The New Social Environment#537

A Reading for Gregory Corso

Featuring Brenda Coultas, Kyle Dacuyan, Tenaya Nasser-Frederick, Simon Pettet, and Rachelle Rahmé


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join us for a poetry reading in tribute to Gregory Corso, hosted by Rail Poetry Editor Anselm Berrigan.

In this talk

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Brenda Coultas

Black and white photo of Brenda Coultas
Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Brenda Coultas graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and earned an MFA from Naropa Institute (now Naropa University). Coultas is the author of five poetry collections, including The Tatters (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), The Marvelous Bones of Time (Coffee House Press, 2008), and A Handmade Museum (Coffee House Press, 2003). Her honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She teaches at Touro College and lives in New York City.

Kyle Dacuyan

Kyle Dacuyan
Photo by Amelia Golden
Poet, performer, and translator Kyle Dacuyan is the author of Incitements (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2022). His poems appear in the Brooklyn Rail, DIAGRAM, Lambda Literary, Best New Poets, among other places. He is the recipient of scholarships from Poets House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets, and is a 2021 NEA Fellow in Literature. Dacuyan is the Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s and lives in New York City.

Tenaya Nasser-Frederick

Poet Tenaya Nasser-Frederick is the author of two chapbooks, Penumbra Highway (Gas Meter, 2018) and Lavender Cats (1080 press, 2020) and the aborted manuscript, In The Realm of The Senses 2. Poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Castle Greyskull, and EBB.

Simon Pettet

Photo of Simon Petter in front of a colorful mural
English-born poet Simon Pettet is long-time resident of New York’s Lower East Side. Hearth, his Collected Poems, appeared in 2010 and As A Bee (a welcome addenda to the Collected Poems) appeared recently from Talisman, which also issued his Selected Poems (1995) and More Winnowed Fragments (2006). He compiled and edited the Selected Art Writings (Black Sparrow, 1998) of the “New York School” poet James Schuyler, and co-edited (with James Meetze) Other Flowers (FSG, 2010), Schuyler’s posthumous poems. He made two collaborations with photographer-filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt – Conversations about Everything (Vehicle, 1987) and Talking Pictures (Zoland, 1994), as well as a fine-arts limited edition, Abundant Treasures (Granary Books, 2001) with painter Duncan Hannah.

Rachelle Rahmé

Black and white photo of Rachelle Rahmé
Based in Brooklyn and born in Jounieh, Lebanon, Rachelle Rahmé is a Lebanese-American independent scholar and poet. She is the author of Count Thereof Upon the Other’s Limbs (Cixous 72 Press, 2019), and the chapbooks Bataille’s Eggs (blush, 2021) and Puce Commodity (earthbound editions, 2020). Her translations of Georges Bataille, 27 Poems on Death, is forthcoming in 2021 (o•blēk editions). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, the tiny, and Fonograf, among others. Her work in film and sound have been presented by Issue Project Room, PS1, The Stone, Microscope Gallery, Bortolami Gallery, and others. She was the curator of the performance and poetry series 57Late for 57W57 Arts.