The New Social Environment#146

Radical Poetry Reading with Vincent Katz and Anne Waldman

Featuring political poetry read by Laurie Anderson, Sherwin Bitsui, Andrei Codrescu, Wayne Koestenbaum, Julie Patton, and Patrick Pethybridge.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poets Vincent Katz and Anne Waldman co-curate the eighth Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Laurie Anderson, Sherwin Bitsui, Andrei Codrescu, Wayne Koestenbaum, Julie Patton, and Patrick Pethybridge.

In this talk

Vincent Katz

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Vincent Katz is the author of the poetry collections Broadway for Paul, Southness and Swimming Home and the book of translations The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius. He is the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art. He curates the poetry readings at Dia:Chelsea in New York and edited Readings in Contemporary Poetry, an anthology of poets from that series. He lives in New York City.

Anne Waldman

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Photo of Anne Waldman in front of artwork by Pat Steir. Photo: Nina Subin.
Anne Waldman is the author, most recently of Trickster Feminism, Penguin 2018, and Sanctuary, Spuyten Duyvil 2020, and her vinyl album SCIAMACHY was just released by Fast Speaking Music with support from the Levy Gorvy Gallery in NYC. Anne Waldman is a member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community. Her poetry is recognized in the Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain trajectories, and she has raised the bar as a feminist, activist, and powerful performer.

Laurie Anderson is an artist living in New York City. Her most recent project is a radio series, “Party in the Bardo”.

Sherwin Bitsui

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Richard Castaneda
Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. He is Diné of the Todí­ch’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí­laaní­ (Many Goats Clan), and has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts & Culture Foundation.

Andrei Codrescu

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Andrei Codrescu was born in Transylvania, Romania, reborn at the age of 19 in Detroit and New York in 1967-1970. A professional nomad he has lived in San Francisco, Monte Rio California on the Russian River, Baltimore, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He is the recipient of 40,000 angry letters from Ralph Reed’s “silent majority” for urging Christian believers in the “Rapture” to ascend to Heaven as quickly as the Lord will make room for them. He did this on NPR, which as we know, is the radio station all evangelicals listen to – religiously. Codrescu’s first book of poetry was “License to Carry a Gun” in 1970, and his most recent, “The Art of Forgetting” (2019) He writes novels and essays and won the Peabody award for the film “Road Scholar.”

Wayne Koestenbaum

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Ebru Yildiz
Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, novelist, artist, performer—has published twenty books, including Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Circus, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award). His first book of short fiction, The Cheerful Scapegoat, will be published by Semiotext[e] in April 2021. This year he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His literary archive is in the Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Julie Patton

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Julie Ezelle Patton is a New York City based poet and visual artist. She is also the founder of an eco-arts housing and land conservation project based near Detroit. Patton is the author of Using Blue To Get Black, Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake, and A Garden Per Verse (or What Else do You Expect from Dirt?). Julie’s work has appeared in ((eco (lang)(uage(reader)), Critiphoria, and nocturnes. Her performance work emphasizes improvisation, collaboration, and other worldy chora-graphs. Julie is a recipient of an Acadia Arts Foundation Grant (2008, 2010), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship (2007). Julie has taught at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, Naropa, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Schule fur Dichtung (Vienna, Austria).

Patrick Pethybridge

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Jeff Pethybridge
Patrick Pethybridge (born 2004) is a writer, and founder/editor of Visible Binary, an online magazine of poetry, short texts, digital media, and other experimental genres. He is interested in translation, and has worked on the poetry of César Vallejo & Raúl Zurita. He is currently an intern at ArtLab, an art-in-residency and social advocacy program for adolescents in the Denver metro area. Patrick lives in Denver, Colorado, and attends the CUBE School.

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