Ronaldo V. Wilson
“Staring,” “The Oasis,” and “Virgil” are from the forthcoming The Conservation of Mass: Stories, a collection exploring a number of characters, loosely based on the speaker’s relationship with contemporary beings, tricks, “po-biz,” cars, places, objects. Starring “Virgil” as the main avatar, the book presents a fictive and remembered landscape of dreams and quotidian adventures rendered in multiple modes—through racialized and sexualized desire, to thoughts on theory and performance, psychic loss and recovery.
Masks, Drag, Body, Persona, Location—animate my performances in improvised spoken poetry, sound, visual art, and film. “Lucy Live 1” and “Lucy Live 2” are two short videos from AVATAR|DIASPORA, an interdisciplinary media project that reflects these performances, capturing my thinking of the poem as mode, embedded and amplified in the body of a visual field—elastic, changing—morphing across fluid form and content.
Lucy Live 1
Lucy Live 2
Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF THE BROWN BOY AND THE WHITE MAN (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Prize; POEMS OF THE BLACK OBJECT (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. His latest books are FARTHER TRAVELER: POETRY, PROSE, OTHER (Counterpath Press, 2015), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and LUCY 72 (1913 Press, 2018). Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a mixed media artist, dancer, and performer, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at UC Santa Cruz, where he serves on the core faculty of the Creative Critical PhD Program, and co-directs the Creative Writing Program.