The New Social Environment#782

I Miss Summer: A Rail Reading curated by Ben Fama

Featuring Fama, Andrew Durbin, Precious Okoyomon, Rachel R. White, and chariot wish


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Ben Fama curates our 129th Wednesday Poetry Reading with Andrew Durbin, Precious Okoyomon, Rachel R. White, and chariot wish.

In this talk

Andrew Durbin

Andrew Durbin
Andrew Durbin is the author of MacArthur Park (2017) and Skyland (2020), both from Nightboat Books. In 2018, MacArthur Park was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. He is the editor of Jacolby Satterwhite’s The Matriarch’s Rhapsody (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2021), Kevin Killian’s Fascination: Memoirs (Semiotexte, 2018), the chapbook series Say bye to reason and hi to everything (Capricious, 2015). His fiction, criticism, and poetry have appeared in The Believer, BOMB, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. He lives in London and is the editor of frieze magazine.

Precious Okoyomon

Photo of Precious Okoyomon
Precious Okoyomon (b. 1993, UK) - poet, artist, and chef – stages sculptural topographies composed of living, growing, decaying, and dying materials, including rock, water, wildflowers, snails, and vines. For Okoyomon, nature is inseparable from the historical marks of colonisation and enslavement. Numerous key galleries and museums such as Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Venice Biennale, and Aspen Art Museum, have featured Precious Okoyomon ’s work in solo and group exhibitions. Okoyomon has been featured in articles for The Art Newspaper, ARTnews, HYPEBEAST, The New York Times, and W Magazine, among others. They are the author of But Did You Die (Wonder, 2022).

Rachel Rabbit White

Rachel Rabbit White
Poet, Vice “sex scenes” columnist (formerly of Playboy and Thought Catalog), and sex worker, Rachel Rabbit White is the author of Porn Carnival, a collection of poems released November 2019, and the recent poetry series, Work For Love (Triangle House). Her most recent publication is an expanded reissue of Porn Carnival titled, Porn Carnival: Paradise Edition.

chariot wish

A portrait of Chariot Wish
Brooklyn-based poet chariot wish’s work has appeared online at The Quarterless Review, Yes Poetry, and Shit Wonder. Their recent chapbook titled A New Heaven and a New Earth is out from Wonder Press.

Ben Fama

Ben Fama
Ben Fama is the author of the full length poetry collections Fantasy (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) and Deathwish (Newest York, 2018). His debut novel If I Close My Eyes is now available from Sarka Press. He is the editor of Wonder Books and lives in New York City.

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