The New Social Environment#481

Radical Poetry Reading with Billie Chernicoff

Featuring Maggie Louisa Zavgren, Elizabeth Robinson, Kirsten Ihns, and MTC Cronin


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Billie Chernicoff curates the 70th Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Maggie Louisa Zavgren, Elizabeth Robinson, Kirsten Ihns, and MTC Cronin.

In this talk

Maggie Louisa Zavgren

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Maggie Louisa Zavgren is a poet who walks the ontological plain from nameless-formlessness to sacred and inimitable distinction. Her work has appeared in Caesura, The Doris, Metambesen, Blazing Stadium, The Swan, and SALT. Raised in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, she has been out to graze ever since. Zavgren currently edits “Swan Essays,” a biannual compendium of essays by poets. Her published works include Kotekan (The Swan), Triptych: Kigali-Gulu, Eight Days (Metambesen), The Night Orchard (The Doris/Books), and The Isle of You (Catskill Mountain Foundation Press).

Elizabeth Robinson

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The author of several collections of poetry, Elizabeth Robinson’s most recent project is Rumor from Parlor Press. A new book, Being Modernists Together is forthcoming in 2022 from Solid Objects. Recent work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Big Other, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Image, New Letters, Plume, Posit, and Salt.

Kirsten Ihns

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The author of sundaey (Propeller Books, 2020), Kirsten Ihns is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Chicago, where she studies perceptual rhythms in long contemporary poems and some films. She lives and works in Chicago.

MTC Cronin

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With over twenty published books (poetry, prose poems, and essays), MTC Cronin’s work includes collections jointly written with Australian poet/translator, Peter Boyle, and Melbourne-based poet/librettist, Maria Zajkowski. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and in her native Australia. Cronin has studied arts, law and literature and has worked in many jobs, weird and wonderful. You can check out her available books on Wikipedia or email her and she’ll send you one!

Billie Chernicoff

A Portrait of Billie Chernicoff
Billie Chernicoff lives between the Hudson River and Catskill Creek. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Amoretti, published by Lunar Chandelier Collective. Work may also be found online at,, and

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