The River Rail, a joint project between Colby College and The Brooklyn Rail, was published last fall but our collaborations with the arts journal have continued. Phong Bui, the Rail’s founder and artistic director, as well as the 2019–20 Lunder Institute senior fellow, invited two members of the LIAA staff to serve as guest critics for The Brooklyn Rail.
In the March issue, Jessamine Batario, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Artistic and Scholarly Engagement and Programs, asked contributors—who included poets, artists, and scholars across the US—to reflect on the relationship between walking and communication. Several of the contributors are based in Maine, including two Colby faculty members, AB Brown (Theater and Dance) and Arisa White (English). Batario spoke about the issue as part of The Brooklyn Rail’s New Social Environment Lunchtime Conversation series, and this event is archived here.
Daisy Desrosiers, Director of Artist Programs, was the guest critic of the May issue. Her editorial proposal, “Made of Linguistic forms and failures: inquiry in times of isolation,” considers the potentials of translation (and mistranslation) in artistic and research practices. She brings together a wide range of international voices, while reaching across disciplines. Desrosiers joined the New Social Environment Lunchtime Conversation, which can be accessed here, with two of the issue’s contributors, Jesse Chun and Azza El Siddique.