Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch “April 30th”


Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch look for ways to make the tensions of redaction on the page apparent to an audience. The pair take turns performing lines signifying moments of rupture in the text. The method also acts out the tension between the poets with Amaranth erasing parts of Andy’s diary to create her own narrative within it. The page performed originally appeared in Dusie. The video made with her collaborator, Andy Fitch, is of the first entry of their new book As We Know (Subito, November 2014).

Amaranth Borsuk is the  author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), and with Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin forthcoming from 1913 Press, recently received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and will be issued in 2014 as an artist’s book and iPad app created by Ian Hatcher. Her collaborative digital projects include an erasure bookmarklet, The Deletionist, with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul, and Whispering Galleries, a site-specific Leap Motion erasure work for the city of New Haven. Amaranth is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Siences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.

Andy Fitch’s most recent books are Sixty Morning Talks and (with Amaranth Borsuk) As We Know. Ugly Duckling will soon release his Sixty Morning Walks and Sixty Morning Wlaks. He recently published a critical book, Pop Poetics: Reframing Joe Brainard, with Dalkey Archive Press. With Cristiana Baik, he is currently assembling the Letter Machine Book of Interviews. He has a collaborative book forthcoming from 1913 Press. He is founder of The Conversant and currently edits Essay Press. He teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA program.

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