Adeena Karasick

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Adeena Karasick, Ph.D.,  is a New York based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist, media artist and the author of 14 books of poetry and poetics. Her Kabbalistically inflected, urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard), “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha), noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein), “a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature ‘syllabic labyrinth’” (Craig Dworkin), “demonstrating how desire flows through language, an unstoppable flood of allusion (both literary and pop-cultural), word-play, and extravagant and outrageous sound-work” (Mark Scroggins). Honors include: 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient; Voce Donna Italia Award for her contributions to feminist thinking; 2023 Media Ecology Association Outstanding Book Award; shortlisted for 2023 ICA Outstanding Book of the Year Award; 2023 Poet Laureate of the Institute of General Semantics.

Karasick teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute; is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology; and Associate International Editor of New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.

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