Jennifer Hayashida is a poet, translator, and artist. She was born in Oakland, CA, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Her translations from the Swedish include work by Ida Börjel, Athena Farrokhzad, and Fredrik Nyberg, and she is the receipient of awards from organizations such as the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She serves on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
Benj Gerdes is an artist, writer, and organizer working in film, video, and other public formats. His collaborations with Jennifer Hayashida have been exhibited and screened at venues including the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery of Art, New Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, REDCAT Gallery, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. He is the co-curator of the recent exhibitions Rewriting Histories (Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen) and Past is Not Post (Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg). Based in Brooklyn, NY, he is Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Long Island University and serves on the editorial board of the new documentary journal World Records, published by UnionDocs. His new and old favorite book is A Machine Wrote This Song.