Friday, December 13, 2013

Events on the Weekend of Dec. 13 & 14

Hey poets, poet lovers & poetasters --

We've got 2 events for you this weekend at the Poetic Research Bureau.


Farnoosh Fathi
Kristen Gleason
& Ossian Foley will read

Thank You Rosekind
& The Bushes will perform

Everything will kick off at 7pm sharp 
-- we need to be done with the music by 10pm


Sara Mumolo
& Karen Rigby

Doors open 7pm
Reading at 7:45pm

Poetic Reseach Bureau @ TELIC Arts

951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Please try to come to one or both events!

Farnoosh Fathi is the author of Great Guns (Canarium Books, 2013). She's the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the MacDowell Colony, and her poems, translations, and prose have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Everyday Genius, Poetry, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California.

Ossian Foley's first book, OF: Vol. I, will be published this fall by Ugly Duckling Presse. Ossian attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is now a doctoral student at Florida State University. With James Longley, Ossian edits LVNG Magazine, published by Flood Editions. He lives in Tallahassee, FL and Port Townsend, WA, with his dog, Satchel.

Kristen Gleason is 2013-2014 Grand Tumbler of Mont. Squire. Her poems and fiction can be found online and print at HTML Giant and Versal and R.I.P. Michael Jackson We Love You. She lives in a powdered baby circle of Athens, Georgia.

Michael G. Bauer has performed music throughout the United States with his motivational pop band Thank You Rosekind at spaces such as Human Resources in Los Angeles, Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and WQED studio is Pittsburgh. He studied art at UCLA and is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Currently, he is pursuing graduate work in Marital Family Therapy, Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount

The Bushes is Ry Rocklen & Nick Lowe

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Program Manager for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. With Alisa Heinzman she is the co-editor of the chapbook series, Calaveras. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA from 2008-2012 , and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, Real Poetik, and Volt,among others. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Karen Rigby was born in 1979 in Panama City, Panama. She is the author of Chinoiserie (2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, 2012). Awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, she has been published in venues including Poetry Daily, Washington Square, Field, Black Warrior Review, and New England Review. Her poetry is anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and The Arcadia Project, among others. In 2013, she participated in the Flying House Project.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday, Dec 7: Teresa Carmody & Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and the recent Undergloom (2013). She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Montana.

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem (Les Figues, 2005). She is also the author of I Can Feel (Insert Press, 2012), Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and the chapbook Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). She is a co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, and the co-editor of its recent anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (2012).


Saturday, December 7 2013
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ TELIC Arts

951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, Nov 9: Fiona Sze-Lorrain & Naomi Long Eagleson

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, Chinese, and French. Her new collection of poetry, My Funeral Gondola, is published as a Mãnoa Books title by El Léon Literary Arts in 2013. Her debut poetry title, Water the Moon, appeared in 2010. In addition to her books of translation of contemporary Chinese poets from Zephyr Press and prose translations of Hai Zi (forthcoming from Tupelo), she has translated Romanian-born French poet Ghérasim Luca and American poet Mark Strand (Almost Invisible/Presque invisible, 2012). With Frank Stewart, she has co-edited Sky Lanterns: New Poetry from China, Formosa and Beyond (2012) and On Freedom: Spirit, Art and State (2013), both from the University of Hawai‘i Press. With Gao Xingjian, she co-authored Silhouette/Shadow (Contours, 2007). A co-founder of Cerise Pressand a contributing editor of Mãnoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, she is an editor at Vif Éditions in Paris, France. Also a zheng harpist, she has performed

Naomi Long Eagleson was born in Korea and raised in the U.S. She is the author of Radiant Field, a chapbook published by Tinfish Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA in English from the University of Hawai‘i, and was a Zora Neal Hurston fellow at the Naropa Summer Writing Program. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Arts & LettersWords without Borders, and Tinfish Journal, and the anthologies Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America and most recently On Freedom: Spirit, Art, and State, both published by Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as a freelance book editor.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Doors open 7. Reading at 7:30pm.
Poetic Reseach Bureau 
@ 951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Joshua Beckman & Anthony McCann, Sunday Oct 27, 5pm

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an AppleTake It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York. 

Anthony McCann was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He is the author of I ♥ Your Fate (Wave Books, 2011), Moongarden (Wave Books, 2006) and Father of Noise (Fence Books, 2003). In addition to these three collections, he is one of the authors of Gentle Reader! (2007), a book of erasures of the English Romantics, along with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer. He has taught English as a Second Language in the former Czechoslovakia, South Korea and Nicaragua, as well as in New York City. Currently he lives in Los Angeles, where he works with Machine Project and teaches in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. 

Sunday, October 27 @ Poetic Research Bureau.
Doors open at 5:00. Reading at 5:30.
951 Chung King Rd, Chinatown, Los A.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lysette Simmons & AJ Urquidi: Saturday, October 26, 7pm

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Lysette Simmons & AJ Urquidi

Saturday, October 26 2013
Doors open at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ TELIC Arts

951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Lysette Elizabeth Simmons
was born and raised in California, where she studied Creative Writing and Music History at UCLA. She recently earned her M.F.A. in Poetry form Brooklyn College. Her works have appeared in elimae, Weird Deer, Why I Am Not a Painter, EOAGH, and The Claudius App. Lysette's first chapbook, Dear Robert, won the Wild and Wyrd Poetry Chapbook Contest, judged by CA Conrad, in 2011, and was published this spring by Mad Hat Press. Lysette lives in the East Village, and when she isn't making paper snowflakes out of old Playboys, you can find her shamelessly improvising every week at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

AJ Urquidi was created and nurtured into adulthood in Monterey, California. He studied Creative Writing and Film at UCLA and spent two years practicing writing in the streets of NYC. He is currently working towards his MFA in Poetry from CSU Long Beach. His poems have appeared numerous times in Westwind Literary Journal, Matchbox Magazine (UC Santa Cruz), and autolycus: rogue literary journal and have been nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize. He spends his mid-twenties in East Long Beach studying post-structuralist nonsense, recording avant-electro-noise-rock compositions, and developing the blueprints for a future outsider literary review for West Coast sound, found, and visually conceptual poetry.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sommer Browning, Noah Eli Gordon & Fred Moten: Sunday Oct 20, 4pm

Fred Moten, Sommer Browning and Noah Eli Gordon read Sunday afternoon at the Poetic Research Bureau at 951 Chung King Rd in Chinatown.

Doors open, 3:30pm.
Reading @ 4pm.

Fred Moten works at the intersection of black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Press, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), and The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2013).

Sommer Browning writes jokes, makes comics and does poetry. She's the author of Either Way I’m Celebrating (Birds, LLC, 2011) and a collection of drawings and one-liners, The Presidents (and Other Jokes) (Future Tense, 2013). With Tony Mancus, she founded the handmade poetry chapbook press, Flying Guillotine, and with Julia Cohen she curates The Bad Shadow Affair, a monthly reading series. She works as a librarian in Denver and lives with the poet Noah Eli Gordon and their baby, Georgia.

Noah Eli Gordon is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

TRAUM UND TRAUMA! A PRB Group Reading, Sat Oct 5.

An evening of suffering, shock, wound and collapse—all within the snug confines of a poetry reading. Join fellow agonists Ara Shirinyan, Anna Joy Springer, Michael du Plessis, Janice Lee, and Harold Abramowitz for a pageant of trauma: historical, social, personal, pet peevial, genocidal.

Hosted by Vanessa Place

(There will be an open-mic opportunity for audience members to read in (1) minute (timed) outpourings of poetic injury.)

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Doors open @ 7pm
Saturday, October 5
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, LA

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ara Shirinyan Reads Amy Gerstler, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "The True Bride".  "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR. 

Kirsty Singer Reads Joseph Ceravolo, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From Spring in this World of Poor Mutts. "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR.

Andrew Choate Reads Harry Mathews, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From Tlooth. "Burnt Norton" group reading, 9/28/13 @ 951 CKR.

Rita Gonzalez Reads Hannah Weiner, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "Written In/The Zero One". Burnt Norton group reading, at 951 CKR.

Anthony McCann Reads John Giorno, 9/28/13 @ PRB

From "Vajra Kisses". Burnt Norton group reading, at 951 CKR.

Burnt Norton: Videos and Performances

We had a full house last night at 951 Chung King Road to listen to 20-some readers interpret the work of the 47 poets that failed to survive Norton versioning between editions of the PAP anthology. Some really terrific readings, and we'll be posting videos throughout the week that we captured at home and from afar (you're welcome to send us your own).

Here's one from Dodie Bellamy taking on John Wieners' "A Poem for Record Players" from a hotel room in Colorado. And a half-lit hotel is a particularly fitting mise-en-scène for restless poetries, no?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Burnt Norton" Group Reading: Invitation to Participate

Burnt Norton, Group Reading: Invitation to Participate

In this season of Norton remixing (see Dodie Bellamy’s awesome and just-published  “cunt-up” of the 1975 Norton Anthology of Poetry, Cunt Norton), the Poetic Research Bureau joins in the scrum with a community celebration of the decanonized, the deauthorized and the deprecated.

One week from tonight, Saturday, September 28th, from 8pm to 10pm, the PRB invites you to come by and read a couple poems from one of the 47 poets deleted from the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry.

Between its first edition published in 1994, and its second edition published in spring of this year, 59 new “postmodern” “American” “poets” were added to the Norton Postmodern, while 47 were removed. Blame the atavistic medium of the print anthology, with its peculiar physical constraints, or blame editorial whimsy and the mercurial projects of “movement poetries”, but 47 poets once thought burning bright and of the moment had their wicks snuffed and got shot out of the canon, as it were.

So let’s light ‘em up. There’s nothing duller than canon politics or carping about anthologies, but reading good poets aloud is pretty terrific, and this sounds like as good a reason as any. Come out and read from the work of one of the following poets for five minutes next Saturday night. If you aren’t in the Los Angeles area, take some video of yourself reading and upload it to Youtube, and share the link with us at . We’ll post it to our blog and FB page, and will project it on the PRB wall next Saturday.

The 47 poets decanonized between the first and second editions of the Norton PAP are:

James Laughlin, Hilda Morley, Charles Bukowski, Hannah Weiner, Harry Mathews, Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Anselm Hollo, Joseph Ceravolo, John Wieners, Robert Kelly, Russell Edson, John Giorno, Jayne Cortez, Clarence Major, Diane Wakoski, Tony Towle, Ed Sanders, Stephen Rodefer, Robert Grenier, Miguel Algarin, Tom Clark, Charles North, William Corbett, Tom Mandel, Ray DiPalma, Maureen Owen, Paul Violi, Michael Davidson, Lorenzo Thomas, John Godfrey, Andrei Codrescu, Paul Hoover, David Shapiro, Barrett Watten, David Lehman, George Evans, August Kleinzahler, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Jessica Hagedorn, Jim Carroll, Art Lange, Jimmy Santiago Baca, David Trinidad, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Diane Ward

“Burnt Norton” Group Reading
Saturday, Sept 28, 8pm-10pm
Poetic Research Bureau
@ 951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Friday, September 20, 2013

An Evening of Solo Performances

An evening of solo performances by:

Emily Lacy
Claire McKeown
Jonathan Silberman

Emily Lacy is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces all throughout America. 

Claire McKeown is an opera chanteuse who sang in various bands in Los Angeles including "Shadow Shadow Shade" and "Dirt Bird". She is currently working on a new project called "Honey Child".

Jonathan Silberman is a musician and composer based in Los Angeles. Known primarily for his work in the group Godzik Pink (5RC/Kill Rock Stars), and later the trio Rats, his current work includes music with the quartet LA Fog as well as expanding experiments with unaccompanied tenor and soprano saxophone.

Starts at 7:30 PM (EARLY SHOW!)
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd, LA 90012

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lauren Shufran & Juliana Leslie

Andrea Quaid & Harold Abramowitz present...


Saturday, September 14 2013
Doors open @ 7pm, reading starts 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Shufran is a PhD candidate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she studies lyric and prophecy in Early Modern England. She received her MA and her MFA in poetry at San Francisco State University. Inter Arma, her first full-length book, is out from Fence Books this year. 

Juliana Leslie lives in Santa Cruz, CA and is the author of two collections, More Radiant Signal (Letter Machine Editions) and Green Is for World (Coffee House Press).

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stephen Boyer, Sophie Sills & Zack Haber

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, August 30 2013
Doors open @ 7pm, reading starts 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Stephen Boyer is the author of the novel “Parasite” (Publication Studios), “GHOSTS” (Bent Boy Books), “The Form of Things” (2nd Floor Projects), they curate the blog, with the help of countless others they spearheaded the compiling of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, recently they exhibited an installation at The Center for Book Arts (Jan-March 2013) showcasing both the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology and the Peoples Free Library, which Stephen was a member.

Sophie Sills' book of poetry, Elemental Perceptions: A Panorama was released from BlazeVOX Books in the winter of 2010. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Elimae, Cricket Online Review, thethe poetry, Jacket2, Manor House Quarterly and other journals. She lives in Los Angeles, teaches at National University and publishes Peacock Online Review.

Zack Haber is a poet who lives in Oakland and curates The Other Fabulous Reading Series and co-organizes The Oakland Youth Poetry Workshop. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dusie, Poetry is Dead,, Red Lightbulbs, and The West Wind Review.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

PRB Video: Jeanine Webb

Jeanine Webb reads from recent work at the PRB, July 20, 2013.

Monday, August 19, 2013

PRB Video: Sandra Simonds

Sandra reads from recent work on July 20, 2013 at the PRB. Jeanine Webb to come.

(Note: the fidelity of these videos should get better in the future – we're losing some crispness in the conversion and upload to Youtube.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Reading, Sat August 10: Julie Doxsee & Andrew Wessels

Julie Doxsee is the Canadian-American author of three books of poetry: The Next Monsters (Black Ocean 2013), Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean 2010), and Undersleep (Octopus Books 2008). She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver (2007) and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). In 2007 she moved to Istanbul, where she teaches academic writing, creative writing, and literature courses at Koç University.

Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. His poems, translations, and collaborations can recently be found in VOLT, Witness, Fence, Colorado Review, The Journal, Washington Square Review, Grist, and Handsome. He is the managing editor of Les Figues Press and edits the poetry and poetics journal The Offending Adam.



Saturday, August 10, 2013
Doors open @ 7pm, reading starts @ 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts Exchange
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fitzgerald, Durbin, Krimko, Polito, Healy & So

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, August 2 2013
Doors open @ 7pm, reading starts @ 7:30pm

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. His poems, essays and interviews have appeared in A Public Space, The American Reader, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Fence, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy, and the small artisan press Monk Books, publishing Mark Strand’s prose poems with original collages as well as Bernadette Mayer’s translations of Catullus. This fall, he will co-curate the immersive-environment exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” for Loretta Howard Gallery in Chelsea, New York. He teaches at The New School and Rutgers University. He lives in the East Village. 

Andrew Durbin is the author of several chapbooks, including Reveler (Argos Books 2013) and The Standard (Insert Blanc Press, forthcoming). He co-edits Wonder, a publishing and events platform focused on poetry and new media art, and curates the Queer Division reading series on the Lower East Side. He lives in New York.

Stuart Krimko is the author of Hymns and Essays (mal-o-mar editions) and The Sweetness of Herbert (Sand Paper Press), and the translator of The Last Books of Héctor Viel Temperley and Belleza y Felicidad: Selected Writings by Fernanda Laguna and Cecilia Pavón.

Robert Polito’s poetry includes Hollywood & God (2009); a renowned poet, scholar, biographer, and essayist, he directs Creative Writing at The New School. This year he was appointed President of The Poetry Foundation. - See more at:

Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide. His first book, What the Right Hand Knows (Four Way Books), was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His second book, Animal Spirits, was released earlier this year from Monk Books. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. He is a professor at New York University and is a visiting professor at the New School. His website is:

Mark So's work explores ordinary situations in various open frames of perception and action through simple means of recording/transcription/reading, as well as changing experiences of silence. He has produced a vast output of scores—primarily (but not exclusively) text based—grounding diverse experiences of straightforward literacy, where suitable action emerges between complete adequacy and pure discovery. Some 300 pieces alone concern the poems of John Ashbery. In addition to extensive musical activities, he has collaborated on unique projects with a range of artists including Rick Bahto, Adam Fitzgerald, Chris Girard, Julia Holter, Eileen Myles, Julie Tolentino & Stosh Fila. His work often takes place in anonymous, open environments, and realizations have ranged from instrumentals, spoken texts, and performed actions, to tapes, films, quasi-installations, and other, more fanciful/obscure manifestations.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Claire Donato, Amina Cain & Jeff T. Johnson

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, July 27 2013
Doors open @ 6:30pm, reading starts 7pm

NOTE: Perform Chinatown is happening on the same night. We will be starting promptly at 7pm to accommodate a performance in our space at 8pm. Stick around after the reading to see Sheree Rose perform.

The Poetic Research Bureau @ Telic Arts
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Claire Donato
is the author of the novel Burial, from Tarpaulin Sky Press. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her fiction, poetry, and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Boston Review, Aufgabe, Encyclopedia, Evening Will Come, Octopus, and 1913: a journal of forms. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Someone Else’s Body (Cannibal Books), and was recently a finalist for the National Poetry Series. For more information, visit 

Amina Cain is the author of Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, fall 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Stories have appeared in places such as Denver Quarterly and the Encyclopedia Project and are forthcoming in BOMB and n+1. You can read more about her at

Jeff T. Johnson’s poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in coconut, smoking glue gun, and Newark Review 3.0, and he holds a digital residency at The Organism for Poetic Research. Critical writing has appeared in The Aviary, Poetry Project Newsletter, Sink Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. With Claire Donato, he collaborates on SPECIAL AMERICA. He lives in Brooklyn, is Editor in Chief at LIT, and edits Dewclaw. He teaches at The New School and St. John's University. For more information, visit