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.

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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.