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.

Featuring:

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

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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.