Poetry. In CADASTRAL MAP, Jill Magi writes: "I enter as a writer, one kind of mapmaker, needing to ask, is traditional nature writing in English a cadastral map? Abstracting, narrowing, taking an especially strong hold in North America, the New World that never was new? Even as 'green is the new black' and environmentalism gains moral momentum, is 'nature writing' still our flawed point of origin, creating ideas of the land and nature that tend to erase people and local knowledge as we go?" In answer to these questions, Magi arrives in three states: the New Jersey farmland of her childhood, a Kentucky of deep lyricism and painful inequities, and early 20th century Vermont where progressive policies established an idea of nature, pitting local needs against policies to attract tourists. She enters these questions and sites via poetry—because "a policy is a path that is made, an effect to feel."
Jill Magi is the author of LABOR (Nightboat, 2014), THREADS (Futurepoem, 2007), TORCHWOOD (Shearsman, 2008), CADASTRAL MAP (Shearsman Books, 2011), and SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), as well as multiple chapbooks and numerous small, handmade books. Her essays have been anthologized in LETTERS TO POETS (Saturnalia Books, 2008) and the ECO LANGUAGE READER (Nightboat Books, 2010), and visual works have been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, apexart, and Pace University. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, and she was a writer-in-residence with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07. Jill has taught in the MFA programs at Columbia College Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently on the faculty of New York University in Abu Dhabi. For her efforts in small press publishing, Jill was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring writers in 2010.Author City: ABU DHABI UAE