Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin's recent and upcoming exhibitions include "Black Pages" at Shandy Hall in York, England, "Reading in Installments: Book Art Meets Installation" at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, "Threads" at The Center for Book Arts in New York, and "Text/Messages" at the Walker Art Center. Her work has also been shown at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, The Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle, and The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
Bervin's most recent artist book The Desert (Granary Books 2008) and its five thousand yards of blue thread reside in thirty special collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, The British Museum, Stanford University, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Library of Congress. Her other books include Nets(Ugly Duckling Presse 2004), poems sought out within a palimpsest of Shakespeare's sonnets, A Non- Breaking Space (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005, web only), The Red Box, and Under What Is Not Under.
Bervin has earned degrees from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago in visual art and in poetry from the University of Denver. She has taught at University of Denver, New York University, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Poets' House in New York. Bervin has been a visiting artist at many colleges and universities, and has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and The Camargo Foundation. She is an editor-at-large for jubilat and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Seattle, Washington.
Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning