The New Social Environment#627

Radical Poetry Reading with Chris Tysh

Featuring Tysh, Laura Moriarty, Ted Pearson and Isaac Pickell


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Chris Tysh curates our 99th Radical Poetry Reading with Laura Moriarty, Ted Pearson and Isaac Pickell.

In this talk

Laura Moriarty

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Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, poet Laura Moriarty grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Northern California where she has lived since 1964. She attended UC Berkeley. She was the Director of the American Poetry Archives at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University for many years. She has taught at Naropa University and Mills College. She was Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution for two decades. Her recent books include Personal Volcano, Who That Divines, A Tonalist, and A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007. Last February she had her first show of visual art, rapt glass, at Right Window in San Francisco. Her Witch Walks is forthcoming from Nightboat.

Ted Pearson

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Poet Ted Pearson began writing poetry in 1964. He subsequently attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State. In 1976, he published his first book, The Grit, and began his long association with Language Poetry. He has since published twenty-seven books of poetry, including Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980 and An Intermittent Music: 1975-2010. His latest book is Durations (2022). He lives in  Northampton, Mass.

Isaac Pickell

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Passing poet Isaac Pickell is a PhD candidate in Detroit, where he writes and teaches the borderlands of black literature. He is the author of everything saved will be last (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and It’s not over once you figure it out, forthcoming from Black Ocean in 2023. Isaac’s taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to.

Chris Tysh

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Poet Chris Tysh’s latest publications are Hotel des Archives: A Trilogy (Station Hill Press, 2018)and Derrida’s In/Voice (BlazeVOX 2020). She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Kresge Foundation, as well as a Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University where she teaches writing. She is the poetry editor of Three Fold, an independent arts quarterly.

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