The New Social Environment#166

Radical Poetry Reading with Edwin Torres

Featuring political poetry read by Cecilia Vicuña, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Urayoán Noel, Stacy Szymaszek, and Xandria Phillips.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Edwin Torres curates the 12th Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Cecilia Vicuña, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Urayoán Noel, Stacy Szymaszek, and Xandria Phillips.

In this talk

Edwin Torres

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Edwin Torres’s books of poetry include, XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books) and forthcoming from Doublecross Press, The Animal’s Perception of Earth. He is editor of the inter-genre anthology, The Body In Language (Counterpath Press) and has taught and performed his multi-disciplinary bodylingo poetics worldwide. Anthologies include, Fractured Ecologies, Who Will Speak For America, American Poets In The 21st Century: Poetics Of Social Engagement, Postmodern American Poetry Vol. 2, and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café.

Cecilia Vicuña

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Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Vicuña has published 22 art and poetry books, including Kuntur Ko (Tornsound, 2015), Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2001) and Cloud Net (Art in General, 2000). She was appointed the Messenger Lecturer 2015 at Cornell University, an honor bestowed on authors who contribute to the “evolution of civilization for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life.” She divides her time between Chile and New York.

Tongo Eisen-Martin

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Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book “Heaven Is All Goodbyes” was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

Urayoán Noel

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Luis Carle
Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, performer, translator, and critic living in the Bronx. He has published seven books of poetry and the prize-winning study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, and he has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry. Noel teaches at New York University and at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.

Stacy Szymaszek

Stacy Szymaszek
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Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017, and A Year From Today (2018). Her sixth book, Famous Hermits, will be published in 2021. She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in poetry. Szymaszek was the Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana-Missoula 2018-19, Poet-in-Resident at Brown University, and Visiting Poet for the Fire Island Artist Residency. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, on the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui peoples.

Xandria Phillips

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Xandria Phillips is a writer, abstract artist, and educator from rural Ohio. The recipient of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, and a LAMBDA Literary Award for their book HULL (Nightboat Books 2019), Xandria has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Currently, they are a Mellon Practitioner Fellow at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Xandria is also a Dream Space Residency recipient at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and their chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine.

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