Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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