Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sunday, December 6: @SEA #3, "PORTRAITS"

The third edition of @SEA, a new monthly series at the Poetic Research Bureau, takes place this Sunday afternoon, December 6th.

This month’s one-word theme is “portraits” and explores portraiture in myriad dimensions – human, object, landscape, lyric, documentary – through video, 16mm film, essay, criticism and poetry.

Here’s this month’s amazing lineup:

“PORTRAITS” – Sunday 1pm @ the PRB

1.00  Doors open

1.30  SCREENING: Solomon Turner (LA), video, Ambassador

1:45  READING: Linda Norton (Oakland), selections from recent collages, poems, essays

2:15  LECTURE: Jeff Solomon (LA), on mid-century mass-market portraits of Truman Capote

2:45  PROJECTION: Nora Sweeney (LA), selection of recent 16mm films

Event is free. Refreshments served.

951 Chung King Rd, LA, CA 90012


Solomon Turner is an LA based filmmaker. He received his MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and his BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College. He is obsessed with thinking about the future, technology and life on on other planets.

Linda Norton’s debut collection of poetry and prose, The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011, Pressed Wafer), featuring an introduction by Fanny Howe, was a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize and was also a Kenyon Review notable book in 2012. Norton in also the author of a chapbook, Hesitation Kit (EtherDome, 2007) and is the recipient of a 2014 Creative Work Fund grant for a project about incarceration, poetry, and visual art. Her work has been featured in the anthologies New California Writing; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here; and As If It Fell from the Sun. Norton’s visual collages have appeared on the covers of books by Julie Carr, Claudia Rankine, and Stacy Szymaszek, in a recent issue of Lapham's Quarterly, and on the cover of the anthology As If It Fell from the Sun. Her series of 48 collages (called Dark White) was exhibited in 2014 at the Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, with subsidy from the US Embassy in Dublin. In 2015 she visited Ireland again, where she worked on a memoir and cultural history called Dark White. She is currently completing a manuscript of poems called COLORATURA

Jeff Solomon’s first book, Fabulous Potency: Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2016.  His article “Capote and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Mid-Century” won the 2009 Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Best Article of the Year in Twentieth-Century Literature, and his short story “Best Friend” was the lead story in Best Gay Stories 2009 [Lethe Press].  He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from UC-Irvine and a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California, where he is a Lecturer. Solomon will discuss early mass-market portraits of Truman Capote, and how these both broadcast his homosexuality and shielded him from the homophobia that hurt the careers of other gay male mid-century writers.

Nora Sweeney is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her B.A. from Oberlin College and M.F.A. in Film/Video from CalArts. She taught documentary filmmaking and photography for two years at a women's college in Madurai, India through a fellowship from Oberlin Shansi. She continues to teach filmmaking in youth media education programs as well as work as a photographer, videographer, and editor. Her films have been screened at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Antimatter (Victoria), Chicago Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, and in the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, where Something Like Whales won a Jury's Choice Award (1st Prize).

Saturday, December 5, 7:30pm: Sandra & Ben Doller

Come see the hearts and palms of Ben & Sandra Doller, along with their little Wild One. Both will be reading together at the 3rd Hearts of Palm at Poetic Research Bureau Saturday night. There will be cans of hearts of palm and maybe a cake. There might even be another UFO siting like the one a few weeks ago. You never know. Please join us!

Ben Doller’s most recent book is Fauxhawk from Wesleyan; Sandra Doller’s most recent book is Leave Your Body Behind from Les Figues; together their collaborative book The Yesterday Project is soon to be recent from Sidebrow. She/He/They live in San Diego and Joshua Tree with a baby and a pit bull named Wild Alphabet and Kiki Smith. They teach for California.

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Reading begins at 7:30pm. 

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles