Thursday, December 20, 2018

Support the PRB!

Dear friends, poets, and friends of poets:

Another year of poetry, film and performance has nearly come and gone at your local “literary service in the public domain.” We’d love your help to keep us going into the new year. We hope that you will support the PRB by making a year-end tax-deductible donation.

In 2018 the Poetic Research Bureau held over 50 readings and performances from its storefront in Chinatown, Los Angeles. We’ve also continued our programming with new and ongoing series and events which we hope to continue into the new year, including:

  • @SEA, our Sunday afternoon “live magazine” of film, music, performance and talks
  • RAD! Residencies, hosted by Andrea Quaid and Harold Abramowitz, a critical-creative literary event series that asks writers to participate in three related events around a question or theme that they are interested in exploring over a defined period of time. 

We have several exciting things planned for 2019. Your contribution gives us the opportunity to continue to provide a space for free and open readings and performances, new publications, complimentary beverages, and support for traveling writers. As always, 100% of your donation goes to keeping the lights on, the rent paid, and the calendar full. Any size contribution is welcome!

Year-end wishes,

Joseph & Andrew
From the PRB

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Friday. December 14: Music/Poetics Collaborations

Friday, December 14 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Join us for a night of collaborations musical and poetic.



Claire Cronin is an interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles who currently lives in Athens, GA. She is the author of the poetry chapbook A Spirit is a Mood Without a Body, winner of the 2018 Dead Lake Chapbook contest. Her writing can be found in Bennington Review, Sixth Finch, Vinyl Poetry, BOAAT, Cloud Rodeo, Yalobusha Review, and other places. As a musician, Cronin has released two records on an independent label and toured nationally. As an artist, she has performed in solo and collaborative pieces at The Hammer Museum, Redcat, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Machine Project and held residencies at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative and Monte Vista Projects. She is currently finishing a PhD in English at the University of Georgia where she works on post-war American poetry, occultism, and the horror genre.

Ezra Buchla makes sound and music, mostly using viola, voice, and software. He formed and fronted the band called Mae Shi from 2003-2006, formed and played in the band called Gowns from 2005-2010, and now performs solo work that deals in folk tonality, free improvisation, electronic formalism, and dense psychedelic song. He also collaborates and performs with many artists, including clipping., Chelsea Wolfe, Andre Vida, Emily Lacy, Father Murphy, and Claire Cronin. Ezra also develops software and firmware for the music and hearing technology industries, often working with [] on open-source instrument designs.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner (NYC) is an American writer, artist, and musician. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press), a collection of lyric essays and poems deemed “a capacious book of traveller’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. She is also the author of Rings, winner of the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Prize, selected by Elizabeth Robinson, and six chapbooks. Wagner's poems and lyric essays appear in American Letters and Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB Magazine, Colorado Review, Fence, Guernica, Hyperallergic, and Witness Magazine.

Sondra Sun-Odeon is a songwriter/recording artist whose solo work is drenched in the ethereal, soft doom, and otherworldliness. A new album, has been taking shape in the studio with Alex De Groot (Zola Jesus) engineering/producing; it includes collaborators Thor Harris (SWANS) and John Bohannon (Ancient Ocean) and also features: vocals by Lia Simone Braswell (A Place to Bury Strangers), Mary Lattimore on harp. Desire, will be released in 2019.

Natasha Young
is a writer based in LA, originally from Portland, Maine. She is the author of the novel Static Flux, published in 2018 by Metatron Press. Her stories, essays, and other musings can be found in such publications as Artforum, C Magazine of Contemporary Art, Electric Literature, Real Life Magazine, Somesuch Stories, Cosmonauts Avenue, Garage Magazine, and Adult Magazine.

George Jensen is an experimental sound artist whose quadraphonic surround-sound installations immerse the individual in a mind-altering experience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Friday, December 7: Susan Gevirtz, Pablo Lopez & Steve Dickison

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, December 7 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include Hotel abc; AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger; Thrall; Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical books are Narrative’s Journey: The fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson; and Coming Events (Collected Writings). She lives in San Francisco.

Pablo Lopez is the author of NUMBERS (2015, CBB) and Structures the Moment (forthcoming, Anonymous Energy). He lives in L.A.

Steve Dickison’s Inside Song is just out (Omnidawn, 2018, selected by Tyrone Williams). He directs The Poetry Center at San Francisco State and teaches there and at California College of the Arts.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Saturday, December 1: Learning Book Release Party- A. Choate, P. Shiroishi & Haoyan OA

Learning was recently published by The Accomplices (Writ Large Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms & Entropy) and this is a book release party for it!


Saturday, December 1 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


Andrew Choate will read from his book.

Haoyan of America has made a film for this event.

And Patrick Shiroishi will perform a saxophone solo titled "benkyou" written by Radu Malfatti, a piece which was also written for this event. This will be the world premiere performance of this piece for solo saxophone.


is a writer who was born and raised in South Carolina. He is the author of Langquage Makes Plastic of the Body (Palm Press), Stingray Clapping (Insert Blanc Press), and Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just the Way It Is (Poetic Research Bureau.) I Love You More, a collection of his texts for performance, is forthcoming from Insert Blanc. His writings on music and art have been published in The Wire, Signal to Noise, The Attic, Coda, Art Ltd., d’Art International, and Facsimile.

As @saintbollard he photographs and organizes performances around bollards. He won the award for Best Visual/ Performance Art, as well as the Warwick Broadhead Memorial Award at the 2016 Dunedin Fringe Festival in New Zealand. His visual work has been exhibited at the Yerevan Center for Contemporary Art, the Torrance Art Museum, Barnsdall Art Park, The University of Western Australia, Mullany High, the Giradeau Chapel, High Energy Constructs, Overca$h Gallery and, most recently, General Projects, where he had his first solo show, Demon Purse, in 2018. Corroballorations, a duo show with Joe Williamson at PS Kaufman in 2018, elicited sparks of approval. Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic, his series of collaborative paintings with Katie Herzog, were on display at Klowden Mann in 2016, and they are currently working on another series for a show in October 2018.

His radio plays and sound works have been broadcast on WDR in Germany, Radiate Mobile in Italy, File Hypersonica: Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, Resonance FM in England, and various outlets in the US. As “The Unwrinkled Ear,” he hosts a radio show on KCHUNG every other week and curates a concert series devoted to the international world of improvised music.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Friday, November 30: ALIAS Reading & Music

Deenah Vollmer and Ginger Buswell are hosting their 10th show & if you know anything about numerology or the metric system, then you know this one's got infinite potential. They've lined up some very special writers & musicians to help celebrate!

Alexander Nemser
Mandy Kahn
Mike Goetzman
KK Wootton

Music by:
Blair Tefkin
Clem Creevy (Cherry Glazerr)
Hosted by Ginger Buswell and Deenah Vollmer

Free! Refreshments provided + BYOB friendly. Donations collected for The Trevor Project.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Saturday, November 17: Kim Calder, Corina Copp & Daniel Owen

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, November 17 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Kim Calder co-directs Les Figues Press and is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books/LARB Quarterly, ASAP/Journal, and Jacket2. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines indigenous cosmologies in contemporary American literature in relation to settler colonialism and anti-capitalist resistance.

Corina Copp is the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), Pro Magenta/Be Met (UDP, 2011), and the three-part, ongoing play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love (Artists Space, Home Alone 2, Dixon Place, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC PRELUDE Festival). More recent performance work has been presented at the CUNY Center for Humanities James Gallery and Sector 2337 (Chicago). Recent criticism has appeared in Frieze, BOMB, Pelt v. 4: Feminist Temporalities (Organism for Poetic Research, NYU); and is forthcoming in Film Quarterly and Outsider Films on America (ed. Shanay Jhaveri, The Shoestring Publisher, 2019). She is pursuing a doctorate in critical studies at the University of Southern California and translating two works by Akerman: the play, Hall de nuit (Night Lobby), and the memoir, Ma mère rit (My Mother Laughs, The Song Cave, 2019).

Daniel Owen is the author of Toot Sweet (United Artists Books, 2015) and Restaurant Samsara (Furniture Press Books, 2018). His translation of Afrizal Malna’s Document Shredding Museum is forthcoming from Reading Sideways Press. His writing has recently appeared in Hyperallergic, The Recluse, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fanzine, Vestiges, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Saturday, November 10: Elizabeth Treadwell, Deborah Poe & Michelle Detorie

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, November 10 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Elizabeth Treadwell’s Penny Marvel & the book of the city of selfys (Dusie, 2018) launches tonight. Her other books include LILYFOIL + 3 (O Books, 2004), Wardolly (Chax, 2008), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (Dusie, 2012). A selection from her earlier collections of poetry is included in Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Materials from her current projects sometimes appear at and another iteration of Penny resides at

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her writing has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Bellingham Review, Court Green, Colorado Review, Yellow Field, Touch the Donkey, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. She lives in Seattle.

Michelle Detorie
is the author of numerous chapbooks including Fur Birds (Insert Press), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs), and Bellum Letters (Dusie). She also makes visual poems, poetry objects, time-based poetry, and curates the public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length collection, After-Cave, was released with Ahsahta Press in late 2014. The Sin in Wilderness, a book-length visual poem about love, animals, and affective geography, is forthcoming from Dusie press.. She is currently at work on a collection of prose pieces called FERAL PLANETS.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 9: Celebrating Max Ritvo with Metzger, Warren & Brewer

Celebrate the launch of Max Ritvo's new books Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship and The Final Voicemails, both from Milkweed Editions, with Elizabeth Metzger, Noah Warren and William Brewer.

Friday, November 9 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and the author of the chapbook The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Horsethief Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, and her essays have appeared in Lit Hub, Boston Review, Guernica, and PN Review. She is the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal and has most recently taught poetry at Columbia University. She serves as Max Ritvo's literary executor.

Noah Warren is the author of The Destroyer in the Glass (2016). A doctoral student in English at UC Berkeley and deputy editor of The Threepenny Review, his honors include the Yale Series of Younger Poets and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. His poems appear in The Paris Review, Poetry, NER, The Sewanee Review, PEN America, ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, LARB,, and elsewhere.

William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, 2017), a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, selected for the Poetry Society of America's 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Nation, New England Review, The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Sewanee Review, and other journals. Formerly a Stegner Fellow, he is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20: Sandra Simonds & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Saturday, October 20 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando, (Wave Books), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in the New York Times, the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s latest book is Experience in Groups (Wave, 2018). He is also the author most recently of People on Sunday (Wave, 2013) and the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012). O’Brien is a Professor of English at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thursday, October 18: Rajnesh Chakrapani, Gabrielle Civil, Anca Roncea

Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid


Thursday, October 18 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

Raj Chakrapani received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he wrote his collection of poems Brown People with Colonial Histories and his MFA thesis on Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene. He also took classes in experimental film and translation. He recently completed a series of short films that explore his family video archives and communities with shifting perspectives of home. His poems are placed or forthcoming in Lana Turner, Speculative City, Word Thug, Sequestrum and His films are on Triquarterly and WordThug and available on youtube. He writes interviews for The Rumpus and recently interviewed the artists SJ Sindu, Madhu Kaza and Gabrielle Civil. He is a faculty member in the Language and Thinking Faculty at Bard College.

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, writer and poet, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world, including as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico. She collaborated with artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier on the image + text work “Tourist Art” and her texts and translations have appeared in Small Axe, Art21, Something on Paper, Kitchen Table Translation, Obsidian, and more. She is the author of two memoirs in performance art: Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019) both published by CCM. She currently serves as Faculty in Critical Studies and the MFA program in Creative Writing at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Anca Roncea
is a poet and translator. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s M.F.A. program in Literary Translation. In 2012 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She was born and raised in Romania and now lives in the US where she is working on translations of Romanian poetry, an experimental translation of Tristan Tzara, as well as her first book of poetry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saturday, September 22: Emmalea Russo, Pascalle Burton & Katherine Coldiron

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, September 22

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Emmalea Russo is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living at the New Jersey coast. Using language, sculpture, and photography, she explores edge spaces in physical environments and human consciousness. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently in collaboration with Michael Newton, Eternal Apprentice (DoubleCross Press, 2016) and an artist book entitled they (Gauss PDF, 2014). She has performed her iterative slide presentation, Units of Plexiglass, an edit, at Poets House, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Flying Object and she presented a talk on Robert Seydel at the Queens Museum. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute. Her first book, G, is forthcoming from Futurepoem in 2018. Her second book, Wave Archive, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2019. She was a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program from 2016-2017.

Pascalle Burton is a poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her collection 'About the Author is Dead' is available from Cordite Books. Projects include UN/SPOOL (with Nathan Shepherdson), 24 Hour Gym (with Tessa Rose), and performing in the band The Stress of Leisure. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, such as Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Clan Analogue, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Overland, Sod and V+L-A=K. For more information, visit

Katharine Coldiron's work has appeared in Ms., the Guardian, VIDA, the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, BUST, and elsewhere. She runs an author interview series on Entropy, "Books I Hate (and Also Some I Like)", and her essay "The Girl on the Bike" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Rumpus. She lives in California and blogs at The Fictator.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, Sept 15: blake nemec, Erick Sáenz & Ash Ponders

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ASH PONDERS (reading the work of DIANA MORÁN)


Saturday, September 15 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


blake nemec is a writer, teacher & sound artist who lives in Chicago. Sharing Plastic is hir hybrid poetry/fiction debut, & he has been featured in situations like the NOPF, JUPITER 88, the Red Rover Reading Series, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the SF Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA from the UTEP and is a Lambda Literary Fellow. He has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, such as the documentary FREE CeCE! Hir work obsesses on the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, & gender non-conforming people.

Panamanian poet and radical activist, Diana Morán, created her major works in the tumult of the 1960s and '70s. Despite winning the first Ricardo Miró National Literature Award for poetry, she was forced into exile as an active Marxist by the successive conservative and reformist military coups that overthrew the preceding government in the late '60s. Labeled a criminal reactionary by Torrijos and Noriega, Morán found a permanent home-in-exile in Mexico City, teaching at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. She passed away in 1987; her cremains were secretly scattered into the Panama Canal in 2004.

Panamanian multimedia artist Ash Ponders lives in the Sonoran Desert making visuals for newspapers and art galleries. His recent work has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, CNN and Teen Vogue. In his spare time he translates poems, chases hot air balloons, teaches firearms safety, and tutors adults in both Spanish and English.

Erick Sáenz is a 1st generation Latinx writer and English teacher from Los Angeles. He's the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small imprint dedicated to DIY ethics. He was previously a contributing editor for the online magazine Cheers from the Wasteland. In addition to several self-released chapbooks and zines, his writing has appeared in Entropy, Alien Mouth, Elderly Magazine, Pinball, Hobart Pulp, Five:2:One Magazine, and others. His first book SUSURROS A MI PADRE is forthcoming via The Operating System.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Saturday, September 8: Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Rodney Koeneke & Jos Charles

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Julian Talamantez Brolaski’s most recent book is Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), which was recently shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. It is also the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012) and Gowanus Atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), coediter of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari Edwards, as well as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Brooklyn-based Juan & the Pines and Oakland-based The Western Skyline. Julian is currently at work as an editor on The Apache Pollen Path (forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press) with its grandmother, Inés Talamantez. It maintains a blog of handwritten poems here:

Rodney Koeneke's latest book of poems, Body & Glass, is just out from Wave Books. Other collections include Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). His work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Granta, Harper’s, Harriet, The Nation, Poetry, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the Bay Area poetry scene until moving to Portland, Oregon in 2006, where he teaches in the History Department at Portland State University.

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, and Safe Space. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a PhD in English from UC Irvine.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday, September 7: Carla Harryman & Deborah Meadows (with Gray Palmer)

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz & Andrea Quaid

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Carla Harryman is a poet, experimental prose writer, essayist, performance writer and collaborator in multi-disciplinary performance. She is known for her boundary breaking investigations of genre, non/narrative poetics, and text-based performance. The influence of improvised music, electronic sampling, and collaborative practices animate her recent works. Publications from 2018 include the two volumes Sue in Berlin and Sue á Berlin (trans. Sabine Huynh), a collection of performance writings and poet’s theater plays composed between 2001-2015 and released by PURH “To Series” in separate English and French volumes. In an interview for Décharge the author describes the work as “first an event of listening, tracking itself on the more abstract, musical plane, which carries the figurative, fanciful, philosophical, playful, drastic, and political aspects of its non/narrative.” A score for speaking voices and manual typewriters used as musical instruments was also published in a bi-lingual edition in 2018, byjoca seria, as L’Impromptu de Hannah/Hannah Cut In. Hannah Cut In premiered in performance at University Art Museum, Berkeley in 2017. Harryman’s Poets Theater, interdisciplinary, and bi-lingual performances have been presented nationally and internationally. In 2012 she performed (with pianist Magda Mayas) Occupying Theodor W. Adorno’s “Music and New Music,” a Re-performance, as the closing keynote of dOCUMENTA 13’sWhat Is Thinking program in Kassel, Germany. A current essay project focuses on arenas of hope and negativity in a durational project, “Letters Not about Hope.” A manifestation of this project is Artifact of Hope, published in Kenning Edition’s Ordinance Series in 2017. Of this work, reviewer Piotr Gwiazda comments, “As she turns philosophy into poetry, “thinking” into “making,” [Harryman] crosses many boundaries: linguistic, cultural, national, ideological, generic, disciplinary. The point for her is to retrieve something useful, even provisionally so, from the work, to make the encounter active, dialogic, even dialectical…” She was born in California, where she has spent much of her life. She currently lives in Detroit and is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She also serves on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Deborah Meadows is the author of numerous books of poetry and lives with her husband in Los Angeles’ Arts District. Her recent book titled Lecture Notes: A duration poem in twelve parts is derived from public lectures at Cal Tech interleaved with excerpts from poets, artists, and thinkers and with daily news items from the day of the lecture and one item a decade later. Excerpts of her play “Dragon Boat” (to be performed at PRB with Gray Palmer) explore Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, and Dragon Boat traditions practiced globally and nearby in Long Beach, California. Published by Journal of Poetics Research.

Gray Palmer is a writer, composer, director, and performer based in Los Angeles. His plays have been presented by Padua Playwrights, Pharmacy, Sharon's Farm, Machine Project, and Gunfighter Nation. His one-act, Plan B, is included in You Might Be the Person I Am Talking To, from Padua Press, and his reviews and features are posted online at Stage Raw.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Saturday, August 25: Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, Vi Khi Nao

The Poetic Research Bureau presents:


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She's a professor in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and co-edits Canarium Books.
Joshua Edwards is the author of several books of poetry, including Imperial NostalgiasArchitecture for Travelers, and Castles and Islands. He lives in West Texas and Chicago, where he works as a bookseller and directs Canarium Books.

Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. She is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (1913 Press, 2017), the story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel Fish In Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Friday, August 3: alex cruse, Paul Ebenkamp, Kevin Lo, Nicholas Komodore

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, August 3, 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


alex cruse is an Oakland-based writer and artist. Her first book, CONTRAVERSE, was published in 2017 by Timeless, Infinite Light. She is the gallery curator of Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, and also does anti-repression work throughout the Bay. cruse performs with Kevin Lo in the multidisciplinary experiment DROUGHT SPA.

Paul Ebenkamp is author of Parallel Realism (Despite Editions, 2017) and The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). With Andrew Kenower he hosts the Woolsey Heights reading series in Berkeley. With strings and devices he makes music as Position. Blog:

Kevin Lo is a composer, choreographer and writer based in Oakland (previously Australia, born New Zealand). He works with spatiality, machinic processes, and has a background in the biological sciences.

Nicholas Komodore
is a Greek poet, filmmaker, composer, photographer, self-taught architect and founder of Mayakov+sky Platform, an anarchist/autonomist framework which has produced collaborations with dancer/choreographer Anna Halprin, dance artist Margit Galanter, poets alex cruse, Heidi Tomoe, Alberto Tinoco Duran, Lara Durback and Brian Ang, visual artists Eliza Alexandropoulou and Christina Kamma, composers Bill Noertker, Kevin CK Lo, Dusan Chae and experimental projects Inverz, B.R.A.C. and Raspberry Fields. His poetries, compositions and architectural designs have been published in Textsound, Tripwire: a journal of poetics, Armed Cell, Lana Turner, Cordite Poetry Review, Left Curve and the anthologies "It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland", Greek Avant-garde Poetry (Big Bridge issue 19) and "#This Is A Co-op" of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. With alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo he is editing the inaugural issue of journal Radii.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Saturday, July 21: Nick Montfort, Sophia Le Fraga & Aaron Winslow

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, July 21 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Nick Montfort programs computational poetry and other types of creative computing, from very small Commodore 64 BASIC and assembly pieces to computer-generated books. His practices involve constrained writing, collaboration, concrete poetry, and certain other conceptualisms. His computer-generated books of poetry in print include The Truelist (Counterpath); Autopia (Troll Thread); with collaborators, 2x6 (Les Figues); and #! (Counterpath). He has done more than fifty digital projects including The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul), Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland), and Taroko Gorge. Montfort edits the Counterpath series of computer-generated books Using Electricity. He has published six collaborative and individually-authored books with The MIT Press. He is professor of digital media at MIT, also teaches at the School for Poetic Computation, and lives in New York and Boston.

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of Other Titles by Sophia Le Fraga, literallydead, I RL, YOU RL, and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET. Her work in performance and video has recently been included in From Concrete to Liquid (Centre d'Art Contemporain), This Known World (MOCA), and Greater New York (MoMA PS1).

Aaron Winslow
’s novel, Jobs of the Great Misery, is available from Skeleton Man Press. Recent fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Social Text Online, and Full Stop. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California. Further information and writing can be found at

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Saturday, June 30: Feliz Lucia Molina & Precious Okoyomon

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, June 30

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

*Chinatown Summer Nights will be happening on the same night. Parking might be tough--please consider alternative forms of transportation.


Feliz Lucia Molina is the author of Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press), a co-author of The Wes Letters (Outpost19), Roulette (forthcoming from Make Now Books), and chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press). Her writing has appeared in Open Space, Fence, PEN America, Night Papers, and others. She can be found at

Precious Okoyomon
is a queer poet, artist, performer, alien, living in new york. Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Exo Exo in Paris, Artist Space and MoMA PS1 and published in The Iowa Review, Lambia Literary, New York Tyrant and Best American Experimental Writing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saturday, June 23: Us & Them, a Writer-Translator Reading Series

Us&Them LA, hosted by DAVID SHOOK at the POETIC RESEARCH BUREAU, will feature:







Us&Them is normally a Brooklyn-based reading series that gives literary translators with parallel careers as writers a place to showcase both sides of their work. Readings are typically hosted four times a year at Molasses Books in Bushwick, but have also taken place in Havana, Oakland, and now right here in beautiful Los Angeles!

MAGDALENA EDWARDS is a Chilean-born writer, translator, and actor. Her new translation of Clarice Lispector's second novel The Chandelier (New Directions) has been widely praised in the New York Times and many other publications. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Boston Review, The Millions, and El Mercurio. She is now writing a manuscript titled “In the Name of the Body: Traveling with Elizabeth Bishop, Clarice Lispector, and Raúl Zurita.”

ALANA MARIE LEVINSON-LABROSSE is a poet, translator, and professor who has worked in Iraq since 2011. Handful of Salt (The Word Works, 2016) introduced Kajal Ahmad’s poetry to English. The Dictionary of Midnight: Selected Poems of Abdulla Pashew is forthcoming from Phoneme Media. Poems, translations, and essays have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, Bengal Lights, Epiphany, The Iowa Review, The Sewanee Review, and Words Without Borders.

ANDRÉ NAFFIS-SAHELY's first collection is The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017). He has translated over twenty titles of fiction and poetry from French and Italian, including works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Rashid Boudjedra, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Abdellatif Laâbi. His latest translation is Alessandro Spina's The Colonial Conquest: The Confines of the Shadow Volume I (Arcade Publishing, 2018).

ELISA WOUK ALMINO is a writer, editor, and translator from Portuguese. Her writing and translations have appeared in Asymptote Journal, Guernica Magazine, The Nation, the Paris Review Daily, and Words Without Borders, among other places. She translated a collection of poetry by the Brazilian poet Ana Martins Marques in the book This House, published in 2017 by Scrambler Books. She is the Senior Los Angeles Editor of Hyperallergic and a co-editor of harlequin creature's new online translation platform.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sunday, June 27: Trevor Joyce, Jason Magabo Perez & David Lloyd

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Sunday, May 27 2018

Doors 3:30pm
Event 4pm


Trevor Joyce is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including the collections with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (2001), What’s in Store (2008), Rome’s Wreck (2014) and Fastness (2017). The latter two books are “translations from the English” of the Elizabethan poet and colonial official and settler in Ireland, Edmund Spenser. Joyce is also a translator from Irish, Chinese, and other languages: some of his Irish translations are collected in Courts of Air and Earth (2008). A volume of essays on his work, Essays on the Poetry of Trevor Joyce, edited by Niamh O’Mahony, appeared in 2015. Joyce is the co-founder of the New Writer’s Press in Dublin and the annual SoundEye Festival of poetry in Cork.

Jason Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry and prose: the chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016); and the recently published full-length debut This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez also wrote and performed two multimedia theatre-performance works: The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito (2009); and You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011); the latter of which was funded by an NEA Challenge America Grant. An alumnus of the VONA Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California and a dual Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and Communication from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.

David Lloyd is a writer and critic, born in Ireland and currently living in Los Angeles and teaching at the University of California, Riverside. Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009 (2012) collects his new and selected poetry. A bilingual French/English edition of his play, The Press, is forthcoming from Nouvelles Scènes at the Presses Universitaires du Midi in 2018. Kodalith, a sequence of poems, is @ Smithereens Press, He is the editor of Cusp Books, a chap-book press based in Los Angeles.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, May 26 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and diaCRITICS. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018).

Amanda Choo Quan is a Trinidadian-Jamaican writer, performer and organizer currently based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she earned the Brodber-Pollard prize, and of CalArts' MFA in Creative Writing, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She has attended Callaloo and Cropper Foundation workshops, the Juniper Summer Institute, and the Scottish Universities Summer International School. She was most recently awarded a REEF/CalArts residency. Her work can be seen in Callaloo, Entropy, or on various stages across Los Angeles.

Ana Cecilia Alvarez is an essayist and poet born in Mexico City and raised in southern Florida.​ ​Her​ ​writing has appeared in several publications, including The New Inquiry and Real Life.​ ​​She​ ​edited Adult, a magazine of new erotics, and taught Sx-Ed, a communication-based, pleasure-oriented, and politically engaged course at BHQFU.​ ​​Alvarez is a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at CalArts and is at work on a collection of poetry and a nonfiction manuscript about ghosts, plants, colonialism, and mothers​.​

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Friday, May 25: Stella Corso, Zack Haber & Giulia Bencivenga

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Friday, May 25 2018


Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Stella Corso is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her first book of poems, TANTRUM, was selected by Douglas Kearney as the winner of the 2016 Black Box Prize for Poetry and recently published by Rescue Press.

Zack Haber is an organizer of poetics. Some of his work can be found in Datableed Zine, Armed Cell, The Capalino Review, 580 Split, The Elephants, Sierra Nevada Review and other places. His little book, if you want to be one of them playing in the streets…, was published in 2014 by Quiet Lightning and Tiny Splendor. He’s hosted poetry readings and performances through The Other Fabulous Reading Series and other projects in the Bay Area since 2012. He works at Martin Luther King Elementary School in West Oakland. He’s currently writing a book called Horrible Places.

Giulia Bencivenga is the author of the chapbook Spacing Out. Formerly the editor of the Bay-based magazine See You Next Tuesday, she is currently the guest editor for MISTRESS. She hosts a monthly reading series called Two Snake out of her home in East Hollywood.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Saturday, May 19: Hillary Gravendyk's The Soluble Hour with Cynthia Arrieu-King

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

a book launch for

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


In Hillary Gravendyk’s The Soluble Hour, the speaker sings with visionary passion how the beloved and dear ones will soon be without her and laments for their imminent grief. But being in extremis pulls the voice towards testimony of unquestioned love, a recollection of landscapes Californian and otherwise, and previous selves. The poet wields her deep solitude as the measure of truth and conviction, the self that accepts its own impermanence.


Hillary Anne Gravendyk was born in Manhattan Beach, California on March 1, 1979, and grew up in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington State, in the town of Carnation. She attended Tulane and the University of Washington and went on to get a doctorate in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, her chapbook The Naturalist came out from Achiote Press and in 2010, her book Harm, published by Omnidawn, was a finalist for the California Writer’s Exchange Award. In 2009, she was hired to teach 20th Century poetry at Pomona College in Claremont, California. After moving to Oakland in 2003 with her husband Benjamin Burrill, Hillary lived out most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area and Claremont.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China, Manifest and forthcoming in 2019 Continuity. She met Hillary in 2008 at the Vermont Studio Center where they became good friends. They wrote collaboratively the book Unlikely Conditions from 1913 Press, 2016.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Friday night, May 18: Jennifer Firestone & Andrew Maxwell

Jennifer Firestone was raised in San Francisco and now lives in Brooklyn. She is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College and is also the Director of their Academic Fellows pedagogy program. Her books include Story (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming), Ten (BlazeVOX [Books], forthcoming) Gates & Fields (Belladonna* Collaborative), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books). Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press’ Robert Creeley Memorial Prize.

Andrew Maxwell runs the Poetic Research Bureau with Joseph Mosconi in Los Angeles, where he also hosts a weekly radio show of bodega & cosmic roots music on KXLU 88.9FM, "The Dream of Harry Lime". Recent collections include Conversion Table (Mindmade Books, 2016), featuring small remarks without propositional attitudes, Candor is the Brightest Shield (Ugly Duckling, 2015), and Peeping Mot (Apogee, 2013). A selection of his aphorisms was recently on display as an LED scroll in the installation THIS KNOWN WORLD at MOCA Los Angeles.

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Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

Poetic Research Bureau
Friday, May 18

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Friday, May 11: Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies Reading

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies

Hosted by Andrea Quaid and Margaret Rhee


FRIDAY, MAY 11 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

The reading is part of the Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies symposium. More information and reader bios available on the symposium site.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thursday, May 10: Celina Su, Diane Ward & SA Smythe

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Hosted by Andrea Quaid and Harold Abramowitz

Celebration of Celina Su's new book Landia from Belladonna*



Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in journals such as n+1, Harper’s, and Boston Review. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.

Diane Ward was born in Washington, DC and has lived in various boroughs of New York City and in Los Angeles. She has been writing, publishing, and performing her poetry for 4 decades. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at UCLA.

SA Smythe is a Black genderqueer writer currently living between London and LA, constantly scheming up new ways for us to get free. SA was the publishing editor for THEM - Trans Literary Journal and associate editor for Scarf Magazine. Their writing has been featured (or is forthcoming) in the nines, Johannesburg Salon, Strike!, Feminist Wire, Black Trans Love Is Trans Wealth, Critical Contemporary Journal, okayafrica, and elsewhere. SA also does translation work in six languages and organises in Black queer and trans abolitionist writing collectives around the world. They are currently working on a poetry collection, tentatively titled proclivity. Follow them on Twitter @essaysmythe

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Saturday, May 5: Paul Hoover & Emily Liebowitz

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


Saturday, May 5 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Paul Hoover has published fifteen books of poetry including Desolation: Souvenir (Omnidawn, 2012), Sonnet 56 (Les Figues, 2009), Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), and Edge and Fold (Apogee, 2006). He has also published Fables of Representation: Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and the novel Saigon, Illinois (Vintage Contemporaries, 1988). The novel will appear in an Italian edition in 2018. Editor of the literary magazine New American Writing and the anthology Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, he lives in Mill Valley, California, and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.

Emily Liebowitz's first book, National Park, is coming out this May with Gramma Poetry. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, her chapbook “In Any Map” was published by The Song Cave in 2015 and she has had work appear in Lana Turner, jubilat, The Iowa Review, and various other journals. She co-edits LVNG Magazine and lives in Brooklyn, freelancing in writing and arts communications.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Friday, May 4: Next Words, The CalArts MFA Reading

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

the CalArts MFA Reading


Please join us for the fifth event in the Next Words Reading Series. The Next Words series highlights the work of the graduating class from the MFA Creative Writing Program at Calarts. Thomas Aguila, Yanting Li, and Eric Mondrian will be sharing parts of their theses as well as various other projects. After the reading, there will be a reception, and copies of the Next Words anthology, rock flour, will be available for purchase.

Friday, May 4 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Saturday, April 28: Johnnie JungleGuts, Patrick Staff & Asal Shahindoust

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Saturday, April 28 2018

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

John Martin aka Johnnie JungleGuts, is a New Jersey person based in Los Angeles, a writer and the cohost of the podcast Super Gay with Alex Segade. His book of collected writings, Johnnie JungleGuts, is available now from Closing.

Patrick Staff is a British artist based in Los Angeles, working with video, performance and publishing. Their work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at MOCA, Los Angeles and the New Museum, New York.

Asal Shahindoust is an Iranian-American writer and music journalist. Asal finds inspiration in animals, the ocean, Hafiz, and sailor moon. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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

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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

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

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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.