Photograph by Carly Ann Faye

Photograph by Carly Ann Faye

Bio

I am a poet from eastern North Carolina and the author of Witch (Alice James Books, forthcoming April 2020). Anchored by site-specific meditation and performance, my practice investigates spiritual, queer power, eco-consciousness, and questions of home. I am the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Hemera Foundation, and Wormfarm Institute. Wig Heavier Than A Boot (2014-18), my collaboration with photographer David Johnson, has been exhibited in St. Louis, Kansas City, Central Texas, and online at Photo-emphasis (link). I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the Kansas City Art Institute.

From 2013-16, I organized public programs at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, emphasizing cross-disciplinary collaboration, artist-driven thinking, and community-directed action. Key projects included Ellipsis (Apr 15-Jul 2, 2016), featuring a focused presentation of video poetry and essay by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas, Thylias Moss, and John Bresland; How To Grieve and Dream at the Same Time (May 31-Jun 4, 2016), a residency with Bhanu Kapil; and Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis (Jul 30-Aug 3, 2014), a collaboration with Ballroom Marfa and The Public Concern Foundation that invited artists to present imaginative solutions to climate change issues in the Midwest.

I received my MFA Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and BA English from Tulane University (New Orleans). These two cities along the Mississippi River continue to resonate, even as my practice pulls me towards the sea.