Poetry. Women's Studies. Environmental Studies. "If in Sarah Riggs' POMME & GRANITE, language shimmers as register of pure light, EAVESDROP's iridescence signs the stakes of dance. Each sequence, in deploying fresh ways to balance language differences, brings the ear in touch with the whole of thinking bodies, bodies that are elements of the sky — yet knowing when to hit the soundboard of meaning, hard. The stakes are love and the existential tremour of our moment, culled in passim (and in passion) from speech on three continents and dreams and ancient history; or, yet, eavesdropped from interior' and 'exterior' gleanings swimming under a sky full of drones... This exquisite pas-de-trois — engaging, as text or subtext, English, French, Arabic, moves toward a stunning finale, hued in the stark black and white of certain cemeteries." —Gail Scott
"Sarah Riggs' EAVESDROP murmurs the cosmic rotation of hours and instants. It whispers in many tongues, chants in numerous voices, hears the howls from our history. It dives into black holes; the extermination of Native Americans and slavery. She names and draws. 'Even the stones are crying from what has happened,' harmonizes Riggs with a Syrian refugee. The hour and the eye, the ear and the word are one in that cosmology where before history befell, creation set the universe in motion. Riggs reaches this point, to start again. EAVESDROP is hospitable to our Tragedy, yet it loops in its wanderings in our time space and harvests all the hope and affirmation. She is in the inside of the inside where hours occur and times are mingled in the inward cosmology. She reaches the outside of the outside where she states and acknowledges Earth's imminent disasters, voices fear and pronounces our impotence. In her call to women and children Sarah Riggs speaks to us all and incites us to action." —Safaa Fathy
Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and translator. She has published poetry books, most recently EAVESdrop with Chax (2020) and The Nerve Epistle with Roof Books (2021), as well as with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, éditions de l'attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel, and forthcoming with Les Poèmes du Monde, as well as chapbooks with Belladonna and Contrat Maint, and critical essays with Routledge. She is the translator of Etel Adnan's Time from the French with Nightboat (2019), which received the Griffin International Poetry and Best Translated Book Awards, as well as Face Before Against by Isabelle Garron with Litmus Press (2008), and books by Oscarine Bosquet, Ryoko Sekiguchi and others. She has paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes's book of poetry Sugar Factory with Spuyten Duyvil in 2018 and a show of drawings for Laynie Browne's Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects).
She is the director with Omar Berrada of Tamaas / Earth Arts Justice, and is currently working on a series called "Invitation to the Species" on SoundCloud and in film, working especially with poets, dancers and activists. Tamaas is collaborating with Litmus starting in 2021 on the publication of the Tamaas Translation Seminar which is in its 15th year.