San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009
Bachelor of Arts, English Writing; Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Magna Cum Laude
JOBS HELD, A SELECTION
in real estate, at the height of the recession / as a driver, of a large van, in a state and winter unfamiliar, of international prospective students from the airport in the city in which 'The Blues Brothers' was filmed, to a city sixty miles away where Maytag once produced all the washers in all the world / at the front desk of the first whitewater rafting company to run wooden boats all the way down the Colorado, clear through the Grand Canyon / verifying potential leads for aftermarket part sales in the ready mix concrete industry / shipping & quality control for aforementioned job / and later, as Director of Sales and Marketing for the aforementioned engineering firm: call me; we'll talk concrete / slushie-slinger at the kids baseball field down the street from the house I grew up in / staff writer for the only newspaper in a small county; we proudly published Mondays and Fridays / historian & docent for the museum with the largest collection of rolling stock west of the Mississippi / teaching friendly people how to knit / humidor-stored fingering-weight cashmere-slinging saleswoman at one of the premier fiber arts stores in the San Francisco Bay Area / teaching twelve-year-olds what poison oak looks like and how to spot anemones in tide pools while at sleep-away camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains / and waiting tables / freelance editing / copy editing & manuscript polishing / orator / certified California Naturalist / nurserywoman / conceptual fiber artist / poet.
Writer-in-residence, Mineral School, Mineral, WA, August 2019.
FEATURED ARTIST, conceptual textile artwork & namesake for Kissing Dynamite, Issue 5, Body Bag, installation and detail views, Body Bag series, 2008-current, May, 2019.
Janie In The Pool Swimming, printed in annual Headlight Anthology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, April 2019.
High Definition and Whose Entire Life I Knew, Issue 21, Breach, 580 Split, an annual journal of arts and letters from Mills College, Oakland, CA, May, 2019.
TUPELO PRESS 30/30 Marathon Poet, one new poem written, edited, published each day for 30 consecutive days; as a fundraiser for Tupelo Press, an independent nonprofit publisher highlighting marginalized voices, March, 2019.
Galosta and 70,686 Acres published in Collective Unrest, an underground resistance magazine, March, 2019.
AWP 2019, Silver Needle Press Reading, recent work speaking to complications of consent presented, Portland, Oregon, March, 2019.
Animal Vegetable Mineral, For Jim Dine’s Green Picture in My Meadow, NIGHT/LIGHT, Mating Habits of Endemic Species, four poems exploring consent and conservation, published by 24HR NEON Magazine, Brooklyn, NY, 2019.
70,868 Acres, reprinted with thanks to Raw Art Reivew, in The Hellebore’s Gold in the Soil Spring 2019 issue, Sacramento, CA.
Residency, Firefly Farms & Sundress Publications, Knoxville TN, January 2019.
Contemporaries, included in the #finalpoems series from ENTROPY MAGAZINE, December 2018.
FEATURED ARTIST, Summer's End at Murphys Pourhouse, Main Street at Church Street, Murphys, CA, opening party September 14, 2018.
FIREBREAK and other works, Iron Triangle Brewing Company, DTLA, CA, September 20, 201
Damn/Spot and Wunderkammer, 2013-2018, published by OPOSSUM, Winter 2018.
Stereoscope: Pioneer Cabin Tree: Winner of the Walt Whitman Prize published by The Raw Art Review, Fall 2018
A Trick or Two and Of Exclusion, published by Silver Needle Press, Winter 2018
DAMN SPOT II: artwork; 617 cotton patches, manufactured & sold specifically for cleaning the muzzle & chamber of an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle after use; water-soluble film stabilizer, thread, acrylic.
Art & Disruption, group show, Los Angeles, CA, November 2018
Galosta and 70,868 Acres: poetry to be published by Collective Unrest, Winter 2018, Spring 2019
Guest poet, Death Rattle Writers Festival, Downtown Nampa, ID, October 2018
Residency at MINERAL SCHOOL to continue work on manuscript, 'Don't Ever Doubt Me,' June 2018; additional community outreach to residents of the small town of Mineral, Washington in the form of a series of shibori resist dyeing workshops, using silk and Procion dyes, June 2018
'Nursery' published by Oregon-based literary journal, Virga, Spring 2018
DAMN SPOT I exhibited at bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, May 2018
DAMN SPOT II, image; detail, published by Red Flag Poetry Service & sent as postcards via the United States Postal Service, Indiana, PA, May 2018
DAMN SPOT II exhibited at CTRL Collective , Los Angeles, CA, March 2018
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, 2016 & 2006
YARN OVER: New Work by Jill Bergantz, solo show at The Box Gallery, Galesburg, IL
RICHTER SCHOLAR, funded development of works exploring cultural anxieties toward the human body, 2009
RICHTER SCHOLAR, funded development of written works exploring community interdependence in relation to natural disasters, 2008
Bender Prize in Sculpture, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Galesburg, IL, 2009
BODY BAG exhibited at The Box Gallery, IL, 2009
'By Passing' published in Catch, 2009
'HOME/SICKNESS' 'Medical Blanket' "Wildlife Protection Act" published in Catch, 2008
'My Sister Nurses Obsessions' published in Catch, 2007.
'Relief Maps: Calaveras County, California' exhibited at Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Works highlighted in talk, "Downloading the Textile Future: The Current and Future State of Contemporary Fiber," Vic De La Rosa, given at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2007
'Wildlife Protection Act' and 'Medical Blanket' exhibited at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2007
'Medical Blanket' exhibited at Olive Hyde Art Gallery, San Jose, CA, 2007
Publication in ARTWEEK magazine, 2007
'I WILL NOT BE COLD' commissioned by the St. Vincent De Paul Society; exhibited at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2006
'No Shy Evening Primrose' published in Transfer, 2006