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Adeena Karasick

Photo: Safia Southey 2009

Adeena Karasick http://www.adeenakarasick.com is an internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, media-artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory: Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks 2009), The House That Hijack Built (Talonbooks, 2004), The Arugula Fugues (Zasterle Press, 2001), Dyssemia Sleaze (Talonbooks, Spring 2000), Genrecide (Talonbooks, 1996), Mêmewars (Talonbooks, 1994), and The Empress Has No Closure (Talonbooks, 1992), as well as 4 videopoems available on YouTube. All her work is marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges linguistic habits and normative modes of meaning production. Engaged with the art of combination and turbulence of thought, it is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries.

For over 20 years her linguistically provocative, philosophically complex wordplay continues to excite audiences nationally, internationally and locally, and she has recently been granted the MPS Mobile Award as being the world’s first “Mobile Poet” whereby her work is being made available on mobile devices (cell phones and smart phones) throughout the world. Her writing has been described as "electricity in language" (Nicole Brossard), "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein) "a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak" (Globe and Mail) and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier). She is Professor of Poetry and Cultural Theory at City University of New York.

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Publications

The House That Hijack Built. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2004.
Dyssemia Sleaze. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2000.
Genrecide. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1996.
Prairis/cite Maintenance. Vancouver: Wave 7 Press, 1995.
Mêmewars. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1994.
Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth. Talonbooks, 2009
The Empress Has No Closure. Talonbooks, 1992
The Arugula Fugues. Zasterle Press, 2001

Awards

Defait Travel Grant; Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary for The House That Hijack Built, 2004.
Spoken Word and Storytelling Program, Canada Council for the Arts ($10,000), 2003.
External Affairs Travel Award; London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Wales and Paris, 2002.
Bumbershoot Book Fair Award, "Most Adventurous Publication" for Dyssemia Sleaze, 2000.
People's Choice Award, Electrolit International Videopoem Festival, Vancouver, BC for "Alphabet City", 1999.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Travel Award (San Fransisco) for The House That Hijack Built, 2005
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Travel Award (Minnesota) for The House That Hijack Built, 2006
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Travel Award (London and India) for Amuse Bouche, 2008
MPS Mobile Award (For being the World’s First “Mobile poet”, whereby her work is being made available on mobile devices (cell phones and smart phones) throughout the world)., 2008
Spoken Word and Storytelling Program, Canada Council for the Arts Award ($13,000) for Amuse Bouche, 2008
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Travel Award (Paris and London) for Amuse Bouche, 2009
Spoken and Electronic Words Program (Pilot), Canada Council of the Arts Award ($15,000), 1999
External Affairs Travel Award (Hungary), 1998
External Affairs Travel Award (Israel), 1997
External Affairs Travel Award (Canary Islands), 1994
British Columbia Book Award (Silver) for Mêmewars (Talonbooks), 1994
External Affairs Travel Award (Spain, India), 1993
External Affairs Travel Award (France, UK, Germany), 1992
Mainz Scholarship – Writer in Residence at Guttenberg Universtät Mainz, Germany, 1992/93
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