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Shannon May Powell


Shannon May Powell is a poet and artist whose work poses gestures of longing towards new possibilities of gender, sexuality and trans-corporeal feminism. Their practice is grounded in the body and relationally activated by the people and places they collaborate with.

Their work has featured at the Emerging Writers Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Festival, New York Art Book Fair, Centre for Contemporary Photography, The Wheeler Centre, PHOTO 2022 festival, and the National Portrait Gallery among others. In 2022 they published their debut poetry and photography book, ‘Can we rest tonight in the amnesia of pleasure,’ with no more poetry. Much of their work was developed during the VARDA houseboat artist residency in California where they were fortunate to return during 2018, 2019 and 2020. Recently they were engaged in the Pocoapocco artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico where their poetry practice began mutating into more ephemeral mediums of performance art.

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