Amaranth Borsuk

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist interested in textual materiality across media--from digital interactive works to hand-made objects. Her most recent book is As We Know (Slope, 2014), a book-length erasure collaboration with Andy Fitch. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize, and Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a collaboration with Brad Bouse. Her intermedia project Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher, recently received an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and will be issued this spring as an artist's book and iPad app. A trade edition is forthcoming from 1913 Editions. In addition to these book-based works, she has collaborated on new media writing projects that include a website bookmarklet that creates erasure poems and a gestural-interactive installation using historic diaries. She received her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT before joining the faculty of the University of Washington, Bothell. Her courses in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences often interrogate the material structure of books and include hands-on projects that ask students to consider not only what they write, but how. She is currently at work on a critical book, “The Upright Script: Modernist Mediations and Contemporary Data Poetics.”

Essays by this author

Electrifying Literature: ELO Conference 2012


How does the electronic literature community continue to develop? Amaranth Borsuk looks towards the print literature community, and suggests that we adopt a number of its most successful practices.