The New Social Environment#496

Radical Poetry Reading with Vincent Katz

Featuring Benedicta Froelich, Eileen Myles, Trace Peterson, Andrei Codrescu, and Vincent Katz


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Vincent Katz curates the 73rd Radical Poetry Reading, featuring poetry from his recent retrospective publication, Previous Glances (Edizioni Galleria Mazzoli), read by Benedicta Froelich, Eileen Myles, Trace Peterson, Andrei Codrescu, and Vincent Katz.

In this talk

Benedicta Froelich

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Benedicta Froelich (Milan, 1981), whose real name is Benedicta Cagnone, is a novelist, journalist, translator and interpreter. History and the English-speaking world and its language have always been her main passions, together with the art of storytelling; after starting out as a cartoonist and publishing two books for children and young adults, she left for Scotland and majored in Scottish history, and then devoted herself to historical and biographical novels. Her most recent novels are Nella sua quiete, 2014 (about T.E. Lawrence) and L’Indicibile inverno, 2020 (about Captain Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic). She currently lives in Switzerland.

Eileen Myles

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Writer Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.

Trace Peterson

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Trace Peterson is a poet and literary scholar. She’s the author of Since I Moved In (Chax, 2019) and the co-editor of Arrive on Wave: Collected Poems of Gil Ott (Chax) and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat). She edits/publishes EOAGH, a journal and small press which has won two Lambda Literary Awards and a National Jewish Book Award. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Interim Poetry & Poetics, Michigan Quarterly Review’s MQR Mixtape, and She is currently the N.E.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University.

Andrei Codrescu

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Author Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966. He is the author of numerous books: poems, novels, and essays. He founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books and Ideas. He was a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. He taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University.

Vincent Katz

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Poet, translator, and hybrid-form prose writer Vincent Katz is the author of the poetry collections Broadway for Paul (2020), Southness (2016), Swimming Home (2015), and the book of translations, The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (2004). His writing on contemporary art and poetry has appeared in Art in America, the Brooklyn Rail, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. As curator of the Readings in Contemporary Poetry series at Dia:Chelsea from 2010-2021, Katz edited the anthology Readings in Contemporary Poetry (Dia Art Foundation, 2017). In 2021, pieces from an opera in collaboration with composer Sarah Sarhandi were performed at the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival in London. He lives in New York City.

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