Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. Her writing and translations can be found in the anthologies Kitchen Table Translation, Walk Towards It, and Writing through the Visual and the Virtual. She has also guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian and contributed to Small Axe, Art21, Two Lines, and Something on Paper. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her memoir in performance art Swallow the Fish was named by Entropy as a “Best Non Fiction Book of 2017.” Her forthcoming book Experiments in Joy engages race, performance, and collaboration. The aim of her work is to open up space.