Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş


Mill Valley, CA 94941
+1 (415) 302 2501

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 magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch, where she danced in the works of Sidra Bell, Lar Lubovitch, Wayne McGregor, and Trisha Brown. She has guest performed for Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Eclipse Dance Theatre, CALI & Co Dance, Hamilton’s David Diggs, and Logos Dance Collective, and performed as a solo artist for Neighborhood Stories and room83spring. She supplemented her training at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, performing the works of Ohad Naharin, Christian Burns Amy Seiwert, Eléonore Valère Lachky, and Vittoria De Ferrari Sapetto. 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 SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts (USA).

Her poetry, fiction, scores, essays, and interviews have appeared widely in Dance Art Journal, Samfiftyfour_Literary, Marin Poetry Center AnthologyGallatin ReviewOctober Hill Magazine, and VerbalEyze Press, where she published her first novella, through EileenHer ongoing project,, is a digital platform where poets can generate choreographic scores for dancers - it is currently being exhibited at the The Museum of Wild & Newfangled Art. She serves as the webmaster at Marin Poetry Center is excited to be launching its first ever Youth Ambassador Program 2021-2022. During her brief 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 poets Karen Benke (The Writers Nest) and 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)
Journals: ,
Red Cedar Review
The Gallatin Review
The Literary Yard
Prizes won: 

Rubin Prize for Poetry, The Gallatin Writing Program 
Semi-Finalist, US-UK Fulbright Student Program

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 , All is Silence by Manuel Rivas

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: Mar 26, 2021