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. (www.aribanias.com)

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. www.apenaredondo.com

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 thefool.us. 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. www.paulsepuya.com

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.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunday 1pm: @SEA No. 13 "Confession" (w/ Rosen, Theis, Yankelevich)

ROEE ROSEN (b. 1963) is a filmmaker and writer. His films include “Out” (2010), which won the Orizzonti awards for best medium length film at the Venice Film Festival. His latest book is entitled Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories (Sternberg Press, 2017). His art is featured this year in Documenta 14. Rosen is a professor at Ha'Midrasha Art College, and at the Bezalel Art Academy, both in Israel. 

Roee will screen an excerpt from his cinematic project The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008), and speak to the piece, where the artist's supposed confessions are delivered in Hebrew by three surrogates: illegal female foreign workers who do not understand the language. Confessions premiered at the FIDMarseille festival, where it won a special mention, and was later shown worldwide, among other places at Manifesta 7, in Italy.  

CATHERINE THEIS’ latest book, MEDEA (Plays Inverse, 2017) is an adaptation of the Euripides story. Her first book of poems is The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011), followed by her chapbook, The June Cuckold, a tragedy in verse (Convulsive, 2012). Her interests primarily focus on the intersection between translation, poetics, and performance studies.  

Catherine will read from MEDEA, but also read part of an essay she wrote about tragic performances. She intends to play with time.  

MATVEI YANKELEVICH's books include the long poem Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), a poetry collection, Alpha Donut (United Artists), and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea (Octopus). His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets). He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  

Matvei will present "Fact's Folly," a 10 minute piece that draws on early soviet documentary film and theory, written in response to a photo-sequence ("Ship of Theseus," by photographer Hannah Whitaker) which will be shown as a video montage. In addition, he will read poems from a cycle-in-progress called "From a Winter Notebook."

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Sunday, March 12
Doors open 1pm
Event 1:30-3:30pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Saturday, March 11: David Larsen & Kit Robinson

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

David Larsen
is a San Francisco Bay Area coterie poet who moved away in 2008. His translations of Classical Arabic poetry have recently appeared in the Cambridge Literary Review, the Poetry Project Newsletter, and The Brooklyn Rail's InTranslation. His translation of the Names of the Lion of Ibn Khalawayh comes out this year in a new edition from Wave Books.

Kit Robinson was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Cincinnati, went to Yale, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. He is the author of Leaves of Class (forthcoming from Chax), Marine Layer (BlazeVOX), Determination (Cuneiform), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry), and many other books, including collaborations with Ted Greenwald, A Mammal of Style (Roof) and Takeaway (c_L Books).

Friday, March 10: House of Godzilla, Rare Birds & Further Possibilities


Co-sponsored by Kundiman SoCal

Celebrate the release of new poetry collections from Chen Chen, Kazumi Chin, Michelle Lin, and Shelley Wong, by exploring how we all might, through language, build a house that exceeds containment and disrupts binaries: dream/waking; beast/familiar; past/to come. Let us move toward a radical imagining of a home that transcends borders. We will shape, together, what it means to be in relation to identity and language; our orientation towards these markers; our situatedness both within and beyond intersectional identities. Which is to say: our house exists in its being built. It is not one we belong to, but one we work toward, always with the potential for further possibilities.


CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. For more, visit chenchenwrites.com.

KAZUMI CHIN is the author of Having a Coke with Godzilla (Sibling Rivalry Press). He lives in California, where he works to build loving communities with marginalized people, to put language to the mechanisms of structures and identities, and the create spaces and tools that allow others to do the same. He is interested in scholarship at the intersection of art-making and critical theory, and has a profound love for maps, spreadsheets, algorithms, taxonomies, simulations, and also poetry & the mythical power of true friendship. Read his blog atkazumichin.wordpress.com.

MICHELLE LIN is the author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press). Her latest poems can be found in HEArt, Apogee, Powder Keg Magazine, and more. She has taught for the LEAPS summer program, Gluck Fellows Program for the Arts, Young Writer’s Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has performed for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, grlhood--redefining the I // here I am, Litquake, and more. A former editor for journals Hot Metal Bridge, B.E. Quarterly, and Mosaic, she currently serves as Poetry Reader for Twelfth House Journal. Learn more at michellelinpoet.wordpress.com.

SHELLEY WONG is the author of RARE BIRDS, a winner of the 2016 Diode Editions chapbook award. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Kundiman fellowship, and scholarships from Fine Arts Work Center and Napa Valley Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, The Margins, Vinyl, and other journals. She lives in Oakland, California, and earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University, where she was a poetry editor for The Journal. Learn more atcaliforniawong.wordpress.com.


LAMBDA LITFEST is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and letters in the Southland.

Lambda LitFest will be held in Los Angeles, California from March 6-12, 2017, with all events FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required.


Thursday, March 9: MUTHA Magazine

7pm - 10pm

MUTHA Magazine is at the first-ever LAMBDA Lit Fest in Los Angeles! The time is now to come together and show strength and solidarity in the LGBTQ community---we're so honored and excited to be a part of this important inaugural literary event.


MUTHA UP: Queer mama writers riff on keeping it real with kids! Join contributors from the awesome radical parenting magazine MUTHA as they tell stories and share comics (with live screen projection)! It will be hilarious and heartbreaking–sounds like parenthood, right?

Join Elizabeth Earley, Carla Sameth, Wendy C. Ortiz and cartoonist Tyler Cohen, who will also MC!

Drinks will be served and books available for sale!

Listing at LAMBDA site: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/mutha-lambda-lit-fest-stories-modern-queer-parenthood-mutha-magazine/

Follow #lambdalitfest!

Now more than ever, our stories matter. Don’t miss #LambdaLitFest Los Angeles, a FREE, weeklong literary festival that celebrates and honors and expands on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Register now: http://bit.ly/2kqiIRi

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday, March 4: Laura Goldstein & Geneva Chao


Saturday, March 4

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Laura Goldstein's first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has also published several chapbooks with vibrant small presses across the country. She teaches critical thinking and writing, literature and poetry workshops at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago.

Genève/Geneva Chao is the author of one of us is wave one of us is shore, a discours amoureux in French and English (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions), and Hillary Is Dreaming (Make Now). Chao has translated Gérard Cartier’s Tristran and, with François Luong, Nicolas Tardy’s Encrusted on the Living; Christophe Tarkos’s “Worddough” in Ma Langue Est Poétique (Roof Books), and Yves Di Manno for A Review of Two Worlds: French and American Poetry in Translation (Otis).