The Poetic Research Bureau is a reading venue, event space, and clubhouse for the development of experimental and underground literature and culture. Run by poets, artists, and curators Andrew Maxwell, Joseph Mosconi, and Rita Gonzalez, PRB is a site for literature at its most utopian: “an extended community of autodidacts and guessworkers caught up in language inquiry and the unguarded art.”
While PRB has been closed for the duration of the COVID lockdown, the curators have put together a small collection of Los Angeles writers doing site-specific readings around the city. We’re excited to host some of them here.
First up is Carlos Lara. Lara is a poet and translator from Chula Vista, California. He edits a literary magazine called Nomaterialism. His translation of Blanca Varela’s Canto villano (Rough Song) was published by The Song Cave in 2020. He is also the author of Like Bismuth When I Enter (Nightboat, 2020) and The Green Record (Apostrophe, 2018) and is co-author, with Will Alexander, of The Audiographic As Data (Oyster Moon, 2016). He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles.