SJL author

Summer Salpuri

I grew up three miles from the CIA and am currently based in Denver, where I work as the Program Director at Chinook Fund, a grantmaking agency that supports grassroots organizations working on issues of social and economic justice throughout Colorado.

My books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press 2008), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), and SOLAR MAXIMUM (Futurepoem Books, 2015) as well as numerous chapbooks, and in the Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) for 2015. My fourth full-length collection, No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise is forthcoming from Kore Press in 2017.

Throughout 2015, I traveled extensively completing artist residencies in poetry, dance, and video art at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), and the UCross Foundation (Wyoming)

I’ve been invited to present work at The Poets House, The Asian American Writers Workshop, Asian Arts initiative, Naropa University, University of California Santa Cruz, Smith College, San Francisco State University, The Blaffer Museum of Art at the University of Houston, California Institute of the Arts, The Kelly Writers House, Kundiman, Small Press Traffic, Buffalo’s Big Night Out, BONK!, Dickinson College, Casa Libre en la Solana, The Poetry Project, and several other spaces.

I was also a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature (Poetry).

In 2006, I founded COROLLARY PRESS, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing. Through Corollary, I’ released several titles by authors such as Craig Santos Perez, Jai Arun Ravine, Bhanu Kapil, and Christopher Stackhouse. All chapbooks are hand-stitched and run in small editions of 150. They are collected by the Poet’s House in New York, the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at SUNY Buffalo. Corollary also releases occasional “special projects,” such as Douglas Kearney’s collection Quantum Spit, which are language-interested objects. Though Corollary Press is now closed, I am developing a new series to support innovative work–stay tuned.

I reviewed contemporary poetry for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books, and have written short commentaries on the poetic production of time for Jacket2. I’ve also published several essays on contemporary poetics, race, and Asian American writing.

My work has been supported by grants from the Alliance of Artists’ Communities and Colorado Creative Industries.

Currently, my interests include light, displacement, imaginations of the future, devastation, and movement. I’m developing a new dance poetics that poaches ancient east Asian dance forms to help bring poetry into my body.

You can contact me at s [dot] juliette [dot] lee [at] gmail [dot] com.

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