Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Friday, Feb 28: A Night with Filmmaker Ryan Darbonne

On Friday February 28th, 951 Chung King Road once again opens its doors and lends its venue to a screening series programmed by writer/filmmaker Nick Toti. This installment will feature the work of comedy maverick Ryan Darbonne, a Texas native who has spent the past decade dissecting the absurdities of alienation through sketch comedy, music, theater, and his recent short film I AM TX.

This screening will feature a selection of work from Hello Optimism (Darbonne's outré and seriously underrated sketch comedy group), music videos he has directed and/or performed in, and the film I AM TX.

Date: Friday, February 28th, 2020
Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
Location: Poetic Research Bureau - 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday, Feb 22: Steve Benson, Michael Smoler, Alexis Krasilovsky

Steve Benson lived in Southern California from 1971 to 1976. He’s lived in Surry, Maine, since 1996. He collaborated with Suzanne Stein in 36 improvised public on-line chat messaging performances now collected in Do Your Own Damn Laundry (Gauss.pdf, 2019). Benson co-authored the Grand Piano series of autobiographical essays (Mode A, 2006-10) with nine old friends. What This Is, three new long poems, is forthcoming from Chax Press.

Alexis Krasilovsky is the author of the book Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling (Routledge: NY/London, October 2017) and a novel entitled Sex and the Cyborg Goddess (under the pseudonym Alexis Rafael), which tackles sexual liberation and sexual assault on a college campus, and sexual harassment in the film industry.

Michael Smoler lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of five small-press poetry chapbooks, including most recently, Pieces of Water, from Insert Blanc Press. He studied Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
951 Chung King Road
Chintaown, LA

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21: JoAnna Novak, Emily Brandt, Sophia Le Fraga, Joshua Escobar

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, February 21, 2020

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You and two books of poetry: Noirmania and Abeyance, North America. Her essay “My $1000 Anxiety Attack” was anthologized in About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of The New York Times. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Fence, Guernica, AGNI, BOMB, and other publications. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy, and teaches in the MFA program at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles.

Emily Brandt is the author of the poetry collection Falsehood, as well as three chapbooks. She's a co-founding editor of No, Dear, curator of the LINEAGE reading series at Wendy’s Subway, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school. She’s of Sicilian, Polish & Ukranian descent, and lives in Brooklyn.

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of literallydead, founding editor of the Instagram zine, No Issue (@no___ish), and host of Having a Smoke With You. She lives and works in LA.

Joshua Escobar (DJ Ashtrae) is the author of the chapbooks Caljforkya Voltage, and xxox fm. He publishes the all-ages zine Orange Mercury, and the student publication Open Fruit. Bareback Nightfall, his first book, will be published in the Akrilica Series in 2020. He is a CantoMundo fellow, and Assistant Professor of English Composition and Literature at Santa Barbara City College.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thursday, February 19: Lucy Blagg & Lizzy Crawford

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

Thursday, February 20

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Lucy Blagg is a poet from Los Angeles, California. You can find some of her recent poems in the online journal rivulet. With Lainey Racah, she is the founder of LAPP, a small press that publishes LA-based poets and writers.

Elizabeth Crawford is an educator and high school librarian with a Masters of Arts in Teaching English from Bard College. Her writing has appeared in Bomb's online magazine, Stonecutter Journal, Entropy Mag, Elderly, and Big Big Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Poetic Research Bureau at FRIEZE Los Angeles

For Frieze Los Angeles, the Bureau will convene a pop-up bookshop and host a series of poetry readings on the stoops of the buildings on the Paramount Studios backlot.


Friday, February 13, 1pm: PRB co-director Andrew Maxwell will be a guest on TELETHON ForYourArt hosted by Tierney Finster

Saturday, February 15, 4pm: Alli Warren reads
Saturday, February 15, 5pm: Divya Victor reads

Sunday, February 16, 12pm: Prageeta Sharma reads
Sunday, February 16, 1pm: Jibade-Khalil Huffman reads


This is a ticketed event! Tickets are available here:


More information here: https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-los-angeles

Frieze Los Angeles, Paramount Backlot
5555 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Friday, February 7: Love Talk with Jonah Henry, Semilore Ola, Christina Miles & Virginia Villalta


A Mirror Talk Event

Jonah Henry
Semilore Ola
Christina Miles
Virginia Villalta


Friday, February 7 2020

Doors 7:30pm

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Saturday, February 1: James Sherry, Bruna Mori & Ross Goodwin

The Poetic Research Bureau presents....


Celebrating the release of Bruna Mori and Ross Goodwin's new books POETRY FOR CORPORATIONS and 1 THE ROAD.


Saturday, February 1 2020

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


* NOTE: Celebrations for Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, will be taking place in Chinatown. Parking will be at a premium, so consider taking a cab, ride share, or Metro (the Gold Line stops in Chinatown a few blocks from the Bureau).


James Sherry is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose, most recently The Oligarch (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) and the poetry book Entangled Bank (Victoria, TX: Chax Press, 2016). Since 1976, he has edited Roof Books and Roof Magazine, publishing more than 150 titles of seminal works of language writing, flarf, conceptual poetry, new narrative, and environmental poetry. He started The Segue Foundation, Inc. in 1977, producing over 10,000 events of poetry and other arts in New York City. Tonight, he’ll read from his new manuscript, Selfie: Ecology & Individuals, forthcoming from Palgrave this year.

Bruna Mori is a writer and educator preoccupied with spatial discourses. Her drifts of cities and suburbs are Dérive (Meritage Press) and Beige (Upset Press). Her most recent drift of the commodity, Poetry for Corporations (Insert Blanc Press), reclaims her ghostwritten copy or "maximum normcore stock culture 4 your office's best waiting areas.” A graduate of UCSD and Bard College, she presently lives in San Diego where she teaches at UCSD and Woodbury School of Architecture, and writes mainly for arts institutions and nonprofits.

"Not a poet. Artist, creative technologist, hacker, gonzo data scientist, writer of writers. Former Obama administration ghostwriter. Employs machine learning, natural language processing, other computational tools to realize new forms & interfaces for written language." A graduate of MIT and NYU, Ross Goodwin uses sensors to generate poetry, screenplays, and literary travel fiction, including the generative poem "Please Feed the Lions," a collaboration with Es Devlin and Google Arts and Culture projected in Trafalgar Square; "Sunspring," a Sci-Fi short film with Thomas Middleditch, and 1 the Road (Jean Boîte Éditions), the first experimental roadtrip novel written by an AI.