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