Rachel Zolf is a cross-border transplant from Toronto to Philadelphia whose thinking and artistic practice explores questions about history, knowledge, subjectivity, responsibility, and the limits of language, meaning, and the human. Her writing and other artwork queerly enacts how ethics founders on the shoals of the political, and imagines other possibilities of sociality, space, and time. Zolf’s five full-length books of poetry include Janey’s Arcadia, Neighbour Procedure, and Human Resources, all from Coach House Books, and a Selected Poetry is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She has published five chapbooks, and her poetry and essays have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Zolf’s work has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and twice been a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, among other honors. Art videos she has written and/or directed have screened at such venues as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, White Cube Bermondsey, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has received fellowships from the Chalmers Arts Foundation and The New School as well as over 30 poetry, video, non-fiction, and academic research grants from institutional sources including the Leeway Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Zolf’s work has received extensive critical and scholarly attention and is regularly taught in undergraduate and graduate courses in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She has sat on several juries, including the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. She holds an MFA from The New School, where she conducted the first collaborative MFA in Creative Writing ever (The Tolerance Project), and a PhD in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought from the European Graduate School, where she worked with Judith Butler and Fred Moten. Her current book in progress is a theoretical text entitled “A Language No One Speaks: The Dangerous Perhaps of Monstrous Witness.” Zolf’s literary papers are housed at York University Archives and Simon Fraser University Special Collections. She works at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches creative writing and fine arts and organizes community projects that harness the power of writing for personal and social change.