“Saidst” Shira Dentz and Kathy High
This collaborative poem-video, “sadist,” developed out of a collaborative piece centered on female aging that Shira performed at &NOW 2015, that is also part of a larger work. Shira’s collaborator is Kathy High who is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art, and who has received awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shira is also the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), and door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and two chapbooks, Lea Weather (Shearsman), and Flounders, forthcoming from Essay Press. Her writing has appeared widely in journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat, and Lana Turner, and featured at The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.
She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and holds a doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Shira is currently Drunken Boat’s Reviews Editor, and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.