Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances. He has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Dance Magazine. His work engages persistent philosophical questions about the search for meaning and joins a legacy of process-focused experimental dance while drawing on influences such as endurance-based performance art, noise music, ecstatic experience in social and religious rituals, the study of mind-body somatic systems, and various histories of spectacle including Broadway and queer club performance. His pieces include enter the seen (2002), I succumb (2003), dAMNATION rOAD (2004), Sabotage (with Jaime Fennelly 2001-2004), Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005 Bessie Award), myendlesslove (2006), Everyone (2007), Nothing, No thing (2008), Last Meadow (2009 Bessie Award), HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE (2010) and And lose the name of action (2012) and Storing the Winter with Mind Over Mirros (2013).

He is currently working on a series of queer pieces in three parts called Age & Beauty. Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ premiered as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Age & Beauty Part 2: Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or The Choreographer & Her Muse or &:@& premiered at American Realness 2015, and Age & Beauty Part 3: Dancer or You can make whatever the fuck you want but you’ll only tour solos or The Powerful People or We are strong/We are powerful/We are beautiful/We are diving or &:’/// will premiere in September 2015 at the Fisher Center for the Arts at Bard College. 

His work has been presented by venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC, Festival D'Automne and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MCA Chicago, PICA's TBA Festival in Portland, the Flynn Center in Burlington and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art, United States Artists, Lambent Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as support from MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the NEA. He has been an artist in residence at Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier, Baryshnikov Art Center and several universities.

He has created commissions for Philip Adams’ BalletLab in Melbourne, The Fondue Set in Sydney, LabCo in Pittsburgh, Fauxnique/Monique Jenkinson in San Francisco, and Movement Forum in Salt Lake City. He has engaged a variety of research based projects such as artist exchanges in Russia and Hungary that were supported by DTW’s The Suitcase Fund, a process exchange project in Melbourne with choreographer Luke George supported by Arts House, a drive through the American deep south with choreographer Alex Ketley where they met, interviewed and performed for strangers supported by MANCC, and a research into improvisation in Philadelphia with Headlong Dance Theater and Pig Iron’s Dan Rothenberg. In addition he has created one-off pieces for a host of venues, such as a collaboration with Jenny Holzer for the Boston ICA, a series of performative interventions that were part of the Regarding Warhol exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an hour-long performance for Courtesy the Artist’s residency during Performa 2013 at Recess Gallery, as well as many other situations. He spent a week performing outdoors at the 2013 Roskilde Music Festival as one of the Holy Sisters of the Church of Beer, a project initiated by Jeremy Wade as part of his Maximum Service series.

As a dancer he has worked with Joe Goode Performance Group, Jess Curtis, Knee Jerk Dance Project, High Risk Group, Jennifer Monson, Juliette Mapp, Erin Cornell, Sarah Michelson, Alain Buffard, Deborah Hay, Ann Liv Young, Yvonne Meier, Mark Morris Group. For his work in John Jasperse Company he received the first Bessie for ensemble performance.

He has choreographed and performed in music videos for Diane Cluck, Holcombe Waller and Le Tigre (which went viral and produced various copycat videos), has performed as a singer with Antony and the Johnsons, Nick Hallett, Justin Vivian Bond and Holcombe Waller, has created original music for several of his stage works and has released a self produced EP under the moniker The Belleville. He leads workshops in his approach to creative practice all over the world and has taught at ImPuls Tanz in Vienna, Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, La Caldera in Barcelona, CNDC/Angers, New School/Eugene Lang and Hunter College in New York, and many other places. He is a current faculty member of Hollins University's MFA dance program and NYC’s Movement Research. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press. His work is discussed in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic, out from MIT Press. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout, which most recently has been used to warm up audiences for The Knife. He sits on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace Project, volunteers as a mentor for TDF's Open Doors program and is training to become a guild certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. He studies voice with Barbara Maier.

Todd Colby


Todd Colby is a Brooklyn-based artist focused on using words, images and sound to create poems and collages. His readings include Maison de la Poesie, Paris (2014), Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles (2014); The Public Theater, Tenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (2014); Oxfam/IBID Gallery, London (2014); Performa Biennial 13, New York City (2014); Dia Art Foundation (2015); and MoMa PS1 (2015). In 2015 he was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency on Governor's Island. Colby is the author of five collections of poetry, including Tremble and Shine (Soft Skull Press, 2004), Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Poems (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Flushing Meadows (Scary Topiary Press, 2013) and Splash State (The Song Cave, 2014). He has been awarded The Fund for Poetry Award on two occasions. Colby received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Maggie Nelson


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Maggie Nelson (Ph.D. in English Literature, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times, as well as named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship), and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her poetry books include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007); Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull Press, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Poetry series.

Before joining the faculty of CalArts in 2005, Nelson lived for many years in New York City, where she taught literature and writing at Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the New School Graduate Writing Program. She has also taught on the faculty of the Tinhouse Summer Writers Workshop, the Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts Program, as well as being a featured guest at many writing conferences and festivals, including the New School's Summer Writers Colony and the Juniper Institute. Recent essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Bookforum, and Cabinet. Recent awards include a 2007 Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 Innovative Literature grant from Creative Capital. 

Tan Lin


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Poet, novelist, filmmaker, and new media artist Tan Lin was born in Seattle to Chinese American parents from Shanghai. He earned a BA from Carleton College and an MA and a PhD from Columbia University. Lin’s work is tied to cultural and media studies in a mode of literature he defines as “ambient” literature, which draws on and samples source material from popular culture and the Internet to address issues involving copyright, plagiarism, and technology. 
Lin is the author of ten books, most recently the novel Insomnia and the Aunt (2011), and the poetry collection Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004: The Joy of Cooking (2010). He is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing grant and an Asian American Arts Alliance’s Urban Artist grant. He teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.

Mónica de la Torre


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Poet, translator, and scholar Mónica de la Torre was born and raised in Mexico City. She earned a BA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship, relocated to New York in 1993 to pursue an MFA and a PhD in Spanish literature at Columbia University.
With dark humor, de la Torre’s poems explore our constructions of identity and trajectory. Her full-length poetry collections include Public Domain (2008), Talk Shows (2007). She has also published the chapbooks Four (Switchback) and The Happy End (Song Cave). With artist Terence Gower, she co-authored the art book Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (1999). She frequently collaborates with artists and writers, as with Collective Task. Taller de Taquimecanografía, published in Mexico City, is the result of another collaboration. She contributed to Predictions (2009), a study of indeterminacy, and to the conceptual critical work Laureana Toledo: The Limit (2008).
De la Torre coedited, with Michael Wiegers, the bilingual anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (2002). Her translations from Spanish include Lila Zemborain’s Mauve Sea-Orchids (2007, co-translated with Rosa Alcalá) and Poems by Gerardo Deniz (2000), which she also edited.

De la Torre’s honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. She has edited BOMB Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Brooklyn.

Cathy Park Hong


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Cathy Park Hong's latest poetry collection, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton.  Her other collections include Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um.  Hong is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney's, Baffler, Boston Review, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of The New Republic and Associate Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.


Timothy Donnelly


Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets published by Minus A Press late last year. His poems have appeared such magazines as A Public Space, Fence, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among others. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. 

Adam Fitzgerald


Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. In 2007, he completed a Masters degree by editing two unpublished essays of John Ashbery at Boston University’s Editorial Institute; in 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His poems, essays and interviews have appeared in A Public Space, The American Reader, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Fence, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy. In 2013, he co-curated the immersive-environment exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” for Loretta Howard Gallery. He teaches at New York University and Rutgers University. He lives in the East Village.

Dorothea Lasky


Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently the forthcoming ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City. 

Natalie Diaz


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Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.
Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program. In a PBS interview, she spoke of the connection between writing and experience: "for me writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I'm afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”

Mira Gonzalez


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Mira Gonzalez is an American poet from Los Angeles, California. Her first collection, I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, was published by Spencer Madsen of Sorry House press on January 31, 2013. According to one source, she writes about "drugs, sex, loneliness, laziness, recklessness, self-loathing" in an "extremely humorous and warm manner." A review in Rumpus magazine described the book as about "disconnected sex, anxiety, loneliness, drugs, and depression" but with "cool, effervescent, and clear" observations. In one poem, according to reviewer Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Gonzalez repeats a sequence of words for emphasis, sometimes called in poetry anaphora, to emphasize emotion. According to reviewer Liza Darwin in Nylon magazine, Gonzalez is part of a "whole new crop of cool girl poets" and described her work as "clever, totally unfiltered, and peppered with twisted insight and refreshing humor." Dazed & Confused magazine chose it as their poetry book of the week, averring that "Mira Gonzalez is a phenomenon of the same breed as Tao Lin: she might actually be the only literary social media presence more prolific and more intense." In March 2014 it was announced that Gonzalez's collection is a finalist for The Believer Poetry Award. A review described her writing as having "brutal honesty and minimalist vocabulary and diction." A review in Economy magazine described her poems as having a "studied laboriousness" which was "weirdly compelling." Filmmaker and screenwriter Lena Dunham wrote in The Guardian that Gonzalez's book I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together was one of her favorite books for 2014, and that it brings "experimental poetry into the internet age with dark, distinctly female riffs on ambition, depression and love." Gonzalez has been published in Vice, Hobart, and Muumuu House. Flavorwire named her one of "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013."

Jorie Graham


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Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied filmmaking. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

About her work, James Longenbach wrote in the New York Times: "For 30 years Jorie Graham has engaged the whole human contraption — intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic — rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems. She thinks of the poet not as a recorder but as a constructor of experience. Like Rilke or Yeats, she imagines the hermetic poet as a public figure, someone who addresses the most urgent philosophical and political issues of the time simply by writing poems."

Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.

Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

Renee Gladman

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Born in Atlanta, poet, novelist, and publisher Renee Gladman earned a BA at Vassar College and an MA in poetics at the New College of California. Gladman, whose work has been associated with the New Narrative movement, composes prose and poetry that tests the potential of the sentence with mapmaking precision and curiosity.

Author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling (2005), Gladman has also published several works of prose, including Event Factory (2010), The Activist (2003), Juice (2000), and Arlem (1994). She has edited Leon Works, an experimental prose chapbook series, as well as the Leroy chapbook series. Gladman lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Brown University.

Tom Healy


Tom Healy’s latest collection of poems, “Animal Spirits” is tattooed on his left arm. His firstbook, “What the Right Hand Knows,” was a finalist for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award. But no tattoo. A collection of Tom’s essays about artists and writers, “Not Untrue, Not Unkind,” will be published this fall. Tattoo decision forthcoming. Tom is the chairman of the Fulbright Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright scholars program worldwide. He is also a Harriet Monroe Fellow of the Poetry Foundation, where he is co-editing an anthology of 20th century American poetry with Adam Fitzgerald and a book of essays and archival material on John Ashbery’s home in Hudson, NY with Karin Roffman. Each summer, he is a visiting writer at the New York State and Port Townsend, WA Writers Institutes.