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NWP Announces Tisa Bryant as Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2022

Jul 07, 2021
Tisa Bryant

The NWP is pleased to announce that the acclaimed and award-winning essayist Tisa Bryant will serve as the NWP’s Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in Spring 2022. Tisa’s writing traces “the ways in which black subjectivity is distributed or denied within pictures and plots, between viewers and artworks and artists, and in acts of conversation and debate, of queer identification or refusal to see,” as a review in the San Francisco Bay Guardian put it: her work crosses genres and challenges boundaries.

Tisa earned her MFA in creative writing from Brown University in 2004, and she is currently director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), her first full-length book, is a collection of original, hybrid essays that remix narratives from film, literature and visual arts and zoom in on the black presences operating within them. An excerpt from her novella, [the curator], was published by Belladonna Books in 2009, in a companion volume with writer Chris Kraus. She is also the author of the chapbook, Tzimmes (A+Bend Press, 2000), a prose poem collage of narratives including a Barbados genealogy, a Passover seder, and a film by Yvonne Rainer. 

She’s scheduled to teach a nonfiction writing workshop and a seminar on readings in nonfiction next Spring. The NWP welcomes her!