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.