Summer Jade Leavitt is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and performer thinking about queer histories, lineages, and futures. Seeking to locate origins of trauma and excavate them from the body, they are creating space for all
that has been lost, all that is yet to come.
They are the recipient of an Oolite Ellie’s Creator Award, two WaveMaker Grants, a Red Bull Arts Prize, and a residency with the City of Miami Beach. Their work has been exhibited at the Miller Institute of Contemporary Art, Locust Projects, Bas Fisher Invitational, the Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival, and more. Selected Solo exhibitions include Language is Leaving Me, Possible Bodies (Two Person Show), and We Have a Future, Perhaps. They have received 2019 Pushcart Prize Nomination, the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize from Carnegie Mellon, 2018 and 2017 Samuel Rosenberg Art Awards, and was a finalist for the 2018 Charlotte Mew Prize with Headmistress Press, with whom they published their first chapbook mad girl’s crush tweet.
They are currently the director of The Queer Theory Library and a Curatorial and Cultural Programs Associate at Deering Estate.