Monday, September 15, 2014

Step and Repeat: Trisha Low, Aaron Kunin & Fred Moten (Sat, Sept 20 – 7pm)

The Poetic Research Bureau is collaborating with MOCA to bring poets and writers to their multidisciplinary performance series at the Geffen in downtown LA.

This Saturday:

Trisha Low
Aaron Kunin
Fred Moten

Saturday, September 13

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The poetry will be on the early side of the evening, and will start at 7pm sharp. But stick around for performances by:

Jack Name | Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga | Kate Berlant | Derrick Beckles | Marina Rosenfeld | Oxbow | Opening Ceremony presents Dangelxxx, open1one, and Psychopop

Buy tickets and see the full line-up that MOCA curators Bennett Simpson and Emma Reeves have put together here:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Step and Repeat: Rae Armantrout & Vanessa Place

The Poetic Research Bureau is collaborating with MOCA to bring poets local and far-flung to the Step and Repeat festival in September.

First up:

Rae Armantrout
& Vanessa Place with Samantha Gorman

Saturday, September 13

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The poetry will be on the early side of the evening, and will start at 6pm sharp. But stick around for performances by:

SFV Acid with The Valley Sound
Ann Hirsch
Dynasty Handbag
Jacolby Satterwhite with Ashland Mines
Toca Talent presents P. Morris, Rare Times, and Ille

Buy tickets and see the full line-up that MOCA curators Bennett Simpson and Emma Reeves have put together here:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kit Schluter, Elaine Kahn & Tom Trudgeon

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Kit Schluter is translator of Marcel Schwob's Book of Monelle and King in the Golden Mask (Wakefield Press), Jaime Saenz's The Cold (Poor Claudia), and in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar, Amandine André's Circle of Dogs (The Paper Nautilus). His work can be found in Boston Review, Elective Affinities, Elderly, BOMB, and elsewhere. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he curates the monthly housereading series "Wild Combination" and co-edits O'clock Press.

Elaine Kahn is an artist born in Evanston, Illinois and currently based in Oakland, California. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BFA from California College of the Arts. Elaine's music project, Horsebladder, has releases on Ecstatic Peace, Night People, and Hot Releases. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse(Poor Claudia, 2012). Elaine is a founding member of the P.Splash Puppet Collective and managing editor of the small press Flowers & Cream. A full length collection of her poetry, Women in Public, is forthcoming from City Lights Books in 2015. 

Tom Trudgeon is a poet, editor, and curator from Los Angeles. His work often addresses and explores the remediation of texts, and material manifestations of texts/textual objects. He has been published in Out Of Nothing, Shampoo, The Volta, HTML Giant, Entropy, among others and has a text forthcoming from Gauss PDF. He is a recent MFA graduate from Temple University where he also teaches "experimental" poetries /

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tan Lin, Keith J. Varadi & Phil Davis

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

**Please Note: The Chinatown Summer Nights festival will be happening at the same time as our reading. Parking may be more difficult than usual. We suggest parking outside of Chinatown and walking in -- or take the Metro! There's a Chinatown stop a few blocks from our space.

Tan Lin is the author of over ten books, most recently, of Heath Course Pak, Bib. Rev. Ed, Insominia and the Aunt., and 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 The Joy of Cooking. He is the recipient of a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book on the writings of Andy Warhol. He is working on a sampled novel, Our Feelings Were Made By Hand. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at New Jersey City University.

Keith J. Varadi is an artist, writer, and curator currently based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from Rutgers University. He has exhibited his work and the work of others at various international venues, performed mainly on the East Coast, and published most of his writing primarily on the Internet.

Phil Davis lives in Los Angeles. He drives a 1999 Lexus RX 300 and studied art at UCLA.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian, June 21 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Dodie Bellamy
is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her most recent book is The TV Sutras (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014). Her Ugly Duckling chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include Cunt Norton, the buddhist, Academonia, Pink Steam,The Letters of Mina Harker, and Cunt-Ups, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, “The Beating of Our Hearts,” was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin Killian she is editing for Nightboat Books New Narrative: 1975-1995. When the Sick Rule the World, her third collection of essays, is forthcoming from Semiotext(e).

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs , and three books of stories. He has also written two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008), and Tweaky Village (2014). With Peter Gizzi he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—for Wesleyan University Press. Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lew Ellingham’s acclaimed biography of Spicer in 1998. Recent projects include The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985, edited with David Brazil; Tagged (2013), Killian’s intimate photographs of poets, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and intellectuals; and forthcoming, with Dodie Bellamy, The Nightboat Anthology of New Narrative Writing 1975-1995. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Saturday, June 21 2014


The PRB @ 951 CKR
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Doors open @ 7:00pm

Readings begin @ 7:30pm

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Commune Editions

Join Commune Editions (Juliana Spahr, Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes) and The Public School Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon for a discussion about the limits and possibilities of militant publishing and poetics.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Public School @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Part 2 of a two day event with Commune Editions.
Saturday night: Poetry
Sunday afternoon: Discussion

We will discuss the essays by Commune Editions recently posted on Jacket2:

Commune Editions publishes poetry and other writings antagonistic to capital and the state. In the struggle against these entrenched adversaries, poetry is no replacement for concrete forms of action: strikes, blockades, occupations and riots, as well as the meetings, houses, libraries, and shared resources that enable them. But poetry can be a voice for these activities and their companion. Like Kanellos, the riot dog of Athens, Commune Editions accompanies the movements of the streets, providing support and strangeness, and perhaps, on occasion, biting the leg of a cop threatening a comrade.


Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers, a book about two friends who are writers in a time of war and ecological collapse and also the symposium Beyond Oakland. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002). With Joshua Clover, she has twice organized somewhat free schools, the 95 cent Skool (summer of 2010) and the Durruti Free Skool (summer of 2011), written on politics, on manifestos, applied for a job at the Poetry Foundation, and organized, with Chris Chen too, the conference Poetry and/or Revolution.

Joshua Clover is working on a book about forms of struggle, Of Riot (Verso. 2016); his book of poetry, Red Epic, will be published in 2015. He has collaborated on poetry, critical writing, and conferences with Chris Nealon, Chris Chen, Aaron Benanav, Annie McClanahan, Louis Schwartz, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr; with the lattermost two, he edits Commune Editions.

Jasper Bernes is a lecturer in the English Department at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Starsdown (2007). Recent poems and essays can be found in Modern Language Quarterly, The American Reader, Lana Turner, Los Angeles Review of Books and Endnotes. He is presently at work on a long poem, We Are Nothing and So Can You, a selection of which he published as a chapbook in 2012. With Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover, he edits Commune Editions.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Landing Site for MADELINE GINS

Poets, artists, and architects read from the visionary writings of Madeline Gins at this event hosted by Matias Viegener, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan, and the Poetic Research Bureau.

Saturday, May 17
Art Catalogues, LACMA

Vanessa Place
Aaron Kunin
Christine Wertheim
Janice Lee
Brian Stefans
Xárene Eskandar
giovanni singleton
Laida Lertxundi
Aaron Panofsky
Anna Sew Hoy

A Landing Site for Madeline Gins is a tribute to the late artist, architect, and poet who, together with her partner Arakawa, established the Reversible Destiny Foundation in 1987, a dynamic platform for collaboration across the sciences, art, and architecture. Gins started as a poet and published numerous books including Word Rain (or A Discursive Introduction to the Philosophical Investigation of G,R,E,T,A G,A,R,B,O, It Says) (Grossman, 1969), What the President Will Say and Do!! (Station Hill Press, 1984), and Helen Keller or Arakawa (Burning Books with East/West Cultural Studies, 1994). In 1997, Michael Govan presented the exhibition Arakawa/Gins—Reversible Destiny/We Have Decided Not to Die at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, and an exhibition about Arakawa is in the works, curated by LACMA’s Christina Yu.