Mar 13th 2020

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Join us for the launch of Mark Nowak’s much anticipated SOCIAL POETICS, out this March from Coffee House Press! Mark will be joined in conversation by Chicago’s own Tara Betts.

SOCIAL POETICS documents the imaginative militancy and emergent solidarities of a new, insurgent working class poetry community rising up across the globe. Part autobiography, part literary criticism, part Marxist theory, Social Poetics presents a people’s history of the poetry workshop from the founding director of the Worker Writers School. Nowak illustrates not just what poetry means, but what it does to and for people outside traditional literary spaces, from taxi drivers to street vendors, and other workers of the world.

Mark Nowak is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary, Shut Up Shut Down, and Revenants. He is the recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism and fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. Nowak has led poetry workshops for workers and trade unions in the US, South Africa, the UK, Panama, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. He is currently a professor of English at Manhattanville College and the founding director of the Worker Writers School.

Tara Betts is the author of BREAK THE HABIT and ARC & HUE. In addition to her work as the Poetry Editor at Another Chicago Magazine and The Langston Hughes Review, she is the Lit Editor at Newcity. Tara teaches a weekly poetry workshop at Stateville maximum security prison. She hosts author chats at the Seminary Co-Op bookstores and other literary events. She lives in Chicago.

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