Friday, October 21, 2016

OPEN PRESS 2016: October 21, 22 & 23

Open Press is a medium to extend the work of the writer, editor, and curator, to instigate new channels of reciprocity among those interested and engaged in what might constitute the literary at any given time. Over the course of three days, Open Press 2016 will feature roundtables, readings, panels, performances, a moveable book fair, and more in various locations across the Los Angeles area.


The Poetic Research Bureau, eohippus labs, ENTROPY, & Insert Blanc Press.

guest presses & projects:
Wonder, KRUPSKAYA, Les Figues Press, Hex Presse, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, DUM DUM Zine, Primrose Press, Econo Textual Objects, Copilot Press, ypolita press, MONDO BUMMER, Outside Gallery, Phoneme Media, Tripwire, Círculo de Poesía, Valparaiso Editions, Unnamed Press, Rebel Hands Press, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, The Unwrinkled Ear.

Stephanie Sauer, Raquel Gutiérrez, Tia Blassingame, Carrie Hunter, Amy Berkowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Harold Abramowitz, Andrea Quaid, Michelle Detorie, Brenda Iijima, Taleen Kali, Teresa Carmody, Janice Lee, Ben Fama, Syd Staiti, Trisha Low, Lauren Levin, Kim Calder, Joseph Mosconi, Andrew Maxwell, Mathew Timmons, Greg Curtis, David Shook, Roberto Castillo, Mijail Lamas, Olivia Taylor Smith, Jeremy Kennedy, j. shelley harrison, mark rice, Guan Rong, Eric Kim, Andrew Choate, Kathleen Kim, Brian Griffith, Monica McClure, Sun Araw, Aaron Beasley.


Friday October 21 from 7-12 pm at Insert Blanc Press 
2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031 

Insert Blanc Press & Outside Gallery are located around the corner and adjacent to the backhouse at 2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Ave., a more accurate yet fictitious address would be 3613 Pomona St., Los Angeles, CA 90031. 

Insert Blanc Press and Outside Gallery present 
  • Greg Curtis: Step & Repeat - 7pm
  • Performances readings and translation - 8:00 pm w/ Phoneme Media: David Shook, Roberto Castillo, Anthony Seidman; Tripwire: David Buuck; Círculo de Poesía & Valparaiso Editions: Mijail Lamas & Sergio Eduardo Cruz
  • Performances, readings and the archives - 9:00 pm w/ Unnamed Press: Debbie Graber; Rebel Hands Press: Jeremy Kennedy, j. shelley harrison, Mark Rice; Los Angeles Contemporary Archive: Kelman Duran
  • Performances, vocalizations and improvisation - 10:00 pm w/ The Unwrinkled Ear: Andrew Choate, Brian James Griffith, Kathleen Kim, and Sun Araw

Saturday October 22 from 1-3 pm @ Ave 50 Studio 
131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042 
  • eohippus labs will be hosting a panel that wishes to ask how publishing is an act of writing with Raquel Gutiérrez of Econo-Textual Objects, Stephanie Sauer of Copilot Press, Tia Blassingame of Primrose Press, Carrie Hunter of ypolita press, and Amy Berkowitz of MONDO BUMMER! -- Panel will be moderated by Andrea Quaid.
  • Food Intermission: Food & drinks & delicious edibles, catered by SOO N Food!

Saturday October 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm @ Ave 50 Studio 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042 
  • Entropy will be hosting a panel on interspecies communication with Brenda Iijima of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Teresa Carmody of Les Figues Press, Taleen Kali of DUM DUM Zine, & Michelle Detorie of Hex Presse.

Sunday October 23 from 11 am-2 pm @ Poetic Research Bureau 951 Chung King Rd. Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012 

The Poetic Research Bureau hosts 
Krupskaya Press 
& Wonder Press 

"Wonder & Krupskaya Eat Dim Sum Together.” 
  • Films by Syd Staiti
  • IRL Live podcast with Ben Fama and Monica McClure, with Trisha Low and Joseph Mosconi
  • Reading by Lauren Levin
  • Dim sum will be provided.
Sunday October 23 from 4pm-7pm @ Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd. Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Open Press hosts "A Finale Reading.”

Readings from:
  • David Shook
  • Anthony Seidman
  • Guan Rong
  • Monica McClure
  • Trisha Low
  • Brenda Iijima
  • Sergio Eduardo Cruz
  • Kim Calder
  • Amy Berkowitz
  • Aaron Beasley
  • more TBA

Friday, October 14, 2016

Saturday, October 15: Todd Gray

17 year old Todd Gray with photographer Neil Zlozower covering the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street tour.


The Poetic Research Bureau presents

For one year, the artist Todd Gray wore the clothes of his friend and mentor the late Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the Doors. An act that went beyond artistic homage or memorial impulse. Manzarek's widow, Dorothy, gave Gray the clothes and permission to perform the year long action.

Gray will read letters he wrote to Dorothy recounting his experience and its affect on him.

Following the reading Gray will show photographs he made as a teenager chronicling the Los Angeles rock scene in a discussion with Joseph Mosconi.


Saturday, October 15th
Doors at 7:30pm
Reading at 8pm sharp


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


Todd Gray lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. He received both his BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is Professor Emeritus, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach. Gray works in multiple mediums including photo-based work, sculpture and performance. He has photographed over 100 album covers making a name for himself in the music world. Past solo and group exhibitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Tucson Museum of Art; Detroit Museum of Art; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, among others. Performance works have been presented at The Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater; (REDCAT), Los Angeles; Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the University of Connecticut and the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY. Gray is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellow. He is represented by Meliksetian | Briggs Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sunday, Oct 16 1pm: @SEA #10 "Transport"

The tenth edition of the Poetic Research Bureau's Sunday afternoon live magazine, on the topic of transport – physical, spiritual, and otherwise – takes place on Sunday, October 16.

Come for great film, video, translations and essay from Claudia Keelan, Anal Shah, Courtney Stephens and Olivia O Wyatt!


  • Claudia Keelan, reading from her collection of translations of 12th c female troubadours, Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz 
  • Anal Shah, screening of his documentary on rail travel in Indian cinema, Chalchitra Railyatra 
  • Courtney Stephens, presenting 16mm "home travelogues," amateur films shot by American women abroad during the 1930s and 40s 
  • Olivia O Wyatt, screening of *I Met My Husband in the Middle of the Sea*, from her recent film, Sailing A Sinking Sea

Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Rd
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Doors open at 1pm
Event 1:30-3:30pm is free.  
Claudia Keelan is the author of six books of poetry, most recently the verse drama O, Heart (Barrow Street, 2014). Her honors include the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books (Utopic 2001) and the Jerome Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review in 2007. Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz is her first book of translation. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she edits the literary annual Interim.

Anal Shah is an Indian filmmaker and photographer. As someone who straddles multiple cultures between his academic and creative practice, Anal’s work explores issues of identity, migration, and other things that are usually "lost in translation".  His work has been shown at numerous Festivals including premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Detroit Docs to name just a few. Anal received both his undergraduate as well as graduate education at the California Institute of the Arts.

Courtney Stephens is a filmmaker and occasional writer.  Her films have played at galleries and festivals internationally and was recently included in the 2016 Flaherty NYC Series. She co-programs Veggie Cloud, a bi-monthly screening and lecture series in Los Angeles, and has guest lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Princeton University, and elsewhere. She is currently completing a feature length essay film, the subject of a Fulbright scholarship, on female travelogues.
Olivia Wyatt is an award-winning filmmaker and member of the Sublime Frequencies film and music collective. She has directed, produced, shot and edited three feature-length documentaries, Staring into the Sun (2011), The Pierced Heart & The Machete (2013), and Sailing A Sinking Sea (2015). She also has a series of shorts out alongside a vinyl LP by Bitchin Bajas called Vibraquatic (2012) and was one of the creators of the film Below the Brain (2011). Her work has screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, Maysles Cinema, Flaherty NYC at Tribeca 92Y, Margaret Mead, BFI London, Singapore International Film Festival,  Anthology Film Archives, BAM,  Cinefamily, The Milano Film Festival, The Barbican Museum, and The Museum of Jurassic Technology.  

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday 2pm: Muriel Leung, Angela Penaredondo & Vanessa Villarreal

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti (Noemi Press 2016). Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine, inter|rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. She is also a Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She tweets (@murmurshewrote).

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Ina Penaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist. Angela is the author of the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications) and her book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times was the winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere. Angela resides in Southern California, drifting between deserts, beaches, lowly cities and socially engineered suburbs.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
is a poet, essayist, and artist born in the borderlands in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in PBS Newshour, Waxwing, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, DREGINALD, The Feminist Wire, The Western Humanities Review, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. Most recently, she has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her book, BEAST MERIDIAN, was a finalist at Nightboat, FuturePoem, Saturnalia, and Willow Books, and is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and her hometown is Houston, Texas.

This event is sponsored by Kundiman (special shoutout to our SoCal Co-Chairs, Kenji Liu and Jean Ho!)

Sunday afternoon, October 9
Doors open @ 2pm.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Harold Abramowitz, Jian Huang, Km Bradford, elena minor

Please join the Poetic Research Bureau on Saturday, October 8th as we celebrate the release of Blind Spot, the new book from Harold Abramowitz just out on Civil Coping Mechanisms. Harold will be joined by Jian Huang, Km Bradford and elena minor.


Saturday, October 8


Harold Abramowitz is from Los Angeles. He is author and co-author of books of poetry and prose, including Dear Dearly Departed, Not Blessed, and UNFO Burns A Million Dollars. Harold writes and edits as part of the collaborative projects eohippus labs, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

Jian Huang's parents brought her to the United States from Shanghai, China, when she was six years old. She grew up in South Los Angeles and after much begging to be let in, earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in Entropy, Los Angeles Review of Books, ALOUD, and Tongue & Groove among others. She is the recipient of a 2016 PEN Emerging Voices fellowship. Jian is working on her first memoir titled Business In The Front about growing up in a motel and the journey to the American Dream.

elena minor is the author of TITULADA and founding editor of PALABRA. Her poetry and prose have been published in more than two dozen literary journals, including Gulf Coast, Jacket2, MAKE, Hot Metal Bridge, RHINO, Mandorla, Switchback, Puerto del Sol and Shadowbox. Her work has, as well, been anthologized in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing; BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Writing; and Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles. She is a past first prize recipient of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and she teaches community-based creative writing to high school students.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sunday, September 25: Elysia Crampton, Emily Lucid & Marcel Alcalá

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Sunday, September 25


Elysia Crampton is an Aymara-American musician, writer, and abolitionist currently living in Northern California. Her latest album, out on Break World Records, works as an epic poem titled "Elysia Crampton presents: Demon City" featuring work by collaborators Why Be, Chino Amobi, Rabit, & Lexxi.

Emily Lucid is a San Francisco born and Hawaii raised Jewish trans girl. She is a visual artist and actress currently residing in Los Angeles. Emily's work deals with her interest in gender and beauty through the lens of her own particular, autonomous perspective. Emily has performed in galleries, films and music venues in L.A. and Portland Oregon.

Marcel Alcalá (b. 1990 in Santa Ana, CA) creates events and encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work exhibited for a specific period of time. Often collaborating with artists and specialists in fields such as science, literature, film, music, and architecture, Alcala ventures outside of institutional structures to contextualize his work in public space. Alcala’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Here, he organizes performance/poetry exhibitions at the McDonalds on Sunset in Silverlake, researches and enacts "Clown" performances around the country, does Improv in real time called CNX2 (Creating New Content Now), and writes poetry on identity politics and the future/status of the "brown" body. Like the socially necessary figure of the clown that fascinates him, Alcala uses humor, play, and the absurd to critique the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, Sept 23: Shane Anderson & A Maxwell

For almost two decades, poet/publisher Guy Bennett has been consistently producing fascinating and thoughtful experimental collections on his two chapbook presses, Mindmade Books and Seeing Eye – 77 titles to date. Formalist, searching, multilingual – it's a brilliant catalog with a clear point of view.

This Friday night brings two of its recently published authors together for a reading: Shane Anderson, from Berlin, whose Soft Passer was brought out by Mindmade in 2015, and A Maxwell, from the PRB, whose Conversion Table was just issued this month.


Shane Anderson is the author of Soft Passer (Mindmade Books) and Études des Gottnarrenmaschinen (Broken Dimanche Press). His poems and translations can be found in 6x6, Asymptote, Edit, Triple Canopy, Natalie Czech's Il Pleut series and Mathew Barney's River of Fundament (Skira Rizzoli). He lives in Berlin where he curates the reading series HERE! HERE! THERE!

Andrew Maxwell's recent books include Candor is the Brightest Shield (Ugly Duckling, 2015) and Peeping Mot (Apogee, 2013). Conversion Table, a small collection of remarks without propositional attitudes, was issued this September on Mindmade Books. In LA, he runs the Poetic Research Bureau with Joseph Mosconi, and hosts a weekly radio show of international roots music on KXLU, The Dream of Harry Lime.


Friday evening, September 23
Doors open @ 7:30pm, reading at 8 sharp.


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