This episode focuses on the physical book as material metaphor.
How does the book itself shape our perception of the ideas entombed
within it? Can the book as an affective technology that mediates
experience reveal "the space between" and become a primary
location for poetic substance? How can we find ways to place
the analog and digital in hierarchical equivalence so that
they feed off of each other? Finally, an hallucinatory letter
to a lost lover longing to be brought back together.
Amaranth Borsuk is a poet and scholar serving as an Assistant
Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also teaches
in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. She recently served
as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Media Studies and
Writing and Humanistic Studies at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, where she taught workshops and courses related to
poetry's changing media forms from modernism to the present.
She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the
University of Southern California, where her work focused on
the use of writing technologies by modern and contemporary
poets to change their relationship to the page and their
construction of authorship. In addition to writing and studying
poetry, Amaranth is a letterpress printer and book artist whose
fascination with printed matter informs her work on digital media.
She worked for several years as a lab technician in the Lab Press
at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and currently
makes small book projects at her desk in Seattle, Washington.