The New Social Environment#246

Radical Poetry Reading with Sadia Hassan

Featuring political poetry read by Helene Achanzar, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Taylor Johnson, and Nabila Lovelace


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Sadia Hassan curates the 27th Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Helene Achanzar, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Taylor Johnson, and Nabila Lovelace.

In this talk

Sadia Hassan

Sadia Hassan
Photo by Deja Samuel
The author of Enumeration (Akashic Books, 2020), part of the New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Set. Winner of the 2020 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award, Hassan has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Mesa Refuge and VONA. More of her work can be found in The American Academy of Poetry, Boston Review, The Rumpus, Longreads and elsewhere.

Helene Achanzar

Photo of Helene Achanzar by Adam Jason Cohen
Photo by Adam Jason Cohen
A Filipina Canadian poet and educator. She was awarded the John and Renee Grisham fellowship at University of Mississippi, where she served as Senior Editor of Yalobusha Review. Her writing can be found in Oxford American, jubilat, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, Helene lives in Chicago where she is the Programs Manager at the Chicago Poetry Center and an Associate Editor at Poetry Northwest.

Janice Lobo Sapigao

Janice Lobo Sapigao
A daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016), and like a solid to a shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017 by way of Nightboat Books). She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Women to Watch in 2017 by KQED Arts. She was a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Skyline College, the 2020-2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, and a Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets. In 2020, she started Santa Clara County’s first Youth Poet Laureate Program.

Taylor Johnson

Photo of Taylor Johnson by Sean D. Henry Smith
Photo by Sean D. Henry Smith
The author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), and their work appears in The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They live in New Orleans where they listen.

Nabila Lovelace

Nabila Lovelace by A.H. Jerriod Avant
Photo by A.H. Jerriod Avant
A born and raised Queens native, as well as a first generation American. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Narrative Northeast, Washington Square Review, Day One, ESPNW, & Vinyl. She is co-founder of The Conversation Literary Festival.

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