Monday, February 29, 2016

Sunday 1pm: @SEA #5 – "IDEOPLASTY"

The PRB's monthly live magazine continues! This Sunday includes films, essays and presentations touching on the theme of ideoplasty – that peculiar concept described by Katue Kitasono, Thomas Mann and others – exploring the strange silver threads between thought and formal phenomena.

This weekend's teleplasmic salon includes:

  • Zone Blanche, a film by Gaëlle Cintré
  • Harry Dodge reading from The River of The Mother of God
  • Detour de Force, a film by Rebecca Baron
  • A presentation on thought photographer Ted Serios by Doug Goodwin
  • A recent short film by Abigail Han

Always free. Refreshments served. 

Doors open at 1pm, program begins at 1:30pm.

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Saturday, March 5: Elisabeth Houston presents...

"Baby" (or)
"Baby Reads!" (or)
"XOXO Baby" (or)

Maybe we just don't know.

But you can always say no.

10 dollar$ at door for (sexee) people

RSVP at:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sat Night: Hearts of Palm! Pablo Lopez & Tom Trudgeon

Dear Friends, Friends of Other Friends, Friends of More Friends:

Join us for Hearts Of Palm no. 6: House Music Lounge Edition with Pablo Lopez and Tom Trudgeon at PRBizzle. Both will read, one will sing, and we can hang for the love of heaven, knives (Tom's passion), and all things dead and undead. Again there will be real food like cake and hearts of palm. Not again will there be another major UFO siting like a few months ago. Again and not again, we hope to see you!

Pablo Lopez lives in Los Angeles, and coedits an online journal (comma, poetry) that features innovative work in English and translation. He is the author of NUMBERS (called back books).

Tom Trudgeon is a writer, artist, editor and curator from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. His work has been presented in multiple platforms and venues. He is co-editor w/ Gil Gentile of Basic Editions Press.

Poetic Research Bureau
Chung-King Road
Chinatown, LA

Saturday, February 27

Hearts (of palm),

Feliz Lucia Molina

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fri, Feb 26: Alex Chaves & Grace Dunham


If we can’t inspire each other let’s at least interest each other
Play a game with me

We are radical enough to know beauty is arbitrary and unoriginal; we want it
we believe in interconnectivity; we put ourselves first, always
We know men and women aren’t real; we still want them to want us

Friday, February 26 2016

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


Alex Chaves is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. His first book, Abigail Adams, was published by Penny-Ante Editions last September.

Grace Dunham is a writer and activist from New York City. Her first chapbook, a collection of lullabies, is forthcoming at

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sat, Feb 20: Tisa Bryant, eric kaufman & Litia Perta

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


hosted by


Saturday, February 20 2016

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

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Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), a collection of essays on myth-making and black presences in film, literature, and visual art, and co-editor and publisher of The Encyclopedia Project. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Viz. InterArts: Interventions, Body Forms: On Queerness and the Essay the Reanimation Library's Word Processor series, the new arts blog contemptorary, and in Letters to the Future: An Anthology of Experimental Writing by Black Women, among others. She is currently working on a novel, The Curator, and a work of nonfiction on grief, desire, longing and the archive. Bryant teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

erica kaufman is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). she is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009), and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014). Prose and critical work can be found in: Rain Taxi, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA Blog and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in Despite the Possible: 15 American Women Poets (ed. Mary Biddinger, University of Akron Press, 2015) and in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix). kaufman holds a Ph.D. in English (with a focus in Composition & Rhetoric and Contemporary Poetics) from the CUNY Graduate Center. she is the Associate Director of the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College, and teaches in both the Master of Arts in Teaching and First Year Seminar Programs.

Litia Perta is a writer and teacher who lives in Los Angeles. Her work considers art and education and arts educations and she is a professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine. Her website can be found here:

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturday Night: Angel Dominguez, Eric Sneathen & Angela Ina Peñaredondo

A book release party for


Black Lavender Milk by Angel Dominguez is brand new from Timeless Infinite Light.
Black Lavender Milk is an experimental lyric that dreamt of becoming a novel only to wake up as notebook. Employing and smudging elements of poetry, prose and memoir, Black Lavender Milk offers the space of a “novel” as a site of mourning, inquiry and recuperation. Through a complex, hypnotic blur of language, the lyric-as-novel functions as an extended meditation on Writing in relation to the Body; Time, Loss, Ancestry and Dreaming. 


Angel Dominguez is a Latinx Los Angeles born writer and performance artist forming Dzonots with notebooks along the California coast. His work can be found in The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Bombay Gin, and online at Open House Poetry and, with work forthcoming in FENCE. He was the co-founding editor of Tract/Trace: an investigative journal, and presently curates the ongoing series: Bodies/Pages. Along with Hannah Kezema, he co-founded the performance art collaborative: Dream Tigers. Black Lavender Milk is his first book.

Eric Sneathen is a poet and PhD student who splits his time between Santa Cruz and Oakland. He curates and assembles Macaroni Necklace, a DIY literary zine and reading series based in the Bay Area that focuses (mostly) on writers and text-based visual artists who have yet to publish a full-length manuscript. His book, Snail Poems, is forthcoming from Krupskaya in 2016, and his poems have been published by Mondo Bummer, The Equalizer, Elderly, and Faggot Journal.

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a poet and artist. She received her MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Margins, Four War Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tuesday: An Art Project and elsewhere. She is also a VONA/Voices of Our Nations Art fellow. Angela has a chapbook titled, Maroon (Jamii Publishing). Her first full-length collection, All Things Lose Thousands of Times won the Regional Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize and will be released this year.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fri Night: Image Text Ithaca: Earl Gravy, Anna Moschovakis, Nicholas Muellner & Suzanna Zak

To celebrate the west coast launch of their first three books at the LA Art Book Fair, Image Text Ithaca will present a reading by ITI fellows and faculty: Earl Gravy (Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe), Anna Moschovakis, Nicholas Muellner and Suzanna Zak.

Image Text Ithaca brings together an independent press, an MFA program and ongoing workshops and symposia at the intersection of writing and photography. ITI seeks to build an international community of writers, photographers, editors and publishers. Through experimentation, adventure and creative exchange, participants develop ideas, relations, tactics and traditions in order to articulate a field in the most robust sense.

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Friday, February 12 2016

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

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An L.A based collaboration between artists Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe, Earl Gravy combines research methodologies within a contemporary visual arts practice, presenting projects as exhibitions, lectures, and publications. Current research topics include: “The Home of Truth”: a year long investigation into a proto-New Age, female-led apocalyptic commune in the desert of Southeast Utah, and "Alcor", a study in life extension practices and the computational aspect of consciousness.

Anna Moschovakis is a writer, translator, and editor based in the Catskill mountains and in Brooklyn. She is a longstanding member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and recently co-founded BUSHEL, a new mixed-use storefront space in Delhi, NY.

Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, he investigates the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. Books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011). Readings include MoMa PS1, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and his writings on photography have been published by MACK, Afterimage, Art Journal, Routledge and Aperture. He is Co-Director of Image Text Ithaca.

Suzanna Zak is a Los Angeles based artist. A frequent traveler, her work depicts the malleability of place and space by using a mixture of photography, sculpture, and writing. Some recent projects include Freedom Isa Bonfire, an installation at Good Press Gallery in Glasgow that coincided with a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach in California, and Sun+Soil / Moon+Dirt, a book of concrete poetry published by Shelter Press. She also runs the art book press Rock Bottom.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Saturday, Feb 6, 7:30pm: Jason Snyder, Amina Cain & Harold Abramowitz

hosted by


Saturday, February 6 2016

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


Jason Snyder is the founding editor of Sidebrow Books. His fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant, Sleepingfish, American Letters & Commentary, and Harp & Altar, among other publications. He lives in Portland with his wife and twins. Family Album is his first novel.

Amina Cain is the author, most recently, of CREATURE (Dorothy, a publishing project). Her stories and essays have appeared in BOMB, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, Full Stop, Two Serious Ladies, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles where she is working on a novel.

Harold Abramowitz is author and co-author of books of poetry and narrative, including Blind Spot, UNFO Burns A Million Dollars, Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-writes, edits, and curates as part of the collaborative literary projects eohippus labs, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sunday Feb 7, 1pm: @SEA #4 "Exhaustion"

“EXHAUSTION” – Sunday 1pm @ the PRB

  • SCREENINGS: Steve Reinke (Toronto/Chicago), 4 videos
  • READING: Alessandro De Francesco (Brussels), poetry & translations from Remote Vision
  • LECTURE: Christian Hite (Los Angeles), "Leaping Tall Buildings: on Warhol and Suicide"
  • SCREENINGS: Sylvia Schedelbauer (Berlin), 3 films
  • PERFORMANCE: Tania Chen + Jon Leidecker (San Francisco), sound & music
Doors open at 1pm, program begins at 1:30pm sharp. Screenings will fold in throughout the event.

Event is free. Refreshments served.

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

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Participant bios:

Alessandro De Francesco is a poet, artist and essayist and the founder of the Language Art Studio. Since 2008 Alessandro is an artist-in-residence at the European Graduate School. He has also been an artist-in-residence at the STEIM (Amsterdam, 2007 and 2009), at the Mulhouse Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and at the BeHave international program in Luxembourg (2015-16). He founded and directed the poetry writing atelier at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Among his books: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2008), Redéfinition (Paris: MIX., 2010), Ridefinizione (Rome: La Camera Verde, 2011), Augmented Writing (La Camera Verde, 2013 and 2015), Continuum. Writings on Poetry as Artistic Practice (The Hague / Tirana: Uitgeverij, 2015), Remote Vision (New York: Punctum Books, upcoming in 2016). Alessandro’s artistic work is represented by Solang Production Paris-Brussels.

Christian Hite earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is a former Visiting Scholar in the Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts. In addition to translating works by Pierre Klossowski, his work has appeared in parrhesia , October, Postmodern Culture, and Textual Practice. He is currently the managing editor of KEEP IT DIRTY, VOL. A., "FILTH," an online, open-access journal published by Punctum Books.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his single channel videos, which have been screened, exhibited and collected worldwide. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Guelph and York University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from NSCAD University. The Hundred Videos — Mr. Reinke’s work as a young artist — was completed in 1996, several years ahead of schedule. Since then he has completed many short single channel works and has had several solo exhibitions/screenings, in various venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), The Power Plant (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Argos Festival (Brussels), Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tate (London).

Born in Tokyo, Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage. "Born in Japan of a Japanese mother and a German father — both of whom severed ties to their postwar childhoods — Schedelbauer’s videos are so eloquently and exquisitely constructed that it is easy to underestimate the passion and urgency that underlie them. Driven to conjure a past to replace the one her parents have denied or hidden from her, she has, through an ingenious use of found footage and the endless possibilities of montage, created a series of works that turn artifice into a means of investigation and a bridge to repair the rift between desire and knowledge." (Tony Pipolo, Artforum)

Tania Chen is a pianist, experimental musician, free improviser and sound artist, working with pianos, keyboards, found objects, toys and vintage and lo-fi electronics. She studied piano with John Tilbury during her Masters degree in Performance studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has performed the music of John Cage, Earle Brown, Schoenberg, Webern, Satie, Scriabin, Andrew Poppy, Michael Parsons and Chris Newman in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. She is equally known for her passion for free improvisation, performing alongside and collaborating with musicians that include Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Alan Tomlinson, Roger Turner, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies and Terry Day.

Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) is a San Francisco–based musician/composer of experimental electronic music. He has released works on Tigerbeat6, Illegal Art, Alku, Phthalo, and others. He has been producing music since 1987 and ongoing studio and live projects involve collaborations with People Like Us, Thomas Dimuzio, Kevin Blechdom, Tim Perkis, Matmos and The Weatherman of Negativland. He is also a member of the Chopping Channel and Sagan.