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Tom Comitta is the author of (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread), SENT (Invisible Venue), and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014 (Gauss PDF), a print and digital archive of the 40 books he produced in four years. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, Best American Experimental Writing 2020, New American Writing and VOLT, with two poems in The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing, UK), an anthology surveying the “rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.” He is currently at work on a collage novel, The Nature Book.

From 2011-12 Comitta composed and conducted nine operas with SF Guerrilla Opera, a roving ensemble that gave voice to texts in numerous sites around the Bay Area including the Civic Center BART station and the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2012 he staged National Novel Writing Night Month (NaNoWriNiMo), a futurist improvement on the popular write-a-novel-in-a-month contest in which he wrote, designed and published novels written in a night. In 2015 The Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland exhibited Comitta’s solo show First Thought Worst Thought, an interactive archive containing the 40 artist books he composed between 2011 and 2014 as well as accompanying works in video, drawing, digital printing, vinyl sticker installation, and an original computer program. In 2017 The Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater commissioned Comitta and the performance duo Fire Drill to stage Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical, at Minneapolis’s Momentum Dance Festival in 2017.

 

Comitta has exhibited books, texts and videos at LUMA Foundation, Zürich; swissnex, San Francisco; Reed College, Portland; Robert Berman/E6 Gallery, San Francisco and The Kala Art Institute, Berkeley. He was a 2017 recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and has held residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Bay Area Video Coalition, Minnesota Street Project/Little Paper Planes and San Francisco Arts Education Project, where he conducted multimedia writing workshops with San Francisco youth.

Contact: tcomitta [at] gmail [dot] com

Interviews

Our Dictionary Yields to None: Jez Burrows and Tom Comitta in Conversation (2018)

“On Second Thought…: A Conversation with Tom Comitta and Zoë Taleporos (2016)

The People Radio: Tom  Comitta and Suzanne Stein (2015)

Caleb Beckwith with Tom Comitta (2015)

Margaret Tedesco’s Roll Call on KUSF in Exile (2012)

SF Weekly’s Write Stuff (2012)

 

Press

Review of Bill: The Musikill: Dance works at Momentum festival confront dystopia, celebrate black sisterhood (2017)

KQED’S Sarah Hotchkiss on my iOS app colaboration with George Pfau BlabberLab (2016)

East Bay Express’ Sarah Burke on my show First Thought Worst Thought (2015)

Vanguard Seattle on my performance The City of Nature at INCA, Seattle (2014)

Harriet/ Poetry Foundation on my SF Weekly Interview (2012)

Evan Karp on iduna: an opera in one act (2012)

Sarah Griffin on Bowling in Bowlers (2012) password: calmaplomb

Marc Wiedenbaum on Howl in Six Voices (2011)

 

Links

calmaplombprombombbalm.com, the online publishing house I ran from 2011-2013

The Glen Park Texting Team, an archive of the work I did with Glenn Park Elementary School and SF Arts Education Project from 2012-2014

soUNDtext Word Processor 1.0, the interactive text-to-speech computer program I released in 2011.