Visiting Artist Talk: Amaranth Borsuk
Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist whose work encompasses print and digital media, performance and installation.
Her most recent volume is The Book (MIT Press, 2018), an exploration of a technology we think we know intimately. Her books of poetry include Pomegranate Eater (Kore Press, 2016); As We Know (Subito, 2014), an erasure collaboration with Andy Fitch; Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), winner of the 2011 Slope Editions Poetry Prize; and Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented reality poems created with Brad Bouse.
She continues to explore the boundaries of the book in a number of collaborations. Her intermedia project Abra (1913 Press, 2016), created with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher, received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts and was issued in 2015 as a limited edition hand-made book and free iPad / iPhone app that can be read separately or together to create a continuous touchable interface. The project received the inaugural Turn on Literature Prize for electronic literature in 2017. Her other digital collaborations include The Deletionist, an erasure bookmarklet created with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul; and Whispering Galleries, a LeapMotion interactive textwork commissioned by Site Projects for the New Haven Free Public Libraries.
Borsuk is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also serves as Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.