Sunday, October 10, 2010

The PRB Recommends...

Karen Weiser & Anselm Berrigan @ Machine Project
Tuesday Night, Oct 12, 8pm.

Anselm Berrigan is a poet and author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is Free Cell (City Lights, 2009). Other books include Zero Star Hotel, Some Notes on My Programming, and Integrity & Dramatic Life, all published by Edge Books. He is the poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail (, an arts and culture monthly in print and on-line, and co-editor of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (UCal, 2005) as well as the forthcoming Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (UCal, 2011). An archive of blog entries kept for The Poetry Foundation in 2009-2010 can be found here. He lives in New York City, where he grew up, and has worked in various capacities for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church over the past thirteen years, most recently as a workshop leader.

Karen Weiser has published five chapbooks: Pitching Woo (Cy Press, Fall 2006); Heads Up Fever Pile (Belladonna, 2005); Placefullness (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004); Eight Positive Trees (Pressed Wafer, 2002), and Beneath The Bright Discus (Potes and Poets Press, 2000), which she coauthored with Nadine Maestas. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Project NewsletterThe Chicago ReviewThe Brooklyn RailThe CanaryThe Germ and The Hat and several anthologies including Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2004). Her correspondence with Anne Waldman is part of a book entitled Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia, 2008). She is also the recipient of a Fund for Poetry award and the Mellon Fellowship through the Center for the Humanities. She lives in New York City and has taught literature at St. John’s University and Barnard College. To Light Out from UDP is her first full-length collection.

Friday, October 8, 2010

PRB: New Collaborations

Just a note that the Poetic Research Bureau, after a summer hiatus, is beginning to peep up from its burrow, and will be hosting some visiting writers later this fall. Keep the ears pricked!

We our currently in the process of relocating our modest library from the Luna Playhouse, which is housing a new theater company that will soon begin programming in earnest, making for a slightly more crowded accommodation for the Bureau. We wish Luna well, and may occasionally do events there in the future, but most of our events will take place elsewhere.

One such place is Alias Books East, finely-curated by Patrick Paeper in Atwater Village. Patrick has agreed to let us host an event or two a month on Sundays thru Thursdays, so if you are passing through the LA basin, give the directors a write ( and we'll see what's available.

Simultaneously, we are discussing possibilities for a more permanent mailing address with likeminded projects in Chinatown and elsewhere. Let us know if you hatch a scheme.