Tina Escaja is a destructivist/a cyber-poet@, digital artist and scholar based in Burlington, Vermont. As a literary critic, she has published extensively on gender and contemporary Latin American and Spanish poetry and technology. In 2003 she won the Dulce María Loynaz International Poetry Prize for her collection Caída Libre (Free Fall). She is the author of four additional books of poems: Respiración mecánica (2001/2014), Código de barras (2007), 13 lunas 13 (2011), and Manual destructivista/Destructivist Manual (2016) with English translations by Kristin Dykstra, a book selected among top ten bilingual readings by the Latino Poetry Review in April 2017.
Escaja’s creative work transcends the traditional book format, leaping into digital art, robotics, augmented reality and multimedia projects exhibited at museums and galleries internationally. Her digital artifacts include the poetic series VeloCity (2000-2002), Código de barras (2007), Robopoem@s (2016), and Emblem/as (2017-2019); the interactive novel Pinzas de metal (2003); and her performance piece/poetry with sheep Negro en ovejas (2011). Escaja’s poems, fiction and digital work have appeared in numerous anthologies and have been translated into six languages. She is the instigator of the Destructivist/a movement, initiated on the grave of Vicente Huidobro in October of 2014. A selection of Escaja’s literary and digital projects can be experienced at www.tinaescaja.com.
This event is supported by the Rona Jaffe Foundation.