The New Social Environment#817

“Happy birthday to my sister who has never read a poem:” A Rail Reading curated by Courtney Bush

Featuring Bush, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Elisa Gonzalez and Jack Underwood


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Courtney Bush curates our 136th Wednesday Poetry Reading with Jameson Fitzpatrick, Elisa Gonzalez and Jack Underwood.

In this talk

Jameson Fitzpatrick

A portrait of poet Jameson Fitzpatrick in a black dress
Jameson Fitzpatrick is a poet and occasional critic. The author of the poetry collection Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020) and the chapbooks Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018) and Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014), she is a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow and teaches first-year writing at New York University.

Elisa Gonzalez

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Elisa Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Drift, and elsewhere. A former U.S. Fulbright fellow, she is the recipient of a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her debut collection of poetry, Grand Tour (FSG), will be published in September 2023.

Jack Underwood

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Jack Underwood is a poet, writer and critic. He is author of Happiness (Faber 2015) Solo for Mascha Voice (Test Centre, 2018) and A Year in the New Life (Faber 2021). His debut work of non-fiction, NOT EVEN THIS, was published by Corsair in 2021. He has collaborated widely with composers and artists, and his work has been published internationally and in translation. He is co-presenter and curator of the Faber Poetry Podcast and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College.

Courtney Bush

A photo of Courtney Bush in front of a wall
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.

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