The New Social Environment#612

Radical Poetry Reading with Rachelle Rahmé

featuring Rahmé, John Coletti, Will Farris, Alamgir Hashmi and Anne Waldman


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Rachelle Rahmé curates our 96th reading with John Coletti, Will Farris, Alamgir Hashmi and Anne Waldman.

In this talk

John Coletti

[John Coletti]
Poet John Coletti is the author of Peppermint Oil (PUSH, 2020), Deep Code (City Lights, 2014), Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further 2008), and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs 2005). With Anselm Berrigan, he is the author of the limited edition Skasers (Flowers & Cream, 2012).

Will Farris

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Visual artist and poet Will Farris was the inaugural 2019 recipient of The Brannan Prize at The Poetry Project judged by Lisa Jarnot. They’ve also been published in blush lit. Will lives in New York City.

Alamgir Hashmi

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Poet Alamgir Hashmi is said to have been born in this part of Planet Earth and trained, persuasively, formally and informally, to stay on here. Perhaps better known as an English poet, he has been a professor of English and comparative literature, an editor of literary and scholarly journals, a scholar-critic, a broadcaster, a translator, long lapsed lay minstrel, and a weekend canoeist. Books include The Ramazan Libation (Arc) and his work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, the latest being Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose (New Rivers Press, 2021). He was a judge of the Commonwealth Writers Prize 1990 and a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

Anne Waldman

Photograph of Anne Waldman seated on a bench wearing a gold sweater.
Photo of Anne Waldman in front of artwork by Pat Steir. Photo: Nina Subin.
Poet, curator, professor, performer, cultural activist Anne Waldman co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics program at Naropa Institute. She was arrested at Rocky Flats with Daniel Ellsberg and Allen Ginsberg in the 1970s, reading poems that challenged deliveries of plutonium for nuclear warheads. Author of over 60 volumes of poetry, poetics and anthologies including The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in The Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press) which won the Pen Center Literary Prize. Penguin has published her books over many years, including Trickster Feminism among several others. Her album SCIAMACHY was released in 2020 by Fast Speaking Music and the Levy-Gorvy Gallery. NEW WEATHERS, Poetics from the Naropa Archive , Nightboat 2022 has just gone to press.

Rachelle Rahmé

Black and white photo of Rachelle Rahmé
Born in Jounieh, Lebanon, Rachelle Rahmé is a Lebanese-American poet and independent scholar. She is the author of Count Thereof Upon the Other’s Limbs (72 Press, 2019) and two chapbooks, most recently Bataille’s Eggs (blush, 2021). Her translations of Georges Bataille were published as 27 Poems on Death by o•blēk editions in 2021. Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and 3fold, among others. She is a 2021-2022 ESB Fellow at the Poetry Project. Her work in sound has been presented by Issue Project Room, PS1, and others. Rahmé holds a Masters in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. She is a co-editor at blush, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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