poet and labor organizer
A reading and discussion of the intersection of poetry, labor, and activism
at the Tamiment Library and Roger F. Wagner Labor Archive.
Monday Nov. 30th, 6:30pm
70 Washington Square South (Bobst Library, 10th floor)
The Modern and Contemporary Colloquia
The Graduate Student Organizing Committee
And with support from the NYU department of English.
Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is due out from Fence Books in spring 2016. His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater, To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry, and was a National Poetry Series selection. Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He lives in the Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans.
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. The primary focus is the complex relationship between trade unionism and progressive politics and how this evolved over time. Archival, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it related to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change.