Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thursday, February 21: RAD! Residencies (Part 3) with Will Alexander





















Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

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On Thursday, February 21st, Will Alexander concludes his RAD! Residency at the Poetic Research Bureau with a collaborative community discussion and snacks!

We would like to invite anyone who is interested to write a brief response to Will’s Residency theme, and then bring their response to the Poetic Research Bureau on the 21st for informal presentation, discussion, and snacks.

Will’s theme: “Language As Interior Alchemical Archery”

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Hosted by Andrea Quaid & Harold Abramowitz

With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tuesday, February 19: J. Gordon Faylor & Lily Bartle











SPECIAL TUESDAY NIGHT EVENT

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

J. GORDON FAYLOR
& LILY BARTLE

Tuesday, February 19

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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J. Gordon Faylor is the author of Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), Plummet (TROLL THREAD), and four volumes of Christmas poems in collaboration with Brandon Brown. He edits Gauss PDF and is managing editor of SFMOMA's Open Space.

Lily Bartle is a poet and editor from New York City. She is the founder of Hole, Earth, Catalog and has a forthcoming publication from Gauss PDF. Her phone number is 646 264 8339

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Friday, February 15: Kristen E. Nelson's The Length of This Gap Tour
















Kristen E. Nelson is taking her new collection of poetry, the length of this gap, on the road.

with
KRISTEN E. NELSON
SAMANTHA BOUNKEUA
SAM COHEN
BERNADETTE MCCOMISH
WENDY C. ORTIZ

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Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Praise for "the length":

One of the most powerful, breathtaking bodies of poetry fortifying the will to survive. I am an enormous fan of Kristen Nelson’s poems and am always excitedly anticipating the next poem showing me the better parts of our species and how to love and thrive! —CA Conrad

In the length of this gap, Kristen E. Nelson does the trembling work we so often try to avoid. Here she makes eye contact with the abyss – seeking to understand how we metamorphose in the moment of (and days, weeks, years following) inexplicable loss. This is a book of great courage, striving to put the world back together with long lists of what now is and can become. How thankful I am to have her and her work as my guide – she who dares to “wish to go back and walk through the wasps,” and returns full of “love and love with some commas.”—tc tolbert

Death is not always tragedy, but then again, neither is love – its encounter, its ennui, its wound. Kristen Nelson’s the length of this gap revels in passionate ambivalence, gliding between emotions without netted hearts to catch her fall. Oh foolish bravery! Sorrow becomes lust and lust becomes abandonment, and Nelson makes me want to be bolder, hotter, sexier – and I crave. These poems persuade my addiction. —Lily Hoang


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Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer, performer, activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018) and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). Kristen is the founder of Casa Libre en la Solana, a non-profit writing center in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked as the Executive Director for 14 years. www.kristenenelson.com

Classical violinist gone rogue, SAMANTHA BOUNKEUA is a queer experimental musician, composer and artistic collaborator specializing in non-traditional violin performance. She’s performed internationally as a guest artist with the Southern Arizona Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Britten-Pears New Music Festival, Festival de Opera San Luis, the Rogue Theatre and more. She appears regularly with Tucson, Arizona music projects including ChamberLab, Two-Door Hatchback, Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments. To find out more, visit www.samanthabounkeua.com.

Sam Cohen’s writing is in Delirious Hem, Sidebrow, Pank, Black Clock, Joyland, Gaga Stigmata, RECAPS, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Gossip was published by Birds of Lace Press in 2013. She has an MFA from CalArts and lives in Los Angeles.

Born during a blizzard in New York with the gifts of premonition, and manifestation, Bernadette McComish is a fortuneteller and a medium. Her father was an extraterrestrial from the future that traveled back in time, and impregnated her mother in an astral field of honeysuckle. When she writes, her words become reality, and she’s been known to turn lovers into goldfish with a sonnet, and speak directly with shades of drag queens. To her, all people are just a john, regardless if they are a woman, a ghost, or the president…especially if they're the president. She earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hunter College. Her poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review, Sunday Salon, Hospital Drive, Slipstream, Storyscape, Rag Queen Periodical, Flapper House, DeLuge, and New Millennium Writers. She performs and tours with the Poetry Brothel and Poetry Society of New York curing one human at a time with words and glitter. She also teaches High School in Los Angeles.

Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. She is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), and the dreamoir Bruja (CCM). In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Most recently her “Urban Liminal” series of texts appear alongside signature graphic representations of the projects of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in the book Amplified Urbanism (2017). Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.





Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Friday, February 8: Steve Benson, Jermane Cooper, Suzanne Stein











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

Suzanne Stein and Steve Benson, reading and performing together, and celebrating the GaussPDF release of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, which documents the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together in 2011-2012. Accompanying them will be poet Jermane Cooper.

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STEVE BENSON
JERMANE COOPER
& SUZANNE STEIN

Friday, February 8 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Steve Benson has written in various modes and media under the sign of poetry, most often orally and textually, since 1966. He has lived in downeast Maine since 1996, where he’s worked as a clinical psychologist in a small town. His poetry readings have often incorporated diverse media, improvisation, and collaboration with brilliant, radical writers, musicians, and filmmakers. Benson acted in the late 1970s Poets’ Theater in San Francisco, directed Carla Harryman’s play La Quotidienne at New Langton Arts in 1983, and held a poets theater workshop at Intersection for the Arts in 1992. He wrote and transcribed (from orally improvised performances) the material in Blindspots (1981), Blue Book (1988), Open Clothes (2005), and other books. What This Is is forthcoming from chax press. Benson co-authored the Grand Piano series of autobiographical essays (2006-10) with nine old friends. He and Suzanne Stein partnered in a series of 36 improvised on-line messaging chat performances in 2011 and 2012, appearing as a book this month from Gauss.pdf as DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY. They also created a half-hour film, NOW, for the Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater in December 2017. Benson shares links to work products on-line through http://www.stevebensonasis.com/.

As an African American military brat growing up around the U.S., Jermane Cooper did not often think about heritage or culture. Only when diverse populations and college-level coursework broadened his horizons did he realize that a significant part of who he was had turned up missing. Jermane’s work explores common issues, often portrayed through fantastical elements. It stresses the ideals that should be a part of every culture, such as acceptance, honor, and compassion, as well as concepts of what ‘could be’ regarding himself and the world. His work can be found online at Timbooktu.com under the pen name ‘Tyiako’, or his blog at wordsmithshelf.blogspot.com.

Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include The Kim Game, TOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship; her book-length poem New Sutras is forthcoming this spring. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, just released from GaussPDF, which documents the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. Essays and poems have appeared recently in The Best American Experimental Writing, Elderly, and Open Space; performance recordings are archived at PennSound. Suzanne is also a publisher, editor, and curator. She was the founding editor, and for eight years editor-in-chief, of Open Space, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s hybrid art and language platform and publication. Her chapbook press TAXT was formed in 2005 to distribute the work of Bay Area writers and artists then under-represented in print. In the mid-90s she was the co-director and film curator of a little gallery called {four walls, in San Francisco.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Saturday, February 2: GennaRose Nethercott & Jos Charles











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT
& JOS CHARLES

Saturday, February 2

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Gl├╝ck as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Jos Charles is a trans poet, editor, and author of feeld, a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press). Charles has poetry published with POETRY, Poem-a-Day, PEN, Washington Square Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2016 she received the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation. Jos Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is a PhD student at UC Irvine and currently resides in Long Beach, CA.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31: RAD! Residencies with Will Alexander & Carlos Lara

WILL ALEXANDER
& CARLOS LARA

Thursday, January 31 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

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RAD! Residencies

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid at the Poetic Research Bureau, RAD! Residencies is a new critical-creative literary event series.

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The pragmatics:

Three separate evenings at the Poetic Research Bureau focused around an issue or idea that the writer brings to the residency.

Part One: A reading and conversation, we pair the writer with someone.
Part Two: A reading and conversation, writers pair themselves with someone.
Part Three: A collaborative community event – workshop, experimental lecture, performance, collaborative poetics involving the community that is emerging through the residency.

The spirit:

Writers who bring a question or theme to work with, writers who want to think publicly with others about a question or theme, writers working on new projects, writers working on continuing projects, writers who might use the occasion to generate something entirely new!

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With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Tuesday, January 29: Tess Brown-Lavoie, Tommy Pico, Harmony Holiday











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

TESS BROWN-LAVOIE
TOMMY PICO
& HARMONY HOLIDAY

Tuesday, January 29

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Tess Brown-Lavoie writes and farms in Providence, RI. Lite Year, her first book, won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize. Tess cofounded Sidewalk Ends Farm with her sisters in 2011, works on land access at Land For Good, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), and Junk (Tin House Books, 2018). He's the winner of a Whiting Award and the Brooklyn Public Library's Literature Prize, and he was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry, and NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Harmony Holiday is a poet, dancer, and archivist, mythscientist and the author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever (Fence, 2015). She was the winner of a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and she curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare and out-of print LPs and soundbites featuring poetry and poetics from throughout the African Diaspora, both analog at Columbia University's music library and digitally as a Tumblr.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Saturday, January 26: Teresa Carmody & Anna Joy Springer











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

TERESA CARMODY
& ANNA JOY SPRINGER

Saturday, January 26 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (Bon Aire Projects), Requiem (Les Figues Press) and most recently, DeLand (Container), a viewmaster book made in collaboration with fiber artist Madison Creech. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Matters of Feminist Practice, St. Petersburg Review, Diagram, Big Fiction, Entropy, and more. Carmody is a co-founder of the feminist independent publisher Les Figues Press, and director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas. She lives in Central Florida.

Anna Joy Springer is a writer, visual artist, feminist punk performer, and an associate professor of writing at University of California, San Diego, where she has been the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award (2010) and the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Visual Arts and Performance (2013). As the lead singer in Blatz, The Gr'ups, and Cypher in the Snow, Springer has toured the US and Europe. She has an MFA from Brown University, and her books include The Vicious Red Relic, Love (2011) and The Birdwisher (2009).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Friday, January 18: Sisson, Revereza, Breslin & Srivijittakar











The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ANDREA SISSON
MIKO REVEREZA
SAMUEL NATHAN BRESLIN
& ESTELLE SRIVIJITTAKER

Friday, January 18 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Andrea Sisson (b. 1987 Cincinnati, Ohio) is a multidisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. Her work spans performance and participation, imagery, text, installation, sound, and object. She is a 2010 Fulbright Scholar and is currently an MFA Candidate at Bard College.
www.andreasisson.com

Miko Revereza (b.1988 Manila, Philippines) is an experimental filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Since relocating from Manila as a child, he has lived illegally in the United States for over 25 years. This life long struggle with documentation, assimilation and statelessness informs his films, DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017) and his debut feature, No data plan (2018). Miko’s films have been widely screened and exhibited internationally at festivals such as, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, True/False Film Festival, Images Festival, and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. DISINTEGRATION 93-96 was featured and streamed on MUBI.com. He is listed as Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and is currently an MFA candidate at Bard College.

Samuel Nathan Breslin (b. 1987, San Francisco) is a poet and film programmer living in Oakland, California. He is the author of three self-published chapbooks, Captain’s Log (2015), Parts of the Passion (2014) and Poems about Poland for Americans (2010), and is a co-founder and curator of Light Field, an all-celluloid experimental film festival held annually in San Francisco. Samuel is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Department at Bard College.

Estelle Srivijittakar
lives in Los Angeles, b. in Los Angeles. Bard MFA.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thursday, January 17: Will Alexander & Neelanjana Banerjee - RAD! Residencies

























RAD! Residencies 

7:30pm

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid at the Poetic Research Bureau, RAD! Residencies is a new critical-creative literary event series.

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The pragmatics:

Three separate evenings at the Poetic Research Bureau focused around an issue or idea that the writer brings to the residency.

Part One: A reading and conversation, we pair the writer with someone.
Part Two: A reading and conversation, writers pair themselves with someone.
Part Three: A collaborative community event – workshop, experimental lecture, performance, collaborative poetics involving the community that is emerging through the residency.

The spirit:

Writers who bring a question or theme to work with, writers who want to think publicly with others about a question or theme, writers working on new projects, writers working on continuing projects, writers who might use the occasion to generate something entirely new!

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In RAD! Residency - Will Alexander: Language As Interior Alchemical Archery

Part One – Thursday, January 17th, 2019: A reading with Will Alexander & Neelanjana Banerjee

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Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, visual artist, and pianist, he is author of over 30 books and chapbooks he is both a Whiting Fellow and a California Arts Council Fellow. In addition to this he has been recipient of a PEN Oakland Award, and an American Book Award. In 2016 he was recipient of the Jackson Prize for poetry and is currently Poet-in-Residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California.

Neelanjana Banerjee's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in places like Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, PANK Magazine, The Literary Review, Weird Sister, Teen Vogue, and more. She is a co-editor of the first South Asian American poetry anthology, Indivisible, and The Coiled Serpent, an anthology featuring poets from Los Angeles published by Tia Chucha Press. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press, and teaches writing in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and with Writing Workshops Los Angeles.

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With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.