The Mason Jar
Fiction excerpt from Homing, a novel in progress
The Kenyon Review print issue Sept/Oct 2020
AUDIO LINK Kenyon Review Out Loud
as part of the exhibition
at BAK, Basis for Contemporary Art,
screened at New York Film Festival, Microscope Gallery,
and New Media Artspace at Baruch College
From Wanton Weevils to Amoral Algorithms
Essay commissioned by Henry Gallery for the film and installation Bugs and Beasts Before the Law
GODZILLA VS. THE PREHISTORIC BISON:
On Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Creative nonfiction, The Brooklyn Rail
Christine Wertheim's recently released book mUtter-bAbel is gorgeously hyperbolic, a primordial pataphysics of text and drawings that explores relationships between babies, mothers, language, and "ugly archaic feelings and their troubling social effects."
Essay on Christine Wertheim’s book mUtterbAbel,
and Margaret and Christine Wertheim's Institute for Figuring
and the Crochet Coral Reef
Chapbook by Portable Press/Yo-Yo Labs
Shadows Mirror Shadows
Monograph essay for solo show Shadows Mirror Shadows
by artist Miruna Dragan
commissioned by G Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Everywhere Possible, Therefore True
Limited edition book of texts in response to installation works for
solo exhibition by artist Miruna Dragan
Commissioned by Nickle Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ken Jacobs and the Sublime Horrors of Perception
Essay on multimedia artist Ken Jacobs’s Nervous System performances
for the book Monstrous Adaptations
Manchester University Press
Inhabiting the Impossible
Essay on the work of Madeline Gins and Arakawa
Reversible Destiny Foundation and Bioscleave House
in INTERFACES special edition: Architecture Against Death
Commissioned text for publication accompanying movement piece
BLOOWST WINDKU by Rebecca Davis
Performed at Here, NYC
a novel in progress
HOMING is a wildly ranging novel of human, animal, and geological entanglement, and a woman’s search for home. In animistic raptures that are part dark fairytale and part cultural history, Isabel is a homing beacon to nonhuman voices: As a child, a magpie teaches her to disassociate from trauma. Plastic speaks, a quasi-immortal substance intimately imbedded in her life. The oracular orb of Trinitite in her mother’s ring narrates its story from geological time, to genocide, to the occult fringes of the A-bomb—while also revealing secrets that Isabel’s family kept hidden from her.
Over the course of a hallucinatory red-eye flight from hurricanes in New York to wildfires in Los Angeles, as she realizes that everywhere home might be is becoming uninhabitable, intergenerational trauma is increasingly entwined with ecological trauma.
State by state, the plane flies over the U.S. in a web of digressive speculations of personal and planetary wonder and loss: Jonestown and coral reefs; nukes and alchemy, Jell-o and plant sentience, dirt-eating and genocide, Wile E. Coyote and the Great Chain of Being.
HOMING is a portrait of a woman who continually asks, Where does self end and other begin? On the cusp between hope and extinction, she is characterized by her place in our dizzying contemporary moment, where the implications of our interconnectedness may be as destructive as they are sublime. Homing’s encyclopedic scope is intimately grounded in its narrators’ desire for embodiment, family, and home—urgent longings we all share, as we grow increasingly alienated from our ecological body, interspecies family, and planetary home.
Marianne Shaneen writes fiction, essays, and poetry, and has also worked in documentary video. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, and the Tusen Takk Foundation, and is the recipient of a NYSCA Individual Artist grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Aid grant. She received her MFA in Writing from the Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Manchester University Press, Vanitas, and elsewhere. She has been commissioned for numerous pieces for artists and filmmakers. Her chapbook Lucent Amnesis was published by Portable Press/Yo-Yo Labs. She is currently finishing her first novel, Homing.
The Moving Picture Show, group show, Foreland, Catskill, NY: "Where the Flowerbots Bloom" https://www.forelandcatskill.com/happenings/the-moving-picture-show
Reading for the show "The Ambassadors" installation of painting, sculpture, and video, by Michele Abramowitz, H.A. Halpert, and Barb Smith: https://theaccident.club/
Residency at Tusen Takk Foundation
Reading, Boston Poetry Marathon
Reading, Shivastan, Woodstock, NY
Commissioned text for performance with scenes from PHASE IV, the psychedelic 70s sci-fi insect film by Saul Bass. A Night of Neo-Benshi at Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY. Organized by the Flow Chart Foundation.
Kenyon Review (print) "The Mason Jar"
"From Wanton Weevils to Amoral Algorithms" — essay commissioned for publication to accompany the opening of Bugs and Beasts Before the Law, film and installation by Bambitchell (multimedia artists Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell), at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Reading, Boston Poetry Marathon
Residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
Text and voice by Marianne Shaneen for Kansas Atlas, essay film by Peggy Ahwesh: Screened at The New York Film Festival, Projections, Sept 2019; at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn as part of Ahwesh's solo show Cleave, May 2019; and as part of Unsettled States, Ahwesh solo exhibition at the New Media Artspace at Baruch College, New York, NY, Sept 2019
Reading, St. Rocco’s Reading Series at Urban Aftermath Books, Albany, NY
Reading, Subterranean Poetry Festival, Rosendale, NY
Reading, Volume reading series, Hudson, NY
Commissioned text for Barbara Ess video installation and photography solo show Lunatic(k),
3A Gallery, New York, NY
Reading, The Poetry Project, New York, NY
Reading, Howl Gallery, New York, NY
Residency at The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Recipient of Whiting Writers’ Aid grant
"The Post Card" received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Short Fiction Contest March/April 2018
Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
Fiction reading, Whitney Museum NYC, as part of Bradley Eros' Black Hole Cinema film screening