The New Social Environment#897

From NYC to LA, From Poetry to Pop Culture: A Rail reading curated by Elaine Equi

Featuring Equi, Amy Gerstler, Jerome Sala, and Jack Skelley


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Elaine Equi curates our 150th Wednesday Poetry Reading featuring Amy Gerstler, Jerome Sala, and Jack Skelley.

In this talk

Amy Gerstler

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Amy Gerstler’s books of poems include Index of Women (Penguin, 2021), and Scattered at Sea (Penguin, 2015). She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018. In 2019 she received a C.D. Wright Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She was the 2010 guest editor of the yearly anthology Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. She is currently working on a musical with actor/composer Steve Gunderson.

Jerome Sala

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Jerome Sala is the author of eight books of poems, the latest of which is How Much: New and Selected Poems (NYQ Books). Other titles include Corporations Are People, Too! (NYQ Books), The Cheapskates (Lunar Chandelier), and Look Slimmer Instantly (Soft Skull). His poems and essays have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Pleiades, Boundary 2, Rolling Stone, The Best American Poetry series, the Pathetic Literature anthology and many others.

Jack Skelley

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Jack Skelley is the author of Monsters (Little Caesar Press), Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson (Fred & Barney Press) Interstellar Theme Park: New and Selected Writing (BlazeVox Books), and the novel The Complete Fear of Kathy Acker, published by Semiotext(e) in June 2023. He is a songwriter and guitarist for the psychedelic surf band Lawndale (SST Records), whose newest album Twango is available on all streaming platforms.

Elaine Equi

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Elaine Equi’s most recent book is The Intangibles from Coffee House Press. Her other books include Voice-Over, which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award; Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award and on the short list for The Griffin Poetry Prize; and Sentences and Rain. Widely published and anthologized, her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, and in many editions of the Best American Poetry. She is also the guest editor of Best American Poetry 2023.

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