Monday, August 12, 2019

Saturday, August 17 screening: If You Won't Read, Then Why Should I Write? by Jarett Kobek (The Movie!)


On Saturday, August 17th, 951 Chung King Road once again opens its doors and lends its venue to a screening series dedicated to the odd and obscure programmed by filmmaker, Nick Toti. This latest installment will be the first (and quite possibly only) screening of Toti's own newest work, If You Won't Read, Then Why Should I Write? by Jarett Kobek (The Movie!)

In 2012, Jarett Kobek published a book comprised primarily of transcriptions from the most banal moments of various celebrity sex tapes (with occasional detours into the public deaths of brutal dictators and other marvels of modern living). In an interview at the time, he described his thought process thus: "In a brattish fit of pique, I decided that people were idiots without interest in anything except the filth of celebrity culture. So why not just give people what they want?"

In 2017, Nick Toti read Kobek's book while recovering from a minor mental and physical breakdown following a tremendously stressful film shoot. Thereafter Toti spent the next 18 months sporadically (and often half-heartedly) working to to adapt this book for the screen.

Nick Toti and Jarett Kobek will both be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. This screening will also feature the short film Fucking Freak by Salamo Manetti-Lax.


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Date: Saturday, August 17th
Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
Location: Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Rd (Chinatown), Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday, June 23: A Memorial Reading for Kevin Killian

























We mourn the loss of the great writer Kevin Killian, who passed away on June 15th at the age of 66.

On Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, we will hold an informal memorial reading at the Poetic Research Bureau. We will have copies of his books to borrow, and folks are encouraged to read a little something from them, or to share a memory, or to listen.

Sunday, June 23
3pm to 5pm.

Saturday, June 22: The Influx Collective presents Queer Poetry Night

























The Influx Collective present
QUEER POETRY NIGHT

with
Lilly Safarian
Diane Heaven
Andres Sanchez
Carla Sameth

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Saturday, June 22

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Monday, June 17, 2019

Friday, June 21: Locascio/Apekina/Arterian/LaBrie/Lee/Rowbottom

























The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

LISA LOCASCIO
with
KATYA APEKINA
DIANA ARTERIAN
SARAH LABRIE
LISA LEE
ALLIE ROWBOTTOM

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Friday, June 21 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Readings troubling the edges of intimacy and transformation by six writers in celebration of the paperback release of Lisa Locascio's Open Me, a political and erotically-charged debut that follows a young American woman’s transformative journey during one pivotal summer abroad hailed by Viet Thanh Nguyen as “unflinching in its portrayal of sex, desire, racism, and the excitement and confusion of youth.”

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Katya Apekina's short stories have appeared in various literary magazines. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George grant, an Olin Fellowship, and the Alena Wilson prize. Her prose and poetry translations from Russian appeared in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky (FSG 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the script for the independent film New Orleans, Mon Amour (2008). Her novel The Deeper The Water The Uglier The Fish, published in 2018, was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novel Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for first fiction.

Diana Arterian is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have been featured in Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others.

Sarah LaBrie is a writer and librettist. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Guernica, Lucky Peach, The Literary Review, Epoch, Taste, and Encyclopedia Journal, among other publications. Her work for the Industry Opera’s Hopscotch was featured in The New Yorker, Wired, and on NPR. dreams of the new world, a choral piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and developed with composer Ellen Reid, premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2018.

Lisa Lee’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from the Inprint Foundation, Kundiman, and the Center for Fiction. Lisa received an MFA from the University of Houston and a BA from UC Berkeley, and she is currently a doctoral fellow in USC’s PhD program in Literature & Creative Writing.

Allie Rowbottom's debut book, Jell-O Girls is out now from Little Brown and Company. Her essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women's Thing and elsewhere. Her essay “Ghosts and Houses” won the 2015 Editor’s Award from The Florida Review and received a "notable" mention in The Best American Essays of 2016. Her long lyric work, “World of Blue” received her a "notable" mention in The Best American Essays of 2015. She has taught fiction and non-fiction at the University of Houston and CalArts.

Lisa Locascio
's work has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Bookforum, and many other magazines. She is the editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, editor of Joyland's West section and of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7LA. She is Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Lecturer of Scandinavian at UCLA. Her novel Open Me is available now in paperback from Grove Atlantic.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Friday, June 14: Bogosi Sekhukhuni, manuel arturo abreu, Jasmine Nyende





Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a 'lightworker’. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has exhibited at the New Museum (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the 2017 African Biennale of Photography (Bamako), LUMA Westbau (Zürich), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Steve Turner Contemporary (LA), the 2nd Kampala Biennale, the 9th Berlin Biennale, the Dakar Biennale, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), MoMA Warsaw, and locally in Cape Town at Stevenson and Whatiftheworld, etc. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the 'tech-health artist group' NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a 'visual culture bank and research gang' called Open Time Coven, which investigates 'emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies'.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They live/work in a garage in southeast Portland, and received their BA in Linguistics (Reed College, 2014). They use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent exhibitions, projects, and discourse at AB Lobby Gallery (PSU, Portland), Yaby (Madrid), MoMA and MoMA PS1 (NYC), NCAD Gallery (Dublin), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), Veronica (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and locally in Portland at the Art Gym, Yale Union, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, etc. abreu wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender) and one book of critical art writing, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press, 2018). abreu composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark.

Jasmine Nyende is an artist and vocalist for Black femme & them punk band FUCK U PAY US (FUPU). Her art practice spans performance, textiles, writing and community building as a form of activism. She leads a monthly fibers group centering how craft & DIY culture can be used for social justice.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Saturday, June 8: William E. Jones, M Kitchell & Jarett Kobek


























The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

WILLIAM E. JONES
M KITCHELL
& JARETT KOBEK

Saturday, June 8

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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***The Chinatown Summer Nights street festival will be happening the night of this reading. Parking will be more difficult than usual. Please consider a cab, Lyft, Uber or the Metro (there is a Chinatown stop a few blocks away from the PRB). Or consider parking a few blocks away from Chinatown and walking over. ***

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William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer who lives in Los Angeles. He has made two feature length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998) and Fall into Ruin (2017). His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern (2005), Anthology Film Archives (2010), Austrian Film Museum, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). He was included in the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). His books include Is It Really So Strange? (2006), Tearoom (2008), Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), Between Artists: Thom Andersen and William E. Jones (2013), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016). I’m Open to Anything is his first novel.

M Kitchell is an artist and movement practitioner who lives in Oakland, CA. Dedicated to obsessive research and the literal act of finding, Kitchell is primarily concerned with the impossible (or, perhaps, the outside) and levitation (or, perhaps, the float). An expanded list of his interests include landscape as limit-experience, hunting the void, ecstatic & trance states, inversion practice, and Georges Bataille's list of "apparently sovereign behaviors." In addition to his more conceptual interests, his regular physical practice involves investigations into the asana of post-ashtanga yoga, soft acrobatics & the flow-state. He continually explores modes of backbending as an invocation of a bridge between the world of the living and the dead, and handstanding due to its inherent subversion of a humanist verticality. He also teaches public handstand classes in Emeryville, CA. His latest book, Experimental Men, has just been released from Inside the Castle.

Jarett Kobek
is the author of I Hate the Internet, Only Americans Burn in Hell and other books. In 2017, he was shortlisted for the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. He is also the co-founder and editor of We Heard You Like Books.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Saturday, June 1: Anne Lesley Selcer & Tom Comitta





In celebration of Anne Lesley Selcer’s new book

Blank Sign Book: Eleven Essays on Beauty, Invisibility, Formlessness, Abjection, and Political Emotion

Published by Wolfman Books

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Saturday, June 1

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

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Blank Sign Book is a collection of essays on art, artists, beauty, and politics by the poet and art writer, Anne Lesley Selcer. A selection of Selcer’s ranging expositions and guided interrogations into the communicative gestures of art, the book navigates the maelstrom of image-rich contemporary culture through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more.

Rooted in the work of feminist, queer, and postcolonial cultural theorists from Susan Sontag to Saidiya Hartman to Lisa Robertson and Micha Cárdenas, the essays consider protest, Afro-pessimism, gentrification, spectacle, trauma, beauty, surveillance, gender, the agora, and the artist's place in political change. They explore questions of beauty’s relevance to revolt, resonance as a modality of undermining power, and art’s capacity to reflect and subvert communal and generational trauma. With lyricism, incisive clarity and a deep commitment to the power of art and artists as a vehicle for experimental advocacy and radical insight, Blank Sign Book displays Selcer’s capacious and assiduous grasp as an art writer and cultural thinker to be read for decades to come.

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Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread) and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014 (Gauss PDF), a digital and print archive of the 40 books he produced in four years. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, BAX 2020 and New American Writing, with two poems in The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing), an international anthology surveying the “rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.” He is currently at work on a collage novel, The Nature Book.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 25: Zachary Oberzan's The Great Pretender


This Saturday night, 951 Chung King Road once again opens its doors and lends its venue to a new screening series programmed by Nick Toti. This installment will feature the U.S. premiere of "the greatest movie that never should have been made by the greatest filmmaker you've never heard of": Zachary Oberzan's The Great Pretender.

The Great Pretender could be conveniently described as an unauthorized remake of Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-up, but it is actually much, much more than that: an examination of the absurdities of fame and creativity, a concert by an Elvis impersonator, and a guided meditation through the dark corner's of Oberzan's neuroses. It is the type of movie that descriptions can do no justice, so come witness it for yourself!
 

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Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA
Free and open to all

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saturday, May 18: Adam Tedesco, Amie Zimmerman, Natalie Graham & Librecht Baker






















The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ADAM TEDESCO
AMIE ZIMMERMAN
NATALIE GRAHAM
& LIBRECHT BAKER

Saturday, May 18 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His video work has been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, and the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, among other venues. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Fanzine, Fence, Gramma, jubilat, Laurel Review, Powderkeg, Prelude, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), ISO 8601:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2018), and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His first full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was published by Lithic Press in February.

Amie Zimmerman lives in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been published in Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, West Branch, Salt Hill, and Puerto del Sol, among others. She has two chapbooks, Oyster (Reality Beach) and Compliance (Essay Press), is events coordinator for YesYes Books, and runs the reading series "family portrait."

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and associate professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. BEGIN WITH A FAILED BODY, her first full-length collection of poems, won the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

librecht baker is the author of vetiver (Finishing Line Press), an English Professor, and a Sundress Publications' Assistant Editor. She's part of The Vagrancy’s 2018-2019 Playwrights’ Group and was part of the Eastside Queer Stories Festival 2019. baker has attended Ragdale, VONA/Voices, and Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat. She has a MFA from Goddard College. Her poetry appears in Solace: Writing Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color, Bone Bouquet (Issue 8.1), Sinister Wisdom 107 - Black Lesbians: We are the Revolution!, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, and other publications. baker's full-length play, “Taciturn Beings,” will received a stage reading on May 18th at 4 PM, in Los Angeles, as part of Vagrancy Theatre’s BLOSSOMING: A N

Monday, May 6, 2019

Friday, May 10th: Zhu Zhu: Readings from The Wild Great Wall


Chinese poet Zhu Zhu joins the Poetic Research Bureau in LA’s Chinatown for an evening of modernist poetry, drawn from his latest book, The Wild Great Wall

In the words of author Srikanth Reddy, The Wild Great Wall “will introduce American readers to a singular poetic consciousness adrift in modernity.”

Translated from the Chinese by Dong Li. 

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 3pm: Samuel Ace & Ali Liebegott




Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, including Our Weather Our Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Stealth with poet Maureen Seaton. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College and divides his time between western Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona.

Ali Liebegott has published four books: The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, Cha-Ching!, and The Summer of Dead Birds. She is the recipient of a Peabody Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She has read and performed her work throughout the United States and Canada with the legendary queer literary tour Sister Spit. In collaboration with Michelle Tea and Elizabeth Pickens she created The RADAR LAB, a free queer writer's retreat from 2009-2013. In 2010 she took a train trip across America to interview poets for a project called The Heart has many Doors--. She currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for TV.



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Sunday May 5
Doors open 2:30pm
Reading at 3pm

951 Chung King Rd
Always free. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Saturday, April 27: Mark Francis Johnson, Kate Robinson & Tom Trudgeon


























The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

MARK FRANCIS JOHNSON
KATE ROBINSON
& TOM TRUDGEON

Saturday, April 27 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Mark Francis Johnson lives in Philadelphia. His antiquarian bookshop, Hiding Place, hosts a poetry reading series now in its ninth year. His latest books are HOW TO FLIT (Roof: 2018) and CAN OF HUMAN HEAT (Golias Books: 2017). With designer Jonathan Gorman and poet Andy Martrich, he has just launched a new press -Hiding Press- specializing in both contemporary experimental writing and reissues of neglected & unknown poetry.

Kate Robinson is sometimes Kate Beckwith, or, Kate Robinson Beckwith, or, really she's always all of those things, and refuses to choose one. She's an intermedia book artist and writer living in Oakland, CA where she is 1/3 of Dogpark Publishing Collective. Her book This Woman's Work is forthcoming on Gauss PDF

Tom Trudgeon
is a poet and artist from Northridge, California. His work can be found in Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press), Gauss PDF, and other places. He’s shown visual work in galleries around Los Angeles including Actual Size, LACA, and Monte Vista, and most recently at Pe.Hu Gallery in Osaka, Japan. He is starting a press, Earth Book, later this year with the publication of works by Cosmo Spinosa.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Thursday, April 25: RAD! Residencies with Gillian Osborne & Michelle Detorie




















Gillian Osborne
& Michelle Detorie

Lichen Writing, so in [?!***!?]

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Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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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Gillian Osborne is a writer and educator based in Santa Barbara, California. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Boom!, The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, Volt, and Zyzzyva, and she's written essays and reviews for The Believer, The Boston Review, and other venues. She’s the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Green Green Green from Nightboat Books (2020) and the co-editor, with Angela Hume of a collection of critical essays, Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (University of Iowa North American Poetry Series). As a scholar, her work has been supported by fellowships from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson International Society, and featured in collections on The New Melville Studies and The New Dickinson Studies, both out from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2019. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, and at the Harvard Extension School, where, with Elisa New, she is an instructor for a series of online courses covering 400 years of American poetry.

Michelle Detorie is the author of numerous chapbooks including Fur Birds (Insert Press), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs), and Bellum Letters (Dusie). She also makes visual poems, poetry objects, time-based poetry, and curates the public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length collection, After-Cave, was released with Ahsahta Press in late 2014. The Sin in Wilderness, a book-length visual poem about love, animals, and affective geography, is forthcoming from Dusie press. She is currently at work on a collection of prose pieces called FERAL PLANETS.
http://michelledetorie.com/
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With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Friday, April 19: Ally Harris, Lucy Blagg, Josh Fadem, Giulia Bencivenga







































The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ALLY HARRIS
LUCY BLAGG
JOSH FADEM
& GIULIA BENCIVENGA

Friday, April 19 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Ally Harris is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Dispersal (The Song Cave, 2019), Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings) and floor baby (dancing girl press). She’s had poems published in The Volta, Sink Review, Denver Quarterly, BOAAT Press, Entropy Magazine, and Bennington Review and is the poetry editor of Submission Reading Series, based out of Portland, OR.

Lucy Blagg is a writer and artist from Los Angeles. With Lainey Racah, she started Los Angeles Archival Poetry Project (LAPP). Her chapbook, Semi Fleshy, was published by n0 eg0 p0ems in May 2016.

Josh Fadem is an actor and comedian from Tulsa, OK. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles for 19 years. He will be reading some short stories from his upcoming book of short stories and drawings.

Giulia Bencivenga is the author of the chapbook Spacing Out. Her latest books include Unreasonable Whole (Gauss PDF, 2019) and Maniac (Inpatient Press, 2019). She hosts a monthly reading series called Two Snake out of her home in East Hollywood.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sunday, April 14: Ben Fama, Rachel Rabbit White, Anton Ivanov & Ted Dodson

























Co-hosted by Sophia Le Fraga

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Saturday, April 13: Francesca Capone, Elaine Kahn & Kristin George Bagdanov





















The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

FRANCESCA CAPONE
ELAINE KAHN
& KRISTIN GEORGE BAGDANOV\

Saturday, April 13 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Francesca Capone is a visual artist, writer, and textile designer. She is currently represented by Nationale in Portland, OR. Her books Woven Places (Some Other Books, 2018), Text means Tissue (2017), and Weaving Language (2015, information as material 2018) focus on textile poetics. They are available for purchase via Printed Matter, and are available for viewing at the MoMA library. She has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery in London, LUMA/Westbau in Switzerland, Textile Arts Center in NYC, and 99¢ Plus Gallery in Brooklyn. She has been an artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Andrea Zittel's A-Z West. More of her published work can be found at Gauss PDF, Tunica Magazine, and in The New Concrete from Hayward Press. Her academic work includes lectures and workshops at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Reed College, University of Washington, and Alberta College of Art and Design, among others.

Elaine Kahn is the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015). Work has appeared in Frieze, Brooklyn Rail, Jubilat, Poetry Foundation, Art Papers, and elsewhere. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches at Pomona College and the Poetry Field School. A new book, Romance or The End, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press.

Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at U.C. Davis. Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto Del Sol, and other journals. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Fossils in the Making, was published this spring by Black Ocean. Her chapbook Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in summer 2019. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine. More at kristingeorgebagdanov.com or @KristinGeorgeB.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Friday, April 12: Benjamin Lord Performance & Book Launch

























BENJAMIN LORD

"IS WESTERN CIVILIZATION 
DISINTEGRATING 
OR RECONSTITUTING?"

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Performance & Book Launch

Friday, April 12, 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm

We celebrate the launch of Benjamin Lord’s new artist book Is Western Civilization Disintegrating or Reconstituting?. The book explores narratives of cultural formation, identity, and aesthetics through the writings of the anthropologist and psychoanalyst Alfred Kroeber. A performance by the artist will inaugurate the work.

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Benjamin Lord’s work spans the techniques of photography, video, drawing, and sculpture, with a particular regard for the relationship between photography and the poetics of fiction. In addition to his gallery practice, he regularly creates editions of artist books. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum. He received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from UCLA.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Thursday, April 11: RAD! Residencies with Gillian Osborne & Laura Vena



















Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

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Gillian Osborne is a writer and educator based in Santa Barbara, California. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Boom!, The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, Volt, and Zyzzyva, and she's written essays and reviews for The Believer, The Boston Review, and other venues. She’s the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Green Green Green from Nightboat Books (2020) and the co-editor, with Angela Hume of a collection of critical essays, Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (University of Iowa North American Poetry Series). As a scholar, her work has been supported by fellowships from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson International Society, and featured in collections on The New Melville Studies and The New Dickinson Studies, both out from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2019. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, and at the Harvard Extension School, where, with Elisa New, she is an instructor for a series of online courses covering 400 years of American poetry.

Laura Vena is a writer, editor, translator, and animal activist whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the 1913 Press First Book Prize by John Keene for her book, x/she: stardraped. Laura holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Critical Studies from CalArts and is interested in works of a fantastic nature and those that investigate the ethical and aesthetic considerations of representation. She is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Two If By Sea Press, Fiction Editor at Entropy Magazine, and Founder of Blockhead Brigade, an organization that helps Pit Bull type dogs & their families in need.

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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. The events are in the spirit of a collaborative poetics involving the community that is emerging through the residency.

Part One: A reading and conversation and more, 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, or performance.

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 – Gillian Osborne: Lichen Writing, so in [?!***!?]

Part One – Thursday, April 11: Gillian Osborne & Laura Vena

Part Two – Thursday, April 25: Gillian Osborne & Michelle Detoire

Part Three – Friday, April 26: Gillian Osborne and lichen wildness tba!

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With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wednesday, April 10: Maya Weeks and Sophie Reiff



















The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

MAYA WEEKS
& SOPHIE REIFF

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

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Maya Weeks is an artist, writer, and geographer from California working on oceans, waste, climate, and gender. Her first book, on cultural imaginaries of trash in the ocean examining marine debris as a form of capital accumulation and gendered violence, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2020. She holds her BA in Language Studies (Spanish) from the University of California in Santa Cruz and her MFA in Poetry from Mills College. She is currently working on her PhD in Geography at the University of California in Davis. Her dissertation uses artistic research to investigate marine debris as a byproduct of a white supremacist patriarchal economic system based on the production of fossil fuel-derived products that, upon entering the oceans, leach toxicants that disproportionately affect women.

Sophie Reiff is a writer, performer, and activist living in Los Angeles. She writes about ecology, humor, historiography, borderland politics, friendship, among other things. Her first book, entitled Pyramid Lake, is forthcoming from Black Rock Press (University of Nevada, Reno) in 2020. She is a 2019 Creative Nonfiction writer at Tent (Yiddish Book Center, Amherst), and a Jeremiah Fellow at Bend the Arc.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Friday, April 5: Rocío Carlos - (the other house) book launch with Bridgette Bianca & T.K. Lê

























(the other house)
by Rocío Carlos
Book Launch
with
Bridgette Bianca & T.K. Lê

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Friday, April 5 2019
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Hosted by Chiwan Choi

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(the other house) is a book-length poem of response; a map; a thread of hauntings, a reconstructed memory of loss and the body, language and desire.

Please join The Accomplices, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Writ Large Press and the Los Ángeles poetry community in welcoming Rocío Carlos’s newest work. This night will also feature the bold and necessary voices of Bridgette Bianca and T.K. Lê.

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Rocío Carlos
(she/they) attends from the land of the chaparral. Born and raised in Los Ángeles, she is widely acknowledged to have zero short term memory but knows the names of trees. She is the author of (the other house) (The Accomplices/ Civil Coping Mechanisms), Attendance (The Operating System) and A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America (LACMA/Golden Spike Press). Her poems have appeared in Chaparral, Angel City Review, The Spiral Orb and Cultural Weekly. She was selected as a 2003 Pen Center “Emerging Voices” fellow. She collaborates as a partner at Wirecutter Collective and is a teacher of the language arts. Her favorite trees are the olmo (elm)and aliso (sycamore).

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles whose work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore. Bridgette Bianca is a graduate of Howard University and Otis College of Art & Design and has performed her poetry all around Southern California. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box. Her first book of poetry will be released by Writ Large Press in 2020.

T.K. Lê is from Westminster, California. An alum of the VONA Voices summer writing workshop, she has shared her work on KPCC’s Take Two, as well as on stage for ALOUD and Tuesday Night Project. Her essay “Part of Memory is Forgetting” appears in the W. W. Norton anthology Inheriting the War. She is currently a PEN America Emerging Voices fellow.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Saturday, April 6: Jordan Davis & Justin Jamail


























The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

JORDAN DAVIS
& JUSTIN JAMAIL

Saturday, April 6 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

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Jordan Davis’s most recent book is Shell Game (Edge, 2018). He is a former Poetry Editor of The Nation and his poems have appeared in The Awl, Poetry, American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. His essays have appeared in Boston Review, Slate, and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives and works in New York City.

Justin Jamail is the author of Exchangeable Bonds (2018, Hanging Loose Press) and has published poems and commentary in "many" journals and online publications. He is the General Counsel of The New York Botanical Garden. He studied poetry at Columbia University and the UMass Amherst MFA program. He grew up in Houston, TX, and now lives in Montclair, NJ, with his wife, son, daughter, dog and minivan.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday, April 7: @SEA 19: colonies // communities


The Poetic Research Bureau's live magazine is back next Sunday afternoon to renew last month's themes of community, neighborhoods, immigration, and colonization, with a particular eye this time on California neighborhoods and communities, from LA to the Bay Area.

We'll screen local filmmaker David de Rozas's short film Give, portraying an alternative archive of African-American history in a San Francisco parish, and a new video work by Billie Soo Hoo tracing family lives in LA's Chinatown. We'll also pay tribute to Agnès Varda's recent passing with a screening of her short, Uncle Yanco, showing Varda tracking down a Greek emigrant relative she's never met in the late 60s bohemia of Sausalito.

Meanwhile, one of our city's great poets-of-place, Sesshu Foster, will give a reading from recent work, while local journalist & neighborhood historian Hadley Meares will give a talk on a less-remembered generation of Angelenos – the French immigrants that inhabited Downtown and Chinatown for much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when LA's mayors had French surnames, vineyards ringed where Union Station stands now, and Vignes was the name of a winemaker, not just a neighborhood offramp to feed drivers to local bail bonds companies.

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@SEA #19

colonies // communities


A reading by Sesshu Foster from City of the Future and recent work


A talk by Hadley Meares on the French colonies & communities 
of early Los Angeles and present New Chinatown


Screenings of three short films & videos:

David de Rozas
Billie Soo Hoo
Agnès Varda



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Sunday, April 7th

Doors open 12:30

Program 1-3pm


Free & open to the public.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 23: Ed Steck & Shiv Kotecha







































Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Free and open to the public

Poster by Mark Allen

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Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press), and others. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Librarie Yvon Lambert, and Chateau Shatto. He is a recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Shiv Kotecha is a poet and critic. He is the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books, 2015). His newest book, The Switch, is just out from Wonder. His writing can be found in frieze, Art in America, and convolution and on Troll Thread and GaussPDF. He is also a PhD candidate in NYU English, finishing a dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.
shivkotecha.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Saturday, March 16: Creatures of Yes (screening / DVD release)


Saturday March 16th, 951 Chung King Road opens its doors and lends its venue to a new screening series programmed by Nick Toti. We'll celebrate the magical, time-bending work of filmmaker/puppeteer/musician Jacob Graham with his DIY puppet series Creatures of Yes. This event will also celebrate the release of a limited edition Creatures of Yes DVD. Jacob Graham will be in attendance for a (possible) live performance and Q&A following the screening hosted by filmmaker/writer Nick Toti.
 
Creatures of Yes is a new experimental television show made by Jacob Graham and Co. in Brooklyn NY. It's about people discovering the world around them and learning to appreciate each other's differences. It addresses modern, relevant topics head-on with humor and sensitivity.

Jacob Graham is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, musician, and laser light artist who began his career as a puppeteer with the Walt Disney Company in 2002. He's recently worked with Basil Twist, Furry Puppet Studio, and Up In Arms puppet troupe.

Nick Toti is the producer/director of The Complete History of Seattle and various other works. When he has the energy, he also writes for the film website Hammer to Nail.
 
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
  • Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
  • Location: Poetic Research Bureau - 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free
 
 
 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday, March 3rd: @SEA #18 – colonies // communities


The Poetic Research Bureau's monthly live magazine is back!

Our secular Sunday afternoon salon – bringing together artists & writers, academics & activists, all gathered around a one-word theme – @SEA ("at sea") returns for its eighteenth installment. This time the theme joins "colonies" & "communities" – and stretches across both March and April sessions of @SEA to consider the overlapping social histories and community formations that have defined Chinatown, greater Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

This Sunday, we'll begin with recent video work set in LA's Chinatown, and feature a talk by sociologist Jan Lin, author of the excellent Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism and Gentrification in Los Angeles, on bohemias and ethnic communities in Northeast LA. In the second half of the program, we'll take on more speculative ideas of colony and community, with a reading from Janalyn Guo's new collection, and an incredible filmwork of speculative fiction by Jorge Jácome, which will take us well asea, to the islands of the Azores off the coasts of Portugal and W. Africa. 

When April's program resumes, we'll find our way back to familiar California climes, with talks and work by David de Rozas, Hadley Meares, and others. Come out, install yourself in our living room on Chung King Rd, and join the conversation.

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@SEA #18
colonies // communities

Recent video work by Lin Shih-Chieh (Sanmu)

A talk by Jan Lin on bohemias and ethnic places across
Arroyo Seco, Chinatown & NE LA 

A reading by Janalyn Guo from her new collection of fiction
Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins

A screening of Jorge Jácome's short film Flores  

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Sunday, March 3rd
Doors open 12:30
Program 1-3pm

Free & open to the public.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 22: Vernon Keeve III & Stephen van Dyck
















The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

VERNON KEEVE III
& STEPHEN VAN DYCK

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid

Saturday, February 23 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm

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Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer. He currently lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. His full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press last year.

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, performer, organizer and educator. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, van Dyck has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles. Since 2008, van Dyck has curated the Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events where over 300 LA artists and locals have re-imagined unused public space. On his radio show "Customer Care" on KChung Radio, van Dyck calls debt collectors, telemarketers and customer service agents, and through an episodic narrative about his debts and defaulted loans, they converse about his and their personal lives. His first book, People I've Met From the Internet, is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions in May 2019.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday, February 22: Gabrielle Civil's Experiments in Joy Book Launch


















Join us as we celebrate the release of Gabrielle Civil's second memoir Experiments in Joy.

EXPERIMENTS IN JOY
with
Gabrielle Civil
Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Jess Arndt
& Madhu H. Kaza 

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Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm
 
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Gabrielle Civil’s Experiments in Joy celebrates black feminist collaborations and solos in essays, letters, performance texts, scores, images, and more. Following her explosive debut Swallow the Fish, Civil now documents her work with From the Hive, No. 1 Gold, and Call & Response—whose collaborative Call inspired the title. The book also features her solo encounters with artists and writers, ancestors and audiences. Here you will find black girlhood, grief, ghosts, girls in their bedrooms, lots of books, dancing, reading, falling in love, fighting back, and flying. With lots of heart and the help of her friends, Civil keeps reckoning with performance, art and life.


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GABRIELLE CIVIL is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered fifty original solo and collaborative performance works around the world engaging race, body, art, politics, grief, and desire. Since 2014, she has been performing “Say My Name” (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls)” as an act of embodied remembering. She is the author of Swallow the Fish and Tourist Art (with Vladimir Cybil Charlier). Her writing has appeared in Small Axe, Obsidian, Aster(ix), Rain Taxi, and more. She teaches Creative Writing & Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

KENYATTA A.C. HINKLE is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator and performer. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian and Among Margins: Critical and Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She is the author of the artist book Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) and Realities (Occidental College/Sming Sming Books) and SIR, her first book of poetry, a reflection on naming as a tool for undefining the defined (Litmus Press). Hinkle is assistant professor of painting at University of California, Berkeley.

JESS ARNDT was born in Washington State, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Jess received an MFA at Bard and was a 2013 Graywolf SLS Fellow and 2010 Fiction Fellow at the New York Foundation of the Arts. Jess has written for Fence, BOMB, Aufgabe, and the art journal Parkett, among others. Jess is a co-founder of New Herring Press. Jess’ debut collection of short stories, LARGE ANIMALS was published in 2017 by Catapult Press. She is Visiting Faculty in Creative Writing this year at the California Institute of the Arts.

MADHU H. KAZA was born in Andhra Pradesh, India and is a writer, translator, artist and educator based in New York City. She is the co-editor of an issue of Aster(ix) Journal entitled What We Love and editor of Kitchen Table Translation, a volume that explores the connections between translation and migration. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chimurenga, Gulf Coast, The New Inquiry, Waxwing, and more. She is a founding member of the No.1 Gold artist collective.

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 Glück 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.