Please join REVERIE for its first event of the fall 23 semester…!


A conversation and reading with New York City-based publishing collaborative Futurepoem Books, hosted by the REVERIE Poetry Series.


Thursday, October 12, 2023, 6:30pm 

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5414

New York, NY 10016

Join us for a conversation on reimagining the poetics of small-press publishing with Futurepoem Founder & Executive Editor Dan Machlin, Managing Editor Aiden Farrell, and Futurepoem authors Stephon Lawrence (u know how much i hate being alone in social situations//, 2023) and Mirene Arsanios (The Autobiography of a Language: Essays and Stories, 2022), followed by readings of their work. Moderated by Jared Daniel Fagen, this event will take place in room 5414 and is hosted by REVERIE and the Department of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Topics of discussion will include: collaborative transmissions of poetic vision, obstacles to the circulation of innovative articulation, the poetic space/contours of underrepresentation, more.

Dan Machlin is the Founder and Executive Editor of Futurepoem Books. He is a poet, performer, editor, and Designer of Digital Things who lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Oversound, The Recluse/Poetry Project, and has been featured at the ICA Boston and MoMA PS1. His books and chapbooks include Dear Body (Ugly Duckling Presse), 6×7 (Ugly Duckling), This Side Facing You (Heart Hammer), and In Rem (@ Press). He was a 2012-2013 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace writing fellow and has received awards from CLMP/Jerome Foundation and Fund for Poetry. He has taught writing at Naropa University and The Poetry Project and is a current curator for the Segue Reading Series at Artists Space. With singer/cellist Serena Jost, he has recorded several music-text collaborations and will be performing with her on October 21st at the Shipyard series near Washington, D.C.

Aiden Farrell is the Managing Editor of Futurepoem Books. He is a poet, translator, and educator. His translation of The Vitals by Marie de Quatrebarbes is forthcoming from World Poetry Books and he is currently translating two other texts of Marie’s: Vogue and Vanities. Aiden has two chapbooks, lilac lilac (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs) and organismalgorithm (Fence). His work is featured or forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Wonder, Fence Digital, Belleville Park Pages, and elsewhere. His work has been supported by The New School, Columbia University Writing MFA, and the McCrindle Foundation. With Ryan Cook, he curates Unnamed, a monthly reading series. With The Kite, Aiden facilitates creative writing and storytelling workshops for incarcerated youth and adults detained in NYC’s jails and prisons. Born in France and raised between Paris, Burgundy, Calgary, Bombay, Denver, D.C., and Rhode Island, Aiden lives in Brooklyn.

Stephon Lawrence is a writer and artist from Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Pratt Institute and is interested in otherworldly poetics and the creation and cultivation of emancipatory poetic spaces for felt sentiments that have been marginalized, displaced, or estranged from the dominant culture. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Horseless Press, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, GlitterMOB, Fanzine, and other places. Her microchap, //GERMZ, is available from Ghost City Press, and her chapbook, //EVIL TWIN, is available from Resolving Host. Stephon is a recipient of a Summer Workshop Scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center and a finalist for The Poetry Project’s “Emerge-Surface-Be” Fellowship. u know how much i hate being alone in social situations// is her first full-length collection of poetry.

Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short-story collection The City Outside the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, 2015), Notes on Mother Tongues (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019), and The Autobiography of a Language (Futurepoem, 2022). She has contributed essays and short stories to e-fluxVidaThe Brooklyn RailLitHub, and Guernica, among others. Arsanios co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jared Daniel Fagen is the author of The Animal of Existence (Black Square Editions, 2022). His prose, poems, and conversations have appeared in The Brooklyn RailFenceLana Turner, and Asymptote, among other publications. He is the editor and publisher of Black Sun Lit, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, and an adjunct lecturer in English at the City College of New York. Born in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, he lives in Brooklyn and the western Catskills.

Futurepoem is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers. Its rotating editorial panel shares the responsibility for selecting, designing, and promoting the books it produces. Futurepoem also occasionally invites writers or multi-genre artists to produce work for special projects that is then documented in print or via other media.

REVERIE is a monthly event series coordinated by students in the Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Inviting affiliated faculty and guest speakers from broad areas of interdisciplinary practices, REVERIE provides a platform for reflection and public discourse on poetry, innovative fiction, critical theory and philosophy, independent publishing, and translation.