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A Night of Contemporary Poetry at James Cohan Gallery

Please join us for an evening of contemporary poetry as we celebrate the work of Wayne Koestenbaum, Danny Rivera, and Reagan Lothes, at 48 Walker Street.  In collaboration with James Cohan Gallery, this event will be hosted by the arts educator, Steve Rivera. Recent literary contributions by these writers will also be available to be signed and purchased.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.


Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, fiction-writer, artist, filmmaker, performer—has published 22 books, including Ultramarine, The Cheerful Scapegoat, Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Circus, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award).  His first feature-length film, The Collective, premiered at UnionDocs (New York) in 2021.  In 2020 he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.  Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired his literary archive in 2019.  He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  


Danny Rivera is the author of ANCESTRAL THROAT, a poetry chapbook published by Finishing Line Press in 2021.  His poetry and literary criticism have appeared in American Book Review, Western Humanities Review, Washington Square, and other journals.  He lives and teaches in Brooklyn.


Reagan Lothes teaches undergraduate and graduate writing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research focuses on Sylvia Plath and Cold War modernism. Poems from her “she” series have appeared in Linebreak and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Further reading: Sylvia Plath and "the bigger things": War, History, and Modernism at Midcentury


Steve Rivera received an MFA in Combined Media from CUNY at Hunter College.  In the fall of 2012, he opened NOVELLA GALLERY.  Celebrated exhibitions include Full Tilt, curated by John Yau, featuring the work of Gary Stephan, Don Voisine, Louise Belcourt, Marilyn Lerner, Stanley Whitney, Jason Karolak, and Linda Francis; and Peter Williams: The N-Word, an exhibition of paintings in response to the high-profile murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, among countless other African-American men and women.  You can find his writing on contemporary art at The Great Fires.  


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