Thursday, October 24, 2019

Correspondence: Rosenthal, Witte, Armendinger, Foster & Sarbanes

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

CORRESPONDENCE: a celebration of two new releases from The Operating System: THE GRASS IS GREENER WHEN THE SUN IS YELLOW, by Sarah Rosenthal and Valerie Witte, and STREET GLOSS, by Brent Armendinger. 

Featuring additional readings by Sesshu Foster and Janet Sarbanes. 


Friday, October 25 2019

Doors 7:20pm
Reading 8pm


Sarah Rosenthal is the author of several books and chapbooks including 'The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow' (The Operating System, 2019; a collaboration with Valerie Witte) 'Lizard' (Chax, 2016), and 'Manhatten' (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009). She edited 'A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area' (Dalkey Archive, 2010). She has done grant-supported writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, New York Mills, Hambidge, and This Will Take Time, and has been a Headlands Center Affiliate Artist. She lives in San Francisco where she works as a Life & Professional Coach, develops curricula for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, and serves on the California Book Awards jury. More at

Valerie Witte is the author of a game of correspondence (Black Radish Books, 2015) and three chapbooks, most recently The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow (The Operating System, 2019), a collaboration with Sarah Rosenthal. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Correspondence School, and for eight years, she helped produce many innovative books by women as a member of Kelsey Street Press. In her daytime hours, she edits education books in Portland, OR. Read more at

Brent Armendinger's new book is Street Gloss, a hybrid work of site-specific poetry and experimental translation, featuring Argentinian writers Alejandro Méndez, Mercedes Roffé, Fabián Casas, Néstor Perlongher, and Diana Bellessi, and drawings by Alpe Romero (The Operating System, 2019). Brent is also the author of The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), a finalist for the California Book Award in Poetry. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles. His website is

Sesshu Foster has taught comp and lit in East L.A. for 35 years. His last book, City of the Future (Kaya Press, 2018), won the 2019 CLMP Firecracker Award. A forthcoming novel, ELADATL, a History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, is a collaboration with artist Arturo Ernesto Romo and will be published by City Lights Books in 2020.

A 2017 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol art writer’s grant, Janet Sarbanes has published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals such as East of Borneo, Afterall, Journal of Utopian Studies, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2018, she helped program a series of events at CalArts around the 50th anniversary of Fluxus artists Alison Knowles's House of Dust, which was situated on campus from 1969-1971 and served as a locus of alternative pedagogy, art-making, and communal practice. Sarbanes is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released, and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing and MA Aesthetics and Politics programs at CalArts.

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