For over twenty years, Adeena Karasick’s linguistically provocative, philosophically complex wordplay has excited national and international audiences. “Electricity in language,” says Nicole Brossard. “Plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross–fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory,” adds Charles Bernstein, while the Globe and Mail describes Adeena’s writing as “a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak.”
Adeena is the author of four videopoems available on YouTube and seven award–winning books of poetry and poetic theory, including The House that Hijack Built and her most recent, Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth.
Marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges normative modes of meaning production, and engaged with the art of combination and turbulence of thought, her work is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries.
Born in Winnipeg, Adeena has lectured and performed worldwide and regularly publishes articles, reviews and dialogues on contemporary poetry, poetics and cultural/semiotic theory. Recently, she was granted the MPS Mobile Award as the world’s first “Mobile Poet,” meaning that her work is being made available on mobile devices throughout the world.
She is Professor of Global Literature at St. John’s University in New York.