The New Social Environment#527

A Reading for Matt Henriksen

Featuring Dot Devota, Forrest Gander, Mathias Svalina, Amish Trivedi, Charles Valle, Dustin Williamson, and Anselm Berrigan.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

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

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Read Matt’s poetry published in the Rail

Dot Devota

A portrait of poet Dot Devota by Kelly Shimoda.
Photo by Kelly Shimoda
Dot Devota writes poems and essays about pre-sickness, sensations in the phenomenon of “falling ill,” and post-viral, chronic and mysterious illness in individual, societal, and environmental body-scapes. Her books include PMS: A Journal In Verse and The Division of Labor (Rescue Press), And The Girls Worried Terribly (Noemi Press), The Eternal Wall (Cannibal Books, re-issued by Book*hug), and Dept. of Posthumous Letters (Argos Books). Excerpts from her nonfiction novel, MW: A Field Guide to the Midwest, are published in PEN America, and Denver Quarterly, among other places. >SHE is her recent prose manuscript that the author dubs autoimmunefiction. Devota’s Wall Poems are large-scale calligraphic installations which have exhibited nationally at museums and galleries.

Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander, courtesy of Christopher Chung
Photo by Christopher Chung
A writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and lives in northern California. His books, often concerned with ecology, include Be With (New Directions 2018) winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, the novel The Trace (New Directions 2014), and Twice Alive, (New Directions, 2021). Gander’s translations and co-translations include Alice Iris Red Horse by Gozo Yoshimasu (New Directions 2016), Spectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura (Omnidawn 2011), and Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems (Copper Canyon Press 2016) He has received grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations.

Mathias Svalina

A portrait of poet Mathias Svalina by Hannah Ensor.
Photo by Hannah Ensor
Writer Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, most recently The Wine-Dark Sea from Sidebrow books. In 2020, Civil Coping Mechanisms will publish The Depression, a collection of fables & photographs he wrote with the photographer Jon Pack. He is a founding editor of the small press Octopus books and runs a dream delivery service (

Amish Trivedi

A portrait of poet Amish Trivedi.
Poet, critic, and educator Amish Trivedi is from Stone Mountain, GA. He is the author of FuturePanic (co•im•press, 2021), Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed (Shearsman, 2019), and Sound/Chest (Coven, 2015). He has an M.F.A. from Brown University’s Program in Literary Arts and a Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from Illinois State University. He is currently a post doctoral researcher at the University of Delaware.

Dustin Williamson

A portrait of poet Dustin Williamson.
Poet Dustin Williamson is the publisher of Rust Buckle Books. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Obstructed View (Salacious Banter) and Cab Ass’n (Lame House).

Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan
Poet Anselm Berrigan was born in 1972 in Chicago. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Something for Everybody, Come in Alone, Notes from Irrelevance, Free Cell, and Integrity and Dramatic Life. With Alice Notley and his brother Edmund Berrigan, he co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Berrigan was a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry in 2007 and has received three grants from the Fund for Poetry. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. He is the Poetry editor of the Rail.

Charles Valle

Photo of [Charles Valle] in front of a waterfall
Photo of Charles Valle
Poet Charles Valle was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to California when he was seven years old. Since 2006, he has served as one of the Poetry Editors at FENCE Magazine, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including Denver Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. Valle lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a Change Management Director for Nike. His first book of poetry, Proof of Stake, was published by Fonograf Editions in June 2021.