Kythe Heller (b. 1979) is a poet and interdisciplinary artist currently based in Cambridge, MA. In mixed-genre poems, essays, and pieces for collaborative and solo performance, Heller experiments with a grounding of poetics in textual, spatial and performative practices that re-orient art-making as a practice of consciousness: In what ways can our writings become sites of resistance, sites of evolution, parts of an array of realizing new social and ecological relationships by considering how to use language to radically change one’s way of being in the world?
Her recent poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Tricycle, The American Poetry Review, POOL, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Lyric, Salamander, American Demographics, and other journals, and her poetry chapbook Immolation (Monk Honey, 2008) was a finalist for the Walt McDonald First Book Prize from Texas Tech UP. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from Harvard University, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Laurels Foundation.
Her recent film, performance and multimedia work has been staged at the Harvard Film Studies Center, SEEDS Festival, Sonoma State University, WAXworks (NYC), BAX (NYC), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and in various collaborations and street performances in NYC and elsewhere. Her performance work is often collaborative and uses a combination of media (text, music, performance, and video).
She has received degrees from Reed College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Harvard Divinity School and has taught courses in literature, religion, media, and art at Coachman Family Homeless Shelter, Harvard University, Bayview Correctional Facility, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Hofstra University. Currently she teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College while also pursuing a doctoral degree in Religion and Society at Harvard University.
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