Book launch: Social poetics

10 september 2020

Arr: Göteborgs Litteraturhus, Föreningen Arbetarskrivare

Göteborgs Litteraturhus proudly presents a book launch live streamed from New York, Malmö and Stockholm


Join us for the official launch of Social Poetics (Coffee House Press, 2020). Mark Nowak’s new book analyzes “a people’s history of the poetry workshop” — poetry written in the wake of the Watts Riots, the Attica Prison Uprising, the Sandinista Revolution, & more — as well as poetry produced by domestic workers, taxi drivers, and street vendors in his Worker Writers School workshops at PEN America in New York City. Jennifer Hayashida, poet and translator, and Henrik Johansson, writer and board member of the Swedish organization Arbetarskrivare , will join Nowak.

Mark Nowak’s books include Shut Up Shut Down (a New York Times “Editor’s Choice”), Coal Mountain Elementary (which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool”), and Social Poetics, all from Coffee House Press. He is currently editing a revised and expanded edition of writings from the Attica poetry workshops of Celes Tisdale (1972-1974). A native of Buffalo, Nowak is the founding director of the Worker Writers School at PEN America in New York City and a professor of English at Manhattanville College. To read a brief overview of Social Poetics, see Margaret Ronda’s review in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Jennifer Hayashida is a poet, translator and artist, born in Oakland, California, today based in Gothenburg and New York. In 2018, she debuted with the poetry collection A Machine Wrote This Song (Gramma Poetry) and has translated poets including Athena Farrokhzad, Katarina Taikon and Lawen Mohtadi. Hayashida is since 2018 a doctoral researcher at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, with the project Feeling Translation, which explores translation as scene and event in relation to race, the body, and the nation-state.

Henrik Johansson is a writer and teaches courses in creative writing with emphasis on work and class. He debuted in 2013 with Av kött och blod (Federativs förlag) and his fourth book was published last year, Brev från en cell. Henrik Johansson is also in the board of the Swedish organisation Arbetarskrivare and together with Anna Jörgensdotter he edited the much praised anthology Jag har tänkt så mycket på oss och våra utmattade kroppar (Föreningen Arbetarskrivare, 2018).


The conversation will be streamed live on our Facebook page at Thursday the 10th of September, at 18.00.