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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fred Moten, Emerson Whitney & Frank Sherlock

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Fred Moten
Emerson Whitney
& Frank Sherlock

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Doors open 4pm
Reading at 4:30pm

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

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).

Emerson Whitney
is a poet, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles. Emerson’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine, Bombay Gin, NPR, the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. Emerson is also a 2013 kari edwards fellow on behalf of Naropa University and is the author of the forthcoming documentary project, Ghost Box.

Frank Sherlock
is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of works translated by Carlos Soto-Román, will be published in Chile in fall 2014. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B.Franklin Basement Tapes. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature. He is currently Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Monday, May 5, 2014

giovanni singleton & Christine Wertheim

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

giovanni singleton
& Christine Wertheim

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Doors open 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm

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

giovanni singleton is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal committed to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Her debut poetry collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the 81st California Book Award Gold Medal. She was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s biennial New American Series, which recognizes recent first book poets. Her work has appeared on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in Zen Monster, Inquiring Mind, Callaloo, Poet Lore, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, & Stories for Children, and I’ll Drown My Book: A Collection of Conceptual Writing. singleton has taught at CalArts, Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and in museums and schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area. singleton coordinates Lunch Poems, the monthly poetry reading series at UC-Berkeley under the direction of Robert Hass. She collects bookmarks and enjoys figs and greek style yogurt.

Christine Wertheim is author of the poetics suites mUtter-bAbel (Countertpath Press) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues Press), editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of two anthologies of creative and critical literary writings, Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. She teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. For more info, see -