Shayla Lawz

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Humanities & Media Studies 718.636.3790 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (5)

20/FA-HMS-101A-19 Literary and Critical Studies I

21/SP-HMS-201A-17 Literary and Critical Studies II

20/FA-HMS-330B-01 Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Postmodernism and Creative Practices

21/SP-HMS-331S-01 Special Topics: Cultural Studies Boundaries Film

20/FA-HMS-492A-03 Animation Narrative

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MFA, Brown University
BA, Rutgers University


Shay Lawz is a poet and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text and performance and has presented work at Brown University, RISD, AS220, and Pratt Institute. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Aster(ix), Winter Tangerine, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, among others. She is a graduate of Brown University’s MFA program and has received fellowships/residencies from Jack Jones Literary Arts, Cave Canem, and CAAPP (University of Pittsburgh). Currently, she is at work on a project incorporating sound, image, and movement to examine how our methods of communicating state and institutional violence—through (social) media, personal and collective grief, and the recognition of one another—transform the living, queer Black body. She is a 2019-2020 Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers-Camden and lives in Brooklyn, NY.