Serena Chopra is completing a PhD (ABD) in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing a novel informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of Ic, for which she composed the sound score. She has an ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

If interested in inviting Serena for teaching, lectures, workshops, readings or other performances or events, please send an email to Serena.R.Chopra@gmail.com.

Current Project
Utilizing writing and photography, Serena and her wife, Kasey Ferlic, are working with narrative visibility/invisibility and queer women in Bangalore, India. You can follow their Fulbright journey and research at MissMissBlog and on Instagram at the handle, MissMiss_Travel.

 

Books 
This Human (Coconut Books 2013)
-Purchase at Small Press Distribution or Amazon

Ic (Horse Less Press 2017)
-Purchase at Small Press Distribution

 

Chapbooks
Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012)

Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012) [out of print]

 

Selected Online Journal Publications
Review of Anne Waldman’s Dream Book of Fez, The Lune, Issue #10, Spring 2016

“Notch and Making,” The Volta: Evening Will Come, Insect Poetics ed. Mathias Svalina, Issue #59, November 2015

Excerpt from Ic, Visible Binary, Issue 0, Spring 2016

From Ic The Birds We Piled Loosely, Issue #7, April 2016

Selections from “Cheap Data,” Alice Blue Review, Issue #27, 2016

“A Sea-Sick Man,” Everyday Genius, October 24, 2013

Excerpt from “Livid Season,” Hot Metal Bridge: End of the Day, Fall 2011

Excerpt from “Livid Season,” Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Volume 6, Summer 2012

“Deformation,” Interior and Structure” and “Force and Stress,” Alice Blue Review, Issue #8, 2008

 

Reading Clips
Selection from Queerly Is the Night, Voluble, curator Gabrielle Calvocoressi

“Violet Giant” and excerpts from Untitled work, at Counterpath with Rob Schlegel and Jeff Alessendrelli, Denver, March 18, 2014

Untitled Work (early version of Ic), at Counterpath with Rob Schlegel and Jeff Alessendrelli, Denver, March 18, 2014

“Violet Giant,” at What’s New in Poetry? series, Emory University, Atlanta, December 12, 2013

 

Reviews/Interviews/Media
Interview with One Million Wild Hearts, 2017

“More Than Words: Denver Wordsmith Serena Chopra Breaks it Down”, Out Front, Issue: Urban Arts and Music, by Addison Herron-Wheeler, September 7, 2016, (Digital Edition)

“Poet Serena Chopra Embodies Calm in a Hectic Time,” Flagpole, by Thibault Raoult, May 11, 2016

“Poetry Now: Colorado Poets Read Their Work,” The Denver Post, by Ray Rinaldi and Lindsay Pierce, 2015

The Blood-Jet Radio, Episode #100: Serena Chopra, author of This Human, interview by Rachell Cruz, November 12, 2013

This Human, an Interview with Serena Chopra,” RedLine Gallery Denver, 2013

“Poet Serena Chopra on Contemporary Loneliness and Her First Full-Length Book, This Human,” by Robin Edwards, Westword Denver, April 10, 2013

Review of Serena Chopra’s Penumbra, by Joshua Ware, July 4, 2012

“Serena Chopra’s New Poetry Chapbook Examines Geology, Language and Trust,” by Robin Edwards, Westword Denver, April 6, 2012

“Tonight Titmouse Puts the Focus on Colorado,” by Robin Edwards, January 28, 2011

 

Collaborations
Splintered Light Theater’s production of Serena Chopra’s, Ic, Denver June 2016:
Ic Performance Footage, Directed by Andryn Arithson
Ic Sound Score, Composed by Serena Chopra

Memory Is a Future Tense, a Text/Image Collaboration with artist, Lu Cong

Collections, a digital instillation by artist, Bryan Leister, with text by Serena Chopra, 2012

“She is Jet Propulsion…” and “Notes on Feeling,” Images by artist, Gretchen Marie Schaefer, 2012