Thursday, November 15, 2018

Saturday, November 17: Kim Calder, Corina Copp & Daniel Owen

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, November 17 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Kim Calder co-directs Les Figues Press and is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books/LARB Quarterly, ASAP/Journal, and Jacket2. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines indigenous cosmologies in contemporary American literature in relation to settler colonialism and anti-capitalist resistance.

Corina Copp is the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), Pro Magenta/Be Met (UDP, 2011), and the three-part, ongoing play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love (Artists Space, Home Alone 2, Dixon Place, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC PRELUDE Festival). More recent performance work has been presented at the CUNY Center for Humanities James Gallery and Sector 2337 (Chicago). Recent criticism has appeared in Frieze, BOMB, Pelt v. 4: Feminist Temporalities (Organism for Poetic Research, NYU); and is forthcoming in Film Quarterly and Outsider Films on America (ed. Shanay Jhaveri, The Shoestring Publisher, 2019). She is pursuing a doctorate in critical studies at the University of Southern California and translating two works by Akerman: the play, Hall de nuit (Night Lobby), and the memoir, Ma mère rit (My Mother Laughs, The Song Cave, 2019).

Daniel Owen is the author of Toot Sweet (United Artists Books, 2015) and Restaurant Samsara (Furniture Press Books, 2018). His translation of Afrizal Malna’s Document Shredding Museum is forthcoming from Reading Sideways Press. His writing has recently appeared in Hyperallergic, The Recluse, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fanzine, Vestiges, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Saturday, November 10: Elizabeth Treadwell, Deborah Poe & Michelle Detorie

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, November 10 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Elizabeth Treadwell’s Penny Marvel & the book of the city of selfys (Dusie, 2018) launches tonight. Her other books include LILYFOIL + 3 (O Books, 2004), Wardolly (Chax, 2008), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (Dusie, 2012). A selection from her earlier collections of poetry is included in Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Materials from her current projects sometimes appear at and another iteration of Penny resides at

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her writing has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Bellingham Review, Court Green, Colorado Review, Yellow Field, Touch the Donkey, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. She lives in Seattle.

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, time-based poetry, and curates the public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length collection, After-Cave, was released with Ahsahta Press in late 2014. The Sin in Wilderness, a book-length visual poem about love, animals, and affective geography, is forthcoming from Dusie press.. She is currently at work on a collection of prose pieces called FERAL PLANETS.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 9: Celebrating Max Ritvo with Metzger, Warren & Brewer

Celebrate the launch of Max Ritvo's new books Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship and The Final Voicemails, both from Milkweed Editions, with Elizabeth Metzger, Noah Warren and William Brewer.

Friday, November 9 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and the author of the chapbook The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Horsethief Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, and her essays have appeared in Lit Hub, Boston Review, Guernica, and PN Review. She is the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal and has most recently taught poetry at Columbia University. She serves as Max Ritvo's literary executor.

Noah Warren is the author of The Destroyer in the Glass (2016). A doctoral student in English at UC Berkeley and deputy editor of The Threepenny Review, his honors include the Yale Series of Younger Poets and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. His poems appear in The Paris Review, Poetry, NER, The Sewanee Review, PEN America, ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, LARB,, and elsewhere.

William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, 2017), a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, selected for the Poetry Society of America's 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Nation, New England Review, The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Sewanee Review, and other journals. Formerly a Stegner Fellow, he is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20: Sandra Simonds & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Saturday, October 20 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando, (Wave Books), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in the New York Times, the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s latest book is Experience in Groups (Wave, 2018). He is also the author most recently of People on Sunday (Wave, 2013) and the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012). O’Brien is a Professor of English at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thursday, October 18: Rajnesh Chakrapani, Gabrielle Civil, Anca Roncea

Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid


Thursday, October 18 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

Raj Chakrapani received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he wrote his collection of poems Brown People with Colonial Histories and his MFA thesis on Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene. He also took classes in experimental film and translation. He recently completed a series of short films that explore his family video archives and communities with shifting perspectives of home. His poems are placed or forthcoming in Lana Turner, Speculative City, Word Thug, Sequestrum and His films are on Triquarterly and WordThug and available on youtube. He writes interviews for The Rumpus and recently interviewed the artists SJ Sindu, Madhu Kaza and Gabrielle Civil. He is a faculty member in the Language and Thinking Faculty at Bard College.

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, writer and poet, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world, including as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico. She collaborated with artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier on the image + text work “Tourist Art” and her texts and translations have appeared in Small Axe, Art21, Something on Paper, Kitchen Table Translation, Obsidian, and more. She is the author of two memoirs in performance art: Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019) both published by CCM. She currently serves as Faculty in Critical Studies and the MFA program in Creative Writing at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Anca Roncea
is a poet and translator. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s M.F.A. program in Literary Translation. In 2012 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She was born and raised in Romania and now lives in the US where she is working on translations of Romanian poetry, an experimental translation of Tristan Tzara, as well as her first book of poetry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saturday, September 22: Emmalea Russo, Pascalle Burton & Katherine Coldiron

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, September 22

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Emmalea Russo is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living at the New Jersey coast. Using language, sculpture, and photography, she explores edge spaces in physical environments and human consciousness. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently in collaboration with Michael Newton, Eternal Apprentice (DoubleCross Press, 2016) and an artist book entitled they (Gauss PDF, 2014). She has performed her iterative slide presentation, Units of Plexiglass, an edit, at Poets House, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Flying Object and she presented a talk on Robert Seydel at the Queens Museum. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute. Her first book, G, is forthcoming from Futurepoem in 2018. Her second book, Wave Archive, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2019. She was a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program from 2016-2017.

Pascalle Burton is a poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her collection 'About the Author is Dead' is available from Cordite Books. Projects include UN/SPOOL (with Nathan Shepherdson), 24 Hour Gym (with Tessa Rose), and performing in the band The Stress of Leisure. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, such as Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Clan Analogue, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Overland, Sod and V+L-A=K. For more information, visit

Katharine Coldiron's work has appeared in Ms., the Guardian, VIDA, the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, BUST, and elsewhere. She runs an author interview series on Entropy, "Books I Hate (and Also Some I Like)", and her essay "The Girl on the Bike" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Rumpus. She lives in California and blogs at The Fictator.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, Sept 15: blake nemec, Erick Sáenz & Ash Ponders

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ASH PONDERS (reading the work of DIANA MORÁN)


Saturday, September 15 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


blake nemec is a writer, teacher & sound artist who lives in Chicago. Sharing Plastic is hir hybrid poetry/fiction debut, & he has been featured in situations like the NOPF, JUPITER 88, the Red Rover Reading Series, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the SF Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA from the UTEP and is a Lambda Literary Fellow. He has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, such as the documentary FREE CeCE! Hir work obsesses on the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, & gender non-conforming people.

Panamanian poet and radical activist, Diana Morán, created her major works in the tumult of the 1960s and '70s. Despite winning the first Ricardo Miró National Literature Award for poetry, she was forced into exile as an active Marxist by the successive conservative and reformist military coups that overthrew the preceding government in the late '60s. Labeled a criminal reactionary by Torrijos and Noriega, Morán found a permanent home-in-exile in Mexico City, teaching at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. She passed away in 1987; her cremains were secretly scattered into the Panama Canal in 2004.

Panamanian multimedia artist Ash Ponders lives in the Sonoran Desert making visuals for newspapers and art galleries. His recent work has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, CNN and Teen Vogue. In his spare time he translates poems, chases hot air balloons, teaches firearms safety, and tutors adults in both Spanish and English.

Erick Sáenz is a 1st generation Latinx writer and English teacher from Los Angeles. He's the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small imprint dedicated to DIY ethics. He was previously a contributing editor for the online magazine Cheers from the Wasteland. In addition to several self-released chapbooks and zines, his writing has appeared in Entropy, Alien Mouth, Elderly Magazine, Pinball, Hobart Pulp, Five:2:One Magazine, and others. His first book SUSURROS A MI PADRE is forthcoming via The Operating System.