MELROSE POETRY BUREAU [MPB] is the brainchild of poet/writers Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen and Bobby Gordon. 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 was developed by the two Berkeley born and raised writers as a way to bring 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 Youthspeaks Inc ., Bobby and Nayeli wanted to structure a literary performance project that would not only provide entertainment but facilitate a critical dialogue with their surrounding community as well. Hence, MPB was born.
In their signature installation project, MPB 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 the audience member.