Cassandra Troyan is a writer whose work demarcates space for interventions in the spheres of theory, politics, and culture. They are the author of three books: THRONE OF BLOOD (Solar Luxuriance 2013), BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED (Tiny Hardcore Press 2014/Civil Coping Mechanisms 2016), KILL MANUAL (Artifice Books 2014) and two chapbooks, HATRED OF WOMEN (Solar Luxuriance 2014) and A THEORY IN TEARS (ANNOTATIONS & CASES FOR FREEDOM & PROSTITUTION) (Kenning Editions 2016). Their writing or interviews have appeared in The New Inquiry, Social Text Online, Chicago Review, Entropy Mag, Shifter Magazine, Elderly, ARMED CELL, Full Stop, Tripwire, Splinter Mag, Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry, and Harriet: The Blog at Poetry Foundation. From 2010-2015 they curated the reading and performance series ARTIFICIAL EAR with numerous friends and collaborators in Chicago, IL where they also received their MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago.
They have presented, performed, or screened their work at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA); The University of Toronto’s “Sex Salon” at the Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies; Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years at SUNY-University at Buffalo NY; Capitalism, Crisis and Ideology lecture series at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales; Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory in Utrecht, NL; Stanford Humanities Center at Stanford University; Perdu Literary Foundation in Amsterdam, NL; The Poetry Project, NY; Chicago Poets’ Theater Festival, with retrospectives at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, NY and at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco, CA. In fall of 2016 they were a Writer in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. Currently, they live in Kalmar, Sweden and teach theory, creative/critical writing practices, and collaborative/performative interventions in the Department of Design at Linnaeus University.
Article, review/survey (Refereed)
Article in journal (Other academic)
- Troyan, C. (2018). Matriarkat, andra historier och motstånd bortom kvinnoförtryck. Subaltern. II. 143-152.
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Troyan, C. (2019). Reclaiming Abolition : Sex Worker Solidarity and Intersectional Organizing. Historical Materialism. Claps of Thunder: Disaster communism, extinction capitalism and how to survive tomorrow : Sixteenth annual conference, Central London, 7-10 November 2019.