Anna Joy Springer

M.F.A. (Brown)

Associate Professor of Writing

Primary Office: LIT 448
Primary Phone: (858) 534-3068

Director: MFA Program in Writing
Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award Winner, 2010
Recipient of UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UCSD Hellman Fellow

Writing of Fiction, Hybrid Forms, and Graphic Texts

Anna Joy Springer received her M.F.A in Literary Arts from Brown University. Teaching and writing interests include: graphic texts (including sculptural poetry, intermedia installations, digital literatures, and comics), punk rock, feminist ethics, non-traditional literary structures, and radical literary arts pedagogies.

Distinguished Teaching Award -- fall, 2010

Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Visual Arts and Performance -- spring, 2013


The Birdwisher, Birds of Lace Press, December, 2009

The Vicious Red Relic, Love, Jaded Ibis Press, August 2011

Selected Recent Graphic Texts, Short Stories, Essays, and Memoir

"Kathy Acker’s Mystickle Snail and Bone Pedagogy; or, My Cannibble Entreaty Dear," Encyclopedia, edited by Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis, and Kate Schatz, spring 2006.

"The Blackbird II," "The Crow," and "The Swan II," (From Thieves with Tiny Eyes, novel in progress) LTTR 4 Do You Wish To Direct Me?), edited by Ulrike Mueller, K8 Hardy, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Emily Roysdon, Printed Matter, Inc., fall 2005.

"The Forest of Clashing Erotics," (from novel in progress, The Vicious Red Relic, Love, C.1 page 107), Sidebrow digital journal, winter 2006.

"The Forest of Clashing Erotics," (from novel in progress, The Vicious Red Relic, Love), C.1. page 107, Sidebrow 1 2008 Anthology, at press - October 2008 (print, perfect bound version of #13 above)

"My Pride and Broken Buzzers," Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About A Changing Industry, Ed. Tara Perkins, Seal Press, winter 2007.

Excerpts from The Vicious Red Relic, Love, from Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing #18, "Utopia Means Nowhere," Ed. Peggy Munson, winter, 2007.

"Forests" and "Inanna", (solicited excerpts from The Vicious Red Relic, Love) Encyclopedia F-K, edited by Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis, and Kate Schatz, fall 2008. (Accepted)

"Pneumonic Devices" ArtXX: Women in Art, Issue 1, edited by Francesca Austin Ochoa, fall 2008.

"The Mafia Man in Two Voices" [out of nothing] electronic magazine, Winter 2009, ed. Janice Lee, Eric Lindley, and Joe Milazzo

"Metamorphabulous", introduction to The Evolutionary Revolution by Lily Hoang, Les Figues Press, 2010.

"Slime Mold as Power Animal" Facillitate This ed. EE Miller, Fall 2010; available at

"The Seagull," "The Vulture," "The Lark," "The Albatross," and "The Peacock." (From Thieves with Tiny Eyes, novel in progress Thieves With Tiny Eyes) Joyland, edited by Matt Timmons (July, 2011).

"Variations on a Theme: The Ruling Class Rules for Realism," Eleven Eleven 12 Winter 2012

"Thieves Rebus" NAP 2.9, Ed. by Janey Smith, Aug, 2012.

"The Forest of Despots’ Daughters," a rebus. Pank (LGBTQ Issue), Guest edited by Tim Jones-Yelvington (Fall 2012).

"Identity as Encounter: I as Thou in Discontinuous Memoir," essay. Bombay Gin Literary Magazine 39.1 (Feb. 2013)

"CONNIE SAMARAS: ORACLE APOSTATE" for the artist book Tales of Tomorrow for survey show at The Armory in Pasadena, (Armory Press, Pasadena, May 2013. DAP, NYC, Distributor).

"Identity as Encounter: I as Thou in Discontinuous Memoir", Bombay Gin 39.1, edited by J’Lyn Chapman (Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2013).

"Diagetic" No More Potlucks 32: Perform, Edited by Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee, Winter, 2014.

"Even if it’s Bad: Eileen Myles and Anna Joy Springer In Conversation," No More Potlucks 34: Failure, edited by Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee Spring 2014.

"On Trigger Warnings," Entropy with CAConrad, Jos A. Charles, Sarah Schulman, Aishah Sahidah Simmons, moderated by Megan Milks, April, 2014. "Part I: In the Creative Writing Classroom"; "Part II: Generational Tensions"; "Part III: Disability and Accommodation"

"Variations On A [Fucked] Theme: The Ruling-Class Rules For Realism," The &Now Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, edited Megan Milks, &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press, March, 2015.

Thieves Rebus (Paintings 1-4), Encyclopedia Volume 3 (L-Z) edited by Tisa Bryant and Miranda Mellis, Spring, 2015.

Excerpt from The Vicious Red Relic, Love. (pps. 15-20) The Americas Anthology of New Writings: From Patagonia to Nunavut, edited by Peter Grandbois, Texas Tech University Press, 2015.

"Windows Let In Light" (Excerpt from Art in Heaven) Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature 8, Ed. Ellen Redbird, Pyriform Press, Fall 2015.


ARTICLE : San Diego Union Tribune (July 8, 2010)

ARTICLE: in Word Riot by David Hoenegman (June 2010)

INTERVIEWS: Gimme Something Better;
(January 2010)

INTERVIEW, video: "From the Back of the Room," (September 2011)

ARTICLE: "XX hardcore: Female punks step out From the Back of the Room in new doc" in San Francisco Bay Guardian in November 2011 Emily Savage at (November 2011)

INTERVIEW: "Love, Trauma, Loss, and Forgiveness" with Tt Jax of the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, April 2012.

INTERVIEW, video: The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Andersen, March 2013.

INTERVIEW, video: Grrrl (the short version), directed by Vega Darling, September 2013.

INTERVIEW: "Author Interview With Anna Joy Springer" with Lisa O’Neil The Dictionary Project, January 2013.

INTERVIEW: "The Lightening Room With Anna Joy Springer" with Roxanne Gay, Pank Magazine, February, 2013.

INTERVIEW, video: East Bay: By the Punx, For the Punx, About the Punx, executive-produced by the band Green Day and co-produced and directed by Corbett Redford, to be released in 2015.

Staged or Filmed Writing for Performance and Installation

"Plaything One." Excerpt from Art in Heaven. Nerve Lantern, edited by Ellen Redbird, spring 2003

"The Tuba’s Monologue." Excerpt from Art in Heaven. Brown University New Plays Festival, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2002

"The Tuba’s Monologue." Excerpt from Art in Heaven. New Media Installation and Panel, "Remixing: Sound/Body/Performance," Center for Research in the Computer Arts, University of California at San Diego, May 2002

"The Tuba’s Monologue." Excerpt from Art in Heaven. Geisel Arts Library’s Paper Theater Festival, University of California at San Diego August 2002

Plaything. Filmed and adapted "The Tuba’s Monologue" excerpt from Art in Heaven. "Up the Downside" - A Night of Short Films, Capitol Theater, Olympia, Washington, September 2002

"We Longed," Finery Issue 4: At Play. Ed. Gina Abelkop, Birds of Lace Press, fall 2007. Hand-bound Limited Edition of 100

"Inside Voice Oracle," performance for Both Sides and the Center at the MAK Center Schindler House, Los Angeles, CA.

"Explanation as Composition Audio Tour," in collaboration with Aimee Bender, Allison Carter, Mark Z. Danielewski, Carribean Fragoza, Veronica Gonzalez, Janice Lee, Harryette Mullen, Janet Sarbanes, Anna Joy Springer and Stephen Van Dyck, Mar. 2012. Archived at:

Selected Recent Literary Performances and Public Appearances

Book Release and Press party for Birds of Lace at Mommy!Mommy! in LA April 2010

Featured Reader at "Contemporary Women’s Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies"

Website: - Third Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network In collaboration with San Diego State University, July 7-9, 2010.

Performance at Silverlake Street Fair for Les Figues Press -- Personal Metaphors via Augury

Performance at Porchlight Reading Series for Gimme Something Better (link to vid) Litquake, San Francisco, Oct 7, 2009

Reunion show for Gr’ups June 4, 2010 Gilman Street Project, Berkeley CA

The Vicious Red Relic, Love. Guest Artist Reading at CSU Summer Arts held on the Fresno State campus, July, 2012.

"Both Sides and the Center," a weekend summer literary festival at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, California, August, 2012. (

The Vicious Red Relic, Love. Guest Artist Reading for "Wordfest" at Fresno State University, with Claudia Rankine and Tom Bissell.

"Explanation as Composition." Part 3 of the Not Content series of text projects (in three parts) curated by Les Figues Press at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) (January and March 2012).

AWP Panel: Fata Morgana: Literature Spread Thick as a (Re)flex(i-on) of Technology and Time with Jane L. Carman, Debra Di Blasi, Steve Tomasula, Annand Janice Lee. (February 2012)

AWP Panel: Building and Surviving an Innovative Writing Program with K. Lorraine Graham and John Pluecker, Janet Sarbanes, and Mark Wallace. (February 2012)

The Vicious Red Relic, Love at the Festival of the Arts 2012, at California State University Sacramento with Tisa Bryant and Trinh T. Minh-Ha. (April 2012)

The Vicious Red Relic, Love at the 12th Annual Juniper Literary Festival, UMass Amherst. (April 2012)

The Vicious Red Relic, Love Framingham State University, Framingham, MA (April 2012)

Bluestockings, NY, New York (April 15, 2012) (

Vicious/Daughter Book Tour with Janice Lee (August 2012)

DG Wills, La Jolla, CA (September 22, 2012), (

The Vicious Red Relic, Love reading. CalArts MFA Writing Program Visiting Artist Series, Valencia, CA (October 4, 2012)

"Auctioneer" (Performance) Les Figues Auction, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA (20009-2012)

&Now Festival at University of Colorado, Boulder (September, 2013)

-Performance & panel: "The Queer Heart" with Matias Viegener moderator) Brian Blanchfield, Kevin Killian, and Melissa Buzzeo.

-Performance & panel: "Arcane Profane" with Leon Baham, Lucy Corin, Naima Lowe, and Miranda Mellis.

"Traum und Trauma" reading at Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles, CA (October 5, 2013)

Blatz (reunion), performance, 926 Gilman, Berkeley, CA (December 26-7, 2013)

"Q.E.D. II - The Presence of Absence," moderator of discussion with Matias Viegener, Tisa Bryant, and Catherine Lorde at the MAK Center Schindler House in West Hollywood, CA (March 12, 2013)

"Community Speculators -- Queers, Aliens, Time, Space, Love, Labor and Value," a reading and talk for Connie Samaras’ solo show and book release of Tales of Tomorrow, Armory Center For Arts, Pasadena, CA (May 19, 2013)

Talk on "Perverse Expressionism in Women’s Comics and my rebus project, Thieves Rebus: Experimental Drawing Studio, UCSD (February 12, 2014)

AWP Conference Seattle (February, 2014)

-Talk and Panel "Magic and the Intellect" with Lucy Corin, Rikki Ducornet, and Kate Bernheimer

-Talk and Panel "The Peculiar Yesterday: The Memoir Today," with Cris Mazza, Jane LaForge, and Dawn Raffel

"A Spectacle and Nothing Strange" performance for Eve Fowler with Chris Tysh (March 8, 2014)

"Diagetic" reading at Pieter PASD, Los Angeles, CA with Maggie Nelson and Laurie Weeks (March 16, 2014)

Vicious Red Relic, Love and Thieves’ Rebus reading. Cal State San Marcos (April 17, 2014)

"Les Figues Press Annual Summer Solstice Party," performance and ritual. The other featured performers were Dodie Bellamy and Sandra Doller (June 21, 2014)