Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Diane Exavier's book-length lyric is an attempt to do the math of a woman, of a family, of a country, of a diaspora. The sum of one life reveals the permutations of many: daughters, sisters, lovers. The cost of one death is uncountable. Exavier's voice has the heart-stilling gravity of a weary prophet. With THE MATH OF SAINT FELIX, she has continued the work of generations. This book is ledger and legacy.
Diane Exavier is a writer, theatermaker and educator who creates performances, public programs and games that reject passive reception. Locating her point of departure in the Caribbean Diaspora, Diane explores what she calls the 4L's: love, loss, legacy and land. Her work has been presented at The New Group, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn Poets, The Bushwick Starr, Sibiu's International Theater Festival in Romania, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place and more. Her writing appears in The Atlas Review, The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, Staatstheater Hannover Magazine and elsewhere. Her play Good Blood received a 2017 Kilroys List Honorable Mention. Diane is a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Finalist, as well as a Virtual Realm member of the 2020-2021 Playwrights' Realm season. Diane's pedagogy focuses on creating spaces of care and self-expression with young people. She has worked with ArtsConnection, Community MusicWorks, New Urban Arts, Providence Public Library, RISD Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Diane holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
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