Interdisciplinary Artist & Scholar

Ashley David, MFA & PhD

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Interdisciplinary Artist

Areas

    • Poetry & Creative Nonfiction
    • 2D, 3D & 4D Visual Art
    • Performance & Installation
    • An Aesthetics of Social Justice

Work-in-Progress

Installations, Readings & Performances

    • 2013
    • 2012
      • American (post)—poetry and visual art, solo art show, performance, reading, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (July 13-22)
      • Poetry Studio—poetry and sculpture, a reading, workshop, and installation in collaboration with artist Bridget Beck and Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, Minnesota (June 22-23)
      • Wit Rabbit Reading Series—poetry, Chicago, Illinois (May 1)
    • 2011
      • Vermont Studio Center Reading Series—poetry, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (August series, September series)
      • ATHICA/VOX Reading Series-Greenlines, curated by Susan Rosenbaum—poetry, ATHICA, Athens, Georgia (April 22) <to check out my reading, fast-forward to 10:50 of this video>
    • 2010
      • Vermont Studio Center Reading Series—poetry, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (December series)
      • ATHICA/VOX Reading Series: Frontlines—poetry, ATHICA, Athens, Georgia (September 10)
      • Let the Spirit Speak!: Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora Interdisciplinary Conference—poetry, City College of New York, New York, NY (April 23)
      • Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, & Culture—poetry, U. of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA  (March 5)
      • VOX Reading Series with Gillian Conoley—nonfiction, Ciné Lab & The University of Georgia Creative Writing Program, Athens, GA (February 17)
    • 2009
      • Crafting Romance Show—poetry & fiction, ATHICA/VOX, Athens, GA (April 23)
    • 2008
      • VOX Reading Series—poetry, Ciné Lab & U. of Georgia Creative Writing Program, Athens, GA (August 26)
    • 2007
      • Work-in-Progress Reading Series—fiction, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
    • 2006
      • Delirium: Installation and Sound Works—poetry recorded and incorporated into art installation by Sudanese artist, Elshafei Dafalla Mohamed, Ann Arbor, MI
      • Mark Webster Reading Series—poetry, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • 2005
      • Work-in-Progress Reading Series—poetry, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
      • Displacement: a multi-genre show curated by Holly Hughes—poetry, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
      • J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series—poetry, Guild House, Ann Arbor, MI
    • 2004
      • Bernal Yoga Literary Series—poetry & fiction, San Francisco, CA

Publications

Poetry
    • “It’s Afternoon,” “The American Question,” “The Problem Becomes the Subject,” in South Dakota Review (Volume 54, Numbers 3 & 4)
    • “The Constructive Phase,” “Born behind Myself,” “Pedal Steel,” “Round and round it spins.” “India Tree,” and “The Face of Autoreconocimiento,” in Web Conjunctions (O5.06.2014)
    • “A Celebration of America’s Refuse,” “Courtesy of Choice,” “Jeopardy,” and  “Multiple Dimensions,” in The Offending Adam (162.1, November 2013)
    • “The Difference Between Left and Right,” “Free on Board,” “The Itch,” and “The Silver Service,” in “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Genealogy, Ancestry, and the (Re)making of Selves” curated by Virginia Konchan, Michigan Quarterly Review Blog (August 2012)
    • “…and visit us soon.” and The Nervous White Mind,” in Toad(: Exciting Art), (Issue 1, Winter 2011)
    • “Talking to Snakes,” in The Greensboro Review (Issue 87, spring 2010)
      • Republished online in “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Genealogy, Ancestry, and the (Re)making of Selves” curated by Virginia Konchan, Michigan Quarterly Review Blog (August 2012)
    • “Not Quite a Place” and “Swells,” in Center (Volume 9, Spring 2010)
    • “Orange Vinyl & an Orchid” and “Persimmon,” in Alimentum (2010)
    • “Blue Ribbon Serenade,” in Hanging Loose (Volume 90, Spring 2007)
      • Reprinted in The Odyssey (April 2008)
    • “Ballad of the Chosen Sons” and “Weathervane Song,” in the special issue Writing in the South, edited by Bret Lott, of The Southern Review (Winter 2007)
      • “Ballad of the Chosen Sons” reprinted in The University of Michigan Journal of the International Institute (Spring 2007), and along with “Weathervane Song” on-line at The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry (www.columbiagrangers.org)
    • “American Chestnut” and “Salton Sea,” in Michigan Today (February 2006)
    • “If Your Skirt Has a Tail & Your Boots Are Red,” in the Women’s Studies Quarterly special issue, “Envy,” edited by Kathleen Ossip (Fall 2006)
Creative Nonfiction
    • “A Ritual History” in “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Genealogy, Ancestry, and the (Re)making of Selves” curated by Virginia Konchan, Michigan Quarterly Review Blog (August 2012)
    • “How to Hunt & Gather,” Editors’ Choice for 2006 creative nonfiction contest, Mid-American Review (Vol. XXVII, No. 2, spring 2007, pp. 99-109)
Multimedia           
    • “Exile,” video-performance and poems, in Web Conjunctions (05.06.2014)
    • “Imaginary Friends & Family,” photo-text, featured in Alicia Eler’s “I-Selfie” series, “Watching the Selfie Olympics,” Hyperallergic (January 13, 2014) 
    • “American (post): Multiple Dimensions,” video-performance and poems, The Offending Adam (162.1, November 2013)
    • “Elegy: Fine Things, Flip-Side(s) & Transformation,” a multimedia essay, a short film, and a performance of theory, The Offending Adam, (029.2, August 18, 2010)
      • Reviewed favorably on The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog

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Scholar

Areas

    • Literary & Artistic Innovation/Experiments in Forms & Craft
    • Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology & Culture
    • (Post)modernism(s) across the Americas, including African American, African Diasporic, and Latin American Cultural Production
    • Contemporary/Post-1945 Literature in English (from around the world)
    • Critical Thinking, Creativity & Interdisciplinarity

 Work-in-Progress

    • An Aesthetics of Social Justice
    • “The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change: Innovation and Narrative Possibility in Black Women’s Cultural Production”–article
    • “History, Narrative, & Writing True: Contextualizing Edward P. Jones’s The Known World”–article 
    • “Toni Cade Bambara,” The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Co-authored with Barbara McCaskill–reference

Publications

    • “The Challenge of Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters: (Re)Claiming Wholeness,” The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies, Vanessa Valdes, ed. (2012, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 161-182)
    • “A Prescription for Wholeness: Resisting the Discourse of Difficulty to Answer Toni Cade Bambara’s Call in The Salt Eaters,” Let Spirit Speak!: Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora (2012, SUNY Press, pp. 57-66)
    • “Re-visioning the Scope of Analysis for Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters: Transforming the Reader to Transform the Reading,” Turning Points andTransformations: Essays on Language, Literature and Culture, Christine Devine and Marie Hendry, eds.  (2011, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 95-110)
    • “Monsters, Monsters Everywhere: The State of Nonfiction and Memoir,” commissioned by The Michigan Quarterly Review editor, Laurence Goldstein, for the special issue, “Hopwood Winners, 2000-2006” (Winter 2007, pp. 184-197)
    • “Poetic Sequence the Gen Y Way: Ben Lerner’s The Lichtenberg Figures,” commissioned by editor, Brian Henry, for a special issue of Verse on the poetic sequence (Volume 22, Numbers 2 & 3, spring 2006, pp. 163-171)
    • Review ofThe Unrequited by Carrie St. George Comer, Verse Online (April 29, 2005)

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