Tisa Bryant (Faculty) is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays on black presences in film, literature and visual arts, and co-editor of the cross-referenced literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project, which released its final book, Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, in Fall 2017.   She was a commissioned writer/archival researcher for Radio Imagination, a year-long Los Angeles celebration of science fiction writer Octavia Butler, sponsored by Los Angeles-based arts organization, Clockshop, in collaboration with the Huntington Library in Pasadena, where Butler’s papers are held.  In addition to recent performances and talks with film, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Body Forms: Queer Writing and the Essay, Flesh, Lana Turner, Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/ Radical WRITING, and in exhibition catalogs for Cauleen Smith, Sam Durant, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and MADE IN L.A.: 2018.  She is working on The Curator, a novel of Black female subjectivity and imagined cinema, and on Residual, writings on grief, longing, desire and archival research, forthcoming from Nightboat Books.  She is Director of the Creative Writing Program at CalArts, where she teaches fiction, nonfiction, and experimental forms.  She lives in Los Angeles.