SUSANNAH PATRICE MORSE



Gramarye
Land of Lo-Fi
Experimental Shorts
TEXTWord / Image
Research

NEWS






M.Phil with Distinction. University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall. Faculty of Education: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Supervised by Maria Nikolajeva. Thesis: Summoning Fantasy: The Real Magic of The Dark Is Rising Sequence. 2014.

A. B. with honors. Harvard University. Department of Visual and Environmental Studies: Film and Video. Supervised by Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti, Elisabeth Subrin, Ross McElwee. Thesis: Ashore. 2004.


Blue Mountain Center residency (poetry). 2018.
Vermont Studio Center
, Swan Fellowship (painting and writing). 2017.
Headlands Center for the Arts
Affiliate Artist (writing). 2015/2016.
University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, Bateman Scholar (research). 2014.
MacDowell Colony
fellow (film). 2013.
Fleishhacker Foundation grant (film). 2009.
Jerome Foundation media grant (film). 2008.
Harvard Film Study Center, Fellow in the Nonfiction Workshop (film). 2007/2008.
Harvard University, Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (film). 2007.


2020-present. What Cheer Writers Club. Program Associate. Providence, Rhode Island.

2020. Frequency Writers. Instructor. "Child Selves, Writer Selves" workshop. Providence, Rhode Island.

2018-present. Books on the Square. Bookseller. Providence, Rhode Island.

2011-2019. Question Why Films. Associate Producer and Outreach Associate for Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), a documentary feature on the late writer and activist, directed by Nancy Kates; broadcast by HBO. Special Jury Mentions at Tribeca and Frameline; FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production. Additional roles: archival researcher, curriculum writer, assistant editor, production assistant. Berkeley, California.

2007-2012. Tallinger Films. Co-Director/Producer of Elwood Snock & The Land of Lo-Fi, a documentary feature on outsider musician and artist Michael Hurley. Bolinas, California.

2006-2008. Harvard University. Teaching Assistant in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Fundamentals of Video (Fall 2006, 2007, Spring 2006); Non-fiction Video (Fall 2006, 2007); Personal Documentary (Spring 2006). Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2006-2008. Acadia Summer Arts Program. Producer, Editor, Videographer, and Archivist of lectures by 200+ resident artists; directed by Marion Stroud. Mount Desert Island, Maine.



Gramarye (Director/Producer/Writer). An experimental 16mm film essay and digital publication on the creative process of children's fantasy author Susan Cooper, tracing the path of a reader, a writer, and a fantasy sequence across the landscapes of childhood and into the fleeting, magical realms of imagination. 65 min, b/w reversal and color; interactive film streaming and interpretive texts. Scalar digital publishing. Supported by The MacDowell Colony, The Jerome Foundation, The Harvard Film Study Center, Cambridge Children's Literature Research Center, and The Center for Independent Documentary. In progress.

Put Your Heart In Water. (Writer/Illustrator/Bookbinder). Collection of essays, poems, drawings, paintings, and fantasy in handbound editions with accompanying visual exhibit and performances. Supported by Blue Mountain Center, The Swan Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. In progress. Featuring:

The River Witch. Narrative poem in picturebook form with ink on paper, paratexts, and a rounded back binding. A fantasy in waves and washed up fragments from the north Pacific shore. Performed.

The Painter and the Bird. Illustrated novella with oil-based charcoal pencil drawings and a full cloth binding. A small boy in love with the birds. A girl who learns to fly. Two red and beating hearts. Performed.

Portage. Fall essays from Portage Lake, Minnesota, on landscape history, solitude, and the 1930s-era family cabin across five years of artistic creation and discovery. Includes the painted essay Waiting for the Snow.

Illustrated essays "Put Your Heart In Water" (gouache paintings), "Light Journal" (papercut scroll), and "The Murre" (charcoal drawings).

Porcupine Box (Artist/Writer/Bookbinder). Handbound box and artist book with illustrated essay "Shooting Porcupines"; contributions by Marco Lean, Joyce Nojima, and Erin Wilson. Oil-based charcoal pencil drawings, photographs, clippings, birchbark, porcupine quills. Exhibited with Round Table Postal Collage Project No. 7 and Retrospective. Berkeley, California. 2018.

Elwood Snock & The Land of Lo-Fi (Co-Director/Producer). A documentary feature traveling with outsider musician and artist Michael Hurley across the peripheries of America and into a land of his own creation. Directed and produced with Lisa Foti-Straus; animated by Drew Christie. 74 min (unreleased). 2012.

Ashore (Director). An experimental video based on the selchie legends of Scotland and Ireland. Screened at the Harvard Film Archive, 10 min. 2004.

Storybook (Director). Video picturebook on love and artistic creation, 7 min. 2003.
Asleep (Director). Experimental video narrative on a woman trapped in ice, 7 min. 2003.
Kate's (Co-Director). 16mm documentary on a mystery bookstore owner, 5 min. 2002.
Light Journal (Director). 16mm experimental study of light on film, 3 min. 2002.
The Fam (Director). Personal documentary video, 10 min. 2002.


Regarding Susan Sontag Curriculum Guide. Twenty media-rich lessons in art and activism for high school, college, and community use. Featuring video modules, texts by Susan Sontag, historical and contemporary resources, and extensive student activities. Written with Nancy Kates. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. 2020.

Summoning Fantasy: The Real Magic of The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Immanence, intimate time-space and the magic of creativity in radical post-war fantasy. University of Cambridge, M.Phil Thesis: Distinction. Faculty of Education Library. 2014.

"Wild Lands and Impossible Stories: Reader Responses to a Distant Picturebook Place." Literary analysis of Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews and Ian Wallace, supported by empirical research. University of Cambridge: Distinction. Faculty of Education Library. 2014.

"A Visual Poetics of Childhood: Palette, Image and Memory in Tove Jansson's Sculptor's Daughter and The Summer Book." 2013.


Round Table Postal-Collage Project No. 7 and Retrospective. Group exhibition. Berkeley, California. 2018.

Headlands Center for the Arts. Performances and Readings of The River Witch (July 26, 2015; Feb. 1, 2016), The Painter and the Bird, (Oct. 25, 2015; Feb. 1, 2016; April 17, 2016; April 24, 2016) and “Light Journal” (April 17, 2016). Work-in-progress screenings of Gramarye (Oct. 25, 2015).

University of Michigan, Department of English. Invited speaker to "Documentary and Investigative Poetry" graduate poetry seminar with screening from Gramarye. 2014.

Trinity College Dublin, "Gods of the Wild: Numinous figures of land and sea in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising," Green Man/Wild Man in Children's Culture Conference. 2012.

Bookbinding: Leather and cloth bindings, certified by the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Visual Arts: Graphite, charcoal pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache.
Layout and Design: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver; Scalar publishing.
Production: 16mm Bolex, Aton; professional camcorders and DSLRs; sound recording.
Postproduction: 16mm flatbed; Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid.


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Susannah Patrice Morse filming the Dyfi Estuary for Gramarye. Panorama Walk, Aberdyfi, Wales.