Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saturday, May 18: Adam Tedesco, Amie Zimmerman, Natalie Graham & Librecht Baker

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, May 18 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His video work has been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, and the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, among other venues. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Fanzine, Fence, Gramma, jubilat, Laurel Review, Powderkeg, Prelude, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), ISO 8601:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2018), and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His first full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was published by Lithic Press in February.

Amie Zimmerman lives in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been published in Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, West Branch, Salt Hill, and Puerto del Sol, among others. She has two chapbooks, Oyster (Reality Beach) and Compliance (Essay Press), is events coordinator for YesYes Books, and runs the reading series "family portrait."

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and associate professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. BEGIN WITH A FAILED BODY, her first full-length collection of poems, won the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

librecht baker is the author of vetiver (Finishing Line Press), an English Professor, and a Sundress Publications' Assistant Editor. She's part of The Vagrancy’s 2018-2019 Playwrights’ Group and was part of the Eastside Queer Stories Festival 2019. baker has attended Ragdale, VONA/Voices, and Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat. She has a MFA from Goddard College. Her poetry appears in Solace: Writing Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color, Bone Bouquet (Issue 8.1), Sinister Wisdom 107 - Black Lesbians: We are the Revolution!, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, and other publications. baker's full-length play, “Taciturn Beings,” will received a stage reading on May 18th at 4 PM, in Los Angeles, as part of Vagrancy Theatre’s BLOSSOMING: A N

Monday, May 6, 2019

Friday, May 10th: Zhu Zhu: Readings from The Wild Great Wall

Chinese poet Zhu Zhu joins the Poetic Research Bureau in LA’s Chinatown for an evening of modernist poetry, drawn from his latest book, The Wild Great Wall

In the words of author Srikanth Reddy, The Wild Great Wall “will introduce American readers to a singular poetic consciousness adrift in modernity.”

Translated from the Chinese by Dong Li. 

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 3pm: Samuel Ace & Ali Liebegott

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, including Our Weather Our Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Stealth with poet Maureen Seaton. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College and divides his time between western Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona.

Ali Liebegott has published four books: The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, Cha-Ching!, and The Summer of Dead Birds. She is the recipient of a Peabody Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She has read and performed her work throughout the United States and Canada with the legendary queer literary tour Sister Spit. In collaboration with Michelle Tea and Elizabeth Pickens she created The RADAR LAB, a free queer writer's retreat from 2009-2013. In 2010 she took a train trip across America to interview poets for a project called The Heart has many Doors--. She currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for TV.

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Sunday May 5
Doors open 2:30pm
Reading at 3pm

951 Chung King Rd
Always free. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Saturday, April 27: Mark Francis Johnson, Kate Robinson & Tom Trudgeon

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, April 27 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Mark Francis Johnson lives in Philadelphia. His antiquarian bookshop, Hiding Place, hosts a poetry reading series now in its ninth year. His latest books are HOW TO FLIT (Roof: 2018) and CAN OF HUMAN HEAT (Golias Books: 2017). With designer Jonathan Gorman and poet Andy Martrich, he has just launched a new press -Hiding Press- specializing in both contemporary experimental writing and reissues of neglected & unknown poetry.

Kate Robinson is sometimes Kate Beckwith, or, Kate Robinson Beckwith, or, really she's always all of those things, and refuses to choose one. She's an intermedia book artist and writer living in Oakland, CA where she is 1/3 of Dogpark Publishing Collective. Her book This Woman's Work is forthcoming on Gauss PDF

Tom Trudgeon
is a poet and artist from Northridge, California. His work can be found in Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press), Gauss PDF, and other places. He’s shown visual work in galleries around Los Angeles including Actual Size, LACA, and Monte Vista, and most recently at Pe.Hu Gallery in Osaka, Japan. He is starting a press, Earth Book, later this year with the publication of works by Cosmo Spinosa.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Thursday, April 25: RAD! Residencies with Gillian Osborne & Michelle Detorie

Gillian Osborne
& Michelle Detorie

Lichen Writing, so in [?!***!?]


Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid at the Poetic Research Bureau, RAD! Residencies is a new critical-creative literary event series.


Gillian Osborne is a writer and educator based in Santa Barbara, California. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Boom!, The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, Volt, and Zyzzyva, and she's written essays and reviews for The Believer, The Boston Review, and other venues. She’s the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Green Green Green from Nightboat Books (2020) and the co-editor, with Angela Hume of a collection of critical essays, Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (University of Iowa North American Poetry Series). As a scholar, her work has been supported by fellowships from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson International Society, and featured in collections on The New Melville Studies and The New Dickinson Studies, both out from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2019. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, and at the Harvard Extension School, where, with Elisa New, she is an instructor for a series of online courses covering 400 years of American poetry.

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.

With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Friday, April 19: Ally Harris, Lucy Blagg, Josh Fadem, Giulia Bencivenga

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, April 19 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Ally Harris is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Dispersal (The Song Cave, 2019), Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings) and floor baby (dancing girl press). She’s had poems published in The Volta, Sink Review, Denver Quarterly, BOAAT Press, Entropy Magazine, and Bennington Review and is the poetry editor of Submission Reading Series, based out of Portland, OR.

Lucy Blagg is a writer and artist from Los Angeles. With Lainey Racah, she started Los Angeles Archival Poetry Project (LAPP). Her chapbook, Semi Fleshy, was published by n0 eg0 p0ems in May 2016.

Josh Fadem is an actor and comedian from Tulsa, OK. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles for 19 years. He will be reading some short stories from his upcoming book of short stories and drawings.

Giulia Bencivenga is the author of the chapbook Spacing Out. Her latest books include Unreasonable Whole (Gauss PDF, 2019) and Maniac (Inpatient Press, 2019). She hosts a monthly reading series called Two Snake out of her home in East Hollywood.

Saturday, April 13, 2019