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Ted Hiebert publishes “Excerpts from the Library of Babel: A meditation on writing, electricity, and ghosts”

Ted Hiebert

IAS faculty member Ted Hiebert published “Excerpts from the Library of Babel: A meditation on writing, electricity, and ghosts” in Performance Research vol. 23 (On Writing and Performance). The essay reflects on Jorge Luis Borges’s story of a library—so vast it contains a copy of every book that has ever (or could ever) be ...

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MFA alum Amanda Hurtado publishes and exhibits

Photo of Amanda Hurtado

Amanda Hurtado (’17) has been busy this summer!  She published two poems in the summer issue of Witness magazine and is beginning her second year as a Ph.D. student...

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Amaranth Borsuk interviews local poets

Amaranth Borsuk

To extend the conversations begun by her MIT Press volume The Book, IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk recently staged conversations with several local poets whose creative practice includes publishing, book arts, and performance. On July 12, she spoke with Doug Nufer, whose work includes Oulipo-style constraint based writing, and Shin Yu Pai, whose practice encompasses ...

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After the MFA: Sun, moon, wind, ocean - Talena Lachelle Queen and the poetry of art in community

Talena Lachelle Queen at the mic

By Natalie Singer (’16)

As a student who preceded me in the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, Talena Lachelle Queen was someone I heard about often during my time in the program but didn’t have the chance to meet until after we both had graduated. I was excited to interview Talena because to me, she represents the real-world successful example of how one can realize a practice and career in art-making and community leadership and advocacy. While writing poetry, teaching, and mothering, a juggle I also seek to balance, Talena has figured out how to activate the conversation around art, its purpose and potential, in her community. While she advances her own practice, she is driven by the motivation to make art a civic venture and the belief that communities need art to thrive. Here is an edited version of our interview ...

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Amaranth Borsuk Interviewed at the Los Angeles Review of Books Blog

Amaranth Borsuk

The LARB Blog has just published an interview with IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk about her new MIT Press volume, The Book. Borsuk's wide-ranging conversation with writer Andy Fitch covers how she came to write this book, the many historical forms the book has taken over time and in different regions, the affordances of the familiar codex, and what artists' books have to teach us about ...

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