Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists


The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

Emily Abendroth

Emily Abendroth

2016 Visiting Fellow

Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her creative work often uses interventionist and documentary poetic strategies as exploratory tools for the investigation and “making strange” of otherwise all too familiar socio-political dynamics, relationships and intimacies. Her pieces are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Albion Press, Belladonna, Horse Less Press, Little Red Leaves, and Zumbar. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and was named a 2013 Pew Fellow in Poetry. Her poetry book ]Exclosures[ is available from Ahsahta Press. She is an active organizer with Decarcerate PA (a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania) and is co-founder of Address This! (an education and empowerment project that provides innovative, social justice correspondence courses to individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania).