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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 5pm: Lonely Christopher & Jacob Steinberg


Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. His film credits include the feature MOM (which he wrote and directed), the shorts We Are Not Here and Petit Lait (which were adapted from his stories), and Crazy House (for which he wrote the screenplay). He lives in Brooklyn.


Jacob Steinberg was born in Stony Brook, New York, in 1989. He has published the poetry collection Before You Kneels My Silence (2014). He currently lives in New York.


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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Doors open at 4:30pm
Reading at 5pm

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Saturday, June 20: Matthew Klane & Harold Abramowitz



Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats, 2008) and Che (Stockport Flats, 2013). An e-chap, from Of the Day, has recently been published by Delete Press (deletepress.org). He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See: matthewklane.blogspot.com.

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.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday, June 13th: Robinson, Rosenthal & Beckwith @ The PRB


Kate Robinson is a poet and intermedia book artist living in Oakland, CA where she co-founded the Manifest Reading/Workshop Series and artist book press. Since 2014, she has been performing as half of The Third Thing, a collaborative feminist performance duo with a chapbook forthcoming on Yo-Yo Labs.

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is a nerd-based artist and sometime switch. She is the author of three chapbooks, Ri Ri (Re)Vision (Publication Studio), This Is The ENDD (Wilner Books), and Close (Sibling Rivalry Press). She has performed at the New Museum, Public Fiction, the &Now Festival of Innovative Writing, Rutgers, SAIC, and the McDonalds on Sunset & Fountain. Her criticism appears regularly in Art in America and Rhizome.org.

Formerly of Philadelphia, Caleb Beckwith is a poet and editor living in Oakland, CA. He is a Senior Editor at The Conversant with work published/forthcoming from Jacket 2, Essay Press and Gauss PDF.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Saturday Night, June 6: Michael Friedman & Matt Reeck



Michael Friedman is the author of the just-published Martian Dawn & Other Novels (Little A) and two full-length books of poetry, including Species (The Figures, 2000), and four chapbooks. His first novel, Martian Dawn, was published in 2006 by Turtle Point Press. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems (Scribner, 2003). Previously, he was the board chair of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University’s MFA writing program. He is the cofounder of the literary journal Shiny, grew up in Manhattan and lives in Denver.




Matt Reeck lives in Los Angeles, where he is co-editor of Staging Ground magazine. He has published five chapbooks: The Pastoral City (Textile Series), Sieve (Other Rooms), Love Songs & Laments (MIPOesias), Midwinter (Fact-Simile), and The Necessary City (Konundrum Engine Literary Review).  He has also published two translations from the Urdu with Aftab Ahmad: Bombay Stories, by Saadat Hasan Manto, was published by Random House India in 2012, and Mirages of the Mind (New Directions) by Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi, in 2015.


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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday Night, May 30th: Melissa Broder & Mira Gonzalez



Melissa Broder is the author of three poetry collections, most recently SCARECRONE. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, et al. Her next book, a collection of personal essays called SO SAD TODAY, will be published by Grand Central/Hachette in March 2016.

Mira Gonzalez [b. 1992] is a writer from Los Angeles, CA. Her first book of poetry I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough To Make Us Beautiful Together was published through Sorry House in 2013. It was nominated for The Goodreads Choice Award and The Believer Poetry Award. Her second book Selected Tweets, which she co-authored with Tao Lin, will be published by Short Flight/Long Drive Books in June 2015. Her work has been published widely in print and online. 


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    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Doors open at 7pm
    Reading at 7:30pm

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Saturday Night, May 23rd: Andrew Choate, Chelsea Rector & Mathew Timmons



Andrew Choate is the author of Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just The Way It Is (Residual Press, PRB Editions), Language Makes Plastic of the Body (Palm Press) and Stingray Clapping (Insert Blanc Press). He is currently working on two books: Learning, which will be published by Writ Large Press and I Love You More, for Insert Blanc. He is a member of Inner Dinner, a performance art dining collective, and is the host of The Unwrinkled Ear radio show on KCHUNG every other Tuesday from 5­-7pm PST. His most recent piece of music writing was about the 2014 Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen. In terms of pictures, he is saintbollard.

Chelsea Rector keeps poems here: www.crimpingiron.tumblr.com, and writes about art for ArtSlant Contemporary Art Network. Chelsea inhabits The Theater, as a player in LA's own Gawdafful Theater Company. In 2009 Chelsea began a long-­term holiday music project, True Holiday Classic (Vol. I­III), while other original vocal and instrumental music is heard on her 2013 cassette, Popular American Song. In 2014 Chelsea and colleague Caitlin Adams formed Best Friends, an experimental dance performance collective. Chelsea has two cats.

Mathew Timmons’ works include Terrifying Photo (Wonder, 2015), Joyful Noise for three or more voices (Jaded Ibis, 2012), The New Poetics (Les Figues, 2010), and CREDIT (Blanc Press, 2009). His visual and performance work has been shown at Night Gallery, Weekend Gallery, Pomona College Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, California College of the Arts, ArtSpeak Vancouver, & LACMA among other galleries and institutions. An active editor and curator, Mathew works as editor & publisher of Insert Blanc Press, General Director of General Projects, and he has curated events, readings and ephemeral art shows throughout Los Angeles. He co-produces and co-hosts the art and culture podcast The People on KCHUNG radio 1630AM with Ben White. 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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