The New Social Environment#161

Radical Poetry Reading

Featuring political poetry read by CAConrad, Raquel Salas Rivera, Carlos Soto-Román, and Eileen Myles.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

The 11th Radical Poetry Reading in a weekly series leading up to the election, featuring CAConrad, Raquel Salas Rivera, Carlos Soto-Román, and Eileen Myles.

In this talk


A photo of hands behind a microphone showing a photo of poet CAConrad framed between painted fingernails.
Alice Wynne
CAConrad is the author of the forthcoming book Amanda Paradise (Wave Books, 2021). Their book While Standing in Line for Death won a 2018 Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant and a Pew Arts and Heritage Foundation Fellowship, the Believer Magazine Book Award, and the Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books, essays, recordings, and the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films) online at

Raquel Salas Rivera

A black and white photo of poet Raquel Salas Rivera in a printed button up.
Tamara Maz
Raquel Salas Rivera is the author of several collections of poetry, including antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano (Beacon Press, forthcoming 2022); x/ex/exis (poemas para la nación) (poems for the nation) (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2020); while they sleep (under the bed is another country) (Birds, LLC, 2019); and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018), which received the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Rivera is co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2019), a collection of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. He was a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, and the 2018-19 poet laureate of Philadelphia.

Carlos Soto-Román

A photo of poet Carlos Soto-Román in front of easels and anatomical drawings.
Courtesy Carlos Soto-Román
Carlos Soto-Román is a poet and translator. In the United States, he has published COMMON SENSE (Make Now Press, 2019), Bluff (Commune Editions, 2018), Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014), The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014), Chile Project: [Re-Classified] (Gauss PDF, 2013), and Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011). In the UK he has published Nature of Objects (Pamenar Press, 2019) and in Chile 11, which was awarded the Poetry Municipal Prize in 2018. He was the curator of the cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry Elective Affinities. He resided in Philadelphia PA, where he was a member of The New Philadelphia Poets. He also was a student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and a MacDowell fellow. He currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.

Eileen Myles

A black and white photo of poet Eileen Myles.
Photo by Shae Detar
Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.

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