Silk Poems Book Launch curated by Mairéad Byrne and Lucy Hitchcock
The Graphic Design Commons, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
October 3, 2017
Panel: Translation as Reflections of Intimacy
ALTA40 Conference: Reflections/Refractions
Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 7, 2017
Tactile Language Exhibition Opening & Reading
Woodland Pattern
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 11, 2017
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
October 16–18, 2017
Reading: Jen Bervin, Karla Kelsey, and Celina Su
McNally Jackson Books
New York, New York
October 23, 2017
Readings in the Archive: Silk Poems
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
October 26, 2017
Artisterium10: Ravel/Unravel
The State Silk Museum
Tbilisi, Georgia
November 4, 2017
Wonder: 50 Years of RISD Glass Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Gregory Volk, Jen Bervin, Tavares Strachan, and Stefanie Pender
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, New York
November 13, 2017
Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Jen Bervin and Bernadette Mayer
Dia Art Foundation
New York, New York
November 14, 2017
Silk Poems Exhibition Opening & Reading
New York, New York
November 16, 2017
Artist Talk
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA in Glass
Providence, Rhode Island
December 6, 2017
Artist Talk & Reading
Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
December 8, 2017
Readings & Conversation: Jen Bervin & Matthew Goulish
Seminary Coop Bookstore
Chicago, Illinois
February 3, 2018


SETI Artist in Residence
Mountain View, CA
Vermont Studio Center Writing Program Residency
Johnson, Vermont
September 6–11, 2018
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Artist in Residence, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
January 8–March 24, 2018


Curated by Lydia Matthews, Magda Guruli, and Chuka Kuprava
Tbilisi, Georgia
November 4–14, 2017
Woodland Pattern
Tactile Language
Curated by Michael Wendt
Milwaukee, WI
October 11, 2017–December 3, 2017
Silk Poems Collaboration with Poet and Visual Artist Jen Bervin and Founder and Designer Cristina Gitti
Curated by Theresa di Scianni
New York, NY
November 16–December 8, 2017
Des Moines Art Center
Jen Bervin: River
Curated by Alison Ferris
Des Moines, Iowa
October 2018–January 2019

Recent Publications

Silk Poems
Poetry / Artist Book by Jen Bervin
Nightboat Books, 2017
Emily Dickinson: Envelope Poems
Hardcover book by Marta Werner & Jen Bervin, Eds.
New Directions and Christine Burgin, 2016
Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
Exhibition catalogue by Denise Markonish, with Lawrence Weschler, Sean Foley, Maria Popova, Jill Tarter, Mary Ruefle, Sam Green, and others
Prestel, 2016
Threads Talk Series
Anthology by Steve Clay, Kyle Schlesinger, eds.
Granary Books & Cuneiform Press, 2016
Draft Notation
Poetry / Artist Book by Jen Bervin
Granary Books, 2014
Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings
Hardcover book by Marta Werner & Jen Bervin, Eds.
Christine Burgin and New Directions, 2013
The Art of Typewriting
Anthology by Marvin and Ruth Sackner, eds.
Thames and Hudson, 2015
The New Concrete
Anthology by Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe, eds.
Hayward Publishing, 2015
The &Now Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing
Anthology by Megan Milks, ed.
&NOW Books, 2015
Excursus I-IV
Exhibition sourcebook by Alex Klein
Institute of Contemporary Art, 2014
Reprint: Appropriation (&) Literature
Anthology by Annette Gilbert, ed.
Luxbooks Kult, Berlin, 2014
Shakespeare in America
Anthology by James Shapiro, ed.
The Library of America, 2014
The Funk & Wag from A to Z
Mel Chin; Poetry edited by Nick Flynn
Yale University Press, 2014


Silk Poems: Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

"In this skillfully constructed and conceptually arresting book-length poem, poet and artist Bervin probes the intersections of language and biological form...Bervin’s inspired
interdisciplinary work is one of her finest achievements." 

Artist in Residence at Northwestern University

Jen Bervin will be a 2018 Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. 

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship

Jen Bervin was awarded a Mandarin Oriental Arts Fellowship for upcoming work in Suzhou, China. The Asian Cultural Council advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchanges that nurture the talents of individual artists and scholars in Asia and the United States.

Selected Press

Jen Bervin’s work has been covered in national and international publications and media outlets such as NPR, The Nation, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, The New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, Hyperallergic, and The New Yorker.

Jen Bervin: Artist as Researcher
Stuart Kestenbaum, Make/Time Podcast
October 17, 2017
Bervin’s Nanoscale Ode to the Silkworm
Simone Solondz, RISD News + Events
October 6, 2017
Review: Silk Poems by Jen Bervin
Publishers Weekly
August 18, 2017
Art + Engineering Interview: Jen Bervin
Susy Bielak, Block Museum
February 14, 2017
Art + Engineering: Jen Bervin on her poetic and material influences
Abigail Kamen, NU Block Museum
June 7, 2017
R23 Interview: Jen Bervin
Rauschenberg Residency
February 2017
An Interview with Jen Bervin
Henry Ace Knight, Asymptote Journal
Spring 2017 Issue
Emily Dickinson's Singular Scrap Poetry
Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker
December 5, 2016
Jen Bervin and Dianna Frid
Artist to Artist Interview, BOMB
Issue 137, Fall 2016 Print Issue
Artist Inserts a Poem Into Silk Biosensors
Christina Cerqueira, Al Jazeera Plus (AJ+)
June 6, 2016
Venture Philanthropy for the Arts, for Innovation
Ruby Lerner, Stanford Social Innovation Review
May 31, 2016
An Artist Nano-Printed a Poem That Can Live Inside Your Body
Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
May 19, 2016
Jen Bervin Mixes Poetry with Cutting-Edge Medical Technology
Jenny Gill, Creative Capital - The Lab
May 19, 2016
I’m a Big Fan of the Joyful Solution
Darren Higgins, Numéro Cinq
April 3, 2015
Talk of the Town: Back of the Envelope
Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker
January 27, 2014