Killeen works with curators, artists, and faculty researchers to develop creative operational plans for cross-disciplinary partnerships between the arts and sciences, particularly around radical listening, the commons, and the relationship between education, publication, and civic engagement. She also freelances as a thought partner and strategist with individuals and organizations pushing the boundaries of what is and what can be.
Killeen has previously taught graduate seminars in theory and literature in the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program, a dual degree program offered jointly with Oregon College of Art & Craft, as well as interviewing and documentary filmmaking at Oregon College of Art and Craft and NW Documentary. From 2012-2014, she was Managing Editor of UNTITLED Magazine, an online publication about art, craft, and lives of creative practice. She has taught interviewing for radio and film at NW Documentary in Portland, Oregon and was the Managing Producer for the Stanford Storytelling Project, where she coordinated production of weekly radio documentaries that deepen our understanding of single, common human experiences. She managed research for Shaping The West, a spatial history project investigating how the expansion of the transcontinental railroad changed perceptions of space and time in the American West. Historian Richard White built this research into Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in History.
In her personal practice, Killeen is developing the Sobremesa Reading Club, a publication series framed launched in 2016 around an evolving library of articles, media, and art that includes everything from antiquity to internet memes. The project makes spaces for critical discussion, civic dialogue, and productive disagreement.
BA English Literature and French, Stanford University
MFA Applied Craft + Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 1, Disobedience
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 2, Legacy
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 3, Identity
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 4, Calling
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 5, Borders
Sobremesa Reading Club Volume 6, Protest
radical listening, geography, the commons, democratic pedagogy,
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