Jill Magi

Associate Arts Professor Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MA, City College of the City University of New York; MFA, Goddard College

Research Areas: poetry and poetics, experimental literature, handmade books, alternatives to mainstream publishing, textile arts

Jill Magi is an artist, critic, and educator whose research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, experimental literature, handmade books, alternatives to mainstream publishing, documentary forms, text-image hybridity, the textile arts, and projects in painting and drawing.

Jill was a featured blogger for the Poetry Foundation in the fall of 2017, and from February-April of 2015, Jill wrote a weekly commentary series for Jacket2 on “a textile poetics,” her most current area of research. Her books include LABOR (Nightboat Books), SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman Books), Torchwood (Shearsman Books), and Threads (Futurepoem), and the monograph Pageviews/Innervisions (Rattapallax), a textimage theory and curriculum for literary studies.

Her essays, reviews, and creative works have been included in The Best American Experimental Poetry 2018, The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-garde, The Racial Imaginary, The Eco-Language Reader, and the Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Two projects from Essay Press entitled Labor Poetic Labor! and Labor Poetic Labor!: Into the Archive were published as free e-books in May of 2015.

Other writings have been published in The Boston Review, Jubilat, Court Green, The Brooklyn Rail, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Conversant, and the Contemporary Review of Fiction. Her visual works have been exhibited at The Center for Book Arts New York, Counterpath, apexart, and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn where Jill was an artist in residence. She has been a resident writer with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, has received awards from The Academy of American Poets, The Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York, The Puffin Foundation, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Poets & Writers named Jill as among the 50 most inspiring authors in the world in 2010.

In 2015 The Project Space Gallery at NYUAD mounted a solo exhibition of her visual work. In 2017, Tashkeel, a community-based art organization in Dubai, mounted an exhibition of her work entitled “Portable Horizons,” featuring sculpture, installation, quilts, paintings, and embroideries.

At NYUAD, Jill teaches electives in poetry, literature, and art, as well as a core course on experiments in life writing or autobiography.

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