Marianne Shaneen

Marianne Shaneen is a Lebanese/Mexican-­American writer of fiction, poetry, and essays, who also works in documentary video. Shaneen received her MFA in writing from the Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and at Yaddo, and received a NYSCA Individual Artist grant for her documentary video essay—a poetic, playful, provocative exploration of fluid identity and trans-species possibility. Her work has appeared in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Manchester University Press, Vanitas, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Lucent Amnesis was published by Portable Press/Yo-­Yo Labs. She is currently finishing her first novel, Homing—a speculative fiction work that experiments with what she calls “writing in the first non-human-person,” from the ‘perspective’ of various animals, plants, a stone, plastic. Amidst eco-destruction and military and corporate control of technologies and bodies, its female protagonist asks, Where does self end and other begin? As she realizes that everywhere home might be is becoming uninhabitable, personal trauma becomes increasingly entwined with ecological trauma. She lives in Brooklyn and in upstate New York, with her partner and their dog Rupert Pupkin.

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