Ronaldo Wilson Joins Board of DirectorsClare Counihan
During his “life changing” CA+T residency, Wilson explored the boundaries of poetic performance and digital media.
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 19, 2014) -- The Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) is delighted to announce that the award-winning poet and performance artist Ronaldo Wilson will be a member of its Board of Directors.
Joining the board is an extension of Wilson’s creative relationship with CA+T. His innovative recordings of his poetry against the aural backdrop of his daily life were a part of CA+T’s virtual exhibition Queer Sites and Sounds, and he was also the invited Artist in Residence for that project. During his “life changing” residency, Wilson explored the boundaries of poetic performance and digital media, creating a series of experimental videos that layer multiple audio and visual narratives into a dense palimpsest. The videos meditate on the nature of racial belonging, gender, embodiment, and spectacle.
Wilson is the author of two collections of poetry: Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), which won the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), awarded the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, he is also an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature, and Core Faculty of the Ph.D. Creative/Critical Concentration in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has two works forthcoming in 2015: Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, from Counterpath Press, and Lucy 72 with 1913 Press. He has held fellowships from the Ford Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Cave Canem, Kundiman, and Djerassi Resident Artist Programs. In addition to his residency with CA+T, he was recently an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Wilson joins Allan Punzalan Isaac, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University; Lily O’Boyle, President of Acacia Book Company; and Ralph Peña, playwright and director. Please join us in welcoming Ronaldo to CA+T!