Marianne Shaneen

12.05.24 – 31.05.24
Partner: Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Marianne Shaneen is a writer of fiction, essays, and poetry, who has also worked in documentary video. Her story “The Mason Jar” was published in The Kenyon Review in 2020. Her work has also appeared in Bomb Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, the book Monstrous Adaptations by Manchester University Press, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi, and the Tusen Takk Foundation, and is the recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist Grant.

She received her MFA in writing from the Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, NY. Her chapbook Lucent Amnesis was published by Portable Press/Yo-Yo Labs. Her creative nonfiction “Immortals: On the Ancient Future Lives of Stone and Plastic” was recently commissioned as part of the BAK (Netherlands) exhibition and symposium. Shaneen wrote text and narration for the essay film “Kansas Atlas” by filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh which screened at the 2020 New York Film Festival.

She has been commissioned to collaborate with other artists including eteam, Bambitchell, Barbara Ess, Miruna Dragan, and others. Shaneen is currently finishing her first novel, HOMING, a wildly ranging speculative fiction of animal-human-geological entanglement and a woman’s search for home. It takes readers on a hallucinatory red-eye flight through American cultural mythology, and various nonhuman perspectives—from a housefly to stone to plastic—as personal trauma is increasingly entwined with ecological trauma. Shaneen lives in Brooklyn and in upstate New York.

Her work can be found at

Picture (c) Marianne Shaneen

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