Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Jill Magi's new book—comprised of fiction, poetry, and archival research—LABOR explores relations between workplace and workers, race-class-gender, the institution and the body, the "personal" budget and the economy, the archive and undisciplined paper trails. An "employee handbook" sequence runs throughout the text, providing a set of directions for ritual practices toward individual agency and workplace/worker transformation. But unlike the archived ideologies and hopes of traditional labor history that LABOR's characters eventually abandon or never fully embraced, the transformation does not look like traditional progress or reform.
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