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Cintia Santana

Cintia Santana is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Through poetry, installation, assemblage, and experimental film, her practice investigates perception and the subset of processes that are reading, misreading, and translation. The page is all around us. Our eye is the beholder. How do we “read” words, objects, and each other?

By using humor, subverting micro/macro scales, and referencing data, Santana re-contextualizes familiar words, objects, and materials, asking viewers to consider the multiple, malleable meanings these. Much of her work also strives to make visible that which has been lost or is in the process of being lost. Santana’s work highlights how what we value as a society, and as individuals, informs how we make meaning and how such meaning-making creates and obfuscate value.

Santana’s work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Threepenny Review, West Branch, and other journals. The recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she currently teaches literary translation as well as poetry and fiction workshops in Spanish at Stanford University. She is also a member of San Francisco’s Right Window Gallery. At times, she dresses as a human-sized gold nugget and performs anti-Trump poems in front of San Francisco City Hall.

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