Marion Apollo Deal is a 19-year-old researcher who chases emergent things from monasteries to Jim Morrison’s grave. Ze is the author of the poetry chapbook Cool Talks, Dead I Guess, which was published in 2020 by Bone & Ink Press. Hir poetry chapbook, Oracle, is available as a disappearing publication on Really Serious Literature's Instagram account, @rlysrslit, for the duration of COVID’s disruption. Ze is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Messiah's Customary Diner Booth, forthcoming in spring 2021 from Unsolicited Press.
A three-time winner of the National YoungArts contest and a recipient of national recognition from the Alliance for Young Artists, hir essays and translation received an American Vision Medal in 2018 and were longlisted for the Young Poets Network 2019 translation challenge in 2019. Deal is the recipient of a Research and Innovation grant and a Meliora Scholars fellowship from the University of Rochester. Hir poems and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Tupelo Press, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, The Seventh Quarry (UK), Lunch Ticket, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere.
Deal has performed hir work in French, Italian, and English at venues from a Shandong Province mountain range to the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and is a proud poetry whore at Paris' Le Bordel de la Poésie. Hir performative collaborations across disciplines include a theatrical duet with director Margherita Scalise as the featured performer at Milan's Salumeria Poetry Slam and a performance art piece incorporating kung fu and a jazz quartet at 2019's National YoungArts Week. Ze was selected as a featured poet for Tupelo Press' December 2019 30/30 challenge.
Deal is currently knitting a golden braid of neuroscience, poetics, translation, and Buddhist philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester. Hir research focuses on emergent systems and the use of language in ritual and revolution.