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Marianne Shaneen

Selected Work

Selected Work

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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

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Essay for the Prospections publication

as part of the exhibition

"No Linear Fucking Time"

at BAK, Basis for Contemporary Art,

Utrecht, NL

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    Where the Flowerbots Bloom

Text and narration for eteam, Flowers Series, images by eteam and sound by Zach Layton

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Kansas Atlas

Text and voice by Marianne Shaneen for essay film by Peggy Ahwesh 

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

by Bambitchell

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On Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Creative nonfiction, The Brooklyn Rail

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On the passing of New York City's

beloved Jonas Mekas

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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

Bomb magazine

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Lucent Amnesis

Chapbook by Portable Press/Yo-Yo Labs

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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

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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

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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

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Commissioned text for publication accompanying movement piece

 BLOOWST WINDKU by Rebecca Davis

Performed at Here, NYC

Homing: a novel in progress


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. 





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Nov 2022

Reading, Artificial Moon, liner notes prose piece for Victoria Keddie's album release, performance, and solo show, Electrona in Crystallo Fluenti, at Fridman Gallery, NYC, [four channel video with stereo sound installation from live sessions tracking space debris over host coordinates of New York City]

Oct 2022

Reading, Bradley Eros' Black Screen: Imageless Films and Performances, Microscope Gallery, NYC

Reading, benefit for performance collaborative Flowers in the Basement [Suzanne Kite, Alisha B. Wormsley, Frances Ines Rodriguez, Tsedaye Makonnen, Mel Elberg, and Amy Ruhl, formed to create new work and speculate on insurgent, utopian alternatives to our current forms of reproductive labor]. Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY

Sept 2022

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA, residency

OR119, (actor/cast member), film dir. by Peggy Ahwesh and Jackie Goss — a 'theoretical musical' that playfully examines the unsettled legacy of Wilhelm Reich and his surprising relevance to contemporary feminist thought, sneak preview screening, Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY

Reading, VERBATIM day-long market featuring Hudson Valley & Catskills-based small presses and record labels, at Opus 40 sculpture park in Saugerties, NY

Jul/Aug 2022 

Tusen Takk Foundation, Leland, MI, residency

Feb 2022

The Moving Picture Show, group show, Foreland, Catskill, NY: "Where the Flowerbots Bloom"  collaboration with eteam with sound by Zach Layton 

Nov 2021

"Immortals: on the Ancient Future Lives of Stone and Plastic" for the Prospections publication as part of the exhibition "No Linear Fucking Timeat BAK, Basis for Contemporary Art, Utrecht, NL

Oct 2021

Reading for the show "The Ambassadors" installation of painting, sculpture, and video, by Michele Abramowitz, H.A. Halpert, and Barb Smith:

"Where the Flowerbots Bloom" collaboration with eteam, Flowers Series Part 12, with sound by Zach Layton

August 2021

Residency at Tusen Takk Foundation

Reading, Boston Poetry Marathon

Reading, Shivastan, Woodstock, NY

July 2021

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.

Sept/Oct 2020

Kenyon Review (print) "The Mason Jar" 

Fall 2020

"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


Aug 2020

Reading, Boston Poetry Marathon

April 2020

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA, residency 

Fall 2019

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 


Nov 2019

Reading, St. Rocco’s Reading Series at Urban Aftermath Books, Albany, NY

Sept 2019

Reading, Subterranean Poetry Festival, Rosendale, NY


April 2019

Reading, Volume reading series, Hudson, NY

Dec 2018

Commissioned text for Barbara Ess video installation and photography solo show Lunatic(k),

3A Gallery, New York, NY

Oct 2018

Reading, The Poetry Project, New York, NY

Aug 2018

Reading, Howl Gallery, New York, NY

April/May 2018

MacDowell, Peterborough, NH, two-month residency

Recipient of Whiting Writers’ Aid grant 

March 2018

"The Post Card" received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Short Fiction Contest March/April 2018

Nov/Dec 2017 

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, residency

Oct 2016

Fiction reading, Whitney Museum NYC, as part of Bradley Eros' Black Hole Cinema film screening 


Residencies & Grants

Residencies & Grants

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