2021 Rain Taxi Readings

TOI DERICOTTE & DAWN LUNDY MARTIN

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Poets Toi Derricotte and Dawn Lundy Martin gave stirring readings from their chapbook, A Bruise is a Figure of Remembrance, discussing the collaborative process with Rain Taxi editor, Eric Lorberer. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

DAMION SEARLS

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Translator Damion Searls discussed his new translation of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, which also included the letters from the "young poet." This fascinating conversation followed Searls's decision-making as a translator, comparing his choices with others who translated the work. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

NIN ANDREWS & DENISE DUHAMEL

Tuesday, February 4, 2021


Poets Nin Andrews and Denise Duhamel had a rousing and arousing dialogue interspersed with readings from their respective new releases, The Last Orgasm and Second Story. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

PETER GIZZI with OCEAN VUONG

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Poet Peter Gizzi discussed his new collection of poetry, Now It’s Dark (Wesleyan University Press) with fellow poet Ocean Vuong. Nearly 700 people across the world joined in to hear a fascinating discussion on the power of poetry in response to sadness, grieving, beauty, and light. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

JOHN JENNINGS AND DAVID BRAME

Wednesday, February 16, 2021


Jennings and Brame discussed the process of collaboration and the long road to an exciting new imprint of graphic novels showcasing speculative works by and about people of color. Their debut graphic novel from MEGASCOPE, After the Rain, is an adaptation from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award–winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

ANDRE GREGORY

Wednesday, February 18, 2021


Famed director André Gregory discussed his new book, This Is Not My Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) with Twin Cities actor and director Christina Baldwin. The two had a lively discussion about Gregory’s work, the role of art during a pandemic, and the importance of empathy in creating and sustaining a creative career. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

VICTOR L. WOOTEN

Wednesday, February 23, 2021


Grammy-award winning bassist Victor L. Wooten was joined by MPR radio host and musician Sean McPherson to discuss his latest book, The Spirit of Music, a tribute to the relationship that has sustained him all his life. The two dug deep into the need to save music and the planet. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.