Fall 2021 Welcome from the Arts Research Center

Fall 2021: Coexistence 

Welcome to another school year here at Berkeley! As we figure out how to navigate in-person instruction and confront the vagaries of the Delta variant, our public events this semester will all be virtual; I’m excited to share them with campus and the broader community. Please click on our events link above. In the meantime, the Poetry and the Senses Fellows are workshopping here at the Center, our advisory board and affiliate faculty will continue to offer us their wisdom and guidance, and our 20-Year Annual Report annual report will go live. It’s a privilege to sub in for Julia Bryan-Wilson this term and to help continue the momentum of arts research here at Berkeley. I hope you’ll join us for virtual events, keep in touch, and let us know what kinds of ARC programs and resources would be the most meaningful to you.

In solidarity,
Chiyuma Elliott
Associate Professor
African American Studies Department
Acting Director, Arts Research Center


ARC and Engaging the Senses Foundation Featured in DREAM


ARC is thrilled that our partnership with Engaging the Senses Foundation and our Poetry & the Senses initiative is a feature in California Arts Council’s premier new arts & culture magazine, DREAM!

From CAC: The annual publication features voices and stories from across the state, sharing a glimpse into the depth of impact of creativity and cultural expression in a region as large and diverse as California. The premier issue… explores what it means to dream, introducing artists and culture bearers from communities throughout the state. 

Please check out our pages here, and enjoy the richness of this beautiful new publication! For more information about CAC’s new initiative, or to submit for their next issue, please visit them here.


Welcoming our Poetry & the Senses Fall 2021 Cohort!

ARC congratulates our third cohort of fellows as we continue to explore Poetry & the Senses!

The ARC Fellows Program advances interdisciplinary research in the arts at UC Berkeley. During fall 2021 and spring 2022, our fellows program will focus on Poetry & the Senses, centered around the theme of coexistence. This unique and horizontal working group brings together faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and local poets involved in a wide range of disciplines, encompassing poetry in its broadest forms.

Please help us welcome our Fall 2021 Poetry Fellows and read more about them here.


Revisit Poetry & the Senses’ Spring 2021 Flash Reading Series

In these continued changing times, ARC took the idea of a poetry festival and spread it out over a semester, online. During National Poetry Month—April 2021—we piloted a new Flash Reading Series featuring 25 Bay Area community poets responding to our theme of emerge/ncy. 

In addition to larger monthly readings (here), this series extended the idea of voices we want to carry with us in imperiled times. Featured were Bay Area poets Kim Addonizio, Bahaar Ahsan, Ari Banias, William Brewer, MK Chavez, Jennifer Cheng, Sophia Dahlin, Jennifer Foerster, C.S. Giscombe, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Leena Joshi, Raina Leon,  최 Lindsay, Thea Matthews, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Brittany Perham, D.A. Powell, Barbara Reyes, Rachel Richardson, sam sax, Kim Shuck, Juliana Spahr, and D’mani Thomas.

Find their videos here.