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New YOrk, NY
An agile writer across forms, Wikswo's non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and hybrid texts are often integrated with her photographs and films. Her debut collection The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far is forthcoming in Spring 2015 on Coffee House Press, and includes 150 color plates of her companion photographs. Her works appear regularly in magazines and journals including Tin House, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, WITNESS, New American Writing, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Folio, Sidebrow, and many more. Her writing is also published in artist’s books, exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications including a major exhibition catalogue “Alles Hat Seine Zeit: Rituale gegen das Vergessen” (Kehrer Verlag), “One Blood: The Narrative Influence” anthology (University of Alaska Press), and the limited-edition artist book “Schwarzer Tod and the Useless Eaters” (Catalysis Projects). Thirty-two multidisciplinary live performance works are based upon her own original multi-genre texts, poetry, and other writings, and engage her photography, film projections, multichannel video, field recordings, and performance electronics. Through an adventurous process, the projects expand across music, movement, dance, opera, and theater via a creative team that includes composers, actors, musicians, and performers. Currently Resident Artist at the Yeshiva University Honors College, Wikswo holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in History, American Studies, and Gender Studies, with concentrations in African-American Studies and Critical Theory. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing with honors from San Francisco State University.
My earliest writing began in poetry particularly, and I was a young journalist, essayist and short story writer. During the middle period of my life those same interests were focal, and I began to follow an interest as a book reviewer (Best Sellers out of Pittsburgh University in particular) and involved in outdoor writing (for three newspapers, two weeklies, and one periodic). Over time, while I continued to publish poetry, I began to favor fiction and historical fiction especially. At about the same time I became the editor of first one and later another newsletter for outdoor organizations in New York state -- the Adirondack Conservation Council and then the Conservation Alliance of New York, while also writing bi-monthly for yet a third such organization. Concentrating on outdoor interests that promote better understanding of the skills and abilities, concerns, and hands-on activities of those who hunt, fish, and trap, I became a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, and continue in that capacity. At present, I am concentrating on historical fiction in both short story and novel forms.