Diane Exavier

writer | theatermaker | educator

(after)care @ Kings County Hospital | June 2019

Sharing work in (after)care, organized by No Longer Empty’s Curatorial Lab in partnership with Kings County Hospital, comes at the perfect time for me. Reflecting on care, gentrification, and wellness, I am presenting Each Body is (Still) a Miracle, a sort of “state of the city” in regards to the changing demographics of Flatbush. Each Body is (Still) a Miracle will be presented in three parts:

Adelva Called Adela: Notes on Flatbush: an essay on gentrification and living in Flatbush published on Before It’s Gone, a web-based project organized by Brooklyn based activist organization, Equality for Flatbush, “documenting Brooklyn, fighting gentrification, and holding police accountable.”

By Numbers By Miracles: an instant book/print/reportage on the relationship between Haiti and the U.S.

Petit Plasaj: a floral crown/commitment making workshop at Kings Country Hospital

Check out nolongerempty.org for more on the exhibition, including info on other participating artists. And stop by my project blog, eachbodyeastflatbush.tumblr.com, for more info on each component of Each Body Is (Still) a Miracle, as well as other links to health and wellness in NYC.


collage by Diane Exavier

collage by Diane Exavier

Incompleteness edition—burning House press | May 2019

I was invited by guest editor Petero Kalulé (writer and fav ghost on Twitter) to submit work to Burning House Press’ May edition on incompleteness. “The incomplete vibrates unending it is open; but open in the sense that is reduced and subtracted it could also be a figure of chance, play, loneliness, a puzzle…” Grateful for this chance to play and piece thoughts together with this poem (tomb speak) and essay (Louise) available online. Be sure to check out the rest of the month’s incomplete offerings, as well as this collaborative poem (what we hold closest to us) I drafted by chance with Petero via a Twitter exchange!

Photo Prose—Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection | 4.24.19

In this event co-organized by the Poetry Society of America, participating poets were invited to choose images from the ICP’s latest permanent collection exhibition to respond to through creation of new work or reinterpretation of existing work. The images will be projected while the poets read, allowing the audience to dive deeper into the connections between the visual and the textual. So excited to be reading a fresh new draft with my favorite artists: the poets!

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hold(ing) Tight | 11.29.18 - 1.19.19

Didn’t hesitate to pick up the call when artists (and homies) Mark Epstein and Stina Puotinen asked me to show up to their waiting room in Hold(ing) Tight at Penn State. The exhibition reflects on the space of the waiting room and what it means to wait. My work includes A First Draft, a short essay on waiting (which comes ready with a reading list!) and The Final Act, a series of seven postcards that make up the fifth act of my new play Bernarda’s Daughters.

Life BalmS Vol. 5 | August 2018

Spoke to Twitter (and all around) fav Amani Bin Shikhan (Toronto based writer and director) for the fifth installment of her special edition column Life Balms on Healthline.com, reflecting on what gets us through—in this case, thinking about care, its practice, and its necessity. A conversation I was happy to have and to keep going! Read the whole interview here.

illustration by Ruth Basagoitia

illustration by Ruth Basagoitia

image by Juan Pablo Rahal

image by Juan Pablo Rahal

Cosmic Commons | 5.12.18

In an evening of imagining new realities and deep diving into the multiverse with You Are Here, I share the first iteration of Piti Placing: Small Relations—an exploration of the possibilities of relation when the rules of engagement shift. People are welcome to consider their own relations and make renewed commitments to themselves and those in their care. How do you place yourself in your daily life? In your community? In the lives of those you love?

Publicly Complex | 4.21.18

Back in Providence for another round of Publicly Complex, the reading series now in its 10th year, at Ada Books. Bringing Teaches of Peaches back to where she started with a few other zine companions in tow. Sold out of copies at the reading, but Teaches of Peaches is still available online at The Atlas Review. Purchase a copy and I'll mail you an additional zine!


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Lost & Found: Summer 2017 Art Inquiry Guide | Spring 2018

For arts educators and youth serving organizations, a resource guide compiling activities from my summer as a scholar and mentor at New Urban Arts' Summer 2017 Art Inquiry program. The guide is available for free download at newurbanarts.org.

End to Avoid Damage | 3.26.18 + 3.27.18

People have been watching the moon and the stars since the beginning of time. When living through apocalypse, what becomes a moon? What is a star? What planet remains? What planet reveals itself to be inhabitable? And who can you live with? End to Avoid Damage is a play about friendship and the laundry list of things to be done as a world comes to its end. A specially commissioned play for Westmont College, directed by Theatre Arts student Karly Kuntz.

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Teaches of Peaches: a Preview | Online Now

"The book sets itself up through the lyric urgency of a poem and the sober reportage of the essay," say the dream-makers at The Atlas Review, who interviewed me and released a trailer for Teaches of Peaches. Check out the book's preview online

"DE: ...I just want to work hard at being a person who is fully alive in a world that is not betting on that, because of a history of turning people into capital..." -Read more on love, capitalism, and cats here!

Each Body is a Miracle | Fall 2017

This fall I'm launching Each Body is a Miracle, my residency project with Haiti Cultural Exchange. Stationed in East Flatbush, my play Good Blood will serve as a catalyst to researching health issues of Haitian residents in the area. As the character Yves says, "And yet each body is a miracle: the dust we came from; the specs of dust we are, to which we shall return. My God, live! You must practice." I'm looking forward to practicing in and with East Flatbush this fall. Check out the press release for more information and keep up with the project on my (one of many) blogs


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FLEA FRIDAYS | 9.29.17

Moved back home in perfectly poetic time with this question from the first ever Flea Fridays: What does home mean to you? I'll attempt to answer with poems and essays from Teaches of Peaches (now available to order) as I join a bill of talented homebound artists including Rebecca Rad + Starr Busby, Julia Anrather, and The Lobbyists. Flea Fridays are curated and directed by Lilleth Glimcher.

TEACHES OF PEACHES | Available for PRE-ORDER September 2017

"Grief is a cat named Peaches." Shaking with excitement for the release of Teaches of Peaches, my chapbook of essays and poems, a winner of the 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. Of the collection, Desiree Bailey says: "In her writing, we hear the footfalls of Dionne Brand and Édouard Glissant. We hear her movements through Haiti, Brooklyn and New England, in body and imagination." Pre-order during September (link here) for FREE shipping!



HaitI CULTURAL EXCHANGE: LAKOU nou Residency | Summer-Fall 2017

My return to Brooklyn kicks off in perfectly poetic fashion with an artist residency with Haiti Cultural Exchange. As a 2017 Lakou NOU artist, I'll be working with community members in East Flatbush, listening and learning about community needs and creating an artistic project in response. Visit HCX's website for more info on my fellow Lakou NOU artists: Glenda Lezeau, Jasmine Plantin, and Nubian Nene who will be working with communities in Carnarsie, Flatbush, and Crown Heights, respectively. Flatbush, I'm coming home! See you in the yard! 


The list is here! I am thrilled to be featured as an Honorable Mention on the 2017 Kilroys List. Congratulations to all the women writers featured on this year's list and shouts to the Kilroys for continuing to fight for gender parity in theater.


Writers in Action | 4.22.17 + 4.24.17

So very excited for the inaugural Flea Theater/Brown University Project Residency featuring new work by myself (Good Blood) and Carlos Sirah (The Utterances). 

Good Blood (directed by Lilleth Glimcher) follows the story of a Haitian family living in Brooklyn and their sudden return to Haiti. From the journey of immigrants to the spread of a global epidemic, Good Blood crosses language, time, and an ocean as it questions the contracts we make, the conditions we live under, and what it means to reach for a love that might outlive you. 

The Utterances (directed by Marina McClure): After a large-scale ecological disaster, coupled with The War that Settled Dust, were-citizens of The City, now fugitive from home and land, seek out alternative territories in order to (re)build, (re)member, and (re)name. 

Visit writingislive.com for more info.

Publicly Complex | 4.8.17

Poetics of Relation come to life when I link up with fellow mermaid lover Desiree C. Bailey for the latest edition of Publicly Complex at Ada Books in Providence (#westsidebestside). Between the two of us we've got at least three poems about the sea.


Anthology Vol. 18 | 4.5.17

April 5 begins the season of "final rounds" with my last time presenting at Anthology, a reading/performance series for graduate students from Brown + RISD. I'll be presenting a reading of a very short play called Blame the Season, which will performed at Westmont College's Hive Festival this spring. 


Explosions from the Other Canon | 2.24.17 + 2.25.17

I collaborate with Marcel Mascaro for a reflective response to Adrienne Kennedy's An Evening with Dead Essex for Explosions from the Other Canon, curated by the brilliant Kate Bergstrom, a multimedia event exploring plays written by women that have been assembled into "The Other Canon."