Lisa Nell Samuels

Lisa Samuels is the author of many books of poetry, memoir, and prose, including Symphony for Human Transport, a Guardian 2017 top ten poetry book. Her essays and editing work focus on experimental modern transatlantic and transpacific literatures, and her theoretical innovations include deformance, bioautography, and soft text. She also collaborates with composers, makes soundwork and visual art, and works with film, including Tomorrowland (2017, directed by Wes Tank and based on Lisa’s book). Professor of English and Drama at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Samuels earned her PhD at the University of Virginia and is currently a visiting artist-scholar at VUB in Belgium. Her new book of prose-poetry and photographs is The Long White Cloud of Unknowing (Chax, 2019).