Poetry. "The score is the written — a list of appropriated sources, the notes, is listed — and Jeanne Heuving plays upon, plays under, her instrument, the pen with which she begins, dragging it across the page. Weaving together real and speculative histories of plants, dyes, and papyrus, she creates a loose tapestry of septets that accumulate into ruminations on the network of histories binding transatlantic seafaring, trade, colonialism, agriculture, and slavery. MOOD INDIGO reminds us that beauty and cruelty, human ingenuity and human barbarity, are inextricably linked. We love the aboveground seen: MOOD INDIGO asks us to consider those invisible roots beneath the field."—Tyrone Williams
Jeanne Heuving is a writer and scholar. She was the 2022 Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry, Cambridge University (UK). Heuving's The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is in the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series (University of Alabama Press 2016). Her cross genre book Incapacity (Chiasmus Press, 2004) won a Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic. Other books include TRANSDUCER (Chax Press, 2008), and Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State, 1992). She is the editor of Nathaniel Mackey, Destination Out: Essays on His Work (University of Iowa Press, 2021), and the co-editor, along with Tyrone Williams, of Inciting Poetics: Thinking and Writing Poetry (Recencies Series, University of New Mexico Press, 2019). Heuving is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at UW Seattle. She founded the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at UW Bothell and served as its first director. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale.