Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Friday, January 18: Sisson, Revereza, Breslin & Srivijittakar

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, January 18 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Andrea Sisson (b. 1987 Cincinnati, Ohio) is a multidisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. Her work spans performance and participation, imagery, text, installation, sound, and object. She is a 2010 Fulbright Scholar and is currently an MFA Candidate at Bard College.

Miko Revereza (b.1988 Manila, Philippines) is an experimental filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Since relocating from Manila as a child, he has lived illegally in the United States for over 25 years. This life long struggle with documentation, assimilation and statelessness informs his films, DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017) and his debut feature, No data plan (2018). Miko’s films have been widely screened and exhibited internationally at festivals such as, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, True/False Film Festival, Images Festival, and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. DISINTEGRATION 93-96 was featured and streamed on MUBI.com. He is listed as Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and is currently an MFA candidate at Bard College.

Samuel Nathan Breslin (b. 1987, San Francisco) is a poet and film programmer living in Oakland, California. He is the author of three self-published chapbooks, Captain’s Log (2015), Parts of the Passion (2014) and Poems about Poland for Americans (2010), and is a co-founder and curator of Light Field, an all-celluloid experimental film festival held annually in San Francisco. Samuel is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Department at Bard College.

Estelle Srivijittakar
lives in Los Angeles, b. in Los Angeles. Bard MFA.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thursday, January 17: Will Alexander & Neelanjana Banerjee - RAD! Residencies

RAD! Residencies 


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


The pragmatics:

Three separate evenings at the Poetic Research Bureau focused around an issue or idea that the writer brings to the residency.

Part One: A reading and conversation, we pair the writer with someone.
Part Two: A reading and conversation, writers pair themselves with someone.
Part Three: A collaborative community event – workshop, experimental lecture, performance, collaborative poetics involving the community that is emerging through the residency.

The spirit:

Writers who bring a question or theme to work with, writers who want to think publicly with others about a question or theme, writers working on new projects, writers working on continuing projects, writers who might use the occasion to generate something entirely new!


In RAD! Residency - Will Alexander: Language As Interior Alchemical Archery

Part One – Thursday, January 17th, 2019: A reading with Will Alexander & Neelanjana Banerjee


Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, visual artist, and pianist, he is author of over 30 books and chapbooks he is both a Whiting Fellow and a California Arts Council Fellow. In addition to this he has been recipient of a PEN Oakland Award, and an American Book Award. In 2016 he was recipient of the Jackson Prize for poetry and is currently Poet-in-Residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California.

Neelanjana Banerjee's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in places like Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, PANK Magazine, The Literary Review, Weird Sister, Teen Vogue, and more. She is a co-editor of the first South Asian American poetry anthology, Indivisible, and The Coiled Serpent, an anthology featuring poets from Los Angeles published by Tia Chucha Press. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press, and teaches writing in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and with Writing Workshops Los Angeles.


With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Support the PRB!

Dear friends, poets, and friends of poets:

Another year of poetry, film and performance has nearly come and gone at your local “literary service in the public domain.” We’d love your help to keep us going into the new year. We hope that you will support the PRB by making a year-end tax-deductible donation.

In 2018 the Poetic Research Bureau held over 50 readings and performances from its storefront in Chinatown, Los Angeles. We’ve also continued our programming with new and ongoing series and events which we hope to continue into the new year, including:

  • @SEA, our Sunday afternoon “live magazine” of film, music, performance and talks
  • RAD! Residencies, hosted by Andrea Quaid and Harold Abramowitz, a critical-creative literary event series that asks writers to participate in three related events around a question or theme that they are interested in exploring over a defined period of time. 

We have several exciting things planned for 2019. Your contribution gives us the opportunity to continue to provide a space for free and open readings and performances, new publications, complimentary beverages, and support for traveling writers. As always, 100% of your donation goes to keeping the lights on, the rent paid, and the calendar full. Any size contribution is welcome!

Year-end wishes,

Joseph & Andrew
From the PRB

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Friday. December 14: Music/Poetics Collaborations

Friday, December 14 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Join us for a night of collaborations musical and poetic.



Claire Cronin is an interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles who currently lives in Athens, GA. She is the author of the poetry chapbook A Spirit is a Mood Without a Body, winner of the 2018 Dead Lake Chapbook contest. Her writing can be found in Bennington Review, Sixth Finch, Vinyl Poetry, BOAAT, Cloud Rodeo, Yalobusha Review, and other places. As a musician, Cronin has released two records on an independent label and toured nationally. As an artist, she has performed in solo and collaborative pieces at The Hammer Museum, Redcat, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Machine Project and held residencies at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative and Monte Vista Projects. She is currently finishing a PhD in English at the University of Georgia where she works on post-war American poetry, occultism, and the horror genre.

Ezra Buchla makes sound and music, mostly using viola, voice, and software. He formed and fronted the band called Mae Shi from 2003-2006, formed and played in the band called Gowns from 2005-2010, and now performs solo work that deals in folk tonality, free improvisation, electronic formalism, and dense psychedelic song. He also collaborates and performs with many artists, including clipping., Chelsea Wolfe, Andre Vida, Emily Lacy, Father Murphy, and Claire Cronin. Ezra also develops software and firmware for the music and hearing technology industries, often working with [monome.org] on open-source instrument designs.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner (NYC) is an American writer, artist, and musician. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press), a collection of lyric essays and poems deemed “a capacious book of traveller’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. She is also the author of Rings, winner of the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Prize, selected by Elizabeth Robinson, and six chapbooks. Wagner's poems and lyric essays appear in American Letters and Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB Magazine, Colorado Review, Fence, Guernica, Hyperallergic, and Witness Magazine.

Sondra Sun-Odeon is a songwriter/recording artist whose solo work is drenched in the ethereal, soft doom, and otherworldliness. A new album, has been taking shape in the studio with Alex De Groot (Zola Jesus) engineering/producing; it includes collaborators Thor Harris (SWANS) and John Bohannon (Ancient Ocean) and also features: vocals by Lia Simone Braswell (A Place to Bury Strangers), Mary Lattimore on harp. Desire, will be released in 2019.

Natasha Young
is a writer based in LA, originally from Portland, Maine. She is the author of the novel Static Flux, published in 2018 by Metatron Press. Her stories, essays, and other musings can be found in such publications as Artforum, C Magazine of Contemporary Art, Electric Literature, Real Life Magazine, Somesuch Stories, Cosmonauts Avenue, Garage Magazine, and Adult Magazine.

George Jensen is an experimental sound artist whose quadraphonic surround-sound installations immerse the individual in a mind-altering experience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Friday, December 7: Susan Gevirtz, Pablo Lopez & Steve Dickison

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, December 7 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include Hotel abc; AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger; Thrall; Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical books are Narrative’s Journey: The fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson; and Coming Events (Collected Writings). She lives in San Francisco.

Pablo Lopez is the author of NUMBERS (2015, CBB) and Structures the Moment (forthcoming, Anonymous Energy). He lives in L.A.

Steve Dickison’s Inside Song is just out (Omnidawn, 2018, selected by Tyrone Williams). He directs The Poetry Center at San Francisco State and teaches there and at California College of the Arts.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Saturday, December 1: Learning Book Release Party- A. Choate, P. Shiroishi & Haoyan OA

Learning was recently published by The Accomplices (Writ Large Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms & Entropy) and this is a book release party for it!


Saturday, December 1 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Andrew Choate will read from his book.

Haoyan of America has made a film for this event.

And Patrick Shiroishi will perform a saxophone solo titled "benkyou" written by Radu Malfatti, a piece which was also written for this event. This will be the world premiere performance of this piece for solo saxophone.


is a writer who was born and raised in South Carolina. He is the author of Langquage Makes Plastic of the Body (Palm Press), Stingray Clapping (Insert Blanc Press), and Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just the Way It Is (Poetic Research Bureau.) I Love You More, a collection of his texts for performance, is forthcoming from Insert Blanc. His writings on music and art have been published in The Wire, Signal to Noise, The Attic, Coda, Art Ltd., d’Art International, and Facsimile.

As @saintbollard he photographs and organizes performances around bollards. He won the award for Best Visual/ Performance Art, as well as the Warwick Broadhead Memorial Award at the 2016 Dunedin Fringe Festival in New Zealand. His visual work has been exhibited at the Yerevan Center for Contemporary Art, the Torrance Art Museum, Barnsdall Art Park, The University of Western Australia, Mullany High, the Giradeau Chapel, High Energy Constructs, Overca$h Gallery and, most recently, General Projects, where he had his first solo show, Demon Purse, in 2018. Corroballorations, a duo show with Joe Williamson at PS Kaufman in 2018, elicited sparks of approval. Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic, his series of collaborative paintings with Katie Herzog, were on display at Klowden Mann in 2016, and they are currently working on another series for a show in October 2018.

His radio plays and sound works have been broadcast on WDR in Germany, Radiate Mobile in Italy, File Hypersonica: Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, Resonance FM in England, and various outlets in the US. As “The Unwrinkled Ear,” he hosts a radio show on KCHUNG every other week and curates a concert series devoted to the international world of improvised music.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Friday, November 30: ALIAS Reading & Music

Deenah Vollmer and Ginger Buswell are hosting their 10th show & if you know anything about numerology or the metric system, then you know this one's got infinite potential. They've lined up some very special writers & musicians to help celebrate!

Alexander Nemser
Mandy Kahn
Mike Goetzman
KK Wootton

Music by:
Blair Tefkin
Clem Creevy (Cherry Glazerr)
Hosted by Ginger Buswell and Deenah Vollmer

Free! Refreshments provided + BYOB friendly. Donations collected for The Trevor Project.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm