Friday, February 12, 2016

Fri Night: Image Text Ithaca: Earl Gravy, Anna Moschovakis, Nicholas Muellner & Suzanna Zak

To celebrate the west coast launch of their first three books at the LA Art Book Fair, Image Text Ithaca will present a reading by ITI fellows and faculty: Earl Gravy (Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe), Anna Moschovakis, Nicholas Muellner and Suzanna Zak.

Image Text Ithaca brings together an independent press, an MFA program and ongoing workshops and symposia at the intersection of writing and photography. ITI seeks to build an international community of writers, photographers, editors and publishers. Through experimentation, adventure and creative exchange, participants develop ideas, relations, tactics and traditions in order to articulate a field in the most robust sense.

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Friday, February 12 2016

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

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An L.A based collaboration between artists Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe, Earl Gravy combines research methodologies within a contemporary visual arts practice, presenting projects as exhibitions, lectures, and publications. Current research topics include: “The Home of Truth”: a year long investigation into a proto-New Age, female-led apocalyptic commune in the desert of Southeast Utah, and "Alcor", a study in life extension practices and the computational aspect of consciousness.

Anna Moschovakis is a writer, translator, and editor based in the Catskill mountains and in Brooklyn. She is a longstanding member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and recently co-founded BUSHEL, a new mixed-use storefront space in Delhi, NY.

Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, he investigates the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. Books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011). Readings include MoMa PS1, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and his writings on photography have been published by MACK, Afterimage, Art Journal, Routledge and Aperture. He is Co-Director of Image Text Ithaca.

Suzanna Zak is a Los Angeles based artist. A frequent traveler, her work depicts the malleability of place and space by using a mixture of photography, sculpture, and writing. Some recent projects include Freedom Isa Bonfire, an installation at Good Press Gallery in Glasgow that coincided with a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach in California, and Sun+Soil / Moon+Dirt, a book of concrete poetry published by Shelter Press. She also runs the art book press Rock Bottom.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Saturday, Feb 6, 7:30pm: Jason Snyder, Amina Cain & Harold Abramowitz

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Saturday, February 6 2016

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


Jason Snyder is the founding editor of Sidebrow Books. His fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant, Sleepingfish, American Letters & Commentary, and Harp & Altar, among other publications. He lives in Portland with his wife and twins. Family Album is his first novel.

Amina Cain is the author, most recently, of CREATURE (Dorothy, a publishing project). Her stories and essays have appeared in BOMB, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, Full Stop, Two Serious Ladies, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles where she is working on a novel.

Harold Abramowitz is author and co-author of books of poetry and narrative, including Blind Spot, UNFO Burns A Million Dollars, Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-writes, edits, and curates as part of the collaborative literary projects eohippus labs, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sunday Feb 7, 1pm: @SEA #4 "Exhaustion"

“EXHAUSTION” – Sunday 1pm @ the PRB

  • SCREENINGS: Steve Reinke (Toronto/Chicago), 4 videos
  • READING: Alessandro De Francesco (Brussels), poetry & translations from Remote Vision
  • LECTURE: Christian Hite (Los Angeles), "Leaping Tall Buildings: on Warhol and Suicide"
  • SCREENINGS: Sylvia Schedelbauer (Berlin), 3 films
  • PERFORMANCE: Tania Chen + Jon Leidecker (San Francisco), sound & music
Doors open at 1pm, program begins at 1:30pm sharp. Screenings will fold in throughout the event.

Event is free. Refreshments served.

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

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Participant bios:

Alessandro De Francesco is a poet, artist and essayist and the founder of the Language Art Studio. Since 2008 Alessandro is an artist-in-residence at the European Graduate School. He has also been an artist-in-residence at the STEIM (Amsterdam, 2007 and 2009), at the Mulhouse Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and at the BeHave international program in Luxembourg (2015-16). He founded and directed the poetry writing atelier at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Among his books: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2008), Redéfinition (Paris: MIX., 2010), Ridefinizione (Rome: La Camera Verde, 2011), Augmented Writing (La Camera Verde, 2013 and 2015), Continuum. Writings on Poetry as Artistic Practice (The Hague / Tirana: Uitgeverij, 2015), Remote Vision (New York: Punctum Books, upcoming in 2016). Alessandro’s artistic work is represented by Solang Production Paris-Brussels.

Christian Hite earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is a former Visiting Scholar in the Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts. In addition to translating works by Pierre Klossowski, his work has appeared in parrhesia , October, Postmodern Culture, and Textual Practice. He is currently the managing editor of KEEP IT DIRTY, VOL. A., "FILTH," an online, open-access journal published by Punctum Books.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his single channel videos, which have been screened, exhibited and collected worldwide. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Guelph and York University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from NSCAD University. The Hundred Videos — Mr. Reinke’s work as a young artist — was completed in 1996, several years ahead of schedule. Since then he has completed many short single channel works and has had several solo exhibitions/screenings, in various venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), The Power Plant (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Argos Festival (Brussels), Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tate (London).

Born in Tokyo, Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage. "Born in Japan of a Japanese mother and a German father — both of whom severed ties to their postwar childhoods — Schedelbauer’s videos are so eloquently and exquisitely constructed that it is easy to underestimate the passion and urgency that underlie them. Driven to conjure a past to replace the one her parents have denied or hidden from her, she has, through an ingenious use of found footage and the endless possibilities of montage, created a series of works that turn artifice into a means of investigation and a bridge to repair the rift between desire and knowledge." (Tony Pipolo, Artforum)

Tania Chen is a pianist, experimental musician, free improviser and sound artist, working with pianos, keyboards, found objects, toys and vintage and lo-fi electronics. She studied piano with John Tilbury during her Masters degree in Performance studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has performed the music of John Cage, Earle Brown, Schoenberg, Webern, Satie, Scriabin, Andrew Poppy, Michael Parsons and Chris Newman in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. She is equally known for her passion for free improvisation, performing alongside and collaborating with musicians that include Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Alan Tomlinson, Roger Turner, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies and Terry Day.

Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) is a San Francisco–based musician/composer of experimental electronic music. He has released works on Tigerbeat6, Illegal Art, Alku, Phthalo, and others. He has been producing music since 1987 and ongoing studio and live projects involve collaborations with People Like Us, Thomas Dimuzio, Kevin Blechdom, Tim Perkis, Matmos and The Weatherman of Negativland. He is also a member of the Chopping Channel and Sagan.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carlos Soto-Román, Omar Pimienta & Román Luján


Friday, January 29

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


Carlos Soto-Román is a pharmacist, poet, and translator. He holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. In Chile, he has published: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007) and Cambio y Fuera (2009). In the United States: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-Classified] (Gauss PDF, 2013), The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014) and Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014). His work can be found in Crux Desperationis, Summer’s Stock, P-Queue, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Where Eagles Dare, Mandorla, Asphodel, Hold and The American Poetry Review. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has been awarded with scholarships from the Chilean Council for Culture and the Arts.

Omar Pimienta is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. His artistic practice examines questions of identity, trans-nationality, emergency poetics, sociopolitical landscapes and memory. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 and he is currently a PhD candidate of Literature at UCSD. His work has been presented in galleries, museums and cultural centers in U.S, México, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Germany and Denmark. He has published three books of poetry, including Escribo desde Aquí for which he has been awarded the Emilio Prado 10th International Publication prize from the Centro Cultural Generación del 27 Malaga Spain in 2009.

Román Luján, a Mexican poet and literary translator based in Los Angeles, is the author of Instrucciones para hacerse el valiente (2000), Aspa Viento (2003, artist book in collaboration with painter Jordi Boldó), Deshuesadero (2006) and Drâstel (2010). Coeditor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, his work has appeared in Zur Dos: Última poesía latinoamericana (2004) and Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas: Poesía Iberoamericana Made in USA (2009) among other anthologies. Translations of his poetry have appeared in Jacket2, Aufgabe, Mandorla, Crux Desperationis and Matter, among other journals. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hearts of Palm Reading Palace: Cathy Linh Che, Melissa R. Sipin, & Harmony Holiday

Dear Friends, Friends of Some Friends, Friends of No Ones Friends, 

Please join us to ring in the forever New Year for the fourth Hearts Of Palm Reading Palace event with:

Cathy Linh Che
Melissa R. Sipin
Harmony Holiday

Like always, there will be a plethora of things to chomp like fruits, hopia, hearts of palm, and some kind of cake. This evening will be bomb from all kinds of angles. We hope to see you there! 

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles
Saturday January 16, 2016 

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Having lived in Brooklyn on and off since 2007, she's happy to be returning to Los Angeles, city of her birth.

Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014). Her work is in Guernica, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and PEN American Center, among others. As the Poets & Writers McCrindle Fellow in Los Angeles, she is hard at work on a short story collection and novel.

HARMONY HOLIDAY is a poet, dancer, and archivist, mythscientist and the author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever (forthcoming from Fence, fall 2015). She was the winner of a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and she curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare and out-of print LPs and soundbites featuring poetry and poetics from throughout the African Diaspora, both analog at Columbia University's music library and digitally as a Tumblr. Her record label, Mythscience Records, devoted to making titles from the archive available to the public by way of reissues in both vinyl and digital formats, is forthcoming, starting with the reissue of Amiri Baraka's Black Spirits: New Voices in African American Literature LP.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sunday, December 6: @SEA #3, "PORTRAITS"

The third edition of @SEA, a new monthly series at the Poetic Research Bureau, takes place this Sunday afternoon, December 6th.

This month’s one-word theme is “portraits” and explores portraiture in myriad dimensions – human, object, landscape, lyric, documentary – through video, 16mm film, essay, criticism and poetry.

Here’s this month’s amazing lineup:

“PORTRAITS” – Sunday 1pm @ the PRB

1.00  Doors open

1.30  SCREENING: Solomon Turner (LA), video, Ambassador

1:45  READING: Linda Norton (Oakland), selections from recent collages, poems, essays

2:15  LECTURE: Jeff Solomon (LA), on mid-century mass-market portraits of Truman Capote

2:45  PROJECTION: Nora Sweeney (LA), selection of recent 16mm films

Event is free. Refreshments served.

951 Chung King Rd, LA, CA 90012


Solomon Turner is an LA based filmmaker. He received his MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and his BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College. He is obsessed with thinking about the future, technology and life on on other planets.

Linda Norton’s debut collection of poetry and prose, The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011, Pressed Wafer), featuring an introduction by Fanny Howe, was a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize and was also a Kenyon Review notable book in 2012. Norton in also the author of a chapbook, Hesitation Kit (EtherDome, 2007) and is the recipient of a 2014 Creative Work Fund grant for a project about incarceration, poetry, and visual art. Her work has been featured in the anthologies New California Writing; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here; and As If It Fell from the Sun. Norton’s visual collages have appeared on the covers of books by Julie Carr, Claudia Rankine, and Stacy Szymaszek, in a recent issue of Lapham's Quarterly, and on the cover of the anthology As If It Fell from the Sun. Her series of 48 collages (called Dark White) was exhibited in 2014 at the Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, with subsidy from the US Embassy in Dublin. In 2015 she visited Ireland again, where she worked on a memoir and cultural history called Dark White. She is currently completing a manuscript of poems called COLORATURA

Jeff Solomon’s first book, Fabulous Potency: Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2016.  His article “Capote and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Mid-Century” won the 2009 Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Best Article of the Year in Twentieth-Century Literature, and his short story “Best Friend” was the lead story in Best Gay Stories 2009 [Lethe Press].  He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from UC-Irvine and a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California, where he is a Lecturer. Solomon will discuss early mass-market portraits of Truman Capote, and how these both broadcast his homosexuality and shielded him from the homophobia that hurt the careers of other gay male mid-century writers.

Nora Sweeney is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her B.A. from Oberlin College and M.F.A. in Film/Video from CalArts. She taught documentary filmmaking and photography for two years at a women's college in Madurai, India through a fellowship from Oberlin Shansi. She continues to teach filmmaking in youth media education programs as well as work as a photographer, videographer, and editor. Her films have been screened at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Antimatter (Victoria), Chicago Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, and in the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, where Something Like Whales won a Jury's Choice Award (1st Prize).

Saturday, December 5, 7:30pm: Sandra & Ben Doller

Come see the hearts and palms of Ben & Sandra Doller, along with their little Wild One. Both will be reading together at the 3rd Hearts of Palm at Poetic Research Bureau Saturday night. There will be cans of hearts of palm and maybe a cake. There might even be another UFO siting like the one a few weeks ago. You never know. Please join us!

Ben Doller’s most recent book is Fauxhawk from Wesleyan; Sandra Doller’s most recent book is Leave Your Body Behind from Les Figues; together their collaborative book The Yesterday Project is soon to be recent from Sidebrow. She/He/They live in San Diego and Joshua Tree with a baby and a pit bull named Wild Alphabet and Kiki Smith. They teach for California.

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Reading begins at 7:30pm. 

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles