2014 Fall Convergence - Presenter Bios

 

Aeron Bergman Carrie Bodle Amaranth Borsuk John Boucher Rebecca Brown Stephen Collis Alejandro Crawford Sarah Dowling Bob Glück Ann Hamilton Carla Harryman Jeanne Heuving Ted Hiebert Tiare Mathison Joe Milutis Lisa Radon Cia Rinne Axel Roesler Alejandra Salinas Gail Scott John Sparrow Fred Wah Ronaldo Wilson

 

Aeron Bergman works with Alejandra Salinas as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound, publications and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally, most recently at the 4th Athens Biennale and the 1st Bergen Triennial. Upcoming projects for March 2014 include an artist in residency at HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), an exhibition at Gallery Augusta in Helsinki, Finland and a publication commissioned by BILAGA editions in Sweden.  Bergman is a Senior Artist-in-Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Carrie Bodle explores the relationships between art and science through immersive visual and sound art installations that translate inaudible or invisible phenomena into sensible experiences. Bodle received her Master’s of Science in Visual Studies from the MIT Visual Arts Program in 2005.  She has held artist residencies and fellowships with Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, IBM Watson Collaborative User Experience Group in Cambridge, MA, and 911 Media Arts Center/Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. She is included on the Washington State, Oregon State, San Francisco, Cambridge Arts Council, and City of Seattle Public Art rosters and is a Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

John Boucher is a filmmaker, poet, and scholar. He holds degrees from the Film and Video Communications program at Seattle Central Community College, Film Theory and Production from The Evergreen State College, and most recently, an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. He is the editor of an award-winning feature film; the co-founder of Les Sardines, a Seattle-based writing collective, and its lit journal Les Sar'zine; and the co-creator of The IIWII Project, an online repository of daily art/poetry collaborations produced with visual artist Aaron Morgan.

Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen, an interactive book of augmented-reality poems. Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin, will be published by 1913 Editions in 2014. The recipient of an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, Abra is forthcoming as an artist's book and iPad app, created with text/sound/performance artist Ian Hatcher. Another collaboration with Andy Fitch, As We Know, was selected by Julie Carr for the Subito prize and will appear in late 2014. Borsuk is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Rebecca Brown has published over a dozen books in the U.S. and in translation. She has exhibited visual work in museums and has lectured, read, and performed widely.  She collaborates frequently with actors, artists, dancers, and musicians and also curates events. Her one woman show, Monstrous, premiered at Northwest Film Forum in December. Her books include American RomancesThe Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs, The Gifts of the Body and The Terrible Girls. She writes regularly for The Stranger.  Brown is a Senior Artist-in-Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Stephen Collis is an award-winning poet, activist, and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of a number of books of poetry including The Commons, On the Material, and To the Barricades.  He has also written two books of criticism and a novel, The Red Album.  His collection of essays on the Occupy Movement, Dispatches from the Occupation, addresses activist tactics, social movements, and change.

Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford was born in Murcia, Spain. He has published several works, including Morpheu and “Wasted” and done installations of his work at Kelly Writers House. He has studied and produced digital poetry and is interested in the way the digital and virtual change not just the manner in which we read, but also what constitutes “reading” in general.

Sarah Dowling is the author of Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her work appear in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, and an e-chap, Birds & Bees, recently appeared on TrollThread. Her critical work has appeared in American QuarterlyGLQCanadian LiteratureSigns and elsewhere. Her second book, DOWN, will be published by Coach House books in fall 2014. Dowling is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Bob Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist, and a book of stories, Denny Smith.  Glück was Co-Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press.  Ithuriel's Spear just republished his first book of stories, Elements, and Semiotext(e) will publish his collected essays, The Greatness of Kathy Acker and Other Essays, in 2015. Glück is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. 

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past, and of labor present.  As sound has moved from the periphery of Hamilton's work to become a more central spine, the form likewise has shifted and led more recently toward the development of performative readings, more permanently sited architectural structures and further collaborations with other artists. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art.

Carla Harryman is an innovator in interdisciplinary performance, poetry, and prose, and has authored seventeen books, including W— /M— (2013), Adorno’s Noise (2008), Gardener of Stars (2001), and the multi-authored work The Grand Piano, an Experiment in Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980. Her Poets Theater, interdisciplinary, and bi-lingual performances have been presented nationally and internationally.  She serves on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University where she directs an interdisciplinary creative writing program.

Ted Hiebert is a Seattle-based vi­sual artist and theorist. His large-scale photographic works have been shown across Canada and in the Pacific Northwest, in group exhibitions internation­ally. Hiebert is the author of In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity. Hiebert is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Jeanne Heuving’s cross genre work Incapacity won a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award for 2004, and she has recently published Transducer, a book of poetry. She has written widely on twentieth century innovative writing, including the book Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore. Her book Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press and she recently published her long poem, “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” in Hambone 20.  Jeanne serves as the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington Bothell.

Rev. Tiare L. Mathison’s passion is building relationships in communities. Her work is an invitation to reflect on what it means to be human in the Age of the Internet of Everything: “I sound an alarm for artists and others grounded in freedom and justice to raise voices against the regimes of computation and the market which privilege efficiency over humanity.  It is a poetics of defiance.  I am a pastor, artist, runner, and now writer.”

Joe Milutis is a writer and media artist. He is the author of Failure, A Writer's Life (Zer0 Books, 2013) and Ether: The Nothing That Connects Everything (Minnesota, 2006), as well as numerous chapbooks, media/literary hybrid works, videos and sound pieces.  Most recently, he has been exploring experimental translation, and is working on a scholarly assessment of this emerging area, in tandem with various creative translation projects.

Lisa Radon makes poems that may be publication, object, essay, installation, website, performance. Her books include The Plumb and The Wave, Prototyping Eutopias, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place, The Book of Knots, A Reading, and Sentences on Sentences on Paragraphs on Paragraphs. Her work has been presented recently in solo exhibitions at Pied-à-terre, Littman Gallery, and White Box, as well as in exhibitions at Hedreen Gallery and LxWxH, and publications for MK Gallery, Disjecta, and Appendix Project Space. Radon publishes the journal EIGHTS.

Cia Rinne is a writer, poet and artist with an uncommon natural inclination towards languages. Born in Sweden from a Finnish family and raised in Germany, she holds a MA degree in Philosophy and has studied in Frankfurt/Main, Athens and Helsinki. Experiencing the continued switch between many languages and places helped her to raise awareness about the political and cultural implications underlying subtle gaps and shifts of meaning.  Rinne is the author of the books zaroum, and notes for soloists, as well as being a collaborator on numerous multimedia and performance works.

Axel Roesler is chair of the University of Washington’s Interaction Design program and a founding member of the DUB group (Human-Computer Interaction and Design Coalition) to pioneer cross-disciplinary education for future human-computer interaction design professionals. His research interests include the interactive, visual, and dynamic display of information and the impact of innovation in everyday life.

Alejandra Salinas works with Aeron Bergen as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound, publications and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally, most recently at the 4th Athens Biennale and the 1st Bergen Triennial. Upcoming projects for March 2014 include an artist in residency at HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), an exhibition at Gallery Augusta in Helsinki, Finland and a publication commissioned by BILAGA editions in Sweden. Salinas is a Senior Artist-in-Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Gail Scott is the author of five books of fiction, including Heroine, Main Brides, My Paris, and her latest, Obituary, which was a finalist for the Grand Prix Du Livre de Montréal. She is also author of a collection of short stories, Spare Parts, and the collections of essays on writing, Spaces Like Stairs and La Théorie, Un Dimanche. Scot says of herself: “I was born in Ottawa and have lived in many places, including New York, Paris, Grenoble, and Stockholm. But my main port is Montréal, a city so musical with its mix of languages that I have been obsessed with the music in prose--and in sentences as elements of composition--almost since I began writing.”

John Sparrow is a poet from London, England, who mainly writes digital texts. He is studying for a PhD with Royal Holloway, University of London, with the thesis title “Performances of Technology.” John is interested in performing in relation to digital texts and in particular in relation to aleatory compositions, and has performed such works in various places, including the epoetry festival 2005, the Runnymede Literary Festival and Openned’s performance events.

Fred Wah has published and edited a wide range of poetry and poetics since the early 1960’s, including collaborations with visual and digital artists. He coedited the world’s first online literary magazine, SwiftCurrent, in the mid-80’s. His biofiction, Diamond Grill, is a well-known text on hybridity, echoed in an interactive online poem at highmuckamuck.ca. Recent books of poetry include Sentenced to Light, is a door, and a collection of selected poems edited by Louis Cabri entitled The False Laws of Narrative. He and British poet Amy De’Ath have edited Toward. Some. Air., a collection of recent statements on poetics. In 2013 Wah was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and completed his term as Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Ronaldo V.Wilson, PhD is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009) winner of the 2010 Asian American Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2015).  A recent Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T), Wilson is Co-founder of the Black Took Collective and currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature, and Core Faculty of the PhD Creative/Critical Concentration in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz.