Poetry. "If a self is partly created through a flow of information, what is the sound of its interruption? What violence has a constrained self endured before escape? What lyrics accompany that endurance? If 'tyranny / controls the air,' how does one recover from a shattering? All of the above are questions Serena Chopra's IC addresses, suggesting a surviving self creates its own language from the fracturing. Chopra writes: 'I am / the human shape /of loving you,' offering us a rhythmic, elemental, gorgeous and modern take on the Icarus myth, a promise of resurrection amid the ancient and perilous process of becoming."—Khadijah Queen
Serena Chopra is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of THIS HUMAN (Coconut Books, 2013), IC (Horse Less Press, 2017), and the chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press,2011) and Livid Season (Free Poetry, 2012). She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, working on a novel informed by her research with Maya For Women, a queer women's support organization in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional modern dancer and five year company member with Evolving Doors Dance, as well as a visual artist, serving as a 2011-2013 resident artist at the RedLine Gallery in Denver. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet's theater group, GASP, and she recently worked with Splintered Light Theater on a shadow/light production of IC (Horse Less Press, 2017), for which she composed the soundscape. Her ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong, can be found at memoryis.net. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School. She lives and works in Denver.
Author City: DENVER, CO USA