Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist poet, writer, and performance artist, originally
from Detroit MI. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance
art works around the world, including a year-long investigation as a Fulbright Fellow
in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Her memoir in performance art Swallow the Fish was named by Entropy as a best non-fiction
book of 2017. Her forthcoming non-fiction collection Experiments in Joy engages race,
performance, and collaboration. Her writing and translations can be found in the anthologies
Kitchen Table Translation, Walk Towards It, Blues Vision, and Writing through the
Visual and the Virtual. She has guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian
and contributed to The Third Rail, Small Axe, Art21, Two Lines, and Something on Paper.
She is passionate about writing, art-making, teaching, and community arts activism.
The aim of her work is to open up space.