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.

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.

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.

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:


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