Simone Zapata

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Simone Larson Zapata (she/her) is a poet and interdisciplinary artist from San José, CA. She brings over ten years of programming experience in the literary arts as a workshop facilitator, curriculum developer, and youth publisher. She is an artist-in-residence at The Reef in downtown LA, where she draws on the work of Renee Gladman, Della Pollock, Douglas Kearney, among others to study and experiment in the relationship between literal and figurative mapping. Simone’s most recent exhibition, Voices Under Water, was a sound and video installation centering the sudden and state-sanctioned death of her aunt, where family interviews, tarot, and medical records coalesced as a navigation of grief and inheritance. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts.

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