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

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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

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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

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Morgan Parker & Harmony Holiday

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, April 22 2017
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Morgan Parker
is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, and The Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel in New York. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. Parker lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn.

Harmony Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues and most recently Hollywood Forever. She is also the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work that helps artists re-engage with their bodies and the physical world in this so-called digital age, and the Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics. She studied rhetoric at UC Berkeley and taught for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has received the Motherwell Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowships. She is currently working on a book of poems and lyric essays on Reparations and the body, and a biography of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. She lives in Los Angeles.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 23, Noon: @SEA No.14 "Soundtrack"

@SEA No. 14, “Soundtrack”

  • Thom Andersen, screening – Get Out of the Car (34 min) 
  • David E James, film and talk, sound in the work of Bruce Conner and Kenneth Anger 
  • Susan Silton, talk and video 
  • Jean-Luc Guionnet & Chelsea Rector, performance for saxophone and dancer of What is lasting in what lasts. / What lasts in what is lasting.

Doors open at noon, event is 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

Poetic Research Bureau, 951 Chung King Road, Chinatown

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Thom Andersen is an internationally renowned curator, filmmaker and scholar who has been creating experimental films for over 45 years. He attended Berkeley in the early 1960s and then returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to attend USC film school where he studied with Arthur Knight and eventually assisted on Knight's project THE HISTORY OF SEX IN CINEMA. While at USC Andersen met long-time friend and collaborator Morgan Fisher who assisted on Andersen's student film MELTING, a portrait of a sundae. He regularly attended local screening series including shows by the Trak Film Group and Movies 'Round Midnight and famously wrote about a controversial screening of Andy Warhol's SLEEP. After USC, Andersen attended UCLA and completed his experimental documentaries OLIVIA'S PLACE, EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER and --- -------. During the 1970s his films screened at venues including Los Angeles' Theatre Vanguard and San Francisco's Pacific Film Archive. In 1976 he moved to Buffalo, New York and after briefly teaching became a programmer at Media Study Buffalo. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio where he taught for twelve years. In 1987 he returned to Los Angeles and began teaching at CalArts. In 2003 he attracted significant attention for his essayistic, feature length documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF. The film won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival and was voted best documentary of 2004 by the Village Voice Critics' Poll. In 2010 he completed GET OUT OF THE CAR, a portrait of signs and abandoned spaces set to Los Angeles music.

David E. James has lived in Los Angeles since 1971. His recent books include THE MOST TYPICAL AVANT-GARDE: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles, and the co-edited collections, OPTIC ANTICS: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs and ALTERNATIVE PROJECTIONS: Experimental Film In Los Angeles, 1945-1980.  His ROCK ‘N’ FILM: Cinema’s Dance With Popular Music was published by Oxford University Press earlier this year.

Susan Silton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her practice meshes photography, video, installation, performance, sound, and language. Her work often is often installed in public spaces, such as with her contribution to HOW MANY BILLBOARDS? and A SUBLIME MADNESS IN THE SOUL, a rooftop opera to commemorate the recently deconstructed Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles. She also leads the all-female whistling group The Crowing Hens, a six woman whistle orchestra, which has recent performed at SITE Santa Fe and LAX Gallery, among other venues.

Jean-Luc Guionnet is a Parisian artist active in many fields (music, visual arts, cinema). He has mostly worked in electro-acoustics but also has a career in free improvisation, playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, church organ, and piano. He has collaborated with Éric La Casa, Éric Cordier, and André Almuro on tape music. His main free improv and jazz projects include Hubbub, Schams, Return of the New Thing, and the Joe Rosenberg Quintet.

Chelsea Rector is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary poet, actress and dancer. She recently appeared in Asher Hartman and Gawdafful National Theater’s production of THE SILVER, THE BLACK, AND THE WICKED DANCE, at LACMA’s Bing Theater.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Friday, April 14: Gabrielle Civil, Douglas Kearney & Anna Joy Springer

Join us as we celebrate the release of Gabrielle Civil's memoir Swallow the Fish.

Gabrielle Civil
Douglas Kearney
& Anna Joy Springer

Gabrielle Civil’s Swallow the Fish is a memoir in performance art that explores the medium from within its beating heart. Adding its voice to black feminist conversations, it combines essays, anecdotes, and meditations with original performance texts to confront audience, motivation, and fears. Both joy and panic appear in Civil’s world of performance, where neither walls nor city limits set the scope of the stage. Civil bares vulnerabilities and enthralls readers, asking essential questions and embodying dreams.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

GABRIELLE CIVIL is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over 40 original solo and collaborative performance works around the world. Recent works include “…hewn and forged….” at the Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival (2016); “_______ is the thing with feathers” at “Call & Response: Experiments in Joy” (2014); “Say My Name” (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls)” (2014); and “Fugue (Da, Montréal),” at the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (2014). Her writing has appeared in Small Axe, Obsidian, Asterix, Rain Taxi, and other publications. The aim of her work is to open up space.

DOUGLAS KEARNEY has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), of which Amaud Jamaul Johnson writes: “Seriously, a marvel. I recommend entering Buck Studies at midnight, only after listening to Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet on repeat, skimming Pindar, Uncle Remus and the Bible, and eating at least two bowls of Count Chocula.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

is a queer femme visual artist, performer, and cross-genre writer working with the sacred, perverse, hilarious and threatening. She is the author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis, 2011), an illustrated fabulist memoir with soundscape, and The Birdwisher, A Murder Mystery for Very Old Young Adults (Birds of Lace, 2009). Her other work appears in far-flung print and online publications (ex: The Writer’s Chronicle; Encyclopedia; Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature; Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy; Pank, and The Volta), as well as on several records (Lookout!; Alternative Tentacles). An Associate Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, she teaches experimental writing, feminist literature & graphic texts. She’s played in punk and dyke punk bands Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, touring the U.S. and Europe in these bands and with Sister Spit, a raucous feminist literary performance group. She is the winner of an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (2010) and a recipient of UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award (2013).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friday, March 25: Donato Mancini, Anahita Jamali Rad & Danielle LaFrance

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Donato Mancini makes visual and procedural poetry, bookworks, and visual art. His books and chapbooks include Same Diff (2017), Snowline (2015), Buffet World (2011), Fact ‘N’ Value (2011), Hell Passport no.22 (2008), Æthel (2007), 58 Free Coffees (2006), and Ligatures (2005). Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included exhibitions through Artspeak, Western Front, Gallery Atsui, Malaspina Printmaker’s Society, and CSA.

Born in Iran and currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories, Anahita Jamali Rad’s work engages with materiality, love, class, violence, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle. Jamali Rad's latest book, for love and autonomy, is just out from Talon Books.

Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and independent scholar. She is the author of Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). Between 2012-2016 she organized the feminist materialist collective and journal series About a Bicycle. Her work deals with the ways “total war” and “Empire” infiltrate social relations as well as the intersections between language, revolutionary action, and self-abolition. And love. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Friday, March 24: Ari Banias & Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, March 24 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Ari Banias is the author of the book Anybody (Norton, 2016), and the chapbook What's Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Offing, Poetry, and as part of MOTHA's exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He lives & works in Berkeley, California. (

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been published in The Offing, The Feminist Wire, PEN America, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Her most recent collection of poems THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18: Marisa Crawford, Kate Durbin, Rose Quezada & Elizabeth Hall

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, March 18 2017

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Marisa Crawford
is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (2017) and The Haunted House (2010) from Switchback Books, as well as two chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in publications including Hyperallergic, BUST, Bitch, The Hairpin, and Fanzine, and are forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia Books, 2017). Marisa is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website Weird Sister. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based writer and artist whose work deals with pop culture and digital media. She is the author of The Ravenous Audience, E! Entertainment, and the interactive poetry app ABRA. She was the 2015 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence.

Rose Quezada is a native Los Angeles writer, reader, and translator. She’s managing editor of DUM DUM Zine and lover of all things mystical. Her work has been featured in DUM DUM Zine and Selfish Magazine.

Elizabeth Hall is a writer & musician based in LA. Her first book I HAVE DEVOTED MY LIFE TO THE CLITORIS is recently out from Tarpaulin Sky Press.

Friday, March 17: Bodies in spaces forced to accommodate

Friday, March 17

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

*Bodies in spaces forced to accommodate:
Poetry of Resound, Recovery & Re-translation
Kimberly Alidio
Jen Hofer
Micah Tasaka
Sa Whitley
& Angela Peñaredondo

Join us as we celebrate Kimberly Alidio's Southern California tour for her book, after projects the resound (Black Radish). The evening features readings from after projects the resound by Kimberly Alidio. Special guests are Jen Hofer, Sa Whitley, Micah Tasaka and Angela Peñaredondo. Support your visiting and local poets and friendly feminists.

this reading will explore:
“How to write the migrations, distinctions, the threats to one’s humanity? – Hoa Nguyen (on Kimberly Alidio's, after projects the resound (Black Radish)

How to rearticulate survival as more as just survival but as a flourishing in spite of marginalized positionality, gender binaries, patriarchy and other systems of oppression?

How language and the retranslation of language in poetry can be a fulcrum to recovery, which lies at the intersection of identity and gender?

*The title of the event takes its name from Ayesha Siddiq's podcast, Pushing Hoops with Sticks, Vol. 2: You're Not Crazy and then from Kimberly Alidio's poem, "Bodies in spaces forced to accommodate," in after projects the resound


Kimberly Alidio wrote after projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought and a poetry fellow of Kundiman and VONA. She received fellowships from Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program, as well as a doctorate in modern American history from the University of Michigan. A tenure-track dropout and high-school teacher, she hails from Baltimore and lives in East Austin, Texas.

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, DIY/DIT book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and the multilingual organizing collective Antena Los Ángeles, which does ongoing work to create bilingual and multilingual spaces for social justice struggle with the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement, Defend Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles Tenants Union, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and many other groups. Her writings and translations are available from numerous small presses, most recently belladonna, Kenning Editions, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Writ Large Press (forthcoming). She teaches at CalArts, Otis College, and Occidental College, and organizes with the decolonial pedagogical platform at land’s edge.

Micah Tasaka is a queer biracial poet from the Inland Empire exploring the intersections of identity, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and recovering from trauma. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. They have performed throughout Southern California and have featured in Riverside, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Palm Springs. Their debut chapbook, Whales in the Watertank, was self-published in 2014. They write for The Blood Jet Writing Hour literary blog, and their published work can be found in In The Words Of Women 2016 International Anthology and Inlandia: A Literary Journey.

Sa Whitley is a black queer poet from Maryland who resides in Los Angeles, California. She has published work in Bozalta Journal and Toe Good Poetry. As a Cave Canem fellow, she is often nourished by the poetry of other Cave Canem poets across the country and across the world. Currently, she is a Gender Studies PhD Student at UCLA who studies black feminism and intersectional movements against subprime foreclosure in Baltimore. Her academic work has been supported by the Center for the Study of Women and the UC Consortium for Black Studies. She also enjoys fishing, dancing to funk music & Motown, and baking decent apple pies.

Angela Peñaredondo (host) is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet, artist and educator born in Iloilo City, Philippines. She is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize) and the chapbook Maroon (Jamii Publishing). Angela’s work has appeared in Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. Angela resides in Southern California, drifting between deserts, beaches, lowly cities and socially engineered suburbs.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 15: Ariel Goldberg, Grace Dunham & Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

The LA launch of Ariel Goldberg's new book
The Estrangement Principle
with readings by Grace Dunham & Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

The Estrangement Principle
is a book-length essay that explores landscapes surrounding the practice of categorizing "queer art."

In The Estrangement Principle Ariel Goldberg unravels the problematic label, “queer art” by consistently arguing for a wider range of associations with art made by queer identified people. Goldberg invokes the lives and works of writer Renee Gladman, and artists Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, among many others to bring the complexity of the communities and relationships behind art and literary histories into focus. This book-length essay mixes cultural criticism, close readings, and personal anecdotes, all the while developing a deftly wrought polemic. The Estrangement Principle is an exercise in contradiction with its ultimate goal being to resist the practice of movement naming.

Excerpt from The Estrangement Principle: "I began collecting the phrase ‘queer art’ in all its sweaty megaphone pronouncements. I felt pricked by ‘queer art,’ which I heard being uttered all around me in the titles of group shows, dance parties, anthologies, mission statements, press releases. I was also collecting palpable silences around events that could have used the word ‘queer,’ but didn’t. I had to get close to this description, like I get close to frames in museums, breathe on their glass and notice the dust. I wanted to get so close my vision would blur.”


Grace Dunham is a writer and activist from New York City. They have written about prison abolition and trans resistance for The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and anthologies published by The New Museum, MIT Press, and ONE Archives, among others. Their first chapbook of poetry is available at Their current project, Support.FM, is a crowdfunding platform to help trans and gender nonconforming people in jail and detention raise money for bail and bond. They live in Los Angeles.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (1982, San Bernardino, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA in photography at UCLA. He resided in New York from 2000 – 2014, where he received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Fire Island Artist Residency. Sepuya’s work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum, among others. His work was recently featured in storefront: PUBLIC FICTION at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and Callicoon Fine Arts and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City. His solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery runs through April 1. He is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for emerging Los Angeles artists.

Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books) and The Photographer (Roof Books). Goldberg is the Friday Night Coordinator at The Poetry Project. Their research and performance based work has been supported by the New York Public Library, Franklin Furnace Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA in Mexico City. They teach at Parsons, The New School and Pratt Institute.