In the span of half a decade, Ariana Reines has established herself as an outstanding contemporary poet, playwright, and translator. Her first book of poems, The Cow, was awarded the Alberta Prize and published by Fence Books in 2006, followed by her lyric work Coeur de Lion (Mal-O-Mar: 2007) and the play TELEPHONE. Commissioned and produced by the Foundry Theatre in February 2009, TELEPHONE was awarded two Obies and can be read in Play: A Journal of Plays. Mercury, a self-described “fat book” is forthcoming from Fence Books in 2011.
Reines’s translations include The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore by Jean-Luc Hennig (Semiotext(e): 2009) and MY HEART LAID BARE by Charles Baudelaire (Mal-O-Mar: 2009). A translation of the Tiqqun book Théorie de la Jeune Fille is forthcoming from Semiotext(e).
Reines’s work was featured in two special performances at “Works and Process” at the Guggenheim in November 2009, and she was the Virginia C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at UC Berkeley during the previous spring. Michael Silverblatt, host of the KCRW program Bookworm, characterizes Reines as an “astonishing young poet…who is surely destined to be one of the crucial voices of her generation.”
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