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Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He is a professor of postcolonial literature at Bennington College, and has taught poetry at The New School, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College, amongst others. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2021 received a Marian Goodman fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on Black experimental documentary. He is the recipient of the 2021 QUEER|ART|PRIZE for Recent Work, and a 2022 Whiting Award in Nonfiction.

In 2016, Duplan founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. 

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Folasade Adesanya is a Manager at Studio AGD and a writer. Their work is deeply aligned with her spiritual practice, with projects that source from queer Afro-diasporic archives, oral histories, and inherited knowledge. Their current projects include unfiltered experimental prose poetry and microessays; speculative novels and short stories based on queer, Trans, & gender non-conforming history in Black neighborhoods; and unraveling the stories behind her lineage via interviews with extended family.

Zoe Butler is a Manager at STUDIO AGD and an artist. A New Media Performance Artist who uses abstraction to explore the relationship between material culture and embodiment. Butler’s recent work engages with both personal and museum archives to explore slavery’s haunting within moving images. Her work often discusses the way that power sculpts our visual and lived realities through mediums that range from computer-animated films to wearable technology-assisted performances. Her work has been performed and screened by institutions such as The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Gene Siskel Film Center, and Ars Electronica.

︎ For all inquiries (e.g. publication requests, readings, performances, workshops, general questions), please write to studio.agduplan@gmail.com.