The New Social Environment#667

IT’S A SIGN ONLINE ! A Rail Reading Curated by Ari Lisner

Featuring Lisner, Delali Ayivor, Anjali Emsellem, Elaine Kahn and Sarah Yanni


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Ari Lisner curates our 107th Poetry Reading with Delali Ayivor, Anjali Emsellem, Elaine Kahn and Sarah Yanni

In this talk

Delali Ayivor

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Poet Delali Ayivor is a Ghanaian-American writing poetry for Black women and those who hope to love them. She is a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and member of the second class of Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal residency. Her first book, She is this, a collection of essays written about and with painter Audrey Gair, was published by King’s Leap Editions in 2022 (buy it!). You can find her shitposting on instagram as @_laney.boggs.

Anjali Emsellem

A photo of [Anjali Emsellem] on the sand below a cloudy sky
Writer and cook Anjali Emsellem is from the Bay Area. Their writing moves through the physical seeming terrains of emotional, ancestral, and relational landscapes. They were the co-founder of Atm magazine, and currently live in Ridgewood, New York.

Elaine Kahn

A photo of Elaine Kahn in front of wooden panels
Poet Elaine Kahn is the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015) and Romance or The End (Soft Skull, 2020). Writing has appeared in the LA Times, Granta, Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ workshop and has taught at UCLA, Pomona College, Saint Mary’s College, and the University of Iowa. She is the founder of the Poetry Field School.

Sarah Yanni

A photo of Sarah Yanni reading in front of a white wall
Poet Sarah Yanni has been recognized as a Finalist for BOMB Magazine’s Poetry Contest, Poetry Online’s Launch Prize, the Andres Montoya Letras Latinas Poetry Prize, and others. She is Managing Editor of TQR and holds an MFA from CalArts.

Ari Lisner

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Poet, journalist, and researcher Ari Lisner’s writings capture queer intimacy against the backdrop of New York City. Their work has been featured in The Quarterless Review, Peach, Triangle House, Wonder, GQ, Allure, and others. ONE SCHTICK PONY, their first chapbook, is forthcoming with Bullshit Lit in 2023. Ari is also the co-founder of the poetry press Touch Me New World and the host of the reading series IT’S A SIGN at KGB Bar.

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