Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...


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

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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 BeyoncĂ© 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

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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

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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

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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.