A poet and scholar, Amaranth Borsuk’s work focuses on textual materiality—from the surface of the page to the surface of language.
Her most recent book is Pomegranate Eater (Kore Press, 2016), a collection of poems. Previous books include Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Poetry Prize; and Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook-length erasure poem. Abra (1913 Press, 2016), a book of mutating poems created with Kate Durbin, received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and was recently released as a limited-edition book with a free iPad / iPhone app created by Ian Hatcher. Her collaboration As We Know (Subito Press, 2014), selected by Julie Carr for the Subito Prize, reshapes 60 entries from Andy Fitch’s summer diary into a collective confessional/constructivist collage that foregrounds the tensions of authorship. The two have extended this project through a series of photographs, experimental videos, and sound recordings.
Collaboration and materiality are central to Borsuk’s practice. Together with Brad Bouse, she created Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012; Springgun Press, 2016), a book of augmented-reality poetry. It has been featured on Salon.com, BrainPickings, Wired, and other media sites and has been exhibited widely. Through a grant from CT@Work and SiteProjects, Inc., Borsuk and Bouse completed Whispering Galleries (2014), a site-specific interactive text work for the New Haven Free Public Libraries that uses the Leap gestural controller to invite visitors to brush the dust from a historic diary, revealing poems hidden within it. Borsuk’s other digital collaborations include Wave Signs, an immersive sound installation with Carrie Bodle; and The Deletionist, an erasure bookmarklet created with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul.
Borsuk is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. She recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Media Studies and Writing and Humanistic Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she taught workshops and courses related to poetry’s changing media forms from modernism to the present.
She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where her work focused on the use of writing technologies by modern and contemporary poets to change their relationship to the page and their construction of authorship. While at USC, she co-founded The Loudest Voice (click here for the series’ latest incarnation) with Bryan Hurt. The cross-genre readings happen twice a semester at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown and bring together writers from USC with those from LA’s other writing communities as well as area musicians. Guests have included Glen David Gold, Trinie Dalton, Henry Wolfe Gummer, and Rick Lupert, among others. Together with Hurt and Genevieve Kaplan, in 2010 she co-edited The Loudest Voice: Volume 1 (Figueroa Press), an anthology of work by readers from the first four years of the series. She also co-founded the Gold Line Press chapbook series with Kaplan, which publishes chapbooks of fiction and poetry in alternating years through an annual contest.
Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Writing Technologies, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Slope, and Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. Poems have recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Seattle Review of Books, Viz: Inter-Arts, Bombay Gin, Bat City Review, Berfrois, and Chicago Review, among other journals.
In addition to writing and studying poetry, Amaranth is a letterpress printer and book artist whose fascination with printed matter informs her work on digital media. She worked for several years as a lab technician in the Lab Press at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and currently makes small book projects at her desk in Seattle, Washington.
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