Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday, September 27: Our Families, Our Stories: Writing and Parenting in the Trenches

Doors 7:30pm
Event 8pm


With Pat Alderete, Lane Igoudin, Michael Kearns, Carla Sameth, Aimee Carrillo Rowe, and Carla Sameth


Readings (fiction/memoir/poetry) followed by discussion. For those LGBTQ writers who are parents, the realities of parenthood intersects at every level of the professional author experience. Queer parents are often intentional in creating their families and in how they position their identities as writers, from craft to publication and marketing. Markedly so when you define yourself as other than a traditional “parent” and know how much words matter. This interdisciplinary program features diverse authors who have published in multiple genres in magazines and books. The queer parenting experience is historically underrepresented and is now a rising area of focus in literary publishing. Panelists will talk about how they both write about and interrogate some of the assumptions of parenting today.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Thursday, September 26: Intensely Feeling Pop Culture

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Part of LAMBDA's Lit Fest week, Intensely Feeling Pop Culture is a reading featuring poets and writers who explore popular culture in their work.

Readers include: Ryka Aoki, Kate Durbin, Myriam Gurba, JoAnna Novak, Sophia Le Fraga, and Christopher Soto.

Christopher Soto (b. 1991) is a poet based in Los Angeles, California. He works at UCLA with the Ethnic Studies Centers and sits on the Board of Directors for Lambda Literary. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration.

JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You (2017) and the book-length poem Noirmania (2018); her second book of poetry, Abeyance, North America, will be published in 2020. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, and BOMB. A founding editor of the literary journal and chapbook press Tammy, Novak is an assistant professor of creative writing at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles.

Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Huffington Post, and was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She worked with the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions were adopted as the organization’s official “songs of peace.” Ryka is the Director of The After School Workspace at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Head Instructor of Supernova Queer Martial Arts, and Founder of Studio Passoire. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.

Myriam Gurba is a high school teacher, writer, podcaster and artist who lives in Long Beach, California. Her most recent book, the true crime memoir Mean, was a New York Times editors’ choice. Publishers Weeklydescribes her as a “literary voice like none other.” Gurba co-hosts the AskBiGrlz advice podcast with cartoonist MariNaomi. Her collage, digital artwork, and photography has been shown in museums, galleries, and community centers.

Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of literallydead and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET. Le Fraga's ongoing interview series, "Having a Smoke With You," consists of cigarette-long chats with artists and writers. She is a member of Collective Task and the founding editor of @No___Ish, an Instagram zine.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer whose work focuses on popular culture and digital media. Her books include E! Entertainment (Wonder), The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books), and ABRA (1913 Press). ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text," which won the 2017 Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia. She has performed or shown her artwork at the Pulse Art Fair in Miami, MOCA Los Angeles, the Haifa Museum in Israel, Transfer Gallery, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum,Yale's American Scholar, NPR, The Believer, BOMB, and more.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Saturday, Sept 21: Jorge Ortega with Anthony Seidman

The Poetic Research Bureau presents a bilingual reading with Mexican poet Jorge Ortega and translator/poet Anthony Seidman.

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Jorge Ortega is a Mexican poet and essayist born in Mexicali, Baja California. His books include Ajedrez de polvo, Estado del tiempo, Guía de forasteros, and Bedouins. His poems, book reviews and articles have appeared in Letras Libres, Nexos, Quimera, Revista de Occidente and Periódico de Poesía. Currently a research teacher at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at CETYS University in Baja California.

Anthony Seidman
is a poet-translator from Los Angeles. His translations include Smooth-Talking Dog: Poems by Roberto Castillo Udiarte (Phoneme Media), For Love of the Dollar (Unnamed Press) by J.M. Servín, Luna Park (Cardboard House Press) by Luis Cardoza y Aragón, and A Stab in the Dark by Facundo Bernal (LARB Classics). His latest collection of poetry is A Sleepless Man Sits Up In Bed (Eyewear Publishing).

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Saturday, September 21 2019

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

951 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Saturday, September 7: Sophia Dahlin, Turner Capehart Canty & Joseph Mosconi

The Poetic Research Bureau begins its fall season with


Saturday, September 7

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Sophia Dahlin is in Oakland, California. She holds poetry workshops at E.M. Wolfman Books, in a library basement, and sometimes in the bike room of her cooperative house. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Elderly, The Recluse, and the Poetry Foundation's PoetryNow series. With Jacob Kahn, she edits the chapbook press Eyelet.

Turner Capehart Canty is a poet living in Oakland, CA. His chapbooks include Foundation (LMNOP) and the forthcoming I Want to Miss Them (Eyelet). Other writings can be found in Fence, Coldfront Magazine, and in the recent publication Libertines in the Ante-room of Love (Jet-Tone Press). You can find Turner's music at

Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and is the author of several books, including Ashenfolk (Make Now Books, 2019), Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Books, 2014), Renaissance Realism (Gauss PDF, 2016), and, with Pauline Beaudemont, an artist book called This Arrogant Envelope (FCAC Geneva, 2017).