Welcome back to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask artists at least 5 uncommon questions aimed at contextualizing their own work within the St. Louis artworld and beyond, this time we’re chatting with Jessica Baran.
Jessica Baran is a poet, curator and lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art. She also teaches in St.Louis University’s Prison Arts & Education program. She holds a B.A. in visual art from Columbia University, NY and an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where she lives poet Nathaniel Farrell and their dog Benny. Jessica was curator and director of Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts for the past 4 years, until its closing a few months ago. She was a 2012 Creative Stimulus Winner, and has written numerous poems, essays, and reviews for The Riverfront Times, The Denver Quarterly, Rumpus, Temporary Art Review, Art in America, Artforum.com, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, the Awl, and BOMB Magazine – among others. She recently co-curated 100 Boots Poetry Series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her recent collection of poems Common Sense is available from Lost Roads Publishers.
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Host – Joe Kohlburn
Producer – Brett Williams
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Correction: A previous version of this post erroneously suggested that Jessica wrote for The St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Magazine. The error is Joe’s, entirely.