rikki ducornet


Rikki Ducornet

The author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, two books of essays and five books of poetry, Rikki Ducornet has received both a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award For Fiction. She has received the Bard College Arts and Letters award and, in 2008, an Academy Award in Literature. Her work is widely published abroad. Recent exhibitions of her paintings include the solo show Desirous at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2007, and the group shows: O Reverso Do Olhar in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2008, and El Umbral Secreto at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, in 2009. She has illustrated books by Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Forest Gander, Kate Bernheimer, Joanna Howard and Anne Waldman among others. Her collected papers including prints and drawings are in the permanent collection of the Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago Chile, The McMaster University Museum, Ontario, Canada, and The Biblioteque Nationale, Paris.


Brightfellow. Coffee House Press, 2016.

Netsuke. Coffee House Press, 2011; Gallimard, 2013. Blackie Books, Spanish translation, 2013. Odeon, Prague, 2013.

Gazelle. Knopf, 2003; Vintage, 2004; Gallimard, French translation, 2007; Fanucci, Italian translation, 2003.

The Fan Maker’s Inquisition. Henry Holt, 1999; Anchor, 2000; Le Serpent à Plumes, French translation, 2002; Deuticke, German translation, 2001; Planeta, Spanish translation, 2002; AST Publishers, Russian Translation, 2004.

Phosphor in Dreamland. The Dalkey Archive, 1995; Le Serpent à Plumes, French translation, 2000; Sphinx Bokforlag, Swedish translation, 2012; Gallimard, pending.

The Jade Cabinet. The Dalkey Archive, 1993.

The Fountains of Neptune. The Dalkey Archive, 1992, 2015; McClelland and Stewart, 1989.

Entering Fire. City Lights, 1986; Chatto and Windus, 1986; Deleatur, French translation, 1993; Le Serpent à Plumes, French translation, 1998; Cambourakis, Paris, 2013.

The Stain. The Dalkey Archive, 1995; Chatto and Windus, 1984; Grove Press, 1984; Borgen Forlang, Danish translation, 1986; Metaekdoti Publishers, Greek Translation, 2005; Sphinx Bokforlag, Swedish Translation, 2010.

Short Fiction

The One Marvelous Thing. The Dalkey Archive, 2008; Gallimard, pending.

The Word “Desire.” Henry Holt, 1997; The Dalkey Archive, 2005.

The Complete Butcher’s Tales. The Dalkey Archive, 1994, 1999.

The Volatalized Ceiling of Baron Munodi (illustrated by the author). Les Indes Oniriques, 1991 (includes French translation).

The Butcher’ s Tales (short version). Atlas Press, 1991.

Haddock’s Eyes (illustrated by the author). Les Editions du Fourneau, 1987.

The Butcher’s Tales (original version). Aya Press, 1980.


Cult of Seizure: reprint with additional essays. Skylight Press, Great Britain, 2012.

The Cult of Seizure. Porcupine’s Quill, 1989.

Knife Notebook. Fiddlehead, 1997.

Weird Sisters. Intermedia, 1976.

Wild geraniums. Actual Size, 1975.

From the Star Chamber. Fiddlehead, 1974.


The Deep Zoo. Coffee House, 2015.

The Monstrous and the Marvelous. City Lights, 1999.

Stone Eye Press (Publisher)

Her Bright Materials / The Art of Margie McDonald. 2014.

The Paintings of Linda Okazaki. Port Townsend, 2013.

The World in a Seed / Anne Hirondelle Sculpture. 2013.

Work Anthologized

Short. Alan Ziegler, Ed. Persea , 2014

What Will Be. Almanac of the International Surrealist Movement, Brumes Blondes, Holland, 2014

Wonderbook. Jeff VanderMeer ed., Abrams Image, 2014

De Magnetische Fracht Van 1713. Laurens Vancrevel, Brumes Blondes, Holland, 2012.

Turning Points and Transformations, Essays on Language, Literature and Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, G.B., 2011.

Last Drink Bird Head. Vandemeer, ed. Wyrm Publishing, Sterling. New Jersey, 2009.

L’Obscur. Francoise Sammercelli, ed. Michel Houdiard, Paris, France, 2009.

Rules of Thumb. Michael Martone, ed. 2006.

TEXT: UR, The New Book of Masks. Forrest Aguire, ed. Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007.

The World Within: The Tin House Interviews. Tin House Books. Portland, Or. 2007.

Paraspheres, Omnidawn. Morrison and Keegan ed., 2006.

Des Nouvelles de Deleatur. Pierre Laurendeau, ed. Gingko, Paris, France, 2006.

Open Book. Fetherston, Weingarten, ed. Cambridge Scholars Press. New Castle, U.K. 2006.

Recent American Letters. Cahiers Charles V, # 38. University of Paris-Denis Diderot. Paris, France, 2005.


Extreme Fiction. Hemley & Martone, eds. New York: Pearson Longman, 2004.

The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases. Vendermeer, ed. Night Shade Books. San Francisco, 2003.

Love is the Only Story. Ben Schrank, ed. The Lyon's Press, 2003.

Surrealist Subversions. Ron Sakolsky, ed. New York: Automedia, 2003.

Anthologie des Poètes Surréalistes Américains. Jean-Jacques Celly ed. and translator. France: Editions Jacques Brémond, 2003.

Leviathan. Forrest Aguirre and Jeff VanderMeer, eds. Madison, Wiconsin: Minister of Whimsy, 2002.

McSweeney’s 8. Paul Maliszewski, ed. New York: McSweeny's, 2002.

Roussillon. France: Jaques Brémond, 2002.

The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Rikki Ducornet. Richard Powers, ed. Normal, Ill.: Illinois State University, 1999.

Surrealist Women. Penelope Rosemont, ed. University of Texas. Austin, Texas, 1998.

Fetish. Jon Yau, ed. New York/London: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998.

The Tiger Garden. Nicholas Royle, ed. London: Serpent's tail, 1997.

The Time-out Book of New York Short Stories. Nicholas Royle, ed. New York/London: Penguin, 1997.


Two or The Book of Twins and Doubles. Penelope Farmer, ed. London: Virago, 1996.

I silenzi dei testi e i silenzi della critica. Carla Locatelli, ed. University of Trento, Italy, 1996.

Chic-Lit 2. Chris Mazza, ed. Normal, Ill.: FC2, 1996.

After Yesterday’s Crash. Larry McCaffrey, ed. New York: Penguin, 1995.

Degenerative Prose. Ron Sukenick, ed. Normal, Ill.: Black Ice, 1995.

Brought to Book. Ian Breakwell, ed. New York: Penguin, 1994.

High Risk. Amy Scholder and Ira Silverberg, eds. New York: Plume, 1994.

The Myth of the World: The Dedalus Book of Surrealism 2. Michael Richardson, ed. London: Dedalus, 1994.

Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction. Lee Montgomery, ed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1994.

The Identity of Things: The Dedalus Book of Surrealism 1. Michael Richardson, ed. London: Dedalus, 1994.

The Novel in the Americas. Raymond Williams, ed. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992.

Surrealist Games. Redstone Press. London, England, 1991.


Dimsumzoo (with Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro). Performed by the Changing Scene, Boston; Germinal, Denver, summer 1993; staged reading, Harvard University, fall 1992.

Selected Illustrations

Horse, Flower, Bird. Kate Bernheimer, Coffee House Press, 2010.

A Tender Box, a Wunderkammer. Marthe Reed, Lavender Ink, 2007.

In the Colorless Round. Joanna Howard Noemi Press, Las Cruces, 2006.

Calendar. Anne Waldman, Rain Taxi: Minneapolis, 2001.

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases. Night Shade Books, 2004.

The Blue Stone Collection. Forrest Gander, London, 2005.

Les Sonates du Rosaire. Jean-Jaques Celly, Jaques Bremond, publisher, France, 2005.

Torn Wings and Faux Pas. Karen Elizabeth Gordon, New York: Pantheon, 1997.

L’Orenoque, Frederique. Editions Harmonie, Paris, France, 1980.

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. Jorge Luis Borges. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine’s Quill, 1983. Alcuin Society Design Citation, 1983.

Spanking the Maid. Robert Coover. Colombia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clarke, 1981.

Awards and Grants

Academy Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2008

Prix Guerlain, 2007.

Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, 2004.

College International des Traducteurs Litteraires, Arles, France, spring, 2005.

Lannan Residency at Marfa, Texas, fall 2004.

Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 1999.

Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters, 1998.

Critic’s Choice, 1996.

Copeland Colloquium, Amherst College, spring, 1993.

Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, 1993.

Finalist, National Book Critic’s Circle Award, 1993.

Finalist, Prix Maurice Edgar Coindreau, 1993.

Copeland Colloquium, Amherst College, 1992.

Eben Demarest Trust, 1990.

Mary Ingram Bunting Institute, 1987-1988.

Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1988.

Ontario Arts Council, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1987.

Recent Teaching Experience

The Juniper Institute, U. Mass. Amherst, 2012.

Novelist in Residence, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, spring, 2007-2009.

Visiting Hurst Professor, Washington University, Fall, 2009.

Writer in Residence, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, fall, 2008.

Centrum Writer’s Workshop, Port Townsend, 2007.

Denver University: Writer in Residence, 1988-2000. Visiting Writer, spring, 2004.

Vermont College, Post Graduate Writer’s Conference, summer, 2004 and 2012.

Naropa University at Prameni, Festival Poeticky, Prague, spring, 2003 and summer, 2013.

Writers at Work, Utah, summer 2002.

Bard College: MFA workshops, spring 2000.

Brown University, Naropa University: Practicums (ongoing).

Vermont Studio Center, winter 2001, 2013; spring 2003; fall 2006, 2010.

Centrum Writer’s workshop, Port Townsend, summer 2000.

University of Trento, Italy, spring 1994.

Tenth Annual International Colloquium on twentieth Century French Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993.

Novel of the Americas Symposia, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1990, 1991, 1992.

Recent Readings

Powell’s, Portland, 2016.

City Lights, San Francisco, 2016.

The Imprint, port Townsend, 2016.

Vermont Studio Center, 2016.

Naropa, 2016.

Elliot Bay, Seattle, 2015.

Naropa, summer, 2013.

Brown University, 2012.

Sorbonne, Paris, 2012.

Mills College,Oakland, 2012.

The Fairy Tale Vanguard, University of Ghent, Belgium, 2012.

Vermont Studio Center, 2012

The Juniper Institute, U. Mass Amherst, 2012.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2012.

Elliott Bay, Seattle, 2011, 2012.

City Lights, San Francisco, 2011.

And Now, University of Buffalo, SUNY, Key Note lecture, 2009.

Washington University, St. Louis, 2009.


& NOW Conference, SUNY, Buffalo, Keynote Lecture, 2009.

Villa Gilet, Lyon, spring, 2007.

Keynote Lecture “On Obscurity,” University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, December, 2006.

Societé de Gens de Lettres, Hôtel de Massa, Paris, spring 2001. Introduced by Marc Chénetier.

Villa Gilet, Lyon, winter, 2003.

Symposium sur la Littérature Américaine Contemporaine, “Imagination Alive Imagine,” Institut Charles V, Paris, spring 2001.

Topos/Chronos, “Aesthetics for a New Millennium,” University of Colorado at Boulder, spring 2001.

Lahti International Writer’s Reunion, Mukkula, Finland, 2000.

The International Writers Center Reading series, 1999-200 season, Washington University. Introduced by William Gass.

Intersections 11, San Jose Museum of Art, winter 2000.

Cross Fertilizations, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2000.

Walker Art Center, with Rosamond Purcell, winter 2000.



Crazy Happy (with Margie McDonald), Casa Diana, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2018.

Crazy Happy (with Margie McDonald), Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend, WA. 2017.

Casa Diana, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2012.

W.W. Stephen Gallary, Lafayette, LA 2009.

“Desirous,” Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA May, 2007.

“A Cabinet of Wonders,” Notre Dame University, 1999.

“Alphabets of Desire,” Galerie 13, Hanover, Germany, 1992.

“Illustrating Borges,” Denver University Library, 1990.

The Bunting Institute at Radcliff, 1988

La Licorne Bleue, Flavigny, France, 1983.

Peristyle du Theàtre, Saumur, France, 1981.

La Tête en Bas, Angers, France, 1981.

Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, 1978.

Manfred Gallery, Canada, 1976.

Scollard Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1976.

Galerie St. Germain des Pres, 1973.

Waterloo University, Canada, 1969.

Adams Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1969.

Proctor Art Center, Bard College, 1966.

Studio 65, Brussels, Belgium, 1965.

American Cultural Center, Constantine, Algeria, 1963.



Las LLavas del Deseo, Fundacion Camaleonart, National Library, Costa Rica, 2016.

La Chasse A l'Objet Du Desir. Galerie Espace, Quebec, 2014.

The Hunt for the Object of Desire. Galerie ESPACE, Quebec, Canada, 2014.

LISTS, An International Exhibit by Artists, Poets, Writers. Gallery 308, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.

Surrealism in 2012, Goggle Works Center for the Arts, Reading Pennsylvania, 2012.

100 Anios de Matta, El Inverso del Universo, Itau Fondation, Santiago, Chile, 2011.

Artisans on Taylor, Port Townsend, WA 2011

O Reverso Do Olhar, Coimbra, Portugal, 2008

El Umbral Secreto, Santiago, Chile, 2009

Bomb Magazine’s Benefit Auction, Webster Hall, New York, 2004.

Come Shining, Poet’s Theater, New York, 1997.

De Bonnard a Baselitz, chefs-d’œuvre de l’estampe du xxe siècle. Paris: Bibliotèque Nationale, 1992.

Dechiphrage, Galerie 13, Hannover, Germany, 1992.

L’Envers du Décor, with Virgil Burnett and Tony Urquhart, La Licorne Bleue, 1992.

Dream Scissors, Amsterdam, 1992 (travelling show to South America, Germany and Sweden).

Phases in Germany, Galerie 13, Hannover, Germany, 1992.

Phases in Quebec, 1990.

Estampes et Livres d’ Artistes du xxe siècle. Paris, Bibliotèque Nationale, 1990.


Ellebore, French Cultural Center, Stockholm, Sweden, 1982.

Phases, Museum of Ixelles, Belgium, 1974.

Phases in Flanders, Museum of Fine Arts, Lille, France, 1973.

Phases, Galerie Passe Muraille, Lyon, France, 1973.

Phases, Atelier Sesame, Galerie Passe Muraile, Lyon, France, 1973.

Homage a Bosch, University of Waterloo, Canada, 1973.

Presencia Viva de Wolfgang Paalen, Museum of Fine Art, Mexico City, 1979.

Ellebore, Galerie Poisson d’Or, Paris, France, 1979.

Phases in Portugal, Sociedad Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal, 1979.

Centennial of Hysteria, Chicago, 1978.

Phases, Usinor, Denain, France, 1978.

A Decade of Surrealism, London, 1978.

Phases in Portugal, Museau National de Castro Coimbra, 1978.

Surrealism in 1977, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1977.

Marvellous Freedom, Vigilance of Desire, World Surrealist Exhibition, Chicago, 1976.

International Surrealist Collage in Czechslovakia (Prague, Brno, Opava etc.) 1966-1968.

Exposition Fantasmagie in Czechoslovakia, 1969.

“ “ in Brussels, Belgium, 1969.

“ “ Gemeenteliijeke Van Reekum, Holland, 1970.