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I love my friends / they are wires stretched from city to city / in borrowed dresses and migraines (Sean Bonney in Tripwire 14). Guiding us to formally and politically interesting writing for almost 20 years now, Tripwire has never failed to surprise and delight. Where else can one find an essay on literature as self-defense, a conceptual art piece in which cursed paintings are sent to bankers, Greek poetry of the crisis, and a poem that contains the lines quoted above? This journal is what I read when I want to know what is going on.”
Sianne Ngai

“Tripwire … fuels the Engine to some of the most culturally, politically relevant writing of our time. Every issue is what people call a keeper: an aesthetically flexible yet focused scanning of social relevancies. From the Transnational to Global Speculative to Hyper Local, the journal ranges wide and deep with a consistently that is its own. The feel is a highly artful, paper-vulnerable, quite perishable, but much cherished journal of poetics to be read cover to cover. Tripwire is currently the get with what’s what — now, and a tad beyond.”
— Rodrigo Toscano

Tripwire, a journal of poetics, is devoted to a counter-institutional exploration of radical and experimental modes of contemporary poetics, art, and cultural politics. The journal was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and current editor David Buuck. Six issues were published between 1998-2002, with a special supplement published in September 2004 for the RNC protests in New York, before rebooting in 2014, with the Tripwire Pamphlet Series begun in 2019. We mourn the passing of longtime Tripwire designer Cassandra Smith (1980-2020), who was responsible for the look and layout of the current series. 

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editor: David Buuck
assistant editor & designer: Kate Robinson Beckwith 
editorial assistants: Lara Durback & Coco Fitterman
minister of information: Zoe Tuck
co-founding editor: Yedda Morrison

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image: Jessica Tang, from “Translation,” featured in Tripwire 9

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