The New Social Environment#206

Radical Poetry Reading with Bennet Bergman

Featuring political poetry read by Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Shiv Kotecha, Benjamin Krusling, and Layli Long Soldier.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Bennet Bergman curates the 21st Radical Poetry Reading of 2021, featuring Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Shiv Kotecha, Benjamin Krusling, and Layli Long Soldier.

In this talk

Bennet Bergman

A photo of poet Bennet Bergman with his hand covering his face.
Courtesy Bennet Bergman
Bennet Bergman is a poet, educator, and publisher. He earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Gulf Coast, and Electric Literature. He is the founder and editor of Changes, a nonprofit press dedicated to publishing exceptional poetry by emerging writers in the United States. He lives in New York City.

Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro

A photo of poet Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro in front of a blank wall.
Courtesy Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro
Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro is a poet and translator. Rodríguez is the editor of Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews (Kenning Editions, 2020). Her translations include the Pornomiseria Manifesto by Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo (2017) and Ecogenoethnocide by Santiago Arboleda Quiñonez (2018).

Shiv Kotecha

A photo of Shiv Kotecha sitting in front of a bookshelf in a leather chair, with a black cat sleeping on his lap.
Holly Melgard
Shiv Kotecha is the author of The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). He writes about art, film, and literature for frieze. He’s written elswhere on the internet, holds a PhD in English from New York University and teaches poetry for NYU’s XE Experimental Humanties Deparment.

Benjamin Krusling

A photo of poet benjamin krusling in blurred, bluish light.
Courtesy benjamin krusling
Benjamin Krusling is a poet and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. his first book, Glaring, is forthcoming in summer 2020 from Wendy’s Subway.

Layli Long Soldier

A portrait of Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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