Interdisciplinary artist, poet and scholar Ronaldo V. Wilson, Ph.D. is the author, most recently of Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018), and the forthcoming: Wilson’s Carmelina: Figures (Wendy’s Subway, 2021) and Virgil Kills: Stories (Nightboat Books, 2022). Wilson is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, Cave Canem, Kundiman, MacDowell, the Ford Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He is professor of creative writing and literature at UC Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of the Creative Critical Ph.D. Program, and principal faculty of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.
While in residence in 2017, Wilson completed new drawings, mixed media collages, short videos (with choreography), and writings for the multi-modal project Lucy Live, to be featured with the NYC based journal and website Triple Canopy in 2018. He also worked on The Conservation of Mass, a collection of interrelated stories.
In 2021, he worked on Silent Incantations: Learning My Mother’s Language, a hybrid book of poetry and interdisciplinary art, reflecting his proposed study of Filipino language in the U.S. and the Philippines, presenting material and training in Tagalog, and more broadly Filipino and Filipino Culture, through research, and multimodal art practices in painting, dance, song, and text.