Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based digital and performance artist and writer. Her most recent book is E! Entertainment, a book of short fiction created from transcriptions of reality TV shows that Jerry Saltz called "yummy" and Heidi Montag of The Hills called "ingenious." Durbin's other recent work includes ABRA, a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text." ABRA won the 2017 Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature, and was partly funded by an NEA grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Her novella Kim's Fairytale Wedding was recently translated to Spanish and published in Mexico/Spain. In 2015, Durbin was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia.
Durbin does performance art in public spaces and online. Recent performances include Hello Selfie, which she performed for the Pulse Art Fair in Miami with Transfer Gallery, in Union Square with Transfer Gallery, in Los Angeles with Perform Chinatown, and with Arts Queensland in Australia. Other recent URL/IRL performances include The Supreme Gentleman, about Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, featured on Art 21's website; and Cloud 9, about female artists and money, commissioned by New Hive.
Durbin's work has been featured in Art in America, Art Forum, XO Jane, Nylon, Casa Vogue, Yale's American Scholar, NPR, The Creator's Project, Public Art Dialogue, ArtSlant, Poets and Writers, DAZED, BOMB, poets.org, The American Poetry Review, Flavorwire, Best American Experimental Writing, The Pulitzer Foundation and elsewhere. She has shown her work or performed at The Pulse Art Fair, MOCA Los Angeles, the Haifa Museum in Israel, SF MOMA, Peer to Space in Berlin, The School for Global Art Down Under, The Poetry Project, The Queensland Poetry Festival, The Ashbery Home School, The Brisbane Writer's Festival, and more.
Currently she is a Digital Studies fellow with Rutgers-Camden University, and a Visiting Professor in the English Department at Whittier College.
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