Jennifer Scappettone

Associate Professor

Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar devoted to the cross-contamination of these modes of inquiry. Her poetics encompass other nonlinguistic or semilinguistic forms of making such as filming, ripping, pixelating, gluing, salvage, sewing, soundscape production, durational gesture, and choral song, often in relation to documentary projects. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (published by Litmus Press in 2009) and the cross-media book The Republic of EXIT 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump, forthcoming in Fall 2016 from Atelos Press. She is the author of several chapbooks: Beauty [Is the New Absurdity] (dusi/e chap kollektiv, 2007), Err-Residence (Bronze Skull, 2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008)translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009), featuring her pop-ups and prose and new writing by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian. Her poetry is featured in a range of anthologies, including The Best American Experimental Writing 2016, edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracy Morris (forthcoming); Novas Poéticas de Resistência/Poetics of Resistance, edited by Graça Capinha; EX_IT: Materiali fuori contesto (La Colornese—Tielleci, 2013), Emergency Index, a documentary performance anthology (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), La alteración del silencio: Poesía norteamericana reciente (Das Kapital, 2010), and The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004). She has been a fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the interdisciplinary Nature, Art, & Habitat residency, the iLAND foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Huntington Library, the Wesleyan Center for the Humanities, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the American Academy in Rome.

Her translations from the Italian of the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and won the Academy of American Poets’s biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Translation Prize; she is now at work on translations of the futurist F.T. Marinetti and feminist Carla Lonzi. She founded, and now curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry.  

Recent writings can be found in journals such as alfabeta2, Asymptote, Boston Review, boundary2, Critical Inquiry, Jacket2, Nuovi argomenti, and PMLA, and at Harriet: The Blog. Installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on multidisciplinary performance works with a wide range of musicians, architects, and dancers: on performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble (Marco Ariano, Renato Ciunfrini, Roberto Fega); on the performance work PARK, with choreographer Kathy Westwater and architect Seung Jae Lee, presented in 2010-13 at Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts, Reed College, Movement Research, LentSpace, Pratt Institute, and Fresh Kills Landfill; and X Locus, twinned installations for the courtyard and tract of Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome, designed with AGENCY Architecture (Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller) and composer Paul Rudy, in 2011. She is currently sharing a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship with the code artist Judd Morrissey and cross-media artist Caroline Bergvall at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry to work on a project exploring the poetics and politics of air called The Data That We Breathe

Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Veniceher study of the outmoded city of lagoons as a crucible for experiments across literature, politics, urbanism, and the visual arts, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014, and received Honorable Mention in the Modernist Studies Association’s annual book award competition. She is also Associate Professor of English and Romance Languages and Literatures and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.