The New Social Environment#891

Marie Lorenz: Newtown Odyssey

Featuring Lorenz, Dana Spiotta, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, with Maw Shein Win


5 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Pacific

Artist Marie Lorenz and author Dana Spiotta join Rail contributor Gaby Collins-Fernandez for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Maw Shein Win.

In this talk

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Marie Lorenz

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Marie Lorenz is a Brooklyn-based artist who has been exploring and documenting urban waterways for many years. Her notable project, Tide and Current Taxi, is a relational performance art piece that uses the tide to navigate New York City. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Albright Knox Museum (Buffalo), Everson Museum (Syracuse), and Jack Hanley Gallery (New York).

Dana Spiotta

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Dana Spiotta is the author of five novels, most recently Wayward (2021). She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and the John Updike Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches in the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program.

Gaby Collins-Fernandez

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Gaby Collins-Fernandez is an artist living and working in New York City. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College (BA) and the Yale School of Art (MFA, Painting/Printmaking). Her work has been shown in the US and internationally, including at Peter Freeman, Inc., the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama and El Museo del Barrio, NY. Her work has been discussed in publications such as the Brooklyn Rail and artcritical, and on the video interview series, Gorky’s Granddaughter. She is a recipient of residencies at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), and a 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Art Award. She is a founder and publisher of the annual magazine Precog, and a co-director of the artist-run art and music initiative BombPop!Up.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Maw Shein Win reading.

Maw Shein Win

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Maw Shein Win’s most recent poetry collection is Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn) which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, longlisted for the PEN America Open Book Award, and shortlisted for CALIBA’s Golden Poppy Award for Poetry. Win’s previous collections include Invisible Gifts and two chapbooks Ruins of a glittering palace and Score and Bone. Win’s Process Note Series features poets and their process. She is the inaugural poet laureate of El Cerrito, CA and teaches poetry in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco. Win often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was recently selected as a 2023 YBCA 100 Honoree. She is a co-founder of Maker, Mentor, Muse, a new literary community.

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