The New Social Environment#642

The Mountain Suddenly Gives Way Underfoot: A Rail Reading curated by Anna Gurton-Wachter

Featuring Gurton-Wachter, Betsy Fagin, Lyric Hunter, Jacob Kahn, and Morgan Vō


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Anna Gurton-Wachter curates our 102nd Wednesday Afternoon Poetry Reading with Betsy Fagin, Lyric Hunter, Jacob Kahn and Morgan Vō.

In this talk

Betsy Fagin

A photo of Betsy Fagin
Poet Betsy Fagin is the author of All is Not Yet Lost (Belladonna, 2015), Names Disguised (Make Now Books, 2014), as well as a number of chapbooks. She works as a reference and instruction librarian in NYC libraries helping people navigate information landscapes.

Lyric Hunter

Lyric Hunter
Poetry and prose by Lyric Hunter can be found online at Tagvverk, Counter, Cordella, and Organism for Poetic Research. She is the author of two chapbooks, Motherwort (Guillotine, 2017), and Swallower (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), as well as an essay called “The Only Thing You Have,” which is included in an anthology entitled More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas (University of Texas Press, 2022). She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, where she is enrolled in the Master’s of Archives and Public History Program at NYU.

Jacob Kahn

Photo of Jacob Kahn in a floral shirt
Poet and editor Jacob Kahn lives Oakland, CA. He is the author of Mine Eclogue (forthcoming from Roof Books in late 2022), and the chapbooks A Is For Aegis (DoubleCross Press, 2022), Mine Eclogue (Dirty Swan Projects, 2019), and A Circuit of Yields (Wolfman Books, 2014). From 2016-20, he was a managing editor, curator, and bookseller at Wolfman Books, a bookstore, small press, and community arts hub in downtown Oakland. He is an editor of the poetry chapbook press, Eyelet Press, and reading series, Islet, which he cofounded with Sophia Dahlin in 2019. He works as a freelance grantwriter and copyeditor, as well as at the Berkeley Public Library.

Morgan Võ

Morgan Võ
Poet and artist Morgan Võ (b. 1989) is concerned with overlap, difficulty understanding, and resonance. His chapbooks include Lights of Earth and Eat Pamphlet; recent work has appeared in The Segue Reading Series, The Brooklyn Rail’s New Social Environment, and Can We Have Our Ball Back. He is a member of The Poetry Project Newsletter editorial collective, and organizer of G-L-O-S-S, a mutual aid-based poetry press.

Anna Gurton-Wachter

Anna Gurton-Wachter
Writer, editor, and archivist Anna Gurton-Wachter is the author of the full length collection Utopia Pipe Dream Memory (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) and seven chapbooks, most recently My Midwinter Poem (clones go home, 2020). Her work explores imagined communities, feminisms, and transformative influence. Anna edits and makes books with DoubleCross Press, works full time for The Keith Haring Foundation and part time for NYU.

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