Live Music

Bootleg Theater

Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd.
City: Los Angeles


Melrose Poetry Bureau [MPB] creates live poetry installations on manual typewriters and offers a wealth of performance and educational opportunities including (but not limited to) spoken word performances, writing workshop residencies, and coordination of poetry slams. MPB is the brainchild of poet/writers Nayeli Knudsen and Bobby Gordon. In 2014, Brian Sonia-Wallace, an LA native and writer extraordinaire, joined the team as a managing partner to make up what is now the core of MPB. MPB was developed with the intention of bringing poets and the public back together. Inspired by participating in typewriter installations at UCLA, and the previous work of their mentors such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Paul Flores, and James Kass of Youth Speaks Inc ., MPB provides entertainment and facilitates a critical dialogue with their surrounding community as well. Our signature installation project unmasks the creative process; poets craft new original works on the spot for the public in attendance. Poets meet and talk with people that approach their typewriter and use those conversations as the inspiration for new poems that are ultimately gifted to and performed for the audience member. Partnerships have included UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Google, LA Library Foundation, LA2050, Highways, Freight and Salvage, and the L.A. Philharmonic, with longer residencies at UCLA, LA’s Natural History Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts (AZ), and Write Club LA at the Bootleg Theatre. We are thrilled to be coming home!