Mall Brat is a full-length collection of poetry, prose and hybrid text that traverses the life of an American girl who comes of age during the 2008 market crash.
Blurb: “The swerving syntax and disassociated anguish and bliss of Laura Marie Marciano’s poetry-prose hybrid indict consumerism while catching us up in a headlong rush—unsure whether to chuckle or weep. And we do both, unsettlingly, over and over again. The text is an unnerving primer full of plastic and anime, oblique and half-finished conversations, sometimes written in haunting see Dick and Jane direct address, that builds through repetition, abrupt jump-cuts, and effective Instagram-like visual juxtaposition. Mall Brat brims with a flourishing, unapologetic sexuality and bravely upends a litany of reductive tropes with sophisticated emotional depth.” —Peter Covino, PEN America Award Winner; NEA Award Winner; author of The Right Place to Jump
ART DIRECTION + COPYWRITING
I have directed, designed and produced over a dozen interactive events and campaigns. My work has been in affiliation with Brooklyn Public Library, MoMA PS1, and A.I.R. Gallery. Included is a sample of work. I also work as a freelance art director and copywriter. I make things sound, look, and feel good! For full list of work, please request C.V.
Atlantic Tunnel (2009)
Co-Produced, Designed, and Performed in interactive media performance below Atlantic Avenue in the oldest, non active Subway tunnel in Brooklyn, NY. Elements included sourced lightening, projection art, and live performers.
Affiliation: CUNY Brooklyn College
Atlantic Yards ( 2010)
Co-Produced, Designed and Performed in a community event to lament the loss of downtown Brooklyn to Barclay Center. Work included an ethnographic study of residents; A 3.5 mile procession around the neighborhood with drums; An experimental opera in a local bar. Affiliation: CUNY Brooklyn College
Can’t Make It To Dinner? Join Us for Dessert (2010)
Co-Produced, Designed and Performed in a multi-room, interactive media performance in St. Cecilia’s Convent in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Audiences were led through a spooky dinner party, with each room inhabited by a different interactive installation. Affiliation: CUNY Brooklyn College.
Open Swim (2010)
Co-Produced and Designed two interactive events at a Times Square boutique hotel pool. Events included live music, and relational performers in pool and at bar.
Why I Breathe (2011)
Produced and Designed a campaign for breathing and the reasons to keep doing it! Elements included an interactive website with a grid of black and white videos of various participants breathing; Serene “Breathing Stations” set up at locations across Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Public Library, Main Branch and a Stephen Colbert event; a final dance, music, and text media performance first performed in the lobby of Castlebraid in Bushwick.
Living With (2011)
Co-Produced and Designed an event for World AIDS Day. Elements included a reading series; a dance piece in the 33 windows facing Eastern Parkway; an experimental opera on the steps of the library. Affiliation: Brooklyn Public Library
Gemstone Readings (2014 - Present)
Produce web and site-specific events for media arts collective. Work has been presented at A.I.R. Gallery, MoMA PS1, Brown University, and elsewhere.
Twinnish for LAMM
Co-Produced, designed and directed interactive art and commerce event which included performance by Bunny Michael and fashion styling by Women’s History Museum. Affiliation: Artbook at MoMA PS1
D’Avlia for LAMM
Co-Produced, designed and directed an interactive art and commerce events which included a photography display by June Canedo and fashion styling by Tess Herbert. Affiliation: Artbook at MoMA PS1.
Barrow Street Press (2019 - 2020)
Design and direct cover art for new press titles between 2018-2020.
Zaro Family Bakery (2019-Present)
Write dynamic, original copy for chain-restaurant, with work being displayed around NYC.
LOST Feelings (2019- Present)
Write dynamic, original copy for emerging streetwear brand. Direct brand marketing campaign for Instagram.
Image from streetwear social media campaign.
Atlantic Tunnel ( 2009)
Image of light projected through tunnel at Atlantic Tunnel event.
Image of Bunny Michael performing at Twinnish event at MoMA PS1.
Graywolf Press 45th Anniversary Promotional Video (Forthcoming)
A short interview-based video on the press.
Say It With Flowers
Writer, Producer, Art Stylist, Director
A short film to promote the poetry of Coco Fitterman.
This film was shown at Artbook at MoMa PS1 in May 2018.
The Therapist Asks
A short video to promote the poetry of Camonghne Felix.
This film was shown at Artbook at MoMA PS1 in December 2017.
Phantasy: Whose Allowed To Be Pretty? (In Process)
Producer, Writer, Director
A documentary film about the politics of pretty.
This film is being worked on now. Included is an unedited interview with participant Joselia Hughes.
Say It With Flowers (2018)
Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Co-Art Director
The Therapist Asks (2017)
Co-Producer and Co-Writer
Phantasy (Interview Example)
TEACHING + EDUCATION
I have over ten years experience teaching writing and the arts at the University level.
+ Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Lehigh University starting in Fall 2019.
+ Wintersession instructor in performance studies at RISD in January 2020.
+Eight years teaching technical, creative, and media related courses at Fairfield University and University of Rhode Island to undergraduate students
+Two years teaching gender studies courses at Rhode Island College
+Grant recipient for innovative curriculum development in experiential writing
+Designed and Developed digital writing course for creative writers
+Created and built online archive for student projects in the digital humanities
+Experiencing teaching art, theater, and writing to elementary and middle school students through John Hopkins University CTY program.
WRITING + PUBLISHING
I am an author and professional writer with advanced writing and editing skills across genres. I have been a managing editor at Barrow Street Press for the passed two years. Additionally, I have been the founder and editor of the media collective and journal gemstone readings which publishes video and media related content by women and queer poets.
Here are two recent examples of my work in this field. For extended examples, please request a C.V.
“Ash Weed” published on Poetry Foundation’s website and featured on NPR podcast Poetry Now!
Green Target by Tina Barr is the 2017 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by Patricia Spears Jones. I was the designer and managing editor for this recent title, and worked with the author on production from start to finish.