The New Social Environment#176

Radical Poetry Reading with Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Featuring political poetry read by xtian w, Sasha Banks, David Lindsay, Basie Allen, and Julie Patton.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves curates the 14th installment in a weekly series of Radical Poetry Reading, featuring xtian w, Sasha Banks, David Lindsay, Basie Allen, and Julie Patton.

In this talk

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

A photograph of poet Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves.
Courtesy Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, b. 1980) writes ethnobotanical literary criticism and collages detritus into heraldic devices. Greaves has most recently been published in The Brooklyn Rail, and Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing (Kore Press). Her chapbook Close Reading As Forestry is published by Belladonna*. A publication with Ugly Duckling Presse is forthcoming in 2020. Formerly a Monday Night Reading Series curator at The Poetry Project, Site Director for Wendy’s Subway, and an artist-in-residence at Rauschenberg Residency, she is currently based in New York City where she is Young Mother of The Florxal Review.

xtian w

A photo of poet xtian w.
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xtian w is a trans femme writer and performer. Their poems & essays appear in [PANK], No, Dear, Bone Bouquet, Jaded Ibis, & Hematopoiesis Press, among others. Current obsessions include—though aren’t limited to—Medusa, hysteria, Trans sensorialities, boundaries, & houseplants. An Aquarius sun / Virgo rising / Capricorn moon, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU & paints their nails in Brooklyn.

Sasha Banks

A photo of poet Sasha Banks.
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Sasha Banks is a poet and educator whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, PBS Newshour, Poor Claudia, The Fanzine, Obsidian, and other publications. Sasha is a 2019 Rhode Island Writer Colony Fellow. She is the author of america, MINE and received her MFA at Pratt Institute.

David Lindsay

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David Lindsay is a poet and a visual artist. Currently a New York resident, David Lindsay’s work explores the edge of our built environment and its flowers, and where to go from there.

Basie Allen

Basie Allen
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Basie Allen is a poet and visual artist who is from and also is lives in New York City

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).

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