Quintan Ana Wikswo

Fiction Writer

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10011

Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)
One Blood: The Narrative Impulse (University of Alaska Press, 2000)
The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press, 2015)
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In 2013, Creative Capital honored Wikswo with a multi-year grant in Emerging Fields. Wikswo has also received major fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Theo Westenberger Estate, the Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC/Durfee, the Puffin Foundation, and others.

She has been artist in residence in literature, visual art, film, and performance at Yaddo, Djerassi, Villa Montalvo/Montalvo Arts Center, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Ucross, the Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ebenböckhaus, Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Can Serrat, and many more.

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What I'm reading now: 
First Days of the Year by Helene Cixous, Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau, My Mother: A Demonology by Kathy Acker, Collected Works by Paul Celan, Stream of LIfe by Clarice Lispector

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Last update: Jun 17, 2014