Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Saturday, April 21: Kate Durbin, Morgan Parker & Emily Skillings

The Poetic Research BUreau presents...


Saturday, April 21 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Kate Durbin is an artist and writer. Her books include E! Entertainment (Wonder) The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books), and the collaboration ABRA (1913 Press). ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app, which won the 2017 Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature and a grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Her next book of poems, HOARDERS, is forthcoming in 2019 from Spork. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently a Digital Studies fellow at Camden-Rutgers University, and Visiting Professor of English at Whittier College.

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. In 2019, a third collection of poems, Magical Negro, will be published by Tin House, and a young adult novel will be published with Delacorte Press. Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020 by OneWorld. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017, and has taught creative writing at Yale University, Parson's School of Design, and Poets House. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Hudson, NY.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Saturday, August 15: Adam Stutz & Adam Deutsch

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, April 14 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Adam Stutz is the the co-curator of the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace and Jeanine Webb. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Equalizer: Second Series, White Stag, The Cultural Society, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, and Where is the River, Cabildo Quarterly, Ghost Proposal, Dodging the Rain, Gasher Journal, Barzahk Magazine . He is the author of the chapbook Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). He currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Adam Deutsch lives in San Diego, teaches college composition and writing, and has work recently or forthcoming in Across the Margin, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, Ping Pong, and Typo. He's has a chapbook called Carry On (elegies) and assorted other zine projects. He's active in the neighborhood of Normal Heights and can be found at adamdeutsch.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Friday, April 13: Kim Calder, Greg Curtis & Evan Kleekamp

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Celebrating the publication of Independence Day (Insert Blanc Press) with a performance/reading!

Independence Day (Insert Blanc Press) presents Greg Curtis's still photographs of extras from late 90s and early 2000s disaster films witnessing their own deaths alongside a long poem drawn from the corresponding screenplays by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans.

Friday, April 13 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Kim Calder studies post-1945 American literature and theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and is co-director of Les Figues Press. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Jacket2, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/Journal, and The Volta. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines the centrality of indigeneity and indigenous cosmologies across contemporary American literatures of resistance.

Greg Curtis' works in photography, video, and installation have been exhibited at Monte Vista Projects, Open House, Institute of Jamais Vu, Weekend, Cirrus Gallery, and Land of Tomorrow, among others. He has also organized exhibitions at Ms Barbers and Elephant. He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Evan Kleekamp codirects Les Figues Press in Los Angeles. They are the author of two chapbooks, 13 THESES ON STATE-SPONSORED BLACK DEATH IN AMERICA (Kastle Editions, 2016) and Once Upon A Time I Was Michael Thomas Taren (Ghost City Press, 2017). Excerpts from their in-progress manuscript Three Movements are forthcoming in Fence and Nightboat Books’ Responses, New writings, Flesh anthology edited by Ronaldo V. Wilson, Bhanu Kapil, and Mg Roberts.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Saturday, April 7: Harmony Holiday & Will Alexander

Join us to celebrate the launch of Harmony Holiday's new LP from fonograf editions, "The Black Saint and the Sinnerman."



Saturday, April 7 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Charles Mingus’s classic 1963 album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is swerved into Harmony Holiday’s classic 2018 album The Black Saint and the Sinnerman. The albums are not the same, not at all. But they speak to one and other across time and language, motion and sound.

The Black Saint and the Sinnerman was recorded live at Machine Project in Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 2016. The album was mastered and engineered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion in Portland, OR in the Fall of 2017.

Purchase of The Black Saint and the Sinnerman includes a 11×11 insert of Holiday’s poem “To the black female children,” as well as a download card for the entire album.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Friday, April 6: Katy Bohinc & James Meetze

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, April 6 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Katy Bohinc grew up in the outskirts of Cleveland and graduated from Georgetown with degrees in Pure Mathematics and Comparative Literature, leaving her studies for a time to work in Beijing with the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, a human rights organization. Now living in New York City, she works as a data scientist and marketer; she is currently Head of Data and Innovation with Inspira Marketing and co-founder of The Ratio, a project to apply data science to astrology data. Since 2013 she has collaborated with Lee Ann Brown in directing Tender Buttons Press, a distinguished publisher of experimental women’s poetry for which she edited Tender Omnibus: The First Twenty-Five Years of Tender Buttons Press (2015) and Please Add To This List: A Guide To Teaching Bernadette Mayer's Sonnets and Experiments (2014). Bohinc is the author of Dear Alain (Tender Buttons, 2014), letters to the French philosopher Alain Badiou about poetry, philosophy, and love, and a book of poems about the divine feminine, Trinity Star Trinity (Scarlet Imprint, 2017).

James Meetze [pronounced Metz] is the author of three books of poetry, including Phantom Hour and Dayglo, which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, both published by Ahsahta Press. He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (FSG, 2010). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, and Croatian. He lives in San Diego, California, where he teaches creative writing and film studies at Ashford University.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thursday, April 5: Amanda Ackerman & Maya Weeks

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...
Hosted by Andrea Quaid and Harold Abramowitz


Thursday, April 5

Doors 8:00pm
Reading 8:30pm

Amanda Ackerman’s publications include the Book of Feral Flora, Mans Wars and Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, and Ill-Will, 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 was 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.

Maya Weeks is a writer, artist, and geographer from rural California working on marine debris as capital accumulation, climate change, gender, and logistics. Recent work has been published in The New Inquiry, Blind Field Journal, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, and the chapbooks How To Be on the Outside of Every Inside/How to Be Inside Every Outside (these signals press) and Panic Train (Mondo Bummer), among others. Maya is currently working on a PhD in Geography at UC Davis. Catch Maya on a surfboard or on a boat or on Twitter at @looseuterus.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Saturday, March 31: The 90's Show

The 90's Show
with Emily Lacy
Christina Catherine Martinez
Deenah Vollmer
& Scott Barber

Take a trip down pre-internet dominant memory lane, as four artists explore the unique and sometimes humorous poetics of the 90's through music, writing, video, and performance.


Saturday, March 31 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Emily Lacy
is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. Her performances and recordings have been included in various exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, MCA Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces all throughout America.

Christina Catherine Martinez is a writer and stand up comedian from Los Angeles CA. Her art writing and cultural criticism have appeared in ArtForum, VICE, ArtSlant, NYMag, Elephant, FOUNDATIONS, and The Art Book Review, as well as various anthologies and artist monographs. She produces and hosts Aesthetical Relations, an irregular and itinerant live talk show with comedians and artists and video screenings and a rotating house band. Her first book of essays is being published by Hesse Press in September 2018

Deenah Vollmer is a writer living mostly in Los Angeles and sometimes in New York City. She's a former New Yorker listings writer, Fulbright scholar in Berlin, and member of the Pizza Underground, a Velvet Underground cover band, but with lyrics about pizza. Her writing has appeared in Interview Magazine, VICE, The Believer, N+1, Guernica, We the Tender Hearted, december, and more.

Scott Barber is a Los Angeles based music producer, engineer and musician. He has played and toured with many bands including The Submarines. Scott has also been a composer and songwriter for several projects, Tiger Style Games and his own solo artist work. As well as the creator of the youtube channel Deep Cuts that offers free online music tutorials. Currently he is running The Barber Shop Recording Studio and has worked with over fifty bands and projects since the studio was founded in 2013.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Friday, March 30: Angela Veronica Wong, Amy Lawless & Jeff Alessandrelli

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


a mini-book tour celebrating the release of:

Angela Veronica Wong's elsa: an unauthorized biography from Black Radish Books

Amy Lawless's Broadax from Octopus Books

and Jeff Alessandrelli's The Man on High: Essays on Skateboarding, Hip-Hop,Poetry and The Notorious B.I.G. from Eyewear Books


Friday, March 30 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8Pm


Angela Veronica Wong is a poet, writer, artist, and educator based in NYC. Her most recent book of poetry is elsa: an unauthorized autobiography (Black Radish 2017). Chapbooks include the Poetry Society of America New York Fellowship winning Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter. Poems have been anthologized in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 poems for the next generation and Best American Poetry (collaboration with Amy Lawless). Fiction has appeared Denver Quarterly, Duende, and Smoking Glue Gun. Performance work has been featured in independent galleries in Buffalo, Toronto, and New York City. She was named a Poets & Writers debut poet for her first book of poems, how to survive a hotel fire.

Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead (2013) and Broadax (2017), both from Octopus Books. With Chris Cheney, she co-authored the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to
Be Rejected
(2016) from Pioneer Works Press' Groundworks Series. A chapbook A Woman Alone was published by Sixth Finch. Poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry
2013, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a- Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). In 2011, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship. Amy recently taught poetry writing workshops and lives in Brooklyn.

The author of the poetry collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (Burnside Review, 2014) and the essay collection The Man on High: Essays on Skateboarding, Hip-Hop, Poetry and The Notorious B.I.G. (just out from the U.K. press Eyewear), recent work by Jeff Alessandrelli appears in Pleiades, Puerto del Sol, Poetry Daily and The American Poetry Review. Jeff also edits and directs the vinyl record-only poetry press Fonograf Editions; recent albums have been released by Alice Notley, Rae Armantrout and Harmony Holiday.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Thursday, March 29: Chris Chen & Samuel Solomon

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Wednesday, March 28 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Chris Chen is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has published poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews in boundary2, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, The New Inquiry, Crayon, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is completing a manuscript on contemporary black and Asian American experimental writing.

Samuel Solomon is author of Special Subcommittee (Commune Editions, 2017) and co-translator, with Jennifer Kronovet and Faith Jones, of The Acrobat: Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin (Tebot Bach, 2014). He teaches at the University of Sussex (UK) where he is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Saturday, March 24: López, Arterian, Rios & Villareal

The Poetic Research Bureau
in collaboration with 1913 Press,
Omnidawn & Noemi


Saturday, March 24 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Manuel Paul López
’s books include These Days of Candy (Noemi Press, 2017), The Yearning Feed (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), 1984 (Amsterdam Press, 2010) and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems (Bear Star Press, 2006). He also co-edited Reclaiming Our Stories (City Works Press, 2016). A CantoMundo fellow, his work has been published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Huizache, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA, among others. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative 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, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and 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.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is from Fresno's San Joaquin Valley. He's been a gardener, a janitor, a packinghouse supervisor, and a handyman. He is a recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley and CantoMundo. He is a VONA alumnus and a Macondo Fellow. In 2015, he received the John K. Walsh residency fellowship from the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, his debut poetry collection was chosen by Claudia Rankine as a finalist for Omnidawn's first book prize. He was named one of the notable Debut Poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017 and was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent fellowship. He is a graduate of Fresno City College and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian
(Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry​ ​from the​ ​Texas Institute of Letters. Her work has appeared​ or is forthcoming​ in ​the ​Academy of American Poets, ​The Rumpus, ​Buzzfeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Friday, March 23: Jaap Blonk, Pauline Gloss & Tom Comitta

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, March 23 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands) is a self-taught composer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the early 1980s he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a specialist in the creation and performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence. He performs worldwide on a regular basis. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.

Pauline Gloss is a writer and literary sound-artist based in Los Angeles. Her language-sound work attempts to dramatize and expand language in its timbral, rhythmic, textural, and meaning-making dimensions. Pauline runs Spoken Records, a label specializing in the release of work in dialogue with the Text-Sound tradition. She has been written about favorably in art and music publications and has performed or had work shown in Los Angeles, London, and New York, at institutions including MoCA Geffen, Cal Arts, Resonance FM, The Lambda Literary Festival, Automata, Betalevel, and others.

Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread) and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014 (Gauss PDF). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, VOLT and New American Writing, with two poems in The New Concrete (Hayward, UK), an anthology mapping “the rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.” In 2017, the Southern Theater, the Walker Art Center and other local organizations commissioned Comitta and Fire Drill to compose and stage Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical, as part of Minneapolis's Momentum dance festival.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saturday, March 17: Melissa Mack, Baby & an. cinquepalmi

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Melissa Mack
& an. cinquepalmi

Saturday, March 17 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Melissa Mack
is a poet and working person whose book The Next Crystal Text is just out from Timeless, Infinite Light. Recent poems appear in Elderly and forthcoming from 1913 Journal. Her chapbook Includes All Strangers was published by Hooke Press in 2013. Other earlier work includes poems and other writings in ATTN:, The Capilano Review, Try!, With+Stand, the anthologies What We Want: A List of Our Fucking Demands (Small Press Traffic) and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (PEN America), Poet’s Theater, the Alette in Oakland conference, and the Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette. She loves collective learning, participates in multiple reading groups, and helped organize the Bay Area Public School and the Oakland Free University. She lives and works in Oakland.

("BABY" is) (uhhhh) (tryin so hard to be treasonous) (uhhhhh) (no reason, treason) (uhhhh not really) (not really at all) (is that ronald) (omg omg omg) (thats ronald) (ronald macdonald) (yea its ronald macdonald) (as in: big macs) (as in: hamburgers) (naw naw naw) (no: no: no) (as in: president of the united states of america) (hail the chief) (once upon a time) (once upon a time) (once upon a time we lived happily ever after)

an. cinquepalmi

@SEA 17: INVENTORY (w/ Fischbeck, Goodwin, Haeusler & Todd), Sunday March 18

The Poetic Research Bureau's Sunday live magazine @SEA returns, in its 17th installment, on the theme of INVENTORY. Evidence, artifacts, itemization, incident reports, and kinds of cataloguing explored in film, video, poetry and talk.


Luke Fischbeck, video
Doug Goodwin, 16:9 video
Natalie Haeusler, reading
Robert Todd, 16 mm film, video

Doors open at 12:30pm. Event 1-3pm.


LUKE FISCHBECK is an artist, composer, and organizer who designs and tests structures for collaboration. He is a contributing member of the group Lucky Dragons (with Sarah Rara), founder and principal organizer of Sumi Ink Club (a platform for collaborative art) and KCHUNG Radio (a collectively-organized broadcast project), managing director of the non-profit arts organization Human Resources, and a member of the steering committee for The Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. His work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA/PS1, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, LACMA, MOCA, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.

DOUGLAS GOODWIN trains a keen eye over the misalignments between systems of information, language, and human perception. These interests have led him into several careers from engine repair to instructional strategies and software design. Goodwin has taught computers about narrative and writing. These efforts resulted in "Nonsense nor Sensibility," a new novel by Jane Austen and "Kerouac Machine," a Teletype that delivers new communications from Jack Kerouac. Lately, he has been building systems to facilitate mobility in Los Angeles and collecting interviews on the production of color.

NATALIE HÄUSLER is an artist and poet living in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstverein Bielefeld; Noplace, Oslo; Supportico Lopez, Berlin; Combo, Córdoba; PS122 Gallery, NY; Municipal Gallery of Lisbon; ICA, London; KM - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo; Hacienda, Zürich; Raven Row, London; Kunstverein Nürnberg; Herman Nitsch Museum, Naples; Nurture Art Foundation, NY; Goethe Institut, New York Library; and Kunsthalle Ravensburg. Her book “A Virus Can be on a Mussel [...]” was published in 2014 by Mousse. Her writing also appears in “VierSomes 004,” Birkbeck College Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, London; “Blackbox Manifold (14),” University of Cambridge/Sheffield; “General Fine Arts 1/1,” Version House, Berlin; and in “Noon on the Moon,” Sternberg, Berlin.

A lyrical filmmaker as well as a sound and visual artist, ROBERT TODD continually produces short works that resist categorization. In the past twenty years he has produced a large body of short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Le Rencontres Internationale, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist’s awards. He teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Saturday, March 10: Eileen G’Sell, JoAnna Novak, Elizabeth Hall

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Eileen G’Sell's cultural criticism and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, and the Denver Quarterly, among other publications. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and her first full length poetry collection, Life After Rugby, is available from Gold Wake Press early 2018. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

JoAnna Novak
is the author of the novel I Must Have You and the book-length poem Noirmania. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, BOMB, Guernica, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Tammy, a literary journal and chapbook press.

Elizabeth Hall was born in Louisiana and raised in Georgia. She is the author of the book I HAVE DEVOTED MY LIFE TO THE CLITORIS (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook Two Essays (eohippus labs). She currently lives in San Pedro, California where she plays bass with the band Pine Family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Saturday, March 3: Gillian Conoley & Martha Ronk

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, March 3 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Gillian Conoley was born in Austin, Texas and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she has lived for more than twenty years. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Peace (2014), The Plot Genie (2009) and Profane Halo (2005), as well as being the editor of the poetry magazine VOLT. Conoley was the 2017 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s prestigious Shelley Memorial Award. Her most recent book, Preparing One’s Consciousness for the Avatar, is just out from Magra Books.

Martha Ronk is the author of several collections of poetry, including Ocular Proof (Omnidawn, 2016); Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn, 2013); Partially Kept (Nightboat, 2012); Vertigo (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was selected by C.D. Wright as a part of the National Poetry Series; and Desire in LA (University of Georgia Press, 1990). She is also the author of two chapbooks.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saturday, February 24: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice

Join us for the L.A. launch of
New Narrative as Contemporary Practice
(published by ON Contemporary Practice)

The first comprehensive anthology of essays on New Narrative writing and community practices by a younger generation of poets and poet-scholars.

Tonight's line-up will feature editors

together with contributors


Saturday, February 24 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Rob Halpern
lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Prison. His books of poetry include Common Place (2015) and Music for Porn (2012). Weak Link is forthcoming later this year (Atelos).

Robin Tremblay-McGaw lives in San Francisco, writes about poetry and poetics, and teaches at Santa Clara University and at Bard College as part of the Institute for Writing and in the Language & Thinking Program. Robin is the author of Dear Reader (Ithuriel’s Spear 2015).

Amanda K. Davidson
walks in LA. The Sissy Goes for a Swim, her latest chapbook, was recently published by The Elephants. Visit amandakdavidson.com for fiction, comics, and more.

Robert Dewhurst
is a poet and scholar; he holds a PhD in English from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he participated in the Buffalo Poetics Program. With Joshua Beckman and CAConrad, he coedited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). Currently, he is writing a literary biography of Wieners. He lives in Los Angeles.


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951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, February 12, 2018

Saturday, February 17: Micah Tasaka's Expansions

A book release party for


Saturday, February 17 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

**NOTE: The annual Chinese New Year's Celebration will be happening in Chinatown this Saturday. Parking may be difficult! Please consider parking outside of Chinatown and walking down, or taking the Gold Line, which has a Chinatown stop.

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


Micah Tasaka is a queer mixed Japanese poet from the Inland Empire exploring the intersections of identity, spirituality, gender, and sexuality. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Since then, Micah has been sharing their poetry on stage and traversing the spoken word and open mic scenes. Their debut chapbook, Whales in the Watertank, was self-published in 2014, and they just released their first full-length manuscript, Expansions, on Jamii Publications. Micah is also a healer, community organizer, and writing teacher. www.micahtasaka.com

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist. Peñaredondo is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, 2016), winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize and the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications). Her work has appeared in Asian American Writers' Workshop: The Margins, Drunken Boat, 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. https://www.apenaredondo.com/

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, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She is a contributing editor to the Bettering American Poetry anthology and is also 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.

Claudia Rodriguez is a community scholar, educator, creative writer and performer from Compton. She published her first collection of poetry Everybody’s Bread in 2015 with Korima Press. For the past twenty years, she has developed work for/about and with marginalized communities. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. http://rodriguezwriter.blogspot.com/

Sabrina Im is a daughter of Khmer refugees, and a poet who often writes of the "in-betweens" she finds herself in. She received her BA in World Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Sabrina hopes to continue using the written and performing arts as a means for mediating inter-generational narratives, and mobilizing others to explore their art too. Her work is forthcoming in Issue Seven of TAYO Literary Magazine.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Saturday, February 10: Holly Pester & Danny Snelson

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Holly Pester is a poet and educator. Pester has featured in readings, performances and sound installations at, dOCUMENTA 13, Fiac! 15, the Serpentine Poetry Marathon and BBC Radio. Her book, go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip is a collection of poetry and experimental fictions written in response to the Women's Art Library archives (Book Works 2015) and her album, Common Rest (Test Centre 2016) is a collection of collaborative lullabies and sound poems. Her work has featured in Poetry London, The White Review, The Believer online and The Poetry Review. She is lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex.

Danny Snelson is a writer, editor, and archivist. His online editorial work can be found on UbuWeb, PennSound, Eclipse, and the EPC. He is the publisher of Edit Publications and founding editor of the Jacket2 Reissues project. Some books include Radios (Make Now, 2016), EXE TXT (Gauss PDF, 2015), Epic Lyric Poem (Troll Thread, 2014), and Inventory Arousal with James Hoff (Bedford Press/Architectual Association, 2011). With Mashinka Firunts and Avi Alpert, he performs as one-third of the academic performance group Research Service. He is currently developing a manuscript on a poetics of digital formats in the little database. Most recently, he joined the faculty at UCLA as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. See also: http://dss-edit.com/


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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fri, Feb 9: The Raincoats: Film & Video presented by Jenn Pelly

Join The Raincoats 33 1/3 book author Jenn Pelly (and special guests) as she screens archival film and video of British post-punk band The Raincoats.

Jenn Pelly is a Contributing Editor at Pitchfork and author of The Raincoats. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The Village Voice, The Wire, and Teen Vogue. She lives in New York.

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Friday, 7:30pm
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, LA

Friday, January 19, 2018

Saturday, Jan 20: Andrew Kenower, Sarah Heston & Justin Clifford Rhody

Join the Poetic Research Bureau this Saturday night as we celebrate Justin Clifford Rhody's new book A Horse With A Name from Rebel Hands Press. Joining Justin will be Sarah Heston, from Los Angeles, and Andrew Kenower, from Berkeley.

Andrew Kenower runs the audio archive A Voice Box, has designed books for Trafficker Press, Despite Editions, and Travelin Lite, and with Paul Ebenkamp curates the reading series Woolsey Heights in Berkeley, CA where he also calls home. Check out his SoundCloud.

Sarah Heston’s manuscript-in-progress, Daughter of Endtimes, is a true-crime, survivalist memoir that details a daughter-father relationship built on apocalyptic end-of-days scenarios in Los Angeles. Her nonfiction can be found in Tin House, The Iowa Review and elsewhere, while her criticism on redefining the history and aesthetic of western memoir away from concepts of the self can be found or is forthcoming in ASAP/Journal, the LA Review of Books, and Assay.

Justin Clifford Rhody is a photographer and poet currently based in Oakland, CA. His work has been seen widely online, through exhibits, traveling slideshows, and in publications, including two different monographs of his work created in Central America between 2009 and 2012: Zona Urbana and Dec. 21st, 2012: Chichicastenango (Mirro Editions). Recent works include Married To America (Hidden Eye Press), Slow Boat To China and Alone Together (with collagist Abigail Smith), as well as a collection of found-language poetry titled A Horse With A Name (Rebel Hands Press). Rhody also organizes a public slideshow series of found 35mm photo slides called Vernacular Visions and is co-founder of the White Leaves Artist Residency in El Rito, New Mexico.
( https://www.justincliffordrhody.com/)

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 6: Jean Day, Johanna Drucker & Mashinka Firunts

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Jean Day
is a poet, union activist, and editor whose Daydream is just out from Litmus Press. Recent poems can also be seen in Chicago Review, The Delineator, Across the Margin, Open House, Breather, and Jongler (French)--as well as in her Triumph of Life, soon to appear from Insurance Editions. Earlier works include Early Bird (O’Clock, 2014) and Enthusiasm (Adventures in Poetry, 2006), among other books, and her work has also appeared in many anthologies, including, most recently, Resist Much/Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) and Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by UC Press.

Johanna Drucker
is an artist, writer, and scholar who holds the Breslauer Professor chair at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies. She published her first book of creative prose, Dark, in 1972 and in addition to her more than three-dozen artist’s books, widely held in library, museum, and private collections, she has published more than a dozen works of creative fiction including Dark Decade (Detour Press, 1995), Italy (the Figure, 1980), From Now (Cuneiform, 2007), and Fabulas Feminae (Litmus, 2015). She is also widely known for her academic and critical writing in digital humanities, contemporary art, visual poetics, artists’ books, and information visualization. She has two books forthcoming in 2018, Downdrift: An Eco-fiction (Three Rooms Press) and The General Theory of Social Relativity (The Elephants), from which she will read.

Mashinka Firunts is an artist, writer, and PhD candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art department. She is a founding member of the performance group Research Service with Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, with whom she has performed at the Palais de Tokyo, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and the Drawing Center New York. She is the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a publishing platform for score-based performance released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Performance Research Journal, Shifter, and elsewhere.