Thursday, January 30, 2020

Saturday, February 1: James Sherry, Bruna Mori & Ross Goodwin

The Poetic Research Bureau presents....


Celebrating the release of Bruna Mori and Ross Goodwin's new books POETRY FOR CORPORATIONS and 1 THE ROAD.


Saturday, February 1 2020

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


* NOTE: Celebrations for Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, will be taking place in Chinatown. Parking will be at a premium, so consider taking a cab, ride share, or Metro (the Gold Line stops in Chinatown a few blocks from the Bureau).


James Sherry is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose, most recently The Oligarch (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) and the poetry book Entangled Bank (Victoria, TX: Chax Press, 2016). Since 1976, he has edited Roof Books and Roof Magazine, publishing more than 150 titles of seminal works of language writing, flarf, conceptual poetry, new narrative, and environmental poetry. He started The Segue Foundation, Inc. in 1977, producing over 10,000 events of poetry and other arts in New York City. Tonight, he’ll read from his new manuscript, Selfie: Ecology & Individuals, forthcoming from Palgrave this year.

Bruna Mori is a writer and educator preoccupied with spatial discourses. Her drifts of cities and suburbs are Dérive (Meritage Press) and Beige (Upset Press). Her most recent drift of the commodity, Poetry for Corporations (Insert Blanc Press), reclaims her ghostwritten copy or "maximum normcore stock culture 4 your office's best waiting areas.” A graduate of UCSD and Bard College, she presently lives in San Diego where she teaches at UCSD and Woodbury School of Architecture, and writes mainly for arts institutions and nonprofits.

"Not a poet. Artist, creative technologist, hacker, gonzo data scientist, writer of writers. Former Obama administration ghostwriter. Employs machine learning, natural language processing, other computational tools to realize new forms & interfaces for written language." A graduate of MIT and NYU, Ross Goodwin uses sensors to generate poetry, screenplays, and literary travel fiction, including the generative poem "Please Feed the Lions," a collaboration with Es Devlin and Google Arts and Culture projected in Trafalgar Square; "Sunspring," a Sci-Fi short film with Thomas Middleditch, and 1 the Road (Jean Boîte Éditions), the first experimental roadtrip novel written by an AI.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January 31: Kate Ingold, Fred Schmalz, Chad Sweeney

Kate Ingold is a visual artist and poet working in a variety of media, from textiles made from recycled and new materials to stitched and etched drawings on digital photographs, sculptural, video and performative installation, and image/text collage. In her work, she examines issues of disturbance, reparation and collapse, and the nostalgia and regret that can accompany loss. Her chapbook, Dream of Water, was chosen by Harryette Mullen for the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship and was published in 2008. Kate lives in Los Angeles and has exhibited her work nationally. (

Fred Schmalz is an artist and poet. His first full-length collection, Action in the Orchards (from Nightboat Books in 2019), responds to encounters with dance, music, and visual art. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Conduit, A Public Space, and Oversound. He makes art with Susy Bielak in the collective Balas & Wax. ( and

Chad Sweeney has published six books of poetry, including Little Million Doors (Nightboat Books, winner of the Nigthboat Books Prize), Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James) and Wolf’s Milk (bilingual Spanish/English, Forklift Books)—as well as two books of translation, most recently Pablo Neruda’s final book, The Call to Destroy Nixon and to Advance the Chilean Revolution (Marick, 2019). Chad is an associate professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino and lives in Redlands with his partner, Jennifer K. Sweeney and their two little boys.

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Friday, January 31, 2020
951 Chung King Rd

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Monday, January 20, 2020

@SEA #20: DOMINION (w/ Anthony McCann, Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Mina Kim Fitzpatrick, Roy Scranton)

@SEA returns in 2020 with its 20th episode of film, talks, reading and performance. A live magazine and unfolding act of letting the mind wander on a theme, the keyword for this installment is dominion – exploring themes of territory and control, sovereignty and occupation, with special attention to the desert, land use and rural spaces. Participants include Mina Kim Fitzpatrick, Juan Pablo González, Anthony McCann and Roy Scranton.

Sunday, Jan 26. Doors open at 12:30pm, with screenings and readings from 1-3pm.



Mina Kim Fitzpatrick is a documentary director, editor and cinematographer. Her directorial work has screened internationally at San Sebastian Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and Maryland Film Festival, and garnered awards such as the Loni Ding Social Justice Award at CAAMFest and Best Documentary Short at Winchester Film Festival. She has participated in the Sundance Edit and Story Lab as a contributing editor, and her cinematography work was recognized by the American Society of Cinematographers as a finalist for the Haskell Wexler Documentary Award in 2016. She is a graduate of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Documentary Fellowship and served as a Fulbright Scholar from 2011-2013 in South Korea. She is currently a Special Faculty member in the Program of Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts, teaching cinematography and documentary production.


Named one of the Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2015, Juan Pablo González is a Mexican filmmaker whose work has screened at Cannes, Rotterdam, IDFA, the Lincoln Center of New York, the Mexico City Cinematheque, Habana, Ambulante, among others. He’s received support from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts, the Sundance Institute, the Venice Biennale and the Austin Film Society. He currently teaches in the Film Directing Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Juan Pablo's practice spans between fiction and non-fiction cinema. His work is primarily set in Atotonilco el Alto, the town where he grew up in rural Mexico. Juan Pablo is concerned with representations of the rural, drug violence, immigration and the intersection between urban and country life in different communities around the Jalisco Highlands. His work reflects deeply on the mutability of memory and its trace across the spaces we inhabit.


Anthony McCann was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, and now lives in the Mojave Desert. He is the author of Shadowlands, a work of non-fiction about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, and four volumes of poetry, including Thing Music and I Heart Your Fate. He is on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies and the Creative Writing MFA at the California Institute of the Arts.


Roy Scranton is the author of I ♥ Oklahoma! (Soho Press, 2019), Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2019), We’re Doomed. Now What? (Soho Press, 2018), War Porn (Soho Press, 2016), and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization (City Lights, 2015). He has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Nation, the New Republic, The Baffler, Yale Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and he co-edited What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future (Unnamed Press, 2017) and Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 25: Suzanne Stein & Claudia La Rocco

Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include New Sutras (just released from Dogpark Collective), The Kim Game, TOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, which documents the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. Suzanne was the founding editor, and for eight years editor-in-chief, of Open Space, SFMOMA’s art and language platform and publication. After thirty years’ living and working in the Bay Area, she resides now in San Diego, California.

Claudia La Rocco’s work explores hybridity and improvisation, moving between criticism, poetry, fiction, and performance. Her books include the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), the chapbook I am trying to do the assignment ([2nd Floor Projects]) and the sf novel petit cadeau (published by the Chocolate Factory Theater in performance, print, and digital editions). With musician/composer Phillip Greenlief she is animals & giraffes, an experiment in interdisciplinary improvisation. She has been a columnist for Artforum, a cultural critic for WNYC New York Public Radio, and from 2001-2015 was a critic and reporter for The New York Times. La Rocco is Editorial Director of SFMOMA’s Open Space platform.

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Saturday, January 25 2020
951 Chung King Road

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Always free. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Saturday, January 18: Nik De Dominic & MC Hyland

Nik De Dominic is the author of the full length collection of poems Goodbye Wolf (The Operating System '20) and the chapbook Your Daily Horoscope (New Michigan Press '15). An essayist and poet, he has had work appear in Guernica, Verse Daily, Los Angeles Review, Diagram, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where he also co-directs the university's Prison Education Project. De Dominic is the Poetry Editor of New Orleans Review and lives in Los Angeles.

MC Hyland is the author of two full-length books of poems: THE END (Sidebrow 2019) and Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press 2010). She has also published a dozen poetry chapbooks/artist books, most recently Plane Fly At Night from above/ground press and the self-published Five Essays on the Lyric/The Laundry Poem with Anna Gurton-Wachter. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, and recently finished a PhD in English at NYU. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, essays, and public art projects. She lives in Brooklyn.

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 Saturday, January 18 2020

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

951 Chungking Rd
Chinatown LA 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Saturday, January 11: Matthew Klane & Mal Young

The PRB is bringing poetry back in 2020 with the first reading of the year: 

Matthew Klane and Mal Young!

Saturday, January 11 2020

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include Canyons (w/ James Belflower, Flim Forum, 2016), Che (Stockport Flats, 2013), and B (Stockport Flats, 2008). An e-chapbook from Of the Day is online at Delete Press and an e-book My is online at Fence Digital. Recent work is online or forthcoming at Barzakh, Homonym, Pulpmouth, and The Spectacle. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he curates the The REV Poetry Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See:

Mal Young is a poet based out of Los Angeles. She currently works as a layout editor for Los Angeles Magazine and co-edits Dirt Child, a print and digital multidisciplinary journal, alongside writing partner Gin Hart. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Occulum, and West Wind Review, and is forthcoming in Elderly and Bomb Magazine.