Photo by Maja Jantar, Iceland 2010.
angela’s research in acoustic ecology, counter-mapping, and ecopoetics informs her artistic output. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the prestigious position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). In 2013, her work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. rawlings’ 2012 digital publication Gibber amassed sound and visual poetry from Australian bioregions. Her literary debut Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) received an Alcuin Award for Design; the book is currently being adapted for stage production by VaVaVoom, Bedroom Community, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. rawlings is an active collaborator and improvisation enthusiast. She works frequently with Maja Jantar and Matt Ceolin. She is also penning a reactive libretto for Longitude in collaboration with composer Davíð Brynjar Franzson and new media artists Davyde Wachell and Halldór Arnar Úlfarsson.
angela rawlings was born in the USA, raised in rural Canada, matured in urban Canada, and currently lives an itinerant lifestyle with Iceland as primary home.
In 2001, rawlings received the bpNichol Award for Distinction in Writing when she graduated from York University. Since then, she has worked with several arts organizations, including The Mercury Press, The Scream Literary Festival, Sumach Press, Word: Canada’s Magazine for Readers + Writers, and The Lexiconjury Reading Series. In 2005, rawlings hosted the poetry documentary series Heart of a Poet. She is also co-editor of Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, 2005), an anthology featuring over forty emerging poets.
As an arts educator, rawlings has led creative writing workshops for Ryerson University, terminus1525.ca, Learning through the Arts, League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education Program, the Toronto District School Board, Writers in Electronic Residence, the Toronto Public Library system, Arts Queensland, Griffith University Gold Coast, Reykjavíkur Akademien, Menningarverkið Hlaðan, and online.
rawlings’ first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists was published in spring 2006 by Coach House Books. In November 2006, Theatre Commutiny staged a full-length performance of the book as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch: Emerging Performance Projects series; rawlings performed in and co-produced the show. In April 2007, Wide slumber for lepidopterists received a nomination for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Book of Poetry. The book was also awarded Alcuin Award for Book Design, and was listed in The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2006. The book is currently being translated to French. Her poems have been translated into Dutch, French, Icelandic, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
rawlings also works in theatre, music, and dance. She taught ballroom, Latin, and swing dances from 2001-3. In 2005, she co-produced On the Money for Toronto’s Fringe Festival, a play awarded the festival’s Patron’s Pick. She has also worked with Toronto’s Theatre Gargantua, was on the board of directors for bluemouth inc. from 2008 to 2010, and is the president for Susanna Hood’s hum dansoundart board of executives. rawlings has collaborated with improvising musicians such as Frédéric Cavallin, Joe Sorbara, and Jonathon Wilcke; sound poets such as Jaap Blonk and Paul Dutton; Belgian dancer Sarah Janssens; and the Logos Foundation’s invisible and robotic instruments. She is a member of Christine Duncan’s Element Choir.
rawlings has been involved in several interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2010, rawlings lent voice to bluemouth inc.’s New York City production of Sædyrasafnið. In 2010 and 2011, bluemouth inc. joined rawlings to present an original work called The Centre for Sleep and Dream Studies for The Scream Literary Festival and Rhubarb Theatre Festival at Buddies in Bad Times, both in Toronto. Since 2009, Rawlings has been developing drift with Nilan Perera and Julie Lassonde. She has a long-standing creative partnership with Maja Jantar, and they are actively developing several pieces for performance and exhibition.
In 2008, rawlings received the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship; this enabled her to spend 2009 and 2010 living and working in Belgium, Canada, and Iceland. During this period, she met her long-term collaborator Maja Jantar and commenced the creation, development, and performance of projects Echolology, Ljóðapoems, Órói, Rule of Three, and Sibylaria. In 2011, Rawlings immigrated to Iceland; soon after, she fulfilled the role of artistic director of Reykjavík’s International Poetry Festival. In 2012, Rawlings received the prestigious post of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Australia, which enabled ample regional travel to conduct performances, workshops, manuscript consultations, and the development of a new digital literature work called Gibber. rawlings has ongoing editorial and curatorial commitments with the online international magazines Jacket2 and Joyland Poetry, where she actively promotes the work of peers around the world.
In 2013, rawlings’ work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights.
Her book Wide slumber for lepidopterists is currently undergoing transformation into a stage production by VaVaVoom and Bedroom Community. The performance will debut at the 2014 Reykjavík Art Festival.
rawlings is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Ethics and Natural Resource Management at the University of Iceland. She has also commenced apprenticeship with vocal instructor Fides Krucker.