Hybrid artist Jay Besemer is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks, including Aster to Daylily and A New Territory Sought. As Jen Besemer he was the author of Telephone, Object with Man’s Face, Quiet Vertical Movements, Ten Word Problems, and What Is Born. Jay’s recombinant poetry projects are featured in issue 25 of TENDE RLOIN and anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They can also be found in Monsters & Dust, Aufgabe, Drunken Boat, BlazeVOX, e-ratio, Sentence and other delicious publications. His video poems have been screened at events like Chicago’s “Absinthe & Zygote” experimental reading series, and “@Salon 2014” in Bloomington, Illinois. Jay also curates the occasional poetry event, writes feature essays and reviews, and teaches art and poetry workshops in and beyond Chicago.
Publications and Prizes
Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013)
Quiet Vertical Movements (Beard of Bees, 2012), What Is Born (Lilliput Review Press, 2000)
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013)
Artifice, Aufgabe, Blaze VOX, Columbia Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, Eratio Poetry Journal, Jellyroll, Lilliput Review, Otoliths, Pank, The Bitter Oleander