Sunday, October 30, 2011

The PRB presents: Hillary Gravendyk & Claudia Rankine, Saturday Nov 5th

Hillary Gravendyk is the author of Harm (Omnidawn Press), out this week. She is the two-time winner of the Eisner Prize in Poetry and her chapbook, The Naturalist, was published by Achiote Press in 2008. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Barnstorm, The Bellingham Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, FOURTEENS HILLS, MARY, 1913: A JOURNAL OF FORMS, Octopus Magazine,Tarpaulin Sky and other venues.  Hillary is currently working on a critical book, Chronic Poetics, that explores intersubjectivity and embodiment in the poetic works of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, George Oppen, and Larry Eigner. She often collaborates with the photographer Benjamin Burrill and is interested in mixed-media forms. She lives in Claremont, California.

Claudia Rankine has published four collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004), Plot (2001), The End of the Alphabet (1998) and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. With Juliana Spahr, Rankine co-edited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002) and, with Lisa Sewell, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007). Her poems have been included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (2003), Best American Poetry (2001), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry (1996). Her play Detour/South Bronx premiered in 2009 at New York’s Foundry Theater.


Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Poetic Research Bureau @ the Public School
951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA

Doors open @ 7:00pm, readings at 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 22: Tisa Bryant & Daniel Borzutzky

After opening the season with a swell reading at Charlie James with P-Gizzi, the PRB returns to its cozy niche in the Public School just a few doors down at 951 Chung King Road in Chinatown. We welcome Daniel Borzutzky, out from Chicago, and Tisa Bryant, from our own up-in-the-ether, down-in-the-jowls megalopolis. Hope to see you all this weekend before the fog rolls in.


Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007). An excerpt from her novella, [the curator], was published by Belladonna Books in 2009, in a companion volume with writer Chris Kraus. She is also the author of the chapbook, Tzimmes (A+Bend Press, 2000), a prose poem collage of narratives including a Barbados genealogy, a Passover seder and a film by Yvonne Rainer. She is co-editor, with Ernest Hardy, of War Diaries, an anthology of black gay male desire and survival, from AIDS Project Los Angeles, which was nominated Best LGBTQ anthology by the LAMBDA Literary Awards. She is also co-editor/publisher of the hardcover cross-referenced literary/arts series, The Encyclopedia Project, which recently released Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011); The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007) and Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005). His translations include Raúl Zurita's Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010) Jaime Luis Huenún's Port Trakl (Action Books, 2010), and One Year and other stories by Juan Emar (Review of Contemporary Fiction, 2007). His work has been anthologized in, among others, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years (Fence Books); Seriously Funny (University of Georgia Press, 2010); and Malditos Latinos Malditos Sudacas: Poesia Iberoamericana Made in USA (El billar de Lucrecia, 2010). Journal publications include Fence, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly, and many others. Chapbooks include Failure in the Imagination (Bronze Skull, 2007) and One Size Fits All (Scantily Class Press, 2009). He is a contributing editor to Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He lives in Chicago.

Poetic Research Bureau @ the Public School

951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA
Doors open @ 7:00pm, readings at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The PRB Presents: Peter Gizzi @ Charlie James Gallery, Sat Oct 8

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Peter Gizzi comes to town the second weekend of October, and the PRB is joining with its neighbor on Chung King Road, the Charlie James Gallery, to host him for a single, solo gig in the LA basin.

He's bringing a new book, Threshold Songs, his fifth collection, and it's a deep internal rumble of wintry lyrical abstraction. And don't let a word like 'lyrical' get you all wicked snuffy, Angelenos. True, LA may be the sweaty whalebone undergarment of 'conceptual writing practice' -- but Pete's a dude who can write small weepies about foundling creatures and appear in Against Expression all in the same lifetime. Honestly can't say I know anyone who reads more broadly in poetry than Pete, and it comes across, direct and punchward clear. You'd be a stiff to ditch this one.

You also don't want to miss Richard Kraft's exhibition in the Gallery. Perfect complement, named after a line in one of Pete's poems. It's like five years of mail art landed in your postbox on the same day, blew up roseate like a perfect novel, and gave you the righteous shiver. It's yours for the taking, kiddos.


Saturday October 8, 2011

The PRB @ Charlie James Gallery
975 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Doors open at 7:00pm
Event starts promptly at 7:30pm.