Monday, December 18, 2017

Support the Poetic Research Bureau

Dear friends, poets, and friends of poets:

It’s been awhile since we’ve reached out like this! While we’ve been opening up our humble living room to all comers since 2010, and hosting events across LA for many years prior, October marked only our second full year as an independent nonprofit and “literary service in the public domain.”

We’d love your help to keep the momentum going. As always, we aspire to keep our calendar full, and it’s our intention to do so as long as the doors to 951 Chung King Road remain open. We hope that you will support the PRB by making a year-end tax-deductible donation.

In 2017 the Poetic Research Bureau held nearly 60 readings and performances from its storefront in Chinatown in Los Angeles. And we’ve endeavored to expand our programming over the past year with new series, hosts and offsite events, including:

  • THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau, an exhibition and reading series that took place at MOCA Storefront from January 16 to June 28, 2017 
  • Desert Poetry, a three day poetry festival that included workshops, talks, screenings and readings that took place in Joshua Tree over a windy weekend in April ((and organized in collaboration with some of our favorite writers)
  • @SEA, our ongoing Sunday afternoon “live magazine” of film, music, performance and talks 
  • The Mingus School, Harmony Holiday’s sound and word workshop of radical poetics, deep listening and archival research 

In addition, we’ve brought on new curators to keep our programming fresh and informally ranging, and we’ve initiated new collaborations with existing organizations such as ALOUD at the Central Library and the Villa Aurora artist residency. We also provide a working space for other artist and activist run projects like the Reader’s Chorus and The Public School.

We have several exciting things planned for 2018, including our ongoing busy schedule at Chung King Road, and an expansion and formalization of our extensive chapbook and magazine archive. Your contribution gives us the opportunity to continue to provide a space for free and open readings and performances, new publications, and support for traveling writers. Any size contribution is welcome.

Holiday hugs,

Joseph & Andrew
Poetic Research Bureau

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16: Man's Wars & Wickedness

Amanda Ackerman and Harold Abramowitz invite you to join us for a launch/reading in honor of their new collaborative book –

Mans Wars and Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, and Ill-will

Saturday Night
December 16th

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8:00 pm


The book is based on the idea of words being medicine - taking us into spaces of dissolution and re-emergence. Amanda and Harold have had an ongoing collaboration also thinking about how we literally ingest/digest language to create unexpected personal transformations, spark our intuitive genius, and embody surprising antidotes to tyranny.

Launching the book with us will be:

The Nine Herbs Charm Collective (Saewon Oh, Eric Kim Hannah Mjolsnes) – conducting a plant ceremony for an herbal antidote. Nine Herbs Charm consists of Hannah Mjølsnes, Eric Kim, Saewon Oh and the nine plants described in an Old English poem first recorded in the 11th century. They perform ceremonies and create environments for encounters with these plants, whose history is closely interconnected with our own.

Eric Heep leading The Reader's Chorus – performing a newly written score based on text from the book! The Reader’s Chorus is made up of LA composers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, writers and poets. Inspired by the possibilities of a group of speaking voices we write for, experiment with, and perform the sound of reading.

+ readings by

Joseph Mosconi

Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and co-edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. He is the author of Fright Catalog, Demon Miso/Fashion In Child, and other books. Writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, The Third Rail, Fillip, Material Press, Best Experimental American Writing and other journals.

Sam Cohen

Sam Cohen's fiction can be found or is forthcoming in Fence, Gulf Coast, Black Clock, Two Serious Ladies, Pank, and other journals, and as a chapbook on Birds of Lace. She is working on a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California and is the founder of the online journal Yes Femmes.

Amanda Ackerman and Harold Abramowitz

Amanda Ackerman’s publications include the Book of Feral Flora, Unfo Burns a Million Dollars, and the scented pamphlet Air Kissing. Her work focuses largely on the feralscape, divining techniques that allow for communication across species boundaries. With Dan Richert, she is working on a series of projects using biofeedback and multi-sensory techniques that allow plants to create poems. Their olfactory installation Unknown Giants is currently part of The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology’s A New We in Norway’s Kuntshall Trondheim gallery. With Harold Abramowitz, she co-edits the press eohippus labs.

Harold Abramowitz's books include Blind Spot, Not Blessed, Dear Dearly Departed, and UNFO Burns A Million Dollars. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and writes and edits as part of the collaborative projects, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO. He teaches in the Department of General Studies at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles.


Collaboratively constructed and conceived, Man’s Wars and Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, and Ill-Will is a book that sets out to accomplish exactly what it says it does…

Taking as its point of departure allegories and alchemical texts, Man’s Wars and Wickedness dissolves and transmutes a multiplicity of narrative forms into a book of its own kind, a sui generis work of literature. A timely book, Man’s Wars and Wickedness takes on the dangerous fictions that become our collective realities. In the country of Swabia, a place with, among other elements, a paper mill, a new bible, an acting mayor, a doctor, a blue ox, a great war, someone finds millions and millions of pages of manifestos fluttering in the air, and on the street…


Man’s Wars and Wickedness is a high drama set in “the healthiest region in all Europe.” A county of rolling hills and crooning cherry trees. A land irrevocably shaped by the great war in its past, its future. Herein lies the drama… Virtuosic, Man’s Wars and Wickedness swerves between narrative voices and forms, offering the reader a rash of mysteries to explore: who is the true bad guy? Is the world really ending? What language can I trust? In this sense, Man’s Wars and Wickedness is a necessary book for our times.

Elizabeth Hall, author of I Have Devoted My Life to The Clitoris

Now available from Bon Aire Projects

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday, December 16: Be About It + Now That's What I Call Poetry

Now That's What I Call Poetry
& Be About It
A Reading in Los Angeles


hosted by

Friday, December 15 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Paige Elizabeth Gresty is a writer and filmmaker from Washington, DC by way of London, England. She received her MFA in film directing from UCLA. As an emerging filmmaker, she's written scripts for James Franco and is currently a finalist in several competitions such as the Academy Awards' Nicholl Fellowships. Her writing work has been featured in places such as The Guardian. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris and cat Bey.

Jeremy Hight has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cal Arts.. He has published two books of prose (What Remains published by Free Dogma Press and I Am The Ghost Here published by Be About It). He is currently making poems from gifs posted on Facebook and working on a novel about a ghost with an existential crisis. He teaches Creative Writing and English Comp and lives with his soul mate Lisa and his amazing cat Samson.

Megan Lent is a writer and filmmaker. You can see her work Her poetry chapbook I Will Dance When I Am Dead is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl press. She lives in LA.

Rachel Olson
is a former urban planner who lives and works in San Francisco. Her previously published works can be found in Be About It Zine #14: The Internet, Be About It online, and Electric Cereal. She enjoys club soda and drives along the coast.
Follow her on twitter @rachelsolson.

Viva Padilla es poeta. She is an editor, writer, and independent publisher. She was born/raised/ is based in South Central Los Angeles. She publishes through her company Ponte Las Pilas Press and runs Dryland: Los Angeles Underground Art & Writing, a literary journal for the people since 2015. She also runs the SoulCentral Writer's Workshop also based in South Central. You can find her sitting somewhere in space. Also on the internet at

Grant Leuning
is a writer and artist in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. He is the co-curator of the long-running San Diego reading series NOW That’s What I Call Poetry, filibustero in El Comité Magonista, and the author of three books of poetry; I Don’t Want to Die in the Ocean, A Million Dollars Isn't Cool, You Know What's Cool, A Billion Dollars and most recently, Piss Cameron, a political grotesque.

Miranda Tsang
is a writer and educator from San Francisco. She has received scholarships from Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Kearny Street Workshop. Her writing is published in Lumen, Public Pool, The Offing, and New Life Quarterly where she is a columnist and reviewer.

Yesenia Padilla
is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of Lumen Magazine, a literary magazine founded for and by women and non-binary people. Yesenia also co-curates Now That's What I Call Poetry, a monthly experimental poetry night in Southern California. Her work has been published in Queen Mob's Teahouse, Complex, and as part of the Websafe2k16 project.

Alexandra Naughton is an author, publisher and organizer. She runs a small press called Be About It and is published widely across the web and in print. Find out more at

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saturday, December 9: Claudia Castro Luna & Margaret Rhee

Claudia Castro Luna & Margaret Rhee
With Lucy Burns, Mark Marino, Sean Pessin, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell & SA Smythe
Hosted by Harold Abramowitz & Andrea Quaid

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Through readings of robots, bodies, violence and love, a celebration and invocation of two new debut poetry collections by Margaret Rhee and Claudia Castro Luna.

Readers include Lucy Burns, Mark Marino, Sean Pessin, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell and SA Smythe.

Salvadorean and Korean food, along with poetry cake provided. Plus wine.

Special thanks to: Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid


Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) by Margaret Rhee is a collection of love poetry that humanizes our relationship with technology. This vision of an artificially intelligent future reveals and questions the contours of the human, and how robots and humans fall in and out of love.

In Claudia Castro Luna's epic poetry collection, Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press, 2017) Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival." -- Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D., A Most Improbable Life, and The Runaway Poems: A Manual of Love


Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-201 and is the author of This City (Floating Bridge Press). She is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, City Arts and Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US, (Northwestern University Press); Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative, (Kalina Eds) and forthcoming in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press). Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Margaret Rhee
is a poet, artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. Literary fellowships include Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study.

Lucy Burns’s writings on the racial politics of performance, the performance of race, the Philippines, and Filipino diaspora are published in several journals including The Dance Research Journal, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Writing Instructor. Her book, Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire is published by the NYU Press (2012). As a dramaturg, Burns has collaborated with notable artists such as David Rousseve (choreographer and theater director), R. Zamora Linmark (writer), and TeAda Productions (theater). Among l m.s.p. b’s writing projects is Personating Robots, Impersonating Humans, a book on the racialization of Asian/Americans as a robot race. IG: @resistancecompanions

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of electronic literature living in Los Angeles. His works include “ a show of hands” (, “Living Will”(, and "The Ballad of Workstudy Seth"( His recent work includes Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House (, a collection of interactive stories that he is writing with his children. He is the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization. (portfolio here: He currently teaches writing at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (, a collaboratory exploring the explication of computer source code. When he is not masquerading as Spencer Pratt or Heidi Montag on social media, Mark writes netprov and makes homemade pasta sauce in Los Angeles.

Sean Pessin has lived in Los Angeles his whole life. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Northridge (where he teaches), and an M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. He counts among his projects agape: a journal of literary good will; Magra Books; Red Right Hand Press. His work has appeared in Interfictions Online, The New Short Fiction Series, Liminoid Magazine, and CRAG, and is always fabulous and strange and queer.

Jessica Ceballos (y Campbell)
is an indige/me/xicana-afro-euskaldunak interdisciplinary artist, a community activist and advocate. Her interests are centered on exploring the liminal intersections of art and personal narrative, and how those are affected by and inform the spaces we occupy and exist in. Her written work has been published in various journals and anthologies, and she’s published two chapbooks; Gent Re Place Ing: A Response (2016) and End of the Road (2017). She is currently working on a collection of poetry/prose centered on a 1984 visit to Disneyland with her mother after reunification from foster care, tentatively titled, Happiest Place on Earth.

SA Smythe is a Black genderqueer writer currently living between London and LA, constantly scheming up new ways for us to get free. SA is the publishing editor for THEM - Trans Literary Journal and associate editor for Scarf Magazine. They have poetry published (and/or have work forthcoming) in phren-Z, the nines, Johannesburg Salon, Strike!, and Black Trans Love Is Trans Wealth: An Anthology. Their writing has been featured in Critical Contemporary Journal, okayafrica, and elsewhere. SA also does translation work in six languages and organises in Black queer and trans abolitionist writing collectives around the world. They are currently working on their poetry collection, tentatively titled but do you have reparations money? Follow them on Twitter @essaysmythe.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Friday, December 1: Technicians of the Sacred 50th Anniversary

Join Jerome Rothenberg and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and a new updated edition, of "Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania."


Jerome Rothenberg
David Shook
Harmony Holiday
Will Alexander
Douglas Messerli
Jennifer Scappettone
+ more TBA

Co-presented by ALOUD, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Friday, December 1st 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

Seating will be limited, no reservation required. Join us!

Read more about Technicians of the Sacred here:

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, anthologist, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, Exiled in the Word, and, with Pierre Joris and Jeffrey Robinson, Poems for the Millennium, volumes 1-3. He was a founding figure of ethnopoetics –the combination of poetic practice and theory, and he has been a longtime practitioner and theorist of poetry performance. A significantly expanded 50th anniversary edition of Technicians of the Sacred has just been published by the University of California Press, and a new book of poems, A Field on Mars: Poems 2000-2015, was published last year in separate English and French editions.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Friday, November 17: The Current Vol. 4

Join hosts Deenah Vollmer & Ginger Buswell for an LA edition of
The Current at Poetic Research Bureau!

With readings and performances inspired by the times by:

Deenah Vollmer
Ginger Buswell
Dame Darcy
Jennifer Croft
Sheila McMullin
Alana Amram
Justin Feinstein

No cover, but we'll be collecting donations for Everytown for Gun Safety.

We'll also be holding a silent auction with art from India Brookover, Axel Wilhite, and Mayon Hanania, store credit to Alias East, yoga classes from Sondra Sun, 323 infinite boob bath and hand towels, a hand painted Kind Woman sweatshirt from Dani Fine, and more TBA!

All proceeds will go to Everytown so bid high! (cash/venmo accepted)


Event begins at 7pm

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Saturday, November 11: The Mingus School Celebrates Muhal Richard Abrams

The Mingus School presents...


The Music & Poetry of

a tribute through collective listening

at Poetic Research Bureau

Saturday, November 11 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

Monday, November 6, 2017

Friday, November 10: Ghayath Almadhoun, Louise Mathias & Ramón García

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Celebrating Ghayath Almadhoun's new book 
from Action Books
translated by Catherine Cobham.

Friday, November 10 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet who was born in a refugee camp in Damascus in 1979. He studied Arabic literature at the University of Damascus and has worked as a cultural journalist for several Arab-language newspapers. In 2006 he founded Bayt al-Qasid, "The House of Poetry," together with the Syrian poet Lukman Derky in Damascus. He has published four collections of poetry in Arabic and his work has been translated into many languages, including two collections in Swedish: Asylansökan (Ersatz, 2010) which was awarded the Klas de Vylders stipendiefond for immigrant writers, and Till Damaskus (Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2014) a collaboration with the Swedish poet Marie Silkeberg, which was included in Dagens Nyheter's list of Best Books of 2014 and adapted as a play for Swedish National Radio. With Silkeberg, Almadhoun has also made several poetry films which can be viewed at Moving Poems. A series of poems by Almadhoun were projected as part of For Aarhus, a new installation by Jenny Holzer. Almadhoun has lived in Stockholm since 2008.

Louise Mathias is the author of two books of poems, Lark Apprentice, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and The Traps (Four Way Books), as well as a chapbook Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, chosen by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook competition. Raised in England and Los Angeles, for the last eight years she has lived in Joshua Tree where she drives around the Mojave taking photos and writing poems about wildflowers, desolation, sex and trash.

Ramón García was born in Colima, Mexico and grew up in Modesto, California. He is the author of two books of poetry The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010), and a monograph on the artist Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The Chronicles was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award for Best Poetry Book in English in 2016. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry anthology, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature, The American Journal of Poetry, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday, October 26: David Abel & Mark Wallace

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, October 27 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


David Abel
is a poet, editor, and educator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery in Portland, Oregon. He is currently touring with two new books: Selected Durations, a limited-edition, letterpress artist’s book published by the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, and XIV Eclipses, a book of poems from Couch Press in Portland. With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series, and since moving to Portland at the end of the last millenium he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry & art broadside series Envelope.

Mark Wallace
is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a novel, Crab, and book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy. Selections of his multi-part long poem The End of America, which he has been writing since 2005, have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in San Diego, California.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Saturday, October 21: Louise Mathias, Elena Karina Byrne & Steffi Drewes

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, October 21 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Louise Mathias is the author of two books of poems, Lark Apprentice, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and The Traps (Four Way Books), as well as a chapbook Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, chosen by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook competition. Raised in England and Los Angeles, for the last eight years she has lived in Joshua Tree where she drives around the Mojave taking photos and writing poems about wildflowers, desolation, sex and trash.

Multi-media artist, editor, Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Elena Karina Byrne is the author of Squander (Omnidawn 2016), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press 2002). She just completed a collection of essays entitled, Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire. Her book reviews and poetry publications include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, APR, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Slate, Volt, Diode, OmniVerse, Verse, and BOMB.

Steffi Drewes is the author of Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and the chapbooks Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, History of Drawing Circles, and New Animal (forthcoming 2017, Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as 6x6, Eleven Eleven, Laurel Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, and in the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco But It’s Sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). This spring she also debuted a custom set of photo-based tarot cards in performance at The Wassaic Project Summer Exhibit: Vagabond Time Killers in New York. She works as a freelance writer and editor in the Bay Area.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sunday afternoon, Oct 15th: @SEA #16 "The/oral"

The Poetic Research Bureau's Sunday live magazine returns, with hauntings from Vienna, New Mexico, Buenos Aires and beyond. The sixteenth episode is focus on the theme of "the/oral" – voice, oral history, the guttural, the sung.


Philipp Schmickl (Vienna) – talk
Chelsea Rector (Los Angeles) – folk-song & active listening
Jon Davis (New Mexico) – translation & poetry
Nelson Carlo De Los Santos – film excerpt
Andrew Choate & Jeremy Kennedy – voice & falsely ethereal music

Doors 1pm
Event 1:30pm-3:30pm

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Philipp Schmickl is the editor of "THEORAL – oral music histories and interesting interviews", a rhizomatiqc and continuously growing web of stories and thoughts in- and outside of the experimental music scene. In his talk "On being a medium" he will try to point out the guiding principles of his work.

Chelsea Rector performs Young Tambling: "I will listen, unaccompanied. She will sing, unaccompanied. "Young Tambling" is a folk-tale with a woman at the center of the narrative. She is mortal and is as impregnable as she is fallible. Saving the life of her beloved, in an enchanted forest, Chelsea Rector's adapted folk-song subtly resets the primary-text. As "Young Tambling" is performed, as it is sung, the terminology shifts from magical to relatable."

Jon Davis reads from recent work and translations of Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan. Jon is the author of six chapbooks and four books of poetry, including Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon, 2010) and Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron, 1995). He also co-translated Dayplaces (Tebot Bach, 2015) from the Arabic with author Naseer Hassan. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including a Lannan Literary Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is Director of the Low Residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He occasionally performs as the peripatetic poet Chuck Calabreze.

We will screen an excerpt of Canciones De Cunas by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias is a director and writer, originally from the Dominican Republic, and is known for Cocote (2017), Lullabies (2014) and Le Dernier des Bonbons (2011).

Andrew Choate & Jeremy Kennedy haint Los Angeles. They will perform "Philosophy Coaching," This performance uses the relationship between coaching and action to coax out an experience of musical activity as relatable, manipulable and un/imaginable. Advice translated live. Music falsely ethereal.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Postponed: Gillian Conoley & Martha Ronk

Due to the tragic fires in Northern California, which have impacted the friends and families of both Gillian Conoley and PRB programmers, we are postponing Saturday night's reading until later this fall. We wish our fellow Californians strength and resolve during a difficult time, and look forward to Gillian and Martha joining us soon. Let the water come.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 7: Will Alexander & Aldon Lynn Nielsen

This Saturday night, Will Alexander reads at the Poetic Research Bureau with Aldon Lynn Nielsen, who will be launching his new book from Make Now Press, TRAY.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

TRAY by A.L. Nielsen

With Tray Aldon Nielsen establishes himself as a formidable voice among American poets. And voice, his forte and bete noire, articulates social criticism as aesthetic form. The incantations of religious and secular crusades are rendered in the eponymous opening poem as live scratching by a deejay (call him History, or God): Gangster Zimmerman as another wanna-be gangsta. And in the poems that constitute “Escamotage,” the second half of the book, Nielsen’s penchant for puns, jokes and blues whimsy are offset by a deft lyricism that is, by turns, poignant (“Interval” is a touching homage to Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem”), humorous (“Clarence Farmer’s Complaint”) and celebratory (“Experimental Hope”). The common senses and uncommon sense delineated as Tray will be balm for our new dark age.
–Tyrone Williams

These days we’re trying to save us. These are some good poems about that.
–Rod Smith


Will Alexander—poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist,visual artist, and pianist. He is author of over thirty books in the above mentioned genres. His latest book is one of aphorisms entitled Across The Vapour Gulf.

A.L. Nielsen was the first winner of the Larry Neal Award for poetry, and has appeared in both Best American Poetry (selected by John Ashbery) and Best American Experimental Writing (selected by Tracie Morris and Charles Bernstein). His previous books of poetry include Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, Mixage, Mantic Semantic and A Brand New Beggar. He currently serves as the Kelly Professor of American Literature at Penn State University, and previously taught at Howard University, San Jose State, UCLA, Central China Normal University and Loyola Marymount. His books of criticism include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant and Integral Music. With Lauri Ramey he has edited two anthologies of innovative writings by African American poets. Other awards include The SAMLA Studies Prize, the Kayden Prize, the Darwin Turner Award, an American Book Award and the Josephine Miles Award. When not teaching at Penn State, he lives in Santa Barbara.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 23: Real Cozy Readings & Music

Hosted by Deenah Vollmer & Ginger Buswell

Saturday, Sept 23rd
Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm


wow deenah and ginger are back with more readings & music, this time at poetic research bureau! with live refreshments, and performances by:

Deenah Vollmer
Ginger Buswell
Sam Child
Nicole Valencia
Herman Dune
Alan Hanson
Sean Fabi
Emily Lacy


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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, Sept 16: Ted Pearson & Paul Naylor

TED PEARSON was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. Early studies in liturgical music, modernism, and jazz led him to poetry in the mid 1960s. He attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State University. To date, he has published twenty-one volumes of poetry. Recent books include Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980 (Singing Horse, 2014), An Intermittent Music: 1975-2010 (Chax, 2016), The Coffin Nail Blues (Atelos, 2016), After Hours (Singing Horse, 2016), and The Markov Chain (Shearsman, 2017). He co-authored The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (This / Mode A, 2006-2010) in ten volumes. He co-edited Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson (Wayne State UP, 2004). His essays have been widely published, notably in Poetics Journal. A two-part conversation with Luke Harley appears online in Jacket2. It focuses on the evolution of An Intermittent Music. Pearson lives in Highland, California, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands.

PAUL NAYLOR was born and raised behind the Zion Curtain—also known as Utah. He has undergraduate degrees from Westminster College, a Masters degree from Utah State University, and a PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He was an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis until 2001, when he beat a retreat from academia and, in 2004, took over Singing Horse Press from the late Gil Ott. He lives in San Diego with his wife Debi and daughter Siena. Paul Naylor’s poetry books include Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), Jammed Transmission (Tinfish Press, 2009), Book of Changes (Shearsman Books, 2012), and Anarcheology (forthcoming, Talisman House Books). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (Northwestern University Press, 1999), a critical study of five contemporary poets—Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip.

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The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, September 16, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

September 15: Diana Arterian & Muriel Leung

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...



Friday, September 15, 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, forthcoming), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). She is also a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press and a Managing Editor at Ricochet. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is also a Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Friday, July 28: erica lewis & Franklin Bruno

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, July 28 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. In addition to mary wants to be a superwoman, her books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Franklin Bruno is the author of The Accordion Repertoire (Edge Books), the chapbooks MF/MA (Seeing Eye) and Policy Instrument (Lame House), and Armed Forces (music criticism, in Continuum's 33 1/3 series). His poetry and prose have appeared in Critical Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, The Oxford American, and Paideuma. Since 1990, he has released fifteen albums as a member of Nothing Painted Blue, as a solo artist, and with his current band The Human Hearts. Other musical projects include collaborations with The Mountain Goats, Jenny Toomey, Laura Cantrell, and Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra. He is currently writing a history of bridges and 'middle eights' in pop music for Wesleyan University Press. Franklin was raised in Southern California's Inland Empire and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 24: Manifestoh! Insert Blanc Press Series 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Manifestoh! Insert Blanc Press Series 2017
Pablo Jofré, Kyn. Taniya, David Shook, Anthony Seidman & Boris Dralyuk

Saturday, June 24, 2017

PRB, always free.

Manifestoh! series editor David Shook


Abecedary by Pablo Jofré

Translated from Spanish by David Shook with a prologue by Will Alexander
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 84 pages, $14.00

“Jofré’s vision empowers his alchemical expression, swirling as it does his personal monsoon of droplets that casts spells seemingly closer in technique to the creative dossiers of Enrique Lihn and Nicanor Parra. Abecedary condenses via poetic semaphore lingual neutron stars penultimate to incalculable eruption.” —Will Alexander, from the Prologue: Quantum Lingual Deftness

Pablo Jofré’s alphabet begins with Abyss and travels through Caravan, Jewel, and Narcolepsy before arriving at Xenophobia, charting the Berlin-based Chilean poet's obsessive exploration of the world around him through the lens of politics, relationships, and travel. Awarded the Gabriela Mistral Chilean National Literature Contest for his book Abecedario originally in Spanish, this English-language edition, Abecedary, is supported by the Chilean government's prestigious National Council of Arts and Culture Translation Support Grant.

Aeroplane by Kyn. Taniya
Translated from Spanish by Anthony Seidman and David Shook
Paperback, Bilingual edition, 190 pages, $14.00

“Kyn. Taniya exposed the relationship between modernity and the avant-garde. His speed and calm, his temporality and permanence, his economy and spatiality, his visualness and sound, his humor and science bear witness to the changes and contradictions of his era. That’s where his importance resides: poetic exaltation as description of mood, prediction, and perfume traversing minds like the globe as it spins. Luckily, Kyn. Taniya’s work found David Shook and Anthony Seidman, two poet-translators who understand the social, political, emotional, and sarcastic currents of the work of this aviator and Mexican poet. The translators revel—like hummingbirds in nectar—in the reconstruction of Kyn. Taniya’s language, with all its glint and rhythm, its ideology and melancholy.” —Giancarlo Huapaya

Slap in the Face
Four Russian Futurist Manifestos
Translated from Russian by Boris Dralyuk
Paperback, Full Color, Bilingual edition, 62 pages, $14.00

“These four manifestos of Russian Futurism, charting key points in the rapid unfolding of the Russian avant-garde, provoke the appreciative bourgeoisie while declaring the liberation of the word, the phoneme, and even the grapheme! Dralyuk’s brisk, inventive translations convey the energy and rowdiness of the original.” —Eugene Ostashevsky

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunday, June 18: Rodrigo Toscano, Sophia Le Fraga & Ed Steck

Sunday, June 18, 2017

MOCA Grand Ave
Ahmanson Theater

FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

​Rodrigo Toscano is an experimental poet, playwright, and labor activist whose work addresses borders. Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and artist who has presented works in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York exhibition and Performa 15. Ed Steck’s poetry is often drawn from his experiences with insomnia and its associated memory loss.

This reading is part of a series presented in conjunction with the exhibition storefront: THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau.

The program is generously supported by William and Ruth True – Gramma Poetry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Saturday, June 17: Bonnie Ruberg & Kit Schluter

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

The PRB presents two Wakefield Press authors with brand new collections of translations from the Press.

Bonnie Ruberg reads from her translation of Gisèle Prassinos, THE ARTHRITIC GRASSHOPPER: COLLECTED STORIES, 1934–1944. Kit Schluter will read from Wakefield's new collection of Marcel Schwob tales, The King in the Golden Mask.


Bonnie Ruberg is an postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California and an assistant professor at UC Irvine, where her research focuses on gender and sexuality in digital media. Bonnie received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature with a focus in a range of areas, including French surrealism. She has also worked as a journalist for publications like The Village Voice and The Economist.

Kit Schluter is the translator of Marcel Schwob’s The Book of Monelle and The King in the Golden Mask (both available from Wakefield Press), as well as Jaime Saenz’s The Cold (Poor Claudia) and, in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar, Amandine André’s Circle of Dogs (Solar▲Luxuriance). His writing has appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Folder, inter|rupture, Entropy and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for further translation of Schwob, he coedits/designs for O’clock Press and currently lives in Mexico City.

Gisèle Prassinos (1920–2015) was born in Istanbul of a Greek father and an Italian mother. At the age of thirteen she began to compose short absurdist vignettes in a fit of boredom, filling up pages with tales of sarcastic stains, arrogant hair, liquid frogs, and blue spiders. Encouraged by her brother, who introduced her and her experiments in automatic writing to his Surrealist colleagues, she immediately found herself welcomed into the Parisian avant-garde community and her stories were published in all the significant literary journals of the time. Her first collection was published in 1935, with a preface by Paul Éluard and a frontispiece portrait by Man Ray. With World War II, Prassinos stopped publishing and began to distance herself from the Surrealists and the limitations imposed by her writing being so closely bound to the idea of automatism in its purest, “childhood” form. Writing nothing from 1944 to 1954, she then returned to literature with a series of novels and stories that, if still imbued with a Surrealist sensibility, pointed to a new direction in her writing.

Marcel Schwob (1867–1905) was a scholar of startling breadth and an incomparable storyteller. A secret influence on generations of writers, from Guillaume Apollinaire and Jorge Luis Borges to Roberto Bolaño, Schwob was as versed in the street slang of medieval thieves as he was in the poetry of Walt Whitman. His allegiances were to Rabelais and François Villon, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe. Paul Valéry and Alfred Jarry both dedicated their first books to him, and in doing so paid tribute to the author who could evoke both the intellect of Leonardo da Vinci and the anarchy of Ubu Roi. He was also the uncle of Lucy Schwob, better remembered today as the Surrealist photographer Claude Cahun.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Saturday, June 10: Writers Who Love Too Much

New Narrative Writing 1977-1997
edited by Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian

a book launch for the New Narrative Anthology
from Nightboat Books

Dodie Bellamy
Kevin Killian
Richard Hawkins
Sheree Rose (for Bob Flanagan)
& Matias Viegener

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


At last a major anthology of New Narrative, the movement fueled by punk, pop, porn, French theory, and social struggle to change writing forever.

In the twenty years that followed America’s bicentennial, narrative writing was re-formed, reflecting new political and sexual realities. With the publication of this anthology, the New Narrative era bounds back to life, ripe with dramatic propulsion and infused with the twin strains of poetry and continental theory. The reader will discover classic New Narrative texts, from Robert Glück to Kathy Acker, as well as rare supplemental materials, including period interviews, essays, and talks, which form a new map of late 20th century creative rebellion.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 4 1pm: @SEA No. 15 "Ventriloquism"

The 15th episode of the PRB's live magazine moves on from last month's "soundtrack" to the the theme of thrown voice, own voice, inserted speech, strange animations, gastromancy, phony phones and pirated/parroted phonics.

Join writer/scholar Sarah Kessler (currently writing a book on ventriloquism), filmmaker and preservationist Ross Lipman (and his treasure trove of early ventriloquist cinema), poet/translator Eugene Ostashevsky (w/ DJs, pirates, and parrots in tow), and artist/writer Mady Schutzman (whose latest fiction features a ventriloquist dummy) for a Sunday afternoon of stagecraft, masquerade and dissembling! 

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Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-American poet currently residing in Berlin. His most recent work, The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, explores the communication challenges of pirate-parrot relationships. Released in the New York Review of Books Poets series, it draws on early modern travel narratives, hip-hop, and philosophy of language while pursuing the themes of emigration and untranslatability. His previous poetry book, The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, engages characters like MC Squared, the Begriffon, and Peepeesaurus to deal with snafus in natural and artificial languages. As translator, he is most known for his work on Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and other Russian poets of the twentieth and twenty-first century avant-gardes.

Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker, archivist, and essayist. His films have screened throughout the world and been collected by museums and institutions including the Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Northeast Historic Film, the Oberhausen Kurzfilm Archive, Budapest's Balazs Bela Studios, and Munich's Sammlung Goetz. His most recent work, Notfilm, was named one of the 10 best films of the year by ARTFORUM, SLATE, and many others. Formerly Senior Film Restorationist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, his many restorations include Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzie's The Exiles, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Kenneth Anger, Barbara Loden, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. He was a 2008 recipient of Anthology Film Archives' Preservation Honors, and is a three-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics' Heritage Award. His writings on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in Artforum, Sight and Sound,and numerous academic books and journals.

Mady Schutzman is a writer and theatre artist.  She has published academic essays, performative texts, and creative non-fiction and is particularly proud of her Brechtian musical comedy about Rodney King and the  L.A. uprising.  She is currently writing a book for Routledge Press on the relationship between humor and ethics.  Mady is Faculty Emeritus at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles.

Sarah Kessler is a media and cultural studies scholar and television critic. She is working on a book, Anachronism Effects: Ventriloquism and Popular Media, that explores metaphorical and material deployments of ventriloquism in contemporary transatlantic popular culture. Her writing on art, film, and media has appeared in the Brooklyn RailCamera ObscuraIn These TimesTriple CanopySounding Out!, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among other venues. She writes a regular television column, "The Bingewatch," for Public Books. Kessler completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine in 2016 and currently teaches at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
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Doors open 12:30 pm
Event: 1pm-3pm

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Always free of charge. 

Saturday, June 3: Josef Kaplan & Bridget Talone

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, June 3 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Josef Kaplan's most recent book is POEM WITHOUT SUFFERING (Wonder, 2016). He lives in New York.

Bridget Talone is the author of Sous Les Yeux (Catenary Press, 2017) and The Soft Life, forthcoming from Wonder in 2018.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday, May 20: Alan Felsenthal & Jane Gregory

Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Lowly, published by Ugly Duckling Presse, is his first collection of poems.

Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and lives in Berkeley, California. Her first book, My Enemies, was published in 2013 and her second, [Yeah No], is forthcoming in 2018, both from The Song Cave. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently completing her PhD in English Literature at UC Berkeley, where she also co-curates the Holloway Reading Series. With Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek she has recently launched Nion Editions, a chapbook press.

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Saturday, May 20 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, LA 

Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19: Aisha Sasha John, Laura Goode & Kim Calder

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

with video projections by

Friday, May 19 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


is a singing dancer--a rhythm artist--and the author of the recently published I have to live. (McClelland & Stewart). Aisha’s previous poetry collection THOU (BookThug 2014) was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award. Next month, Aisha dances the aisha of oz at the Whitney Museum as part of the 2017 Whitney ISP exhibition. This past February, Aisha led a public art performance residency at Union Station in Toronto: Let’s understand what it means to be here (together) (Art Metropole).

Laura Goode is the author of a collection of poems, Become a Name (Fathom Books, 2016), and a novel for young adults, Sister Mischief (Candlewick Press, 2011). She wrote (with director Meera Menon) and produced the feature film Farah Goes Bang; FGB premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize from Tribeca and Vogue. Her nonfiction has appeared in BuzzFeed, Longreads, ELLE, Refinery29, New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Magazine, Fusion, The Rumpus, and Bright Ideas, where she is a contributing editor. She received her BA and MFA from Columbia University and lives in San Francisco. // @lauragoode //

Kim Calder studies contemporary American literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Unsaid Literary Journal, The Volta, and Jacket2. She is currently working on a nonfiction manuscript entitled The Nervous System.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 17: Adrienne Herr, Kayla Ephros, Alix Vollum & Dayton Castleman

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...



Adrienne Herr is an artist and writer; her poetry readings often include elements of performance and video. She has most recently read at Motto Books (Berlin, DE) and Picture Room (Nyc). A book of her found-poetry, Namesake, will be published by TABLOID Press in Summer 2017. Adrienne currently lives in New York City.

Kayla Ephros is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Her book of poems, Maple Shade, can be found at Ooga Booga in LA and McNally Jackson in NYC. Kayla's work has most recently appeared in Dizzy Magazine and Poems for Peace (A Smart Girl Club publication). She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in December 2016, and is working towards her first solo exhibition which will take place in June, 2017. Kayla was born and raised in New Jersey.

Alix Vollum (b. 1989) is an artist from Portland, OR. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Her website is

Dayton Castleman is an artist (b. 1988, Odessa, TX) who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, he co-organized exhibitions at Kimberly-Klark (Queens, NY) and VI Dancer (San Francisco, CA).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 13: Yesenia Padilla & Grant Leuning

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


hosted by Andrea Quaid & Harold Abramowitz

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Yesenia Padilla is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of Lumen Magazine, a literary magazine founded for and by women and non-binary people. She also co-curates Now That's What I Call Poetry, a monthly experimental poetry night in Southern California. Yesenia's work has been published in Queen Mob's Teahouse and Complex.

Grant Leuning
is the author of two books of poetry: the collection I Don’t Want to Die in the Ocean, and the experimental poem A Million Dollars Isn't Cool, You Know What's Cool, A Billion Dollars. He is the co-curator of the long-running San Diego reading series NOW That’s What I Call Poetry. His most recent book is Piss Cameron, a political grotesque.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Andrew Wessels, Gillian Hamel, Xochitl Bermejo & Nik De Dominic

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...



Andrew Wessels currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Istanbul. Semi Circle, a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. His first book is A Turkish Dictionary (1913 Press).

Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel is the author of occident (Called Back Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in VOLT, jubilat, The Volta, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. She is managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter Burghardt and Robert Andrew Perez.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), a 2016-2017 Steinbeck fellow and former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner. She has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review and is a cofounder of Women Who Submit.

Nik De Dominic is a poet and essayist. Work has appeared in Guernica, Los Angeles Review, DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere. He is a founding editor of The Offending Adam and a poetry editor of New Orleans Review. De Dominic is the author of the chapbook Your Daily Horoscope from New Michigan Press and teaches writing at the University of Southern California.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5: Oki Sogumi & Jeanine Webb (+ via video Feliz Lucia Molina)

Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, South Korea as military dictatorship ended. She writes poetry and fiction, and her forthcoming speculative novella is about giant insects, migration, time travel, oceanic feelings, wellness, and both the limits and possibilities of relations like friendship. She currently resides in Philadelphia.

Jeanine Webb (she/they) is a writer, collective organizer, cancer survivor and is a Dissertation Fellow in Literature at UC San Diego. Her research focuses include poetry and politics, and race and gender in speculative fiction . Her poetry has been published in many journals, including Lana Turner, The Capilano Review, The West Wind Review, ARMED CELL, The Ghazal Page, The Antioch Review, Star*Line, ZYZZYVA, Jupiter 88 and in the collaborative poetry pamphlet Poetry is Not Enough, with two poems forthcoming in Lumen. Her essays have been published on ON Contemporary Practice's .pdf Archive Series, The Poetic Labor Project, the Post-Crisis Poetics series and on Monstering Magazine, with another forthcoming for Tripwire. A feature on her poetry, edited by Perwana Nazif, is forthcoming in Cold Cut Magazine. Some current or forthcoming book projects which feature her work include the San Diego Writers' Anthology A Year In Ink Vol.3, the Now That's What I Call Poetry Anthology, The Alette in Oakland Reader and Occupy Poetics. When she can afford to, she publishes the bilingual, cartonera-style handmade journal, TACOCAT. Last year she presented on contemporary graphic novels at Comic-Con and this summer she will be a fellow-in-residence at Emory's Rose Library and teaching a course on Women Writing the Ancient and Classical World.

Feliz Lucia Molina was born and raised in San Fernando Valley, LA, to Filipino immigrant parents. Her books are Undercastle, The Wes Letters, Roulette & Thundercastle (both forthcoming), and chapbook Crystal Marys. Poems have and about to appear in Gauss PDF, Open Space, Night Papers, Fence, Pen Am, & elsewhere. Living in Chicago, she visits fam in Desert Hot Springs, California.

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Friday, May 5 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, LA 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saturday, April 29: Roberto Echavarren, Giancarlo Huapaya & Román Luján

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Saturday, April 29 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Roberto Echavarren (Montevideo, Uruguay) has several prize-winning books of poetry to his credit, most recently The Espresso between Sleep and Wakefulness and Centralasia. Rooted in both surrealism and contra-constructivist practices, it employs both dislocation and disjunctive series. A native of Uruguay and professor of world literature, long associated with New York University, he is the co-editor, along with José Kozer and Jacobo Sefamí of Medusario: muestra de poesía latinoamericana (Medusario: A Survey of Latin-American Poetry), the leading anthology of poetry in the Neo-Baroque style. Echavarren’s critical prose addresses the distinctive characteristics of innovative Latin-American poetry.

Giancarlo Huapaya (Lima, Peru) is author of the books Estado y Contemplación/ Canción de Canción se Gana, Polisexual and Taller Sub Verso, and the editor of the anthology Pulenta Pool: Peruvian Poets in the United States (Hostos Review, 2017). As curator, he will soon present BirúPirúPerú, an exhibition of the past fifteen years of Peruvian Visual Poetry at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Previously, he was the advisor of the editorial and music industry policies of Cultural Industries in Lima, and he was the director of the Lima Poetry Festival during its first three years. He also is Founder and Editor of Cardboard House Press.

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 and 2015). Coeditor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, his work has appeared in many anthologies of Latin American poetry. 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.