The New Social Environment#406

Radical Poetry Reading with David Shapiro

Featuring Kate Farrell, Joanna Fuhrman, Charles North, and Michael Palmer


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

David Shapiro curates the 55th Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Kate Farrell, Joanna Fuhrman, Charles North, Michael Palmer, and Shapiro.

In this talk

David Shapiro

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The author of 11 previous books of poems, as well as monographs on John Ashbery, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, and Mondrian, David Shapiro is the author of In Memory of an Angel (City Lights Books, 2017). A child prodigy on the violin, he went on to become a literary and art critic. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a M.A. from Cambridge University and has received awards, including the Zabel Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Merrill Foundation, the NEA, the NEH, the Graham Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was nominated for the National Book Award and is an Advisory Board Member of the Brooklyn Rail.

Kate Farrell

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Poet Kate Farrell’s seven books include Sleeping on the Wing, An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing, co-written by the poet Kenneth Koch, and widely used in high school and college classrooms. Farrell has taught writing at Columbia University and elsewhere, and she authored a series of Metropolitan Museum of Art anthologies that illustrate poetry from around the world with great works of art. Her most recent book is Visiting Night at the Academy of Longing, a collection of her poems. She is also the editor of You Are The You: Writings and Interviews on Poetry, Art, and the New York School, by the poet David Shapiro, forthcoming from MadHat Press in spring 2024.

Joanna Fuhrman

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Poet Joanna Fuhrman is the author of six books of poetry, including To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press 2021). She is a former poetry editor for Ping Pong and Boog City and served as the Monday-night coordinator for the poetry readings at The Poetry Project from 2001 to 2003 and the Wednesday-night coordinator from 2010 to 2011. She currently teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University and coordinates the Introduction to Creative Writing Classes and the faculty and alumni readings.

Charles North

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Poet Charles North’s most recent publication is En Face (MAB Books, 2021), poems with images by artist Trevor Winkfield. His New & Selected What It Is Like (Turtle Point/Hanging Loose, 2011) headed NPR’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, and his recent collection Everything and Other Poems (The Song Cave, 2020) was named a New York Times New and Noteworthy Book.

Michael Palmer

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Photo by Juno Gemes
Poet Michael Palmer was born into an Italian-American family in Manhattan in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has taught at numerous universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has published translations from a variety of languages, in particular French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. He has been involved in joint projects with many visual artists and composers in the United States and elsewhere and has also served as an artistic collaborator with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for close to 50 years. His most recent poetry collection is Little Elegies for Sister Satan (New Directions, May 2021). Later this year, Nightboat Books will bring out a new edition of a prose work, The Danish Notebook.

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