Anne de Marcken is a writer and interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in text and moving image. She is especially interested in the contingency of meaning and how this relates to narrative structures and is affected by experiences of loss, the abject and the ephemeral. Her credits include multimedia installations, short and feature-length films and videos, algorithm-based narratives, interactive web environments, short stories, long stories, poetry, and screenplays.
Her book The Accident: An Account will be published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2020. She is presently at work on Cannibal, a polyphonic memoir about the ways racism is enacted by white American women. Cannibal has been excerpted in Quarter After Eight. Anne’s short stories have been featured recently in Narrative, Ploughshares and Entropy. From 2006 to 2012, she conducted a sustained text-based interrogation of loss that yielded short stories featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and in such publications as Best New American Voices, Hunger Mountain, Glimmer Train, and Southern Indiana Review.
Recent site-specific works include Invisible Ink: Homeless (2018) and Invisible Ink: Reparations (2017), each a process-based engagement with the peril and privilege of invisibility, and The Redaction Project (2016), an interdisciplinary interrogation of the effects of sudden loss on the narrative structure of our lives. Coming up at the &Now Convergence, she will perform Paris Chopped & Screwed with Jennifer Calkins, a durational reworking of Calkins’s 2018 law review article on the Paris Climate Agreement.
She has been awarded the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award, the Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction, the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Prize, the Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Award, as well as many commendations for her feature film Group (Artistic License/Frameline 2002), notable for its groundbreaking use of video-to-film and streaming technologies, as well as its emergent narrative and queer/feminist subject matter. Anne has received grant and fellowship support from The Millay Colony for the Arts, Jentel Foundation, Artist Trust, Centrum and the Hafer Family Foundation.
Anne has taught writing and media studies at The Evergreen State College and in Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. She is the founder and editor of the independent press, The 3rd Thing. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her wife and fellow artist Marilyn Freeman.