The New Social Environment#682

That all sounds pretty emotional actually: A Rail Reading Curated by Anselm Berrigan

Featuring Berrigan, Ama Birch, Courtney Bush, Jennifer Soong and Ed Steck


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Anselm Berrigan curates our 110th Poetry Reading with Ama Birch, Courtney Bush, Jennifer Soong and Ed Steck.

In this talk

Ama Birch

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Poet Ama Birch has been published by Grove Atlantic, Great Weather for Media, Autonomedia, A Gathering of the Tribes, Vail/Vale, Vitrine, Insert Blanc Press, Live Mag!, Fellswoop, Apricity, Belladonna*, and The Brooklyn Rail. She did a residency at the Atlantic Center of the Arts.

Courtney Bush

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Poet and filmmaker Courtney Bush is from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She lives and works as a nanny in New York. She is the author of Isn’t This Nice?, Every Book Is About The Same Thing, and I Love Information, a 2022 National Poetry Series selection, forthcoming in 2023 from Milkweed Editions. Her films, made with collaborators Jake Goicoechea and Will Carington, have been screened at festivals internationally.

Ed Steck

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Ed Steck is a writer from Pittsburgh, author of The Garden, An Interface for a Fractal Landscape, Mountain Forge Serviceberry Systems, more.

Jennifer Soong

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Poet Jennifer Soong’s books and chapbooks include Suede Mantis / Soft Rage (Black Sun Lit), Contempt (SPAM Press), When I Ask My Friend (co-bound with Dan Owen’s Points of Amperture, DoubleCross Press), and Near, At (Futurepoem). Her chapbook Hand Hiding Hand, illustrated by Thom Donovan, is forthcoming with Face Press. Originally from New Jersey, she currently lives in Oxford, UK.

Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan
Anselm Berrigan is the poetry editor for the Brooklyn Rail, and author of a number of books of poems, most recently Pregrets, from Black Square Editions.

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