Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of the poetry collection I NEED MUSIC (Action Space, 2021); Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a book of essays and interviews; the poetry collection Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016); and the chapbook Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His video works have been exhibited by Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the thirteenth Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík.
In 2021, he received a Marian Goodman fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on Black experimental documentary. He was a 2017–2019 joint public programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. Duplan was the Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day for June 2021. He is the recipient of the 2022 Whiting Award for Nonfiction.
Duplan has taught poetry at numerous institutions, including The New School, Bennington College, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College.