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Kristin Prevallet, a Denver native, is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, educator, and holistic practitioner. She creates cultural happenings with her books, retreats, and ritualistic events. Her work is deeply informed by the semantics of sacred geometry, somatic healing, innovative poetics, and conceptual art.

She is the author of eight books and numerous chapbooks including Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative, 2012), I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007), and Shadow, Evidence, Intelligence (Factory School, 2007). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Body In Language (edited by Edwin Torres, Counterpath Press, 2019), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues Press), and Women Poets on Mentorship (Iowa Press.) For her graduate work at the University at Buffalo she catalogued the archive of the poet Helen Adam, and edited a volume of her work, A Helen Adam Reader, published by the National Poetry Foundation. Her work has been featured in Guernica Magazine, The Boston Review, The New Republic, Spoon River Review, The New Republic, and The Chicago Review, to name a few.

Prevallet has given lectures and presented her work nationally and abroad, in France, England, Mexico, and Myanmar. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the PEN translation Fund, Poets and Writers, The Millay Colony and has recently been invited as a visiting writer to perform and teach at Naropa University, The New School, Spalding University, and the Centre International de Poésie Marseille. She is a senior workshop leader for Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, and a lecturer for the Bard Prision Initiative (BPI).

Aside from poetry, she has published two books about the connections between the body, healing, and language: Trance Poetics and Visualize Comfort: Healing and the Unconscious Mind.

She is currently working on a conceptual memoir, Eros A Killing, that interrogates the genre of Romance and the rescue fantasies that perpetuate the illusion machine of capitalism.

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Reviews

Review of Kristin Prevallet’s I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time

Kristin Prevallet’s I, Afterlife: Essays in Mourning Time, reviewed by Megan Burns

Review of I, Afterlife by Erik Podhora
In I, Afterlife, the reader is convinced of one’s bodily presence in this world. We know it through our senses. The human actions that we come to after death, like shrine building, attempting to fill space with objects and failing to fill space, and rearranging those objects constantly are the actions that we must use in order to stand in the presence of the void.

Review of I, Afterlife by Mark Wallace
What’s remarkable about the book isn’t always that it provides new answers to the questions raised both by grief and elegy, but that it asks those questions so honestly and thoroughly, revealing one writer’s focused commitment to never lying to herself even at a time when she’s searching for comfort.

Review of I, Afterlife by Sarah Sarai
My insomnia lies in the distances of grief, the spaces between suffering. Prevallet understands distances which create the sense of glass. “Language fills in the desire to alter time,” she writes. That’ll have to do for a reason.

Review of The Black Dot by Timothy Liu
Disclosures: Prevallet’s poetics is partly informed by her vocation as a hypnotherapist.
Favorites: Repeated readings of this text at random will open up new spaces inside your head.

Shadow Evidence Intelligence reviewed by Tim Atkins
This is a thrilling book in the sense that it can pace us. Give us a reason for being in this place (is there a time (left)?)

A Helen Adam Reader reviewed by Ange Mlinko in The Nation
Helen Adam may not have been a Modernist giant, but Prevallet’s Reader makes the case that she must be taken on her own terms: as a balladeer, playwright, collagist and necromancer.