Common Ground#643

Publishing-in-Transit: Autonomedia

Featuring Jim Fleming, Lewanne Jones, Lorraine Schein, and Cole Swensen


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Autonomedia Founding Editor and Publisher Jim Fleming, documentary filmmaker Lewanne Jones, and writer Lorraine Schein join poet and Rail Contributor Cole Swensen for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Alyn Mare.

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Jim Fleming

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Founding Editor and Publisher Jim Fleming has been at Autonomedia since 1983. Autonomedia is an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new media that publishes books on radical media, politics and the arts that seek to transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines. Autonomedia also maintains the Interactivist Info Exchange, an online forum for discourse and debate on themes relevant to the books they publish. From 1980-2015, Fleming was an Adjunct Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.

Lewanne Jones

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Based in New York City, Lewanne Jones is an archival producer, audio-visual researcher and project archivist. She has researched for network and public television programs, museum installations and university-sponsored websites. Her research spans subjects ranging from African American history to neuroscience. Recent documentary projects include Jackie Robinson (Florentine Films), She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (Mary Dore) and many others. She is currently consulting on several projects, including an independent documentary about a school of radical American women poets and another about the Native American history of California. She has been nominated several times for News & Documentary Emmy Awards (including 2022) and is the recipient of an Acker Award.

Lorraine Schein

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NY-based poet and writer Lorraine Schein is a former member of the Libertarian Book Club. Her work has appeared in The Unbearables, Semiotexte SF, and elsewhere. Her speculative fiction and poetry has appeared in VICE Terraform, Strange Horizons, and NewMyths and in the anthologies Aphrodite Terra, Tragedy Queens and Wild Women. The Futurist’s Mistress, her poetry book, is available from Her new book is The Lady Anarchist Café, a collection of poetry and fiction, published by Autonomedia.

Cole Swensen

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Poet Cole Swensen is the author of 17 volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise. A book of hybrid poem-essays, Art in Time, was published by Nightboat in 2021. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. She has also translated over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, and art criticism from French and won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Alyn Mare reading.

Alyn Mare

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Alyn Mare is based in Tucson, AZ thinking into desert intake/output, parties and bad translations. Their work has appeared in Alchemy, Occulum, and Aired journals, and is archived in zine form at .

❤️ 🌈 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.