The New Social Environment#491

Radical Poetry Reading with Jim Moore

Featuring Kimiko Hahn, Lawrence Joseph, Marilyn Nelson, and Spencer Reece


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Jim Moore curates the 72nd Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Kimiko Hahn, Lawrence Joseph, Marilyn Nelson, and Spencer Reece.

In this talk

Kimiko Hahn

Photo of Kimoko Hahn.
Photo by Nancy Bareis
The author of ten books of poems, Kimiko Hahn’s works include: Foreign Bodies (W. W. Norton, 2020); Brain Fever (WWN, 2014), and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections prompted by science; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. As part of her service to the CUNY community, she initiated a Chapbook Festival that became an annual event co-sponsored by major literary organizations. Since then, she has added chapbooks to her publication list: Write it!, Brittle Process, Brood, and more. In 2017, she and Tamiko Beyer collaborated on the chapbook Dovetail.

Lawrence Joseph

Photo of Lawrence Joseph.
Photo by Ted Ely
Poet Lawrence Joseph was born and raised in Detroit, the grandson of Lebanese and Syrian Catholic immigrants. He was educated at the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and two books of prose, Lawyerland (FSG) and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series. Among his awards are a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Professor of Law Emeritus at St. John’s University School of Law and lives in New York City.

Marilyn Nelson

Photo of Marilyn Nelson
An author or translator of more than 20 books and chapbooks for adults and children, Marilyn Nelson’s critically acclaimed books for young adults include A Wreath for Emmett Till and the groundbreaking Carver: A Life in Poems, a Newbery Honor Book. Of Marilyn’s nine poetry collections for adults, The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award; and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems received the 1998 Poets’ Prize, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize. A three-time finalist for the National Book Award, her many honors include the Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s award for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry,” and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Spencer Reece

Photo of Spencer Reese
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Minneapolis, poet Spencer Reece earned a BA at Wesleyan University, an MA at the University of York, an MTS at Harvard Divinity School, and an MDiv at Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2011. Reece’s debut collection of poetry, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück and adapted into a short film by director James Franco. He is also the author of the collection The Road to Emmaus (2013), which was a longlist nominee for the National Book Award. Reece is also the author of a memoir, The Secret Gospel of Mark (2021).

Jim Moore

Photo of Jim Moore.
Photo by Euan Kerr
Poet Jim Moore has been writing poetry for more than four decades. His most recent book, Invisible Strings, was published in 2011 by Graywolf Press. He has won the Minnesota Book Award for his poetry four times. Jim has received grants from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Loft Mcknight, and in 2012 from the Guggenheim Foundation. Jim lives in Minneapolis and Spoleto, Italy with his wife, the photographer JoAnn Verburg. He teaches in the Hamline University MFA Program in St. Paul, Minnesota and is often a Visiting Professor at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.