Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş


Mill Valley, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş is a choreographer, writer, and filmmaker from Northern California currently researching the intersections of language and movement through interdisciplinary collaborations with composers, designers, animators, coders, writers, and dancers. Maxine graduated with an MA in Dance Philosophy (with Distinction) from University of Roehampton, London and with a BFA in Dance (Magna Cum Laude with Honors) from NYU Tisch, where she danced in the works of Sidra Bell, Lar Lubovitch, Wayne McGregor, and Trisha Brown. In New York, she has guest performed for Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance, NUUM Collective, and Logos Dance Collective. In the Bay Area, she has guest performed with the NETWORK project, Alive & Well Productions, pateldanceworks, Monsoon Dance Company, CALI & Co Dance, Hamilton’s David Diggs, and as a company member of Eclipse Dance Theatre and eMotion Arts. Her dance films have screened worldwide at the SzólóDuó International Dance Festival (Hungary), FilmFest by Rogue Dancer (USA), Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (USA), kNOwBOX Dance Film Festival (USA/South Korea), and MODArts' Move to Change Dance Festival (USA). She has held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Center at Eagle Hill, Stapleton School for the Performing Arts, and SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts. 

Her poetry, fiction, scores, essays, and interviews have appeared widely in Dance Art Journal, Samfiftyfour_Literary, Marin Poetry Center AnthologyGallatin ReviewOctober Hill Magazine, Deep Adaptation Forum, VerbalEyze Press, where she published her first novella, through Eileen, and Ghost City Press, where she published her first chapbook, heart-shaped-boxHer ongoing project,, is a digital platform where poets can generate choreographic scores for dancers - it has been exhibited at the The Museum of Wild & Newfangled Art, (New York), Noori/TWIG Media Lab (Salt Lake City), Poethesis Mag (UK), and LOCULUS Collective (Massachusetts). She currently serves as editor of Marin Poetry Center's High School Poetry Anthology and is excited to be launching Marin's first ever Youth Poet Laureate Program. During her time in New York, Maxine interned in the Children's Reading Room at Poets House and performed regularly at Bowery Poetry Club. She has worked alongside acclaimed poets Karen Benke, Maeryl Natchez, Rebecca Foust, and judged youth poetry competitions, including Marin Poetry Center High School Anthology Contest, Marin County Poetry Out Loud, and Mill Valley Library's Teen Slam Competition. She believes that within the acts of physical creation exist traces of poetic origin, and that every body contains a textual sensibility, a poem breathing in the atlas of its dancer. 

Publications & Prizes

Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2020: Transformation (Marin Poetry Center Press, 2020)
heart-shaped-box (Ghost City Press, 2022)
Journals: ,
Red Cedar Review
The Gallatin Review
The Literary Yard
Prizes won: 

Finalist, 92NY's Future Dance Festival 
Rubin Prize for Poetry, The Gallatin Writing Program 
Alternate Candidate, US-UK Fulbright Student Program
First Place in Choreography, Dance Prix de New York
Best 20 Films of the Ork_Kota Platform, Szólóduó International Dance Festival

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Janet Lees, Jessie Jing, Orhan Pamuk, Hanif Abdurraqib, Claudia Rankine, Janne Camilla-Lyster
What I'm reading now: 
The Far Mosque by Kazim Ali , Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
European American, Romanian, Turkish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Schools, Teenagers, Women
Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
San Francisco, CA
Raised in: 
Mill Valley , CA
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Last update: Oct 30, 2023