The New Social Environment#241

Radical Poetry Reading with Barry Schwabsky

Featuring political poetry read by Simone Kearney, Joyelle McSweeney, Arthur Sze, and Tyrone Williams.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Barry Schwabsky curates the 26th Radical Poetry Reading featuring Simone Kearney, Joyelle McSweeney, Arthur Sze, and Tyrone Williams.

To celebrate our participation in Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, we’ve organized a week of NSE programming highlighting the many voices involved in art books and publishing. From February 24-28, you can view our virtual table and enjoy all the fair has to offer here.

In this talk

Barry Schwabsky

A drawing of writer and art critic Barry Schwabsky by Phong Bui
An art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent books include The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2017), Landscape Painting Now(D.A.P, 2019) and The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (Sternberg Press, 2020). Forthcoming are a monograph on the British painter Gillian Carnegie (Lund Humphries, 2020) and a collection of poetry, A Feeling of And (Black Square Editions, 2021).

Tyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams
Courtesy of Tyrone Williams
Poet who was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011). Williams is the editor of African American Literature: Revised Edition (2008). He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Simone Kearney

Simone Kearney
Courtesy of Simone Kearney
Writer and artist living in New York. She is the author of Days (BELLADONNA*, 2020) and the chapbooks My Ida (Ugly Duckling Press, 2017) and In Threes (minutes BOOKS, 2013). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Lithub, Boston Review, St. Ann’s Review, Riot of Perfume, PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. She teaches at The New School.

Arthur Sze

Photo of Arthur Sze by Mariana Cook
Photo by Mariana Cook
Born in New York City in 1950, Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Sight Lines (Coper Canyon Press, 2019), which received the 2019 National Book Award in poetry; Compass Rose (Copper Canyon Press, 2014); and The Ginkgo Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). He is also a celebrated translator from the Chinese, and released The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese (Copper Canyon Press) in 2001.

Joyelle McSweeney

Photo of Joyelle McSweeney by MMG
Photo by MMG
Author of ten books of poetry, prose, plays, translation, and essays, most recently The Necropastoral (UMich) and Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat). She co-founded Action Books and teaches at Notre Dame.