Literary Arts, Visual Arts
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Jenni B. Baker is an experimental poet based in Bethesda, MD. Her poetry, generated through conceptual, constrained and other “found” techniques, has appeared in publications such as The Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, Washington Square, Lunch Ticket, Whiskey Island, BOAAT and Quarterly West, among others. Her chapbook, Comings/Goings, a collection of poems generated by applying Oulipian constrained writing techniques to text from The Washington Post, debuted in 2015.
In her current, multi-year project, Erasing Infinite (http://www.erasinginfinite.com), Baker creates poetry via erasure from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, one page at a time. The project has been profiled in publications such as The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Michigan Quarterly Review and Creative Thresholds. “Year of Glad,” a classical song cycle by composer Patrick Greene featuring lyrics from the Erasing Infinite project, premiered in Chicago in April 2016.
She is a co-founder and Projects Director at Container (http://acontainer.co), a press publishing artist books, text objects and words in other forms. She is the founder and former editor-in-chief of The Found Poetry Review (2011-2017), a literary journal dedicated to publishing found, erased and other remixed texts.