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Shay Lawz is a poet and interdisciplinary artist based in Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text and performance and has presented work at Brown University, RISD, and Pratt Institute. Her writing has appeared in Aster(ix), Big Big Wednesday, and Winter Tangerine, among others. She is a graduate of Brown University’s MFA program and has received fellowships from Jack Jones Literary Arts and Cave Canem. Currently, she is at work on a project incorporating sound, image, and movement to examine how we use (social) media to communicate state, institutional, and familial violence — how we grieve publicly and privately — and how our methods of consumption transfer this information onto our bodies.

Photo credit: Andrew Colarusso