Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Saturday, Sept 21: Jorge Ortega with Anthony Seidman & Johnny Payne

The Poetic Research Bureau presents a bilingual reading with Mexican poet Jorge Ortega and translators Anthony Seidman and Johnny Payne.

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Jorge Ortega is a Mexican poet and essayist born in Mexicali, Baja California. His books include Ajedrez de polvo, Estado del tiempo, Guía de forasteros, and Bedouins. His poems, book reviews and articles have appeared in Letras Libres, Nexos, Quimera, Revista de Occidente and Periódico de Poesía. Currently a research teacher at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at CETYS University in Baja California.

Anthony Seidman
is a poet-translator from Los Angeles. His translations include Smooth-Talking Dog: Poems by Roberto Castillo Udiarte (Phoneme Media), For Love of the Dollar (Unnamed Press) by J.M. Servín, Luna Park (Cardboard House Press) by Luis Cardoza y Aragón, and A Stab in the Dark by Facundo Bernal (LARB Classics). His latest collection of poetry is A Sleepless Man Sits Up In Bed (Eyewear Publishing).

Johnny Payne
is the author of the novels The Hard Side of the River, La muerte de Papi, Bedfellows, Silver Dagger, and Kilcairn. His books of poetry are Vassal and Heaven of Ashes. His most recent plays are Los Feliz and Cannibals. He directs the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles.

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Saturday, September 21 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Saturday, September 7: Sophia Dahlin, Turner Capehart Canty & Joseph Mosconi

The Poetic Research Bureau begins its fall season with


Saturday, September 7

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Sophia Dahlin is in Oakland, California. She holds poetry workshops at E.M. Wolfman Books, in a library basement, and sometimes in the bike room of her cooperative house. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Elderly, The Recluse, and the Poetry Foundation's PoetryNow series. With Jacob Kahn, she edits the chapbook press Eyelet.

Turner Capehart Canty is a poet living in Oakland, CA. His chapbooks include Foundation (LMNOP) and the forthcoming I Want to Miss Them (Eyelet). Other writings can be found in Fence, Coldfront Magazine, and in the recent publication Libertines in the Ante-room of Love (Jet-Tone Press). You can find Turner's music at turnercapehart.bandcamp.com.

Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and is the author of several books, including Ashenfolk (Make Now Books, 2019), Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Books, 2014), Renaissance Realism (Gauss PDF, 2016), and, with Pauline Beaudemont, an artist book called This Arrogant Envelope (FCAC Geneva, 2017).

Monday, August 12, 2019

Saturday, August 17 screening: If You Won't Read, Then Why Should I Write? by Jarett Kobek (The Movie!)

On Saturday, August 17th, 951 Chung King Road once again opens its doors and lends its venue to a screening series dedicated to the odd and obscure programmed by filmmaker, Nick Toti. This latest installment will be the first (and quite possibly only) screening of Toti's own newest work, If You Won't Read, Then Why Should I Write? by Jarett Kobek (The Movie!)

In 2012, Jarett Kobek published a book comprised primarily of transcriptions from the most banal moments of various celebrity sex tapes (with occasional detours into the public deaths of brutal dictators and other marvels of modern living). In an interview at the time, he described his thought process thus: "In a brattish fit of pique, I decided that people were idiots without interest in anything except the filth of celebrity culture. So why not just give people what they want?"

In 2017, Nick Toti read Kobek's book while recovering from a minor mental and physical breakdown following a tremendously stressful film shoot. Thereafter Toti spent the next 18 months sporadically (and often half-heartedly) working to to adapt this book for the screen.

Nick Toti and Jarett Kobek will both be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. This screening will also feature the short film Fucking Freak by Salamo Manetti-Lax.

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Date: Saturday, August 17th
Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
Location: Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Rd (Chinatown), Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday, June 23: A Memorial Reading for Kevin Killian

We mourn the loss of the great writer Kevin Killian, who passed away on June 15th at the age of 66.

On Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, we will hold an informal memorial reading at the Poetic Research Bureau. We will have copies of his books to borrow, and folks are encouraged to read a little something from them, or to share a memory, or to listen.

Sunday, June 23
3pm to 5pm.

Saturday, June 22: The Influx Collective presents Queer Poetry Night

The Influx Collective present

Lilly Safarian
Diane Heaven
Andres Sanchez
Carla Sameth


Saturday, June 22

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Monday, June 17, 2019

Friday, June 21: Locascio/Apekina/Arterian/LaBrie/Lee/Rowbottom

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...



Friday, June 21 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Readings troubling the edges of intimacy and transformation by six writers in celebration of the paperback release of Lisa Locascio's Open Me, a political and erotically-charged debut that follows a young American woman’s transformative journey during one pivotal summer abroad hailed by Viet Thanh Nguyen as “unflinching in its portrayal of sex, desire, racism, and the excitement and confusion of youth.”


Katya Apekina's short stories have appeared in various literary magazines. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George grant, an Olin Fellowship, and the Alena Wilson prize. Her prose and poetry translations from Russian appeared in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky (FSG 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the script for the independent film New Orleans, Mon Amour (2008). Her novel The Deeper The Water The Uglier The Fish, published in 2018, was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novel Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for first fiction.

Diana Arterian is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have been featured in Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others.

Sarah LaBrie is a writer and librettist. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Guernica, Lucky Peach, The Literary Review, Epoch, Taste, and Encyclopedia Journal, among other publications. Her work for the Industry Opera’s Hopscotch was featured in The New Yorker, Wired, and on NPR. dreams of the new world, a choral piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and developed with composer Ellen Reid, premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2018.

Lisa Lee’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from the Inprint Foundation, Kundiman, and the Center for Fiction. Lisa received an MFA from the University of Houston and a BA from UC Berkeley, and she is currently a doctoral fellow in USC’s PhD program in Literature & Creative Writing.

Allie Rowbottom's debut book, Jell-O Girls is out now from Little Brown and Company. Her essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women's Thing and elsewhere. Her essay “Ghosts and Houses” won the 2015 Editor’s Award from The Florida Review and received a "notable" mention in The Best American Essays of 2016. Her long lyric work, “World of Blue” received her a "notable" mention in The Best American Essays of 2015. She has taught fiction and non-fiction at the University of Houston and CalArts.

Lisa Locascio
's work has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Bookforum, and many other magazines. She is the editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, editor of Joyland's West section and of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7LA. She is Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Lecturer of Scandinavian at UCLA. Her novel Open Me is available now in paperback from Grove Atlantic.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Friday, June 14: Bogosi Sekhukhuni, manuel arturo abreu, Jasmine Nyende

Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a 'lightworker’. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has exhibited at the New Museum (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the 2017 African Biennale of Photography (Bamako), LUMA Westbau (Zürich), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Steve Turner Contemporary (LA), the 2nd Kampala Biennale, the 9th Berlin Biennale, the Dakar Biennale, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), MoMA Warsaw, and locally in Cape Town at Stevenson and Whatiftheworld, etc. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the 'tech-health artist group' NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a 'visual culture bank and research gang' called Open Time Coven, which investigates 'emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies'.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They live/work in a garage in southeast Portland, and received their BA in Linguistics (Reed College, 2014). They use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent exhibitions, projects, and discourse at AB Lobby Gallery (PSU, Portland), Yaby (Madrid), MoMA and MoMA PS1 (NYC), NCAD Gallery (Dublin), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), Veronica (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and locally in Portland at the Art Gym, Yale Union, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, etc. abreu wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender) and one book of critical art writing, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press, 2018). abreu composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark.

Jasmine Nyende is an artist and vocalist for Black femme & them punk band FUCK U PAY US (FUPU). Her art practice spans performance, textiles, writing and community building as a form of activism. She leads a monthly fibers group centering how craft & DIY culture can be used for social justice.