Fred Schmalz is the author of Action in the Orchards (Nightboat Books, 2019). He is an artist and poet whose recent writing focuses on textual response to encounters with dance, music, and visual art. In 2018, he was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as poet-in-residence for the FluxConcert in its year-long Fluxus Festival. He has performed in a variety of contexts, collaborating with dancers, artists, musicians, and performers. A pamphlet, “Measures” appeared in the Present Tense series in 2016. His field guide Claes Oldenburg's Festival of Living Objects was published in conjunction with a series of gallery walks by the Walker Art Center in 2013. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Poetry, Spinning Jenny, Conduit, jubilat, Zoland Poetry, We Are So Happy to Know Something, and A Public Space. He is the author of the chapbooks documenta 13 Daybook and Ticket. He edits and publishes the micropress Swerve Press.

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