Paul Smith

Paul Smith
Paul Smith is a writer, performance artist/ dancer, certified yoga instructor and librarian living in Houston TX. He has been a featured reader in several past public readings of the Houston International Poetry Festival and was published in their journals.

He has an extensive background in dance and performance art. From performing at the Magnolia Ballroom in the 1980’s as part of the New Music American Festival to performing at Diverse Works and in Austin sponsored by the National Performance Network and at the historic Judson Church in Manhattan through the New Movement Research Center in 1995. He has also worked with Deborah Hay (recently performing at the Menil Collection’s Richmond Hall in a site-specific piece by Deborah Hay on the Dan Flavin installation in the building as part of the Silence exhibition), and at the Houston Fringe Festival in 2010 at the FrenetiCore Theatre. He was chosen for a small independent fellowship performing a piece in the city historical library in Zurich, Switzerland.

He has a long history of experimental writing and participation in local poetry events. His performances also influence his literary work as he is interested in the notion of the “performativity” of language and also structures his work conceptually as he would movement for a performance. He also “designs” his writings informed by the Sanskrit poetic notion of resonance or dhvani, which implies that poetic pleasure arises in part because of language’s transcendence or rupture of its ordinary usages. He is an avid student of Abhinavagupta’s writings and aesthetic theories and of the key texts of Trika or Kashmir Saivism for over 15 years.

 


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