Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carlos Soto-Román, Omar Pimienta & Román Luján


Friday, January 29

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 


Carlos Soto-Román is a pharmacist, poet, and translator. He holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. In Chile, he has published: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007) and Cambio y Fuera (2009). In the United States: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-Classified] (Gauss PDF, 2013), The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014) and Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014). His work can be found in Crux Desperationis, Summer’s Stock, P-Queue, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Where Eagles Dare, Mandorla, Asphodel, Hold and The American Poetry Review. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has been awarded with scholarships from the Chilean Council for Culture and the Arts.

Omar Pimienta is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. His artistic practice examines questions of identity, trans-nationality, emergency poetics, sociopolitical landscapes and memory. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 and he is currently a PhD candidate of Literature at UCSD. His work has been presented in galleries, museums and cultural centers in U.S, México, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Germany and Denmark. He has published three books of poetry, including Escribo desde Aquí for which he has been awarded the Emilio Prado 10th International Publication prize from the Centro Cultural Generación del 27 Malaga Spain in 2009.

Román Luján, a Mexican poet and literary translator based in Los Angeles, is the author of Instrucciones para hacerse el valiente (2000), Aspa Viento (2003, artist book in collaboration with painter Jordi Boldó), Deshuesadero (2006) and Drâstel (2010). Coeditor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, his work has appeared in Zur Dos: Última poesía latinoamericana (2004) and Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas: Poesía Iberoamericana Made in USA (2009) among other anthologies. Translations of his poetry have appeared in Jacket2, Aufgabe, Mandorla, Crux Desperationis and Matter, among other journals. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hearts of Palm Reading Palace: Cathy Linh Che, Melissa R. Sipin, & Harmony Holiday

Dear Friends, Friends of Some Friends, Friends of No Ones Friends, 

Please join us to ring in the forever New Year for the fourth Hearts Of Palm Reading Palace event with:

Cathy Linh Che
Melissa R. Sipin
Harmony Holiday

Like always, there will be a plethora of things to chomp like fruits, hopia, hearts of palm, and some kind of cake. This evening will be bomb from all kinds of angles. We hope to see you there! 

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles
Saturday January 16, 2016 

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Having lived in Brooklyn on and off since 2007, she's happy to be returning to Los Angeles, city of her birth.


Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014). Her work is in Guernica, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and PEN American Center, among others. As the Poets & Writers McCrindle Fellow in Los Angeles, she is hard at work on a short story collection and novel.


HARMONY HOLIDAY is a poet, dancer, and archivist, mythscientist and the author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever (forthcoming from Fence, fall 2015). She was the winner of a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and she curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare and out-of print LPs and soundbites featuring poetry and poetics from throughout the African Diaspora, both analog at Columbia University's music library and digitally as a Tumblr. Her record label, Mythscience Records, devoted to making titles from the archive available to the public by way of reissues in both vinyl and digital formats, is forthcoming, starting with the reissue of Amiri Baraka's Black Spirits: New Voices in African American Literature LP.