A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 21: Undocupoets Part 1 — Christopher Soto aka Loma

Episode 21: Undocupoets Part 1 — Christopher Soto aka Loma

Rachel Zucker talks with author of the chapbook Sad Girl Poems and co-founder of Undocupoets Christopher Soto, aka Loma, about their experience at NYU, the exploitation of pain and sadness of poets of color, the pressure on poets of color and queer poets to write a certain kind of poem or a embrace a certain kind of content, the redistribution of money, and the presence of the physical body in activism. They talk about literary activism, including  Loma's Tour to End Queer Youth Homelessness, Latinas Against Everyone, Undocupoets, and the role of literature in building the human.

EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 21

Publications by Christopher Soto aka Loma

Sad Girl Poems by Loma (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016)

Other Books, Projects and Writers Mentioned in the Episode [Part One]

Yusef Komunyakaa

Eduardo C. Corral

Ocean Vuong

Brenda Shaughnessy

Matthew Rohrer

Eileen Myles

Sylvia Wynter

Frantz Fanon

Citizen by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf, 2014)

Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid by Frank B. Wilderson III (Duke University Press, 2015)

Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America by Saidaiya Hartman (Oxford University Press, 1997)

Against Innocence by Jackie Wang (Semiotext(e))

Bryan Borland

David Tomas Martinez

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop

Want to know more? Do more?

Here’s some links to get you started, thanks to Marcelo, Javier, Janine and Loma. If you donate to one of these institutions during the month of March and shares your receipt with us, we will send you a book of poetry!:

Sibling Rivalry Press

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

The Resistance Calendar

QUIP (Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project)

Split This Rock

Kundiman

CantoMundo

Ali Forney Center

Black & Pink

Assata's Daughters

The Trans Relief Project

Detention Watch Network

The Dream.us

 

Episode 22: Undocupoets 2 — Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Janine Joseph

Episode 22: Undocupoets 2 — Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Janine Joseph

Episode 20: Kristin Prevallet

Episode 20: Kristin Prevallet