Anna Vitale

Anna Vitale is a poet, scholar, and performer. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed a dissertation in contemporary American literature entitled, Suicidal Fantasy in Three American Authors. Vitale describes the emergence of suicidal fantasy in works by Amiri Baraka, Kathy Acker, and David Wojnarowicz and shows how psychoanalytic methods of interpretation can yield rich psychical and political meaning from unassailable murderous fantasies, in particular for those of us who suffer from the failures of American dreams of progress. Vitale also earned an MFA in Writing from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books, 2017), Different Worlds (Troll Thread, 2017), Unknown Pleasures (Perfect Lovers, 2013), and Anna Vitale’s Pop Poems (OMG!, 2010). Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Harriet, Jacket2, Pedagogy, and P-Queue. Her video, “Street View Lyric,” was published by Gauss PDF. She grew up in the city of Detroit and lives in Brooklyn. In summer 2017, she was a fellow at the New School’s Institute for Critical and Social Inquiry.