Rachel Zolf’s writing practice explores materialist questions about memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity, and the limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her five books of poetry include Janey’s Arcadia (2014), Neighbour Procedure (2010) and Human Resources (2007), all from Coach House Books. Her work has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and been shortlisted for Lambda Literary Awards and other prizes. Zolf's video version of Janey’s Arcadia has shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and other venues. Among her many collaborations with artists, she wrote the film The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture, directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012; and she conducted the first collaborative MFA in creative writing ever, The Tolerance Project. She has taught at the New School and the University of Calgary and is completing a PhD in philosophy at the European Graduate School.
Above: Rachel Zolf in Brooklyn, May 2011. Photo © Brian Adams.