Jen Bervin


Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin’s interdisciplinary practice encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. With Marta Werner she coedited The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems (2012), which was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s 2014 Pegasus Award for Criticism and made Best Books of 2013 lists in the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement and Hyperallergic. Her other books include Draft Notation (2014), The Dickinson Composites (2010), The Silver Book (2010), The Desert (2008), A Non- Breaking Space (2005)and Nets (2004). Current research for her Creative Capital project—The Silk Poems, an experimental book nano-imprinted on silk film—includes consulting nano-technology and biomedical labs, medical libraries, and over 50 international textile archives and sericulture museums.

Jen Bervin has received fellowships and residencies in art and writing from the Bogliasco Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Book Arts, and Camargo Foundation in France. Her work has been shown at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Soap Factory, and Temple Contemporary, and it appears in more than 30 collections, including Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Bervin is on the faculty of the graduate program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2015, she will be a Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University.

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