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Miriam Karraker writes and performs. She is currently based in Minneapolis and is working on a novel and other objects. She is interestedin the intersections of work and play, legibilities and illegibilities. She teaches generative drawing, writing, and movement workshops as an independent educator/facillitator.
MFA Creative Writing and graduate art minor, University of Minnesota, (2018).
BA Religious Studies and French, Lewis & Clark College, (2015).
HONORS + AWARDS
McKnight Fellowship in Poetry, Honorable Mention, 2018.
Lighthouse Works Residency Fellowship, 2018.
James Wright Prize from The Academy of American Poets, 2017.
Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry, University of Minnesota, 2017.
College of Liberal Arts Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, 2017.
Marcella DeBourg Grant, University of Minnesota, 2016.
Iowa Review Poetry Prize Semifinalist for “Frayed Wreath,” 2017
Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize Finalist for “autoportraits as cyborg: in costume,” 2015.
RESIDENCIES + WORKSHOPS
Coffee House Press In the Stacks Residency - Minneapolis, MN (Fall 2019)
Pancake House Radial Residency - Minneapolis, MN with Cole Pulice (Summer 2019)
Lighthouse Works - Fishers Island, NY (Spring 2018)
The White Page Gallery - Minneapolis, MN (Summer 2017)
Ashbery Home School - Hudson, NY (August 2016)
CURATORIAL / EDITORIAL
TAGVVERK - I edit the online magazine alongside Barrett White. We recently recieved a microgrant from Rhizome to fund our Torf Prize!
POND - Artists respond to a set of strict constraints. Best viewed on desktop. Theo Ellin Ballew constructed the site. Includes original works by Sophie Durbin, Mara Duvra, Annika Berry, Gunnar Tchida, Mary Lodu, and Jonathan Kaiser.
WORKS ON PAPER OR WITHOUT, QXIZ Editions, Minneapolis, 2017.
“both ode and elegy,” two poems for the Occaision of Isa Gagarin’s Color in Motu. Design by Alyson Coward, printed and sold by Forage Modern Workshop, forthcoming May 2019.
Selected poetry and fiction in magazines and journals
“Three untitled poems after Sheila Wagner,” Hair and Nails Zine # 14, December, 2018. Print.
“keeps watch: poems after Jennifer Nevitt’s Sans Terre,” MnArtists, Jan. 2018. Web.
“six events,” fLoromancy, Aug. 2017. Web.
“cave speak,” collaboration with Prairie M. Faul, Tagvverk, June 2017. Web.
“i,” poem from sequence field notes [after Craters of the Moon National Monument], Gulf Coast 30.1, Oct. 2017. Print.
“ii,” “iv,” and “v,” poems from sequence field notes [after Craters of the Moon National Monument], Gigantic Sequins 8.2, July 2017. Print.
“four autoportraits as cyborg,” Indiana Review, May 2017 (special folio: Metallic Grit). Print.
“on my avoidance while ill, reply all,” Bedfellows issue 6, Jan. 2017. Print.
“synthesis/i never said i had to make up my mind ∞” and “tonic (tourmaline),” FERROFLUID, Jan. 2017. Web.
“Attempts at Intimacy, Renderings,” BOAAT Press, June 2016. Web.
“real girl, idyll,” “blur(s),” and “haibun: in + out of devices,” Tagvverk. Jan. 2016. Web.
Selected critical writing and essays
"Review: Mara Duvra's To Allow For Breath," INREVIEW, winter 2017, print.
“Renee Gladman’s Prose Architectures: Creative Practice Reoriented as Threshold,” Kenyon Review Online, Dec. 2017.
“Enfermario - Gabriela Torres Olivares,” Lambda Literary. Aug. 2017. Web.
“Review: Violet Energy Ingots—Hoa Nguyen,”Full Stop, Feb. 2017. Web.
“On MACRO,” DIAGRAM Issue 16.6, Jan. 2017. Web.
“Brenda Iijima and Her Energies,” DIAGRAM Issue 16.3, June 2016. Web.
“Review: Gap Gardening— Rosemarie Waldrop,” 3AM Magazine. May 2016. Web.
“Review: Cries for Help, Various— Padgett Powell,” Full Stop. Web. 13 January, 2016. Web.
READINGS (+), PERFORMANCES (*) , PANELS (^) , EXHIBITIONS (%)
+Cross Pollination Reading Series at Bell Museum, August 14, 2019.
*%Goethe in the Skyways, April 5. In conjunction with Hanne Lippard’s Inefficiencies.
%Conceptual Drawing Studio, Portland, OR June 2018.
*TOPOS, ongoing sound/text practice performed at:
Spoonbill Montrose, Brooklyn, NY, March 2018
Picture Room, New York, NY, February 2018
Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis, MN Janurary 2018
*Codex Books, New York, NY, March 2018.
^Inside Out, The White Page, Coffee House Press, November 2017.
+555 Reading Series, 5 Watt Coffee, Minneapolis, MN, July 2017.
*synesthesis, in collaboration with Six Families Collective at Jazz Central in Minneapolis, 17 December 2016.
Generative Workshops Taught as an independent educator:
Tranformative Ekphrasis and Research
Multisensory Drawing and Writing
High Tea: Doing Work in Time as Time Works You
University of Minnesota classes taught:
Intro to Creative Writing
Intro to Poetry
First Year Writing/Composition
m o t e - Chamber drone project. Myself on viola, Cole Pulice on alto sax. We played Drone Not Drones in January 2019 and are about to do some environmental interventions at Lake Hiawatha, Minnehaha Creek, and a tennis court June 2019 for a Pancake House Radial Residency.
dustsceawung - ongoing live soft sound performance practice with Mitch Stahlmann on flute, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin on cornet, myself on viola. Our name means “the inspection or contemplation of dust.”
WORKS ON PAPER OR WITHOUT is a fine press book (fabricated by QXIZ Editions) and installation culminating on October 20, 2017 at MirrorLab Studios in Minneapolis,
~b careful~ sound and text performance with Patrick Marschke and J.P. Merz for the group exhibition One Day After, One Year Later, Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis, 21 January, 2017.