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    A finalist for Notting Hill Editions’ Essay Prize, Jennifer Kabat writes for The Believer, BOMB and Frieze. She’s currently working on a book of linked essays GROWING UP MODERN exploring the civic imagination and the landscape from the modernist suburb where she grew up to where she lives now in rural upstate New York. Selections from the book have been published by Harper’s Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, The White Review and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She contributed to catalogues for the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2016 Portland Biennial. Her essay “The Plagiarist is Present” on fakes, forgeries and feminism was included in Rochelle Feinstein’s monograph, I’M WITH HER (Black Dog, 2016). In 2013 her essay-as-ghost story “The Place of the Bridge” was included in “The Promise” at Arnolfini (Bristol UK) and nominated for a Pushcart, and her essay “To Write about a Hole” was an audio piece in the exhibit “Autobiography” at Index (Stockholm Sweden). With the New Zealand artist Kate Newby, Jennifer has been working on an ongoing collaboration “The January February March” to explore specific sites and landscapes. The project was featured at The Poor Farm (Waupaca, WI) in 2016 and will be the subject of an upcoming book. An extended series of essays was commissioned by the SUNY Albany Art Museum, exploring climate collapse, modernism, place and utopian values for its 2016 exhibition “Future Perfect,” and will also be featured in the Fall 2017 issue of BOMB. A recent artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, she serves on the advisory board for the poetry collective Ugly Duckling Presse. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and has an MFA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. One of the co-founders of the essay site The Weeklings, she’s been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism and often lectures on writing, art, place and the essay form.

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