. He makes work about white people for Black people.

Amanda-Faye Jimenez is a writer who lives in Los Angeles, but does not have a web-series yet. Her rejection letter from the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship said her application stood out as one of the stronger submissions. She's totally going to submit again next year, but in the meantime she's going to continue writing, entertaining her 800+ Facebook friends almost daily with her astute observations, and letting her dogs kiss her on the mouth even though everyone keeps telling her that's some white people shit. amandafayejimenez.com

Miles Preston-Clark is a Black writer and interdisciplinary artist from Georgia. His writing has been published in Hobart, Spork Press, Pioneertown, Reality Hands, Wu-Wei Magazine and elsewhere.milesprestonclark.com 


Friday, June 17th


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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

@SEA #8: "CURSES" w/ Kraning, Moriarty, Sequeira & White

The eighth edition of @SEA, the Poetic Research Bureau's monthly live magazine, concludes its spring season with a calling down of the theme of curses: bad luck, bad lots, hexes and misfortune; low speech, profanities, brought down trouble and malediction. A quartet of ensorcellement at 951 Chung King Rd in Chinatown! 

@SEA #8: Curses! @ Poetic Research Bureau
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Doors open at 1pm
Event 1:30-3:30pm is free.

  • SCREENING: Devil's Gate, a film by Laura Kraning
  • TALK:  “Ensorcellment and Hex in Robert Duncan’s Poetics” by Laura Moriarty
  • READING: Jessica Sequeira, fiction and recent translations of Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia) and Sara Gallardo (Argentina)
  • PERFORMANCE: Ben White presents the performance ritual *Take Away Their Victory*

Laura Kraning’s moving image work navigates landscape as a repository for memory, cultural mythology, and the technological sublime. Exploring absence and the fluidity of time, she evokes liminal spaces of neither past, nor present, but a landscape of the imagination. Laura’s work has screened widely at international film festivals, such as New York, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Antimatter, Visions du Réel, and Festival du Nouveau Cinema, among others.  Laura currently teaches in the Program in Film and Video at California Institute of the Arts. Tracing the metaphysical undercurrents of a Southern California landscape scarred by fire, her film Devil's Gate unearths a subconscious of the landscape, as the echoes of the past reverberate in the present and infect our perception and experience of place.

Laura Moriarty lives in the East Bay. Her recent books are Fugitive Notebook from Couch Press, Who That Divines and A Tonalist, from Nightboat, A Semblance, Selected Poetry 1976-2007 from Omnidawn and the novel Ultravioleta from Atelos. She has taught at Mills College, Naropa University and elsewhere and is currently Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution.  

Jessica Sequeira, originally from California, attended Harvard and Cambridge, and now lives in Buenos Aires. She has published essays, stories and translations in The Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Modern Poetry in Translation, Berfrois, Litro Magazine, Palabras Errantes, The Missing Slate, Ventana Latina and other publications. Her version of the Bolivian writer Liliana Colanzi's short stories will be published by Dalkey Archive Press later this year, and her collection of Bolivian poetry is out with Smokestack Books in 2017. 

Ben White is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and is host of art and culture show "The People" on KCHUNG radio 1630AM. Take Away Their Victory is a performance exercise in ancient world curses and binding spells, and will allow an opportunity for viewers to ostracize a member of the Los Angeles community for ten years.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Saturday, June 4: Amiri Baraka's Sound

After Mingus: Improvising the Mingus School

Harmony Holiday continues the evenings of deep listening, screenings, and expansive talk with After Mingus: Improvising the Mingus School – prototyping, improvising, riffing on the concept of a Mingus School – "an open interdisciplinary workshop akin to Mingus' own jazz workshop." 

Saturday night we celebrate the sound recordings of Amiri Baraka.
Continuing the series. Minimal prep, open ears.

Organized and presented by Harmony Holiday
with the Poetic Research Bureau

Saturday, June 4th

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S O S: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Saturday, May 28: Zack Haber & Ara Shirinyan

Please join the Poetic Research Bureau Saturday, May 28h at 7:30pm as we welcome Zack Haber from Oakland and Ara Shirinyan from Los Angeles.

Zack Haber is an organizer of poetics who lives in Oakland and grew up in Virginia. He is the author of if you want to be one of them playing in the streets… (quiet lightning, 2014). He’s organized The Other Fabulous Reading Series since 2012. Some of his recent writing has appeared in DataBleedZine, The Capalino Review, 580 Split, Elderly, Moss Trill, and Textsound. He’s writing a book about horrible places.

Ara Shirinyan is a poet and teacher from Los Angeles. Formerly co-director of the Poetic Research Bureau, he has written several books, including Syria Is In The World, Handsome Fish Offices and Your Country Is Great.

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Saturday, May 14: Marco Antonio Huerta & Marcel Alcalá

Marco Antonio Huerta: Mexican translator and poet. Won the Northeast Regional Poetry Award in 2005. Author of the poetry collections: La semana milagrosa (Conarte, 2006), Golden Boy (Letras de Pasto Verde, 2009), Hay un jardín (Tierra Adentro, 2009). Magnitud/e (Gusanos de la nada, 2012) is a poem-in-progress written together with Sara Uribe and translated into English by John Pluecker. His work has been published in several periodicals and anthologies in Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and the United States. Currently Huerta is a student at the MFA in Writing program at UC San Diego.

Marcel Alcala (b. 1990 in Santa Ana, CA) creates events and encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work exhibited for a specific period of time. Often collaborating with artists and specialists in fields such as science, literature, film, music, and architecture, Alcala ventures outside of institutional structures to contextualize his work in public space. Alcala’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Here, he organizes performance/poetry exhibitions at the McDonalds on Sunset in Silverlake, researches and enacts "Clown" performances around the country, does Improv in real time called CNX2 (Creating New Content Now), and writes poetry on identity politics and the future/status of the "brown" body. Like the socially necessary figure of the clown that fascinates him, Alcala uses humor, play, and the absurd to critique the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power.

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Saturday, May 14, 20116
Doors open 7pm. Event at 7:30pm.

Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Friday, May 6th 7:30pm: Angélica Freitas, Hilary Kaplan & Kit Schluter

Angélica Freitas is the author of two books of poetry, Rilke Shake and Um útero é do tamanho de um punho ( The uterus is the size of a fist, a finalist for the 2013 Portugal Telecom Prize), and a graphic novel, Guadalupe. Her poems have appeared in Granta, The White Review, and elsewhere. She co-edits the journal Modo de Usar & Co., and lives in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Hilary Kaplan is the translator of Rilke Shake by Angélica Freitas, shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the Best Translated Book Award in poetry, and Ghosts, a collection of stories by Paloma Vidal. Her translations of Brazilian poetry and prose have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in journals internationally. The recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, she has translated poets including Claudia Roquette-Pinto, Ricardo Domeneck, and Marília Garcia, and is currently translating Angélica Freitas's The uterus is the size of a fist. She lives in Los Angeles.

Kit Schluter is translator of The Book of Monelle by Marcel Schwob, The Cold by Jaime Saenz, and Circle of Dogs by Amandine André (in collaboration with J. Spaar), among others forthcoming. His personal work can be found in BOMB, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He is a 2016 NEA translation fellow, for continued work on Marcel Schwob. He lives in Oakland, CA, & co-edits O'clock Press.
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Doors open at 7pm.
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Sunday: @SEA #7 "MAYDAY!" (w/ Horne, Jennings, Piazza, The Reader's Chorus)

The seventh edition of @SEA, the Poetic Research Bureau's monthly live magazine, falls auspiciously on May 1st, so naturally, we have accepted its mission, and name the occasion: MAYDAY!

Come join us this Sunday for a program wound about the thematic maypole of labor and emergency. Three film screenings on hidden work & hidden leisure from Adele Horne, Luciano Piazza and Humphrey Jennings. A talk on the monetization of attention from Luciano. And finally, a visit from The Reader's Chorus, who will evoke "El Lector" of the Lectores de Tabaqueres, the professional reader(s) who would entertain Cuban cigar workers in the earth pre-radio 20th c. The Chorus will perform a specially curated May Day selection of texts for our audience. Spring into action this weekend at 951 Chung King Rd!

@SEA #7: Mayday! @ Poetic Research Bureau
Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Doors open at 1pm

Adele Horne screens an excerpt from her feature "Maintenance"
Luciano Piazza screens recent work and gives talk on monetization of attention
Humphrey Jennings' short film "Spare Time" is shown
The Reader's Chorus channels "El Lector" and performs a special May 1 themed selection of texts

Participant bios:

ADELE HORNE makes documentary, essayistic, and experimental films. Her work has screened internationally at venues such as the Rotterdam Film Festival, Images Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Flaherty Seminar. Her film The Tailenders was broadcast nationally on P.O.V. and won the "Truer than Fiction" prize in Film Independent's Spirit Awards. She is a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts.

HUMPHREY JENNINGS (1907-1950) was an English documentary filmmaker and one of the founders of the Mass Observation organisation. Jennings was described by film critic and director Lindsay Anderson in 1954 as: "the only real poet that British cinema has yet produced."

LUCIANO PIAZZA, a filmmaker and critic, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires, creative writing at New York University and film at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He works in the intersection of audiovisuals and text. He is interested in the passivity and agency of spectatorship and the role of attention in societies of spectacle. He lives in Los Angeles, and is currently the Project Director of Ism, Ism, Ism, Experimental Cinema in Latin America, Los Angeles Filmforum's contribution for the Getty PST LA/LA.

THE READER'S CHORUS, organized by CalArts faculty Sara Roberts and L.A.-based artist Jordan Biren, consists of composers and musicians, visual artists and filmmakers, writers and poets. Initially brought together to perform Robert Lax and John Beer’s rarely performed Black White Oratorio, they are inspired by this hallucinogenic poem and the possibilities of sound in a group of speaking voices, and continue to explore texts meant for performative group reading.