The New Social Environment#672

The Eclipse Lounge: A Rail Reading Curated by Óscar Moisés Diaz

Featuring Diaz, Raquel Gutiérrez, Sheila Maldonado,  mónica teresa ortiz, and Yvette Siegert


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Óscar Moisés Diaz curates our 108th poetry reading with Raquel Gutiérrez, Sheila Maldonado,  mónica teresa ortiz, and Yvette Siegert.

In this talk

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic, writer, poet, and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gutiérrez credits the queer and feminist diy, post-punk zine culture of the 1990s, plus Los Angeles County and Getty paid arts internships, for introducing them to the various vibrant art and music scenes and communities throughout Southern California. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism and a 2017 recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. They are faculty for Oregon State University–Cascades’ Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing. Their new book Brown Neon is out now on Coffee House Press.

Sheila Maldonado

Sheila Maldonado
Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collections that’s what you get (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2021) and one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press / A Gathering of the Tribes, 2011). She is a CantoMundo fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She teaches English for the City University of New York. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Coney Island, the daughter of Armando and Vilma of El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras. She lives in El Alto Manhattan.

Yvette Siegert

Poet Yvette Siegert is the author of Atmospheric Ghost Lights, selected for the 2021 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Award, and her debut collection, a winner of the James Berry Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books. Her work has received support from CantoMundo, Macondo, Bread Loaf, Ledbury Poetry Critics, the NEA, Arts Council England, the Jan Michalski Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the National Centre for Writing. Her translation of Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry, Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962–1972, won the Best Translated Book Award. She is completing a PhD in Spanish at the University of Oxford.

mónica teresa ortiz

a photo of mónica teresa ortiz sitting on a bench in front of a green tall hedge
photo by muindi fanuel muindi
mónica teresa ortiz is a poet and interdisciplinary artist born and raised in the rural Panhandle of Texas. mónica has been a visiting researcher with the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research in 2022. Their writing has appeared in Fence, Scalawag, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hyperallergic, Coffee House Writers Project, Split This Rock!, and in the anthology, Night of Screams: Latino Horror Stories.

Óscar Moisés Díaz

Photo of Óscar Moisés Díaz
Poet-astrologer Óscar Moisés Díaz currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Asphalte Magazine and a Poetry in Translation Editor for Fence. They were a 2020-2021 Inaugural Curatorial Fellow at the Poetry Project as a member of Tierra Narrative. Other recent poems can be found in the print and online September issue of the Brooklyn Rail.

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