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.