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Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Cabal of Zealots (1988, Hanuman Books), Understanding Objects (2000, Hard Press), and Rapid Departures (2005, Ateliê Editorial). He won the 2005 National Translation Award, given by the American Literary Translators Association, for his book of translations from Latin, The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (2004, Princeton University Press). He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome for 2001-2002. He had a one-month residency at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring, 2006. He is the editor of the poetry and arts journal VANITAS and of Libellum books.
In 2008, Granary Books published Katz and Francesco Clemente's limited edition book of poems and watercolors, Alcuni Telefonini. Katz has contributed translations and poems to two of Clemente's exhibition catalogues, and they have done a series of prints together.
In 2007, Judge, a collaboration between Katz and artist Wayne Gonzales, was published by Charta and Libellum. Katz and Gonzales also had an exhibition of work from Judge at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.
Katz's poems have been published in Bomb, Bombay Gin, Brooklyn Rail, can we have our ball back, The Canary, Conjunctions, Court Green, The East Village, EOAGH 13 (Queering Language), Esopus, Evergreen Review, Jacket, LIT, Live Mag, Lungfull, Milk, Mipoesias, Mississippi Review, Per Contra, Pressed Wafer, Provincetown Arts, Shampoo, Shiny, Shuffle Boil, and Skanky Possum.
Katz has done other book collaborations with artists, including:
Alex Katz [A Tremor In The Morning (1986, Peter Blum Edition)]
Rudy Burckhardt [New York Hello! (1990, Ommation Press) and
Boulevard Transportation (1997, Tibor de Nagy Editions)]
Tabboo! [Pearl (1998, powerHouse Books)]
James Brown [Voyages and Hyde Park Boulevard (2000, Grenfell Press)].
Katz writes frequently on contemporary art and has published essays on the work of Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, and Cy Twombly. He curated the first museum retrospective of the work of Rudy Burckhardt in 1998 at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain. In 2000, he co-curated "Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and '60s" for the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which paired Burckhardt's portraits of artists with works by those artists. Katz curated a museum exhibition on Black Mountain College, whose catalogue, Black Mountain College: Experiment In Art, edited by Katz, was published by MIT Press in 2002. In 2008, he curated "Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt" for the Museum of the City of New York.
Vincent Katz and Vivien Bittencourt’s video documentary Man in the Woods: The Art of Rudy Burckhardt was screened at the 22nd Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2004. Their film Kiki Smith: Squatting The Palace was shown at the Film Forum in New York, the 25th Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2007, and other film festivals.
Katz's play Hippolyta was performed by The Medicine Show, New York, in June, 2005.
Katz taught a course entitled "Journey to Black Mountain" at the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, in July, 2005. He taught a workshop on "Poetry and the Visual Arts" at the Poetry Project, New York, in 2008.