Iris Cushing is a New York-based writer born in Tarzana, CA. She is a contemporary folk poet in the Troubador tradition, creating ritual narratives by way of utterance and lyric or song, which aim to amplify the eroticism and ecology of performance. Cushing’s works and appearances include Friday Night Reading Series, St. Marks Poetry Project (2013); Poet’s Sampler, The Boston Review (2012); and How A Picture Grows a World, published by Galeria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence, Italy (2010).

Cushing’s award and residencies include Artist-in-Residence Program, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (2011); Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program–NEA Grant Recipient, Byrdcliffe Artists’ Colony, NY (2010); Artist-in-Residence Program, Byrdcliffe Artists’ Colony, NY (2009); and Artist Residence Program, Salem Art Works, NY (2007). She received her B.A. from Prescott College and M.F.A. from Columbia University.