Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tan Lin, Keith J. Varadi & Phil Davis

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

**Please Note: The Chinatown Summer Nights festival will be happening at the same time as our reading. Parking may be more difficult than usual. We suggest parking outside of Chinatown and walking in -- or take the Metro! There's a Chinatown stop a few blocks from our space.

Tan Lin is the author of over ten books, most recently, of Heath Course Pak, Bib. Rev. Ed, Insominia and the Aunt., and 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 The Joy of Cooking. He is the recipient of a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book on the writings of Andy Warhol. He is working on a sampled novel, Our Feelings Were Made By Hand. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at New Jersey City University.

Keith J. Varadi is an artist, writer, and curator currently based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from Rutgers University. He has exhibited his work and the work of others at various international venues, performed mainly on the East Coast, and published most of his writing primarily on the Internet.

Phil Davis lives in Los Angeles. He drives a 1999 Lexus RX 300 and studied art at UCLA.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian, June 21 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Dodie Bellamy
is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her most recent book is The TV Sutras (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014). Her Ugly Duckling chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include Cunt Norton, the buddhist, Academonia, Pink Steam,The Letters of Mina Harker, and Cunt-Ups, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, “The Beating of Our Hearts,” was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin Killian she is editing for Nightboat Books New Narrative: 1975-1995. When the Sick Rule the World, her third collection of essays, is forthcoming from Semiotext(e).

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs , and three books of stories. He has also written two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008), and Tweaky Village (2014). With Peter Gizzi he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—for Wesleyan University Press. Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lew Ellingham’s acclaimed biography of Spicer in 1998. Recent projects include The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985, edited with David Brazil; Tagged (2013), Killian’s intimate photographs of poets, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and intellectuals; and forthcoming, with Dodie Bellamy, The Nightboat Anthology of New Narrative Writing 1975-1995. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Saturday, June 21 2014


The PRB @ 951 CKR
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Doors open @ 7:00pm

Readings begin @ 7:30pm

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Commune Editions

Join Commune Editions (Juliana Spahr, Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes) and The Public School Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon for a discussion about the limits and possibilities of militant publishing and poetics.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Public School @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Part 2 of a two day event with Commune Editions.
Saturday night: Poetry
Sunday afternoon: Discussion

We will discuss the essays by Commune Editions recently posted on Jacket2:

Commune Editions publishes poetry and other writings antagonistic to capital and the state. In the struggle against these entrenched adversaries, poetry is no replacement for concrete forms of action: strikes, blockades, occupations and riots, as well as the meetings, houses, libraries, and shared resources that enable them. But poetry can be a voice for these activities and their companion. Like Kanellos, the riot dog of Athens, Commune Editions accompanies the movements of the streets, providing support and strangeness, and perhaps, on occasion, biting the leg of a cop threatening a comrade.


Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers, a book about two friends who are writers in a time of war and ecological collapse and also the symposium Beyond Oakland. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002). With Joshua Clover, she has twice organized somewhat free schools, the 95 cent Skool (summer of 2010) and the Durruti Free Skool (summer of 2011), written on politics, on manifestos, applied for a job at the Poetry Foundation, and organized, with Chris Chen too, the conference Poetry and/or Revolution.

Joshua Clover is working on a book about forms of struggle, Of Riot (Verso. 2016); his book of poetry, Red Epic, will be published in 2015. He has collaborated on poetry, critical writing, and conferences with Chris Nealon, Chris Chen, Aaron Benanav, Annie McClanahan, Louis Schwartz, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr; with the lattermost two, he edits Commune Editions.

Jasper Bernes is a lecturer in the English Department at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Starsdown (2007). Recent poems and essays can be found in Modern Language Quarterly, The American Reader, Lana Turner, Los Angeles Review of Books and Endnotes. He is presently at work on a long poem, We Are Nothing and So Can You, a selection of which he published as a chapbook in 2012. With Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover, he edits Commune Editions.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Landing Site for MADELINE GINS

Poets, artists, and architects read from the visionary writings of Madeline Gins at this event hosted by Matias Viegener, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan, and the Poetic Research Bureau.

Saturday, May 17
Art Catalogues, LACMA

Vanessa Place
Aaron Kunin
Christine Wertheim
Janice Lee
Brian Stefans
Xárene Eskandar
giovanni singleton
Laida Lertxundi
Aaron Panofsky
Anna Sew Hoy

A Landing Site for Madeline Gins is a tribute to the late artist, architect, and poet who, together with her partner Arakawa, established the Reversible Destiny Foundation in 1987, a dynamic platform for collaboration across the sciences, art, and architecture. Gins started as a poet and published numerous books including Word Rain (or A Discursive Introduction to the Philosophical Investigation of G,R,E,T,A G,A,R,B,O, It Says) (Grossman, 1969), What the President Will Say and Do!! (Station Hill Press, 1984), and Helen Keller or Arakawa (Burning Books with East/West Cultural Studies, 1994). In 1997, Michael Govan presented the exhibition Arakawa/Gins—Reversible Destiny/We Have Decided Not to Die at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, and an exhibition about Arakawa is in the works, curated by LACMA’s Christina Yu.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fred Moten, Emerson Whitney & Frank Sherlock

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Fred Moten
Emerson Whitney
& Frank Sherlock

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Doors open 4pm
Reading at 4:30pm

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Fred Moten
works at the intersection of black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Press, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), and The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2013).

Emerson Whitney
is a poet, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles. Emerson’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine, Bombay Gin, NPR, the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. Emerson is also a 2013 kari edwards fellow on behalf of Naropa University and is the author of the forthcoming documentary project, Ghost Box.

Frank Sherlock
is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of works translated by Carlos Soto-Román, will be published in Chile in fall 2014. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B.Franklin Basement Tapes. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature. He is currently Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Monday, May 5, 2014

giovanni singleton & Christine Wertheim

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

giovanni singleton
& Christine Wertheim

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Doors open 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

giovanni singleton is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal committed to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Her debut poetry collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the 81st California Book Award Gold Medal. She was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s biennial New American Series, which recognizes recent first book poets. Her work has appeared on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in Zen Monster, Inquiring Mind, Callaloo, Poet Lore, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, & Stories for Children, and I’ll Drown My Book: A Collection of Conceptual Writing. singleton has taught at CalArts, Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and in museums and schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area. singleton coordinates Lunch Poems, the monthly poetry reading series at UC-Berkeley under the direction of Robert Hass. She collects bookmarks and enjoys figs and greek style yogurt.

Christine Wertheim is author of the poetics suites mUtter-bAbel (Countertpath Press) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues Press), editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of two anthologies of creative and critical literary writings, Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. She teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. For more info, see -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rachel Levitsky, Jeff Derksen & David Buuck

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


hosted by Andrea Quaid
& Harold Abramowitz

Friday, April 25, 2014
Doors open 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles 

Rachel Levitsky is recently the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) as well as two other full-length books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010). She was the founder of the feminist avant-garde network, Belladonna* which has now become Belladonna* Collaborative, in which she participates as a member of the shifting field. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (, a mobile research unit variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, NYC and Leipzig. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.

Jeff Derksen’s poetry books include The Vestiges, Transnational Muscle Cars, Dwell, Until, and Down Time and his critical books are After Euphoria, Annihilated Time: Poetry and other Politics and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love. He collaborates with Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber in the research collective Urban Subjects: their bookworks include Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade, Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events, and The Possibilities Are. Derksen was a research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CUNY Graduate Center) and is a founding collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing. He works in the English Department of Simon Fraser University where he is the editor of the critical journal Line. 

David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr, is just out from City Lights, and SITE CITE CITY will be published by Futurepoem in 2014.