TISA BRYANT
August 2010

Brooklyn, NY – Tisa was born on an Arizona air force base in wartime, and raised in Massachusetts.  Her first book, Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), is a collection of original fiction-essays that remix Eurocentric film, literature and visual arts narratives to zoom in on the black presences operating within them.  An excerpt of her novella, [the curator], was recently published by Belladonna Books in 2009. Bryant is co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology of black gay men’s desire and survival, published by AIDS Project Los Angeles Summer 2010, and co-editor/publisher of The Encyclopedia Project’s Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, forthcoming Fall 2010. She is also author of a chapbook, Tzimmes, recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship from Naropa University, and was a seven-year member of the African-diasporic literary activist group, The Dark Room Collective.  Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 1913, Animal Shelter and Mixed Blood.  She teaches fiction and hybrid forms in the MFA Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

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