Amaranth Borsuk


Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist whose work encompasses print and digital media, performance and installation. Her textual/conceptual artists’ books have been exhibited widely and are held in a number of library collections. She received an NEA “Expanded Artists’ Books” grant for the collaboration Abra, a limited-edition artist’s book and free iPad and iPhone app that received the Turn on Literature prize for electronic literature. Her latest volume is The Book (MIT Press, 2018), a concise introduction to the book as object, content, idea, and interface. That work inspired her to gather definitions of the book from artists, writers, librarians, publishers, and booksellers, which she compiled into the anthology The Book: 101 Definitions (Anteism, 2021). She is the author of the poetry collections Pomegranate Eater and Handiwork as well as three collaborative books of poems including Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), augmented reality poems created with Brad Bouse. Other digital collaborations include The Deletionist, an erasure bookmarklet created with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul; and Whispering Galleries, a LeapMotion interactive textwork commissioned by Site Projects for the New Haven Free Public Libraries. Amaranth is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also directs the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.

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