Adeena Karasick
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Adeena Karasick is an internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, media-artist and author of six books of poetry and poetic theory: The House That Hijack Built (Talonbooks, 2004), The Arugula Fugues (Zasterle Press, 2001), Dyssemia Sleaze (Talonbooks, Spring 2000), Genrecide (Talonbooks, 1996), Mêmewars (Talonbooks, 1994), and The Empress Has No Closure (Talonbooks, 1992). Her books are marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges linguistic habits and normative modes of meaning production.

As a student and scholar on the Kabbalah, she generously employs the use of Kabbalistic techniques such as letter transpositions and combinations in her work. Her recent homolinguistic translation of the classic Kabbalistic text the Sefer Yetzirah was turned into a multi-media performance piece she has been touring internationally with. This gives her a unique voice and place in the poetic world bridging the gap between L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and Spoken Word. Her work is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries.

For over 20 years her linguistically provocative, philosophically complex wordplay continues to excite audiences nationally, internationally and locally. Her writing has been described as "electricity in language" (Nicole Brossard), "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein) "a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak" (Globe and Mail) and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier). She is Professor of Poetry and Cultural Studies at St. John's University, in New York.