The New Social Environment#476

Radical Poetry Reading with Edwin Torres

Featuring Will Alexander, Martín Bakero, Lara Mimosa Montes, and Alex Tatarsky


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Edwin Torres curates the 69th Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Will Alexander, Martín Bakero, Lara Mimosa Montes, and Alex Tatarsky.

In this talk

Edwin’s new book Quanundrum: (i will be your many angled thing) (Roof Books, 2021) is available here →

Edwin Torres

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Edwin Torres is a NYC native and neo-lingualisualist. His books of poetry include; Quanundrum: i will be your many angled thing (Roof Books) which received a 2022 American Book Award, Xoeteox: the collected word object (Wave Books), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos), and editor of The Body In Language: An Anthology (Counterpath Press). Multi-disciplinary collaborations with a wide range of cultural nomads have contributed to the development of his bodylingo poetics. Edwin will be teaching “Brainlingo,” his workshop on poetry and portals, as an adjunct this semester at Columbia University.

Will Alexander

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Poet, novelist, playwright, aphorist, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist Will Alexander has produced 30 collections in the above mentioned genres. Both a Whiting Fellow and a California Arts Council Fellow, he has been recipient of an Oakland PEN Award, an American Book Award, and winner of the 2016 Jackson Prize for Poetry.

Martín Bakero

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Martin Bakero makes poetry with breath, syllable, phoneme, verse, healing and joy: creating a nomenclature between the acoustic image and the poetic body. He uses anti-rhetoric invocatory metrics, transmuting the distance between the word and the thing, the real and the delusion; exploring the frontiers between sense, sound, smell and vision which are diffused in various electroacoustic systems. His compositions employ various techniques of theurgic cabalistic reading-writing and extended vocal works. In direct connection with radio poetry astronomy, he explores what he calls ArTeluric, in which he works with sounds from the interior of the earth and other stars thanks to infrasonic pickup instruments and spatializes them.

Lara Mimosa Montes

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Lara Mimosa Montes is the author of THRESHOLES (Coffee House Press, 2020). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Futurepoem, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of artist residencies from Marble House Project, Storm King: Shandaken, and Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was awarded a McKnight Fellowship in Poetry. Lara currently teaches editing and publishing at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, she is coeditor of the artist monograph Darrel Ellis (Visual AIDS, 2021).

Alex Tatarsky

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A 2017-18 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Tatarsky makes work in the unfortunate in-between zone of comedy, poetry, dance-theater and deluded rant, sometimes with songs. They have performed their own work and the work of others at La Mama, MoMa PS1, 47 Canal, New Museum, The Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Museum, among many others. Chapbooks include Vacant Love (love letters for vacant lots) and Embrace the Tree (on pagan metal and neo-fascist fantasies). As the Shanzhai Lyric, they publish mini-compilations of bootleg t-shirt poems. Writings on hyper-capitalism, nonsense, and mimes are forthcoming in ArtReview Asia, Folder, and Garlands.

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