Sep 27

Visual Interview: Casey Rocheteau

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Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. They are an author, visual/sound artist and historian living in Detroit, Michigan. Their work explores the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, trauma, body image and mental health. Rocheteau often works with primary documentation and collage in what they call a hauntological practice. This fixation upon specters of the past haunting the present and the living impact upon the future informs their work across genres. Winner of inaugural Write A House permanent residency in 2014, Rocheteau won a house with poems and is committed to a community and teaching based arts practice in Detroit.

They are a Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellow and, a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit. With Jonah Mixon-Webster,  Rocheteau founded the CTTNN Club collective in 2016. Creating the Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot in 2014, they see magic and the occult as an important part of their artistic practice. They are the managing editor of Heart Online Journal and their second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. Their writing has appeared in Apogee, The American Academy of Poets, Day One, The Offing, LitHub, Barnes and Noble Review among others. Their visual art has been displayed at Cranbrook Museum of Art and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

About The Author

Erin Dorney is a poet and cofounder of FEAR NO LIT. Based in Minnesota, she is a freelance writer and marketing consultant who covers food trends, small business, tourism, literature, and the arts. Follow Erin on Twitter at @edorney.