Writing at the intersections of poetry and fiction, Renee Gladman explores city space as a site of reflection and obstruction for the contemporary subject. Her work looks particularly at how certain “problems” of experience, such as confusion or failures of translation, affect the ways in which consciousness, landscape, and action are represented in language. Most recently, she completed Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013), the third in a series of novellas based on the fictional city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians.
While at Radcliffe, Gladman is working on a new book—a series of poetic prose texts written as a correlative to an extensive drawing project (in process) titled “Prose Architectures”—in which she investigates the visual threshold between written language and drawn structures.
Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, with two titles forthcoming in 2016. She has presented on her work all over the United States and internationally, in Delhi, Reykjavík, and Zürich. Her work has been translated into Norwegian and Dutch. She received an AB in philosophy from Vassar College and an MA in poetics from New College of California. She has taught in a number of writing programs, most recently in Brown University’s literary arts program.