Poetry in Solitude and Collaboration
Solitude is one of the conditions and condiments of poetry. But the poet’s solitude is a loud one, full of voices and sound. We’ll write together into a poetics of solitude: its life in literature, in books and on screens, and what’s behind the screens—the materiality of being alone (sometimes in a crowd), the economies, secrets and reveals of a solitary practice. And we will challenge its pleasures through critique and discussion, collaborative performance, even a trip to the beach to see the same sunset at the same time.
Born in Croatia, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher and occasional singer. She is the author of Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017), the Lambda Award–winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013) and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). She is the recipient of a 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from Feminist Press and a PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović. Božičević received her MFA in poetry from Hunter College. At the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, she studied New American poetics and alternative art schools and communities, and edited lectures by Diane di Prima for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Božičević has taught poetry at BHQFU, Bowery Poetry Club, Harvard, Naropa and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.