Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Monday, November 23

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

Copies of Christian Bök's newest book The Xenotext: Book 1 will be available for sale at the event.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and ’Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. His conceptual artwork has appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary. His newest book, The Xenotext: Book 1 is just out from Coach House Books.

Geneva Chao writes and translates bilingually. Her English translations of Nicolas Tardy's Encrusted on the Living (with François Luong) and Gérard Cartier's Tristran are forthcoming in 2015 from [lx] press and her first full-length collection, one of us is wave one of us is shore, will be published by Otis Books|Seismicity Editions in 2016.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday, November 8: @SEA #2, "CONVERSION"

The second edition of @SEA, a new monthly series at the Poetic Research Bureau, takes place this Sunday afternoon, November 8. This month’s one-word theme is “conversion” and explores changes of state, form and function, material and otherwise.

Here’s the excellent lineup:

“CONVERSION” – Sunday 1pm @ the PRB

1.00  Doors open

1.30  READING: Jan Wagner (Berlin), selected poems both in German and the English translation

2.00  SCREENING: Eve Luckring (LA), The Junicho Video-Renku Book, twelve short "twelve-tone" video-poems based on the 17th century Japanese poetic form of renku

2.30  PRESENTATION: Guy Bennett (LA), View Source, a work of code poetry (or poetry in code)

3.00  PERFORMANCE: Carmina Escobar (Mexico City), some selections from John Cage's Sixty-Two Mesostics re Merce Cunningham

Event is free. Refreshments served.

951 Chung King Rd, LA, CA 90012


Guy Bennett is the author of several collections of poetry, various works of non-poetry, and numerous translations. Recent publications include View Source, the edition / translation of Giovanna Sandri’s only fragments found: selected poems, 1969–1998, and a translation of Mohammed Dib’s Tlemcen or Places of Writing. His writing has been featured in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, and presented in poetry and arts festivals internationally. Publisher of Mindmade Books and co-editor of Seismicity Editions, he lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.

Carmina Escobar is a vocalist, sound, and intermedia artist from Mexico City whose work focuses on the interrelationship of physical, social, and memory spaces to the body, voice, and sound. She has been awarded grants by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Fund for the Arts) of Mexico and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation and has collaborated on recordings for the labels Abolipop Records (Mexico), Cotton Good Archive (England), Mathka (Poland) y Edge Tone Records (USA).  Escobar performs and presents her work frequently in Mexico and internationally. Currently she is the vocalist and co-artistic director, along with Alexander Bruck and Carlos Iturralde, of [liminar], one of the most innovative experimental new music ensembles in Mexico.

Eve Luckring is a visual artist and poet based in Los Angeles. Her work questions the assumptions—and experiments with the boundaries—that define place, body, and habit. For the past several years, she has been translating traditional Japanese poetic forms into the visual realm to renegotiate the binaries of nature/culture, subject/object, and self/world. Luckring’s videos and installations have been exhibited internationally in both traditional art venues and public spaces. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, W. W. Norton & Company and The Disjunctive Dragonfly, A New Approach to English-Language Haiku, Red Moon Press.

Jan Wagner was born 1971 in Hamburg and has been living in Berlin since 1995. Poet, essayist, translator of Anglo-American poetry (Charles Simic, James Tate, Simon Armitage and many others), he has published six poetry collections since 2001, the most recent, Regentonnentonnenvariationen (“Rain Barrel Variations”), winning the prestigious Award of the Leipzig Bookfair (2015), the first poetry collection ever to do so. A Selected Poems 2001-2015 will be published with Hanser Verlag in Spring 2016. With the poet Björn Kuhligk he edited the comprehensive anthology of young German language poetry Lyrik von Jetzt. 74 Stimmen („Poetry of Now. 74 voices“, 2003); a selection of his essays on poetry, Die Sandale des Propheten. Beiläufige Prosa (“The Prophet’s Sandal. Incidental Prose”), was published in 2011. Wagner’s poetry has been translated into thirty languages, also into English (Self-Portrait With a Swarm of Bees. Selected Poems, translated by Iain Galbraith, was published 2015 by Arc, UK). He has received various scholarships (for example 2011 in the German Academy in Rome/Villa Massimo) and literary awards, among them the Anna-Seghers-Award (2004), the Ernst-Meister-Award for Poetry (2005) and the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis (2011) and is a member of the German Academy of Language and Literature.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Saturday OCT 24, HEARTS OF PALM: Kenji Liu & Margaret Rhee

Kenji C. Liu's forthcoming poetry collection Map of an Onion is the 2015 national winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. His writing appears in The American Poetry Review, Asian American Literary Review, Barrow Street Journal, CURA, RHINO, Split This Rock's poem of the week series, and several anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and Community of Writers at SV, he holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation.

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (forthcoming Finishing Line Press, 2015). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and innovative poetics edited by CS Giscombe. She is the Kathy Acker Fellow at Les Figues Press and an associate editor for Tupelo Press. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies, and her BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Doors open @ 7:00pm
Reading @ 7:30pm

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct 17: The Book of Feral Flora Book Launch


Come to hear feral readings, rituals, and plants making music.

AMANDA ACKERMAN is the author of the recently released The Book of Feral Flora. She is also the author of four chapbooks: The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8), and Short Stones (Dancing Girl Press). She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration (House Press), the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming book Man’s Wars And Wickedness (Bon Aire Projects). She is co-publisher and co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She also writes collaboratively as part of the projects SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

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.

MICHELLE DETORIE is the author of numerous chapbooks including Fur Birds (Insert Press), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs), and Bellum Letters (Dusie). She also makes visual poems, poetry objects, and time-based poetry. In 2007, Michelle was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, and in 2010 she won a direct-to-artist grant from the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for her public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length collection, After-Cave, is just out with Ahsahta Press. She recently completed The Sin in Wilderness, a book-length erasure about love, animals, and affective geography. Her current project is a series of swamp poems narrated by dragons and bitchy ghosts. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where she edits Hex Presse and coordinates the Writing Center at Santa Barbara City College. She is also the poetry editor for Entropy.

is a writer and artist from South El Monte, CA. She has published fiction and poetry in publications such as BOMB Magazine, Huizache, Palabra Literary Magazine and Emohippus. Her arts/culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, KCET Artbound, Letras Libres, Culture Strike, and Tropics of Meta. She is founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse (SEMAP), a multi-disciplinary arts collective and is currently editor of KCET Departures.

NANCY FUMERO is a bicycling enthusiast from Los Angeles, who does freelance web design, teaches programming to children, and meditates. She graduated from UC San Diego and CalArts with degrees in Creative Writing, and is engaged in electronic based art practices, using Ableton and Unity 3d to create interactive video and sound installations. In her non-digital art she works with holography and lenticular images, and is inspired by variances in visual perception, neural diversity, and diverse perspectives that lead to infinite perceptions of reality. Her interest is to appropriate technology to shift social power structures toward a coherent vision of balance, in alignment with the natural world.

DAN RICHERT is a software developer and musician based in Detroit, Michigan. Work includes (!x==[33]) Book 1, Volume 1 by .UNFO (collaboration with Harold Abramowitz, Blanc Press, 2011), Ursonorous Disruptions (Interactive audio, collaboration with Mathew Timmons, Installation at LACMA, 2008), *sc3gzr* (Gamepad-controlled real-time text generator, 2008). Work is featured in The &NOW AWARDS 2 (Lake Forest College Press, 2013). He produces electronic music as Ripcd and designs text processors for UNFO.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Doors open @ 7:00pm

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

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thursday, Oct 15: Anne Boyer & Fred Moten (@ Church of the Epiphany)

Anne Boyer is a poet, essayist, and art school professor in Kansas City. A book of hers came out this year – Garments Against Women – that is mostly about what it isn't. Lately she's been writing about life and death, care and precarity, data and nothingness, and the administration of a body under trial. This is her first reading in Los Angeles.

Fred Moten lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside. His latest book is The Little Edges.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Doors open at 7:00pm
Reading at 7:30pm

Church of the Epiphany
2808 Altura St.
Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 9, 10 & 11, 2015 
Friday 7-10 pm, Saturday 12-3 pm & 4-7 pm, 
Sunday 12-3 pm & 4-7 pm
RSVP for addresses at laliterature@gmail.com
Open Press is a medium to extend the work of the writer, editor, and curator, to instigate new channels of reciprocity among those interested and engaged in what might constitute the literary at any given time. Over the course of three days, Open Press 2015 will feature roundtables, readings, panels, performances, a moveable book fair, and more in various locations across the Los Angeles area.

The idea of Open Press is to host a series of events (roundtables, readings, panels, performances, a moveable book fair, and more) on-site at our homes, headquarters, and elsewhere. The co-curators (ENTROPY, eohippus labs, Insert Blanc Press, Les Figues Press and the Poetic Research Bureau) have invited one or more literary projects they admire to participate in these panels, readings, etc.

We wish to transform the places we work into temporary public sites where literary practices can be discussed and engaged.  In other words, Open Press will be a kind of literary moveable feast, in which we travel to various sites over the course of three days in Los Angeles, CA.

guest presses & projects: Timeless, Infinite LightENTER>textSouth El Monte Arts PosseTwo Lines PressHex PresseBasic EditionsCasa Librecomma, poetryTract/Trace: Bodies/PagesKaya PressSidebrowCopilot PressCorollary PressContemporary Art Review Los Angeles,PastelegramUnnamed PressPhoneme MediaMaterial.

people: LaBerge, Kristen E. Nelson, Teresa Carmody, Andrea Quaid, Angel Dominguez, Tom Trudgeon, Gil Gentile, Pablo Lopez, J. Gordon Faylor, Emji Spero, Joel Gregory,Ted Rees, Emerson Whitney, JH Phrydas, Ivy Johnson, Joseph Mosconi, Andrew Maxwell, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, John Cleary, Kristine Leja, Jason Snyder, Stephanie Sauer, Sunyoung Lee, Neelanjana Banerjee, Amanda Ackerman, Harold Abramowitz, Henry Hoke, Marco Franco Di Domenico, Janice Lee, Carribean Fragoza, Scott Esposito, Michelle Detorie, Lindsay Preston Zappas, Ariel Evans, Megan Whitmarsh, Jade Gordon, Mathew Timmons, Jessica Smith, Kristin Cammermeyer, David Shook, Chris Heiser, Gallagher Lawson, Kim Schoen, Ginny Cook, Robert Russell.

Friday October 9 from 7-10 pm
The Poetic Research Bureau hosts a reading/performance with Timeless, Infinite Light.
Saturday October 10 from 12-3 pm
ENTROPY will be joined by ENTER>textSouth El Monte Arts PosseTwo Lines PressHex Presse, for a panel related to the theme of planetary bodies.
Saturday October 10 from 4-7 pm
Insert Blanc Press (2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Ave) presents performances and readings with Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (ed. Lindsay Preston Zappas) readings by Catherine Wagley and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal; Insert Blanc Press (ed. Mathew Timmons) special guest reading from Jessica Smith and a screening by Kristin Cammermeyer (plus Cammermeyer's exhibition at Outside Gallery adjacent to the space); Pastelegram (ed. Ariel Evans) screening by Megan Whitmarsh & Jade Gordon; Unnamed Press (eds. Olivia Taylor Smith and Chris Heiser) readings by Gallagher Lawson; Phoneme Editions (ed. David Shook) screening with Mario Bellatin; Material (eds. Kim Schoen & Ginny Cook) reading by Robert Russell

Sunday October 11 from 12-3 pm
eohippus labs will be joined by Kaya PressSidebrowCopilot PressCorollary Press for a panel thatwishes to question the role of rhetoric within any kind of literary practice.

Sunday October 11 from 4-7 pm
Les Figues Press will be joined by Basic EditionsCasa Librecomma, poetryTract/Trace: Bodies/Pages for a collaborative textual engagement. During the reading and performances, we will invite the audience to “make” along with the author. Followed by conversation. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"@SEA": A new monthly series at the PRB

Like unfinished thoughts, unconventional presentations and the "act of letting the mind wander"? Well, bookmark the first Sunday of each month, and we'll see you down at the Poetic Research Bureau on Chung King Road in Chinatown.

@SEA (think “at sea”) is a new monthly series, to be convened Sunday early afternoons, under the aegis of the PRB.  With @SEA we look to move beyond single-channel readings of texts toward interdisciplinary programs that bring various artistic and intellectual practices into adjacency and conversation. A typical afternoon may include a combination of video or film projection, poetry readings, performance, and unconventional lectures.

Additionally, each @SEA program will cluster around a one-word theme that serves as a loose anchor to gather attentions back to a common point of departure. These themes will sometimes be repeated across programs, and sometimes not, and will serve as much as anything to spur the programmers to find interesting combinations of topics, artists, thinkers and makers.

@SEA will be programmed by Rebecca Baron, Andrew Maxwell and Daniel Tiffany. The first afternoon event will be October 4th at 1pm, and the inaugural theme is: INCOMPLETION.


1.30  READING:  Brandon Som, from Tripas, an unfinished poetic project
2.00  SCREENING:  Leslie Thornton, The Great Invisible (excerpt)

2.30  LECTURE:  Alexander Keefe on harvester ants, interspecies influence, unfinished dreams
3.00  PERFORMANCE:  Nitin Mukul (film) & Greg Reynolds (live score), Lux Inchoate

Doors open at 1pm, to begin at 1:30pm sharp. Event is free. Refreshments served.