The New Social Environment#902

The Revolutionary Costume: A Rail Reading curated by Sommer Browning

Featuring Browning, Gion Davis, Anne Lesley Selcer, and Christine Shan Shan Hou


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Sommer Browning curates our 151st Wednesday Poetry Reading with Gion Davis, Anne Lesley Selcer, and Christine Shan Shan Hou

In this talk

Gion Davis

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Gion Davis is a trans poet from Española, New Mexico where he grew up on a sheep ranch. His poetry has been featured in HAD, MAYDAY, Sprung Formal, and others. His debut collection Too Much (2022) was selected by Chen Chen for the 2021 Ghost Peach Press Prize. He received the Best New Poets of 2018 prize selected by Ocean Vuong. He graduated with his MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019 and currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Anne Lesley Selcer

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Anne Lesley Selcer is a poet making art. Keywords: collaboration, anti-discipline, synesthesia, anti-self. Their books include Sun Cycle, winner of The First Poetry Book Award, Blank Sign Book, essays on art + politics, and several limited editions including from A Book of Poems on Beauty, winner of the Gazing Grain award. Recent work has screened, exhibited and been performed at venues including Athens Film Festival, Berkeley Art Museum, and other spaces. They have written for numerous museums or gallery catalogs. A guest edited sound issue of Tagvverk poetry magazine will be released this Fall.

Christine Shan Shan Hou

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Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet and visual artist of Hakka Chinese descent. Their publications include the chapbook, Evolution of the Bullet (Bottlecap Press, 2023), written in collaboration with Vi Khi Nao; Playdate (White Columns, 2022); The Joy and Terror are Both in the Swallowing (After Hours Editions 2021); and Community Garden for Lonely Girls (Gramma Poetry 2017). Their artwork has been exhibited at White Columns and Deli Gallery in New York City.

Sommer Browning

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Sommer Browning is a poet, arts writer, curator, and artist. Her latest book is Good Actors (Birds, LLC; 2022). She’s the author of two other collections of poetry, Backup Singers and Either Way I’m Celebrating, as well as the artist book, The Circle Book (Cuneiform Press), the joke book, You’re On My Period (Counterpath), and others. She is currently touring and performing a one-woman play based on her third collection of poetry. Her poetry, art writing, and visual art have appeared in Hyperallergic, Artforum, Lit Hub, Bomb, jubilat, Chicago Review, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

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