The New Social Environment#692

It must be a different life— five new books: A Rail Reading Curated by Jordan Davis

featuring Davis, David Blair, Sommer Browning, Nada Gordon, and Maureen Owen


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Jordan Davis curates our 112th Poetry Reading with David Blair, Sommer Browning, Nada Gordon, and Maureen Owen

In this talk

David Blair

A photo of David Blair
David Blair was born in New York City and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s the author of five books of poetry and a collection of essays. His newest book True Figures: Selected Shorter Poems and Prose Poems, 1998-2021 was just published by MadHat Press in October. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and he teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He’s been a Boston poet for the last twenty-five years.

Sommer Browning

A photo of Sommer Browning against a brick wall
Sommer Browning is a poet, arts writer, curator, and artist. Her latest book is Good Actors (Birds, LLC; 2022). She’s the author of two other collections of poetry, Backup Singers and Either Way I’m Celebrating, as well as the artist book, The Circle Book (Cuneiform Press), the joke book, You’re On My Period (Counterpath), and others. She is currently touring and performing a one-woman play based on her third collection of poetry. Her poetry, art writing, and visual art have appeared in Hyperallergic, Artforum, Lit Hub, Bomb, jubilat, Chicago Review, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Nada Gordon

A photo of Nada Gordon in front of a red window
Nada Gordon is a multimodal artist and the author of seven books.  A new chapbook, /The Swing of Things/, is just out from Subpress. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.

Maureen Owen

A photo of Maureen Owen on the beach
Maureen Owen’s title, let the heart hold down the breakage  Or  the caregiver’s log, is just out from Hanging Loose Press.  Other recent books include Edges of Water from Chax Press and Erosion’s Pull, a Coffee House Press title that was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Her work AE (Amelia Earhart) was a recipient of the prestigious Before Columbus American Book Award.  She has most recently published work in Three Fold, Dispatches, Positive Magnets, Hurricane Review, The Denver Quarterly, Blazing Stadium, The Brooklyn Rail, The Cafe Review and Posit. She can be found reading her work on the PennSound website.

Jordan Davis

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Jordan Davis’s third collection, Yeah, No, is forthcoming in 2023 from MadHat; his chapbook Hidden Poems has just been published by If a Leaf Falls Press in the UK and another chapbook, Noise, will appear from Canada’s above/ground press before the end of the year. A former poetry editor of The Nation, he also once hosted the live talk show The Million Poems Show, and for several years in the nineties he organized the Poetry City reading series for Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

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