Catie Hannigan is a queer poet and visual artist from Maine. She is the author of the chapbooks: MOON’S CABIN (dancing girl press, 2019), Water Fragments (Tammy Journal, 2017), and What Once Was There Is The Most Beautiful Thing (DIAGRAM, 2015). She has received fellowships from In-Cahoots Residency, c3:initiative, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, among others. She teaches poetry at the Independent Publishing and Resource Center in Portland, OR. More of her work can be found at www.catiehannigan.com.
craft book is mutable, temporal, and ritualistic in form and content. It reflects my own reflections on poetry, craft, capitalism, creative hierarchies, rules, boundaries, perception, value, and self-compassion, back to me and in this light, I create anew. There is no gain, path, or otherwise transactional value except whatever it is that I experience each night with the book. craft book begins with preconceived ideas and ends with ideas in process. It is from within this movement that I aim to upend my own sedentary notions of what it means to be an artist, what value I assign to my work and to myself, and what is possible in form, language, and ritual.