Artist CV

EDUCATION

  • 2017 / MFA in Poetry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • 2009 / BA in Literature and Printmaking, Bennington College

BOOKS

  • 2019 // A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, hybrid poetry collection, The Operating System

ANTHOLOGIES

SELECTED COLLABORATIONS

  • 2017 // “O Sister,” original poem written for the Voices of Hope choir at Shakopee Women’s Prison, conducted by Amanda Weber, set to music by composer Kathleen Allan, and performed by both the Voices of Hope and the University of Minnesota Women’s Choir
  • 2016 // Restored Mural for Orlando, Queerodactyl Press: a benefit chapbook and micro press co-created with poet Roy G. Guzmán and translator Marco Antonio Huerta in support of the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre

SELECTED POETRY & PROSE

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READINGS AND PERFORMANCES

2019 //

  • The Poetics of Survival and Change, curated by Free Black Dirt (Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus-Nasah) in celebration of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and the opera of the same name by Toshi Reagan performed the same week at St. Catherine University
  • Poetry reading and talk with D. Allen and Michael Kleber-Diggs // Century College
  • Slow Dance, hosted by QDP Deluxe // Moon Palace Books
  • Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories: The Mirror Palace in the Venus Sky II, curated and hosted by Xochi de la Luna // Pangaea World Theater
  • Poetry Happy Hour curated by Kathryn Kysar, to benefit Anoka-Ramsey Community College scholarships // Troubadour Wine Bar

2018 //

  • Poetic Ecosystems: A Reading & Conversation curated by D. Allen, with Sagirah Shahid and Halee Kirkwood, with support from the MN State Arts Board // Butter Bakery Café
  • Reading with blake nemec, Maitreyi Ray, and D. Allen // Moon Palace Books
    Read & Response, curated by Anthony Ceballos and Chavonn Williams Shen // SubText Books
  • Poetry in the Park, curated by Gretchen Marquette // The Commons
  • Daddy: A Queer Variety Show // Icehouse MPLS
  • Featured Guest Artist Reading // Augustana College, IA
  • Poetry Asylum Reading, Moon Palace Books
  • Naked I monologue showcase // Rainbow Health Initiative Opportunity Conference

2017 //

  • The Lighthouse Works Open Studios Reading // Fishers Island, NY
  • Poetry of Resistance and Change (Sister Black Press) // The Soap Factory
  • Pop-Up Reading with Sister Black Bike Press // Butter Bakery
  • Society Editions Broadside Release with Erin Sharkey // The Loft Literary Center
  • The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read // Augsburg College
  • Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt, curated by Elizabeth Tannen // Five Watt Coffee

2016 // 

  • Talking Image Connection // The Soap Factory
  • Twin Cities Zine Fest Reading // Quatrefoil Library
  • Writers Read, curated by Janaya Martin // The Coffee Shop Northeast
  • As Curated By…Raymond Luczak: QDA Anthology reading // The Loft Literary Center
  • The Naked I: Self-Defined, a 20% Theatre Production // Intermedia Arts

2015 // 

  • QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology book launch // Patrick’s Cabaret
  • Mill City Reading Series // Magers & Quinn Bookstore

Earlier //

  • Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed, an LGBTQ Narratives Production // Madison, WI (multiple venues), 2013 – 11

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS & GRANTS

  • 2019 // Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship
  • 2018 // Q-STAGE: New Works, 20% Theatre Company
  • 2018 // VSA Minnesota Jerome Emerging Artists with Disabilities Grant
  • 2018 // Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
  • 2017 // Minnesota Emerging Writer’s Grant, The Loft Literary Center
  • 2016 // Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry, University of Minnesota
  • 2016 // James Wright Poetry Prize (“All the notes play”), University of Minnesota
  • 2015 // College of Liberal Arts Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota
  • 2008 // Academy of American Poets College Prize, Bennington College

RESIDENCIES

  • 2018 // Writer in Residence, Mallard Island Artist Residency, Rainy Lake, MN
  • 2017 // Writing Fellowship, The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
  • 2016 & 15 // Writer in Residence, Write On, Door County!, WI
  • 2014 // Writer in Residence, H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, OR
  • 2013 // Associate Artist in Residence, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP & FACILITATION

  • 2016 – 14 // Facilitator & co-founder, The Mill City Reading Series, Magers & Quinn Bookshop: A series of new work by writers of the UMN Creative Writing MFA Program
  • 2013 – 11 // Producer, Writer, Performer, Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed: A monologues play written and produced by LGBTQ Narratives members in venues across Madison, WI
  • 2010 – 08 // Creator & facilitator, The Traveling Book Show: An annual collaborative book arts project with dozens of participants, which took place through the US Postal Service;  final works were displayed at and collected by Crossett Library, Bennington, VT

SELECTED VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 // “Self-Portrait As Crane Family,” mix-media painting on canvas, Transfabulous: Beyond the Binary, Minneapolis Central Library (annual group exhibition)
  • 2016 // “Self-Portrait As My Haunted Gender,” mixed-media painting on canvas,  Transfabulous: Beyond the Binary, Minneapolis Central Library (annual group exhibition)

WORKSHOPS, CLASS VISITS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • June 2018, solo workshop // Finding your voice through materials, a single-session workshop on mixed media art-making for adults of all ages and experience levels, Transfabulous Workshop Series, Minneapolis Central Library
  • April 2018, class visit // The Treachery of Images, OLLI Scholar course on hybrid literary works taught by David Andrews
  • April 2018, class visit, solo reading & open mic // Queer Life Stories and Professor kiki kosnick present D. Allen, Augustana College
  • October 2017, group artist talk // The Lighthouse Works presents D. Allen, Jared Buckheister, Leah Guadagnoli, Kate Moses, and Zach Trow, Fishers Island, NY
    August 2017, solo workshop // Finding your voice through materials: Choosing and using mixed media in painting and drawing, Transfabulous Workshop Series, Nokomis Library
  • May 2017, solo artist talk // Body and/as Material: A public MFA thesis defense, University of Minnesota
  • February 2017, group panel // Invisible Illness, Tangible Language: How Disability Influences Craft, with Emily Corwin, D. Allen, CL Black, Nicole Oquendo, and Aubrie Cox (curator), AWP Conference, Washington, DC
  • September 2016, solo artist talk/reading // Embodied Poetics: Queering the Lyric Essay, Grinnell College
  • January 2016, workshop co-facilitator // “The Personal Essay: Working With Memory,” with nonfiction writer Emily Strasser, hosted by Write On Door County! at Door County YMCA, Fish Creek, WI

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2017 – 14 // Graduate Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (primary instructor), 2 semesters
    Introduction to Poetry (primary instructor), 1 semester
    First-Year Writing (primary instructor), 2 semesters
    Contemporary American Literature (teaching assistant), 1 semester
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