Gabrielle Civil

Adjunct Faculty


MFA in Creative Writing (Low-Res) - Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University
MA, Comparative Literature, New York University
BA, English (Creative Writing), French, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

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.