Emji Saint Spero


Photo Credit Joel Gregory

Emji Saint Spero is a queer performance artist and writer living in Oakland. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. Their work occupies a hybrid space between poetry and prose, weaving together somatic ritual, performance, and collaborative experimentation. They work closely with other writers and artists, stretching the potential of creative intimacies, sociality, and the poetics of relation. They are currently working on the Exhaustion trilogy, a series of books obsessed with exploring and challenging Jose Muñoz’s inquiry that “utopia exists in the quotidian.”

 

Books

almost any shit will do (Trade Edition)Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014

almost any shit will do (Artist Edition), Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014  

 

Chapbooks

Housework (with Brett Suemnicht), Vox Populi, 2018

"Freeway Statement," Armed Cell #12, April 2017

Bad Fags (In conversation with Jamil Hellu), Featherboard Writing Series, 2016

fire4fire (with Andrea Abi-Karam), DESERT LVST Tour, 2016

connection / exhaustion (with Joel Gregory), The Sleeping Together Tour, 2015

 

Anthologies

"We Were Bound to Do Something Stupid in Public (Attachment Can Be Problematic)" with Judy Bals, Emergency Index Vol. 4, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015 

"An Attempt at Getting Exhausted in Oscar Grant Plaza on Friday, October 20th, 2012. It Lasted an Hour, Give or Take." Tripwire 8: CITIES, Dec 2014

"from Journals 2013," It's night in San Francisco but it's Sunny in Oakland, July 2014 

Publications

"Untitled," SPF Lit Mag #1, June 2018

from A RetchingEleven Eleven #22, Jan 2017

from Disgust, Elderly #16, June 2016

"Already Dead," Open House 2.1, Feb 2016

"Mapping Discursive," Dusie #15, Apr 2014

"Audio Dump: Brian Ang, Amy Berkowitz, and e. spero," Not Enough Data, Nov 2012

"Four Wires with Notes from Poetry Readings," The Portable Boog Reader 8,< Jan 2015  

"This Space that Betweens Us: A Talk," Tract/Trace, July 2013

 

Performance + Installation

Untied (Livestream with Rebeccah Heikkila), Radical Mycology Mixtape Release, The Know, Portland, 2018

Casually Uncomfortable, Waxing Gibbous, Wolfman Books, Oakland2018

Ana Božičević & Emji Spero, The Poetry Project, 2017

"We have exhausted / You are afraid of becoming monstrous," Exploded View Microcinema, Tucson, 2017

Possession (with Joel Gregory), SALTA is Timeless, Infinite Light, Lobot Gallery, 2016

almost any shit will doMalvern Books, Austin, 2015 

Doing Nothing: Performing the Practice of Everyday Life, Open Embodiments, Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, 2015  

FUNGUS AMONG US (with Abby Crain, Margit Galanter, and Sophia Wang), ArtWORKOUTS at Fresh Festival, Counterpulse, 2015

PDPTIPOPOS #9: Frantically Changing Clothes Over and Over, San Francisco, 2014

almost any shit will do, Pioneer Cemetery, Boulder, 2014

almost any shit will do, this body publicJohansson Projects, Oakland, 2014

"Channeling Susan Sontag," Under the Influence, San Francisco, 2014

almost any shit will do, Litquake, San Francisco, 2014

Too Big to Fail, The Speakeasy, Oakland, 2012

#126: Emji SperoJupiter 88, 2012

 

Recordings

Radical Mycology Mixtape No.1, Radical Mycology, 2017

almost any shit will do, Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017

almost any shit will do (with Neil Campau), TCN Radio, 2013



Residencies

Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY, Spring 2018

Small Press Traffic's ELEVATE Residency at Real Time and Space, Oakland, CA, Spring 2017

Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA, Spring 2016

Wolfman Books, Oakland, CA, Summer 2015

KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, Fall 2013-Winter 2014

 

Interviews

Emji Spero and JK Fowler (Nomadic Press), with Josiah Luis Alderete, Full Circle, KPFA

"The Body and Violence" with Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Jacket2

"There Is No Neutral Figuring Out the How and Why of Timeless Infinite Light" with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Boog City Issue 98

"Our Books are Spells for Unravelling Capitalism," with Joel Gregory and Ivy Johnson, Open House

"Can Poetry Unravel Capitalism?" with Sarah Burke, East Bay Express 

 

Press

Lambda Literary Award Nominee

The Los Angeles Review

Volta Blog

The Portable Boog Reader 8

See Also: CA Conrad, Flying Object

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

CA Conrad's 2014 Sexiest Poetry Award

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