Simone White is a poet, scholar, and mother whose writing is both poetry and criticism. She is the author of House Envy of All The World, Of Being Dispersed, and Dear Angel of Death, as well as two chapbooks, Unrest and Dolly. White’s work has also appeared in journals and magazines including Artforum, e-flux, BOMB, Frieze, and the New York Times Book Review. She teaches poetry workshops and graduate and undergraduate courses in literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught at the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, the New School, Eugene Lang, and Bard’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. In 2017, she received the Whiting Award for Poetry.
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or, on being the other woman
In her book and performance or, on being the other woman, Simone White interweaves a long poem with a theoretical essay bringing post-Marxist materialism into conversation with Black studies. Inspired by the many questions trap music raises about what “social” means for Black women, a performance embeds the writing in a sound and movement environment to ask, what is a Black woman who works to live, and what is sexual freedom?