Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American writer and multimedia artist. They are the author of On a Clear Day, a collection of poems and lyric essays deemed “a capacious book of traveler’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. Wagner’s collection Rings won the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Prize and was hailed as “powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Their newest book, Intricate Rituals, is forthcoming from Omnidawn.

Wagner's compositions, experimental films, verse plays, and other hybrid performances investigate landscapes of climate change, postindustrial archive and decay, gender, sex and mortality. Their interdisciplinary work has been presented and screened at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, New Ohio Theatre (New York), The Wilbury Theatre Group, The Poetry Project, BilbaoArte (Bilbao, Spain), VASTLAB Experimental (Los Angeles), Boden International Film Festival (Sweden), and New Faces New Voices (New York).

You can read their writing in American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB Magazine, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Fence, Hyperallergic, Joyland, Minnesota Review, New American Writing, Sycamore Review, in the 2022 Short Story Advent Calendar, and the anthologies Hit Points: An Anthology of Video Game Poetry, The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, and Swaddled With Ease: Queer Poets on the Full Moon.

The recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Wagner has been awarded two Emergency Grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and fellowships and residencies from Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, The Lighthouse Works, Marble House Project, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Barr and Michigan Legacy Art Park, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and The Wassaic Project.

In 2019-20, they were awarded a WPR Creative Grant from Harvard University to create new works drawing from the Woodberry Poetry Room's archives.

Wagner regularly covers arts and culture for BOMB Magazine.


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