The New Social Environment#717

SLACKERS: 3 GenX Poets on Place & Power, A Rail Reading Curated by Samiya Bashir

Featuring Bashir, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Adrian Matejka


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Samiya Bashir curates our 116th Poetry Reading with Carmen Giménez Smith and Adrian Matejka.

In this talk


3 GenX Poets on Place & Power

:: A Winter Solstice Special Event ::

Samiya Bashir (Executive Director, Lambda Literary) invites Carmen Gimenez (Publisher, Graywolf Press), and Adrian Matejka (Editor, Poetry Magazine) to share current work, sip cocktails, and talk intersectional power, presence, and taking their place at the helm of institutions which once stood as gatekeepers to their exclusion.

Carmen Giménez Smith

A portrait of Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry, and Be Recorder (Graywolf Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship Prize in 2020. A 2019 Guggenheim fellow, she served as the publisher of Noemi Press for twenty years. She now serves as publisher and director for Graywolf Press.

Adrian Matejka

A black and white portrait of Adrian Matejka
Adrian Matejka is the author of six books, most recently a mixed media collection inspired by Funkadelic, Standing on the Verge & Maggot Brain (Third Man Books, 2021), and a collection of poems Somebody Else Sold the World (Penguin, 2021) which was a finalist for 2022 UNT Rilke Prize. His collection The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013) was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His first graphic novel, Last On His Feet (Liveright), is forthcoming in 2023. He is Editor of Poetry magazine.

Samiya Bashir

A portrait of Samiya Bashir.
Described as a “dynamic, shape-shifting machine of perpetual motion,” Samiya Bashir is a poet, writer, librettist, performer, and multi-media poetry maker whose work, both solo and collaborative, has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma’d from Berlin to Düsseldorf, Amsterdam to Accra, Florence to Rome and across the United States. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes light. In 2002 she was a co-founder of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent with whom she worked through 2015. Bashir is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Field Theories, winner of the 2018 Oregon Book Award’s Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.

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