Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Carla Harryman interests include experimental poetry and prose, poetics, and text-based performance. She is the author of many books including the collection of poetry and performance writings published in French and English editions Sue in Berlin and Sue á Berlin (2017); the epistolary essay, Artifact of Hope (2017); the diptych W—/M— (2013), the Essay Press collection Adorno’s Noise (2008), Gardener of Stars: A Novel (2001), and two volumes of selected writing: Animal Instincts: Prose, Plays, Essays (1989) and There Never Was a Rose without a Thorn (1995). An active collaborator, she is one of ten co-authors of The Grand Piano, an Experiment in Collective Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980 (2006-2010). Open Box, a CD of music and spoken text performance created with composer and musician Jon Raskin was released on the Tzadik label in 2012. Her Poets Theater plays and music/text collaborations have been performed nationally and internationally including at Betonsalon, Paris; University Art Museum, UC Berkeley; Links Hall, Chicago; Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; The Stone, New York; Outsound Music Festival, San Francisco; Music Unlimited, Wels, Austria; Memoria, Montreal, CA; and Prague Micro-Festival.
Her critical writing focuses on contemporary innovative writing by women and the politics and poetics of Poets Theater and performance writing. Articles include “This is a letter about noise, distinction, names, language, and with notes on The Obituary by Gail Scott” (From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice, On Contemporary Practice, 2017); "Something Nation: Radical Spaces of Performance in Linton Kwesi Johnson and cris cheek," (Diasporic Avant-gardes, Palgrave Macmillian, 2009) and "Residues or Revolutions of the Language of Acker and Artaud" (Devouring Institutions, San Diego State University, 2004). She is co-editor of Lust for Life (2006), a volume of essays on the novelist Kathy Acker, and special issue editor of Non/Narrative (2011) for the Journal of Narrative Theory.
In 2018, a two-day international discussion of her creative, critical, and performance works took place at the Université Paris 7: Poets and Critics Symposium, 2018. Her writing has been translated in French, Spanish, German, Czech, Russian, and several other languages; and her work has appeared in thirty national and international anthologies. She has received grants and awards from The Foundation of Contemporary Art, New York; Opera America Next Stage (with Erling Wold); Alexander Gerbode Foundation; Fund for Poetry; American Embassy in Romania; and New Langton Arts/NEA Consortium Grant Playwright Commission. She has been visiting writer at The University of California, San Diego, Ohio University, Naropa University Summer Writing Program; consulting faculty at University of Washington, Bothell; and has served on the faculties of Wayne State University and The Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. She moved from the Bay Area to Detroit in 1995.