Composer

Hailed as “heady, euphoric, singular, surprising” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “universal and personal, comforting and jarring, ethereal and earthy” by Electric Literature, Quintan Ana Wikswo has long been active in the collusion and collision of art and social justice. Her conceptually-based interdisciplinary projects integrate her fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay with her original photographs, performance, and video. These semi-autobiographical projects inhabit occluded and obscured sites over time, and dwell within complex histories at the intersection of gender, disability, queerness, and race, with a special focus on human rights aftermath issues.

Her more than 35 projects are published, performed, and exhibited internationally. Her several books include the acclaimed collection of photographs and stories The Hope Of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press) and the forthcoming novel with photographs A Long Curving Scar Where The Heart Should Be (Stalking Horse Press, 2017). Her solo and collaborative live performance works are actively presented onstage, in museum exhibitions, and site-specific installation featuring live narration, video projection, and original scores by prominent composers. She performs regularly in New York City and elsewhere at venues including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, and more.

She holds fellowships from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Theo Westenberger Estate, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and multiple residencies at Yaddo, including the Pollock-Krasner Residency. She is a member of PEN USA and serves as guest artist, visiting lecturer, and strategic advisor at multiple arts institutions, including the Millay Colony, NYU, and many others.

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