Katherine Ferrier is an improviser, poet, director, educator, entrepreneur, textile artist, curator and community organizer, based in Portland, Maine. She has been immersed in making since the late 80s. Her research grows out of a deep practice of paying poetic attention to the world, and lives in the intersecting communities of movers, makers, writers and activists. She is a recent transplant to the coast of Maine, from the White Mountains of NH, where she directed an international dance festival, managed a fine art gallery, designed business trainings for artists and entrepreneurs for the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network, and taught a monthly ekphrastic writing workshop inspired by the changing gallery exhibits. A chronic instigator of collaborative and community actions, she creates generative situations for makers and thinkers to gather and share research. In 2016, she was named the NH Arts Advocate of the Year by NH Citizens for the Arts for her work on behalf of North Country artists. She earned her B.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College, and M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. A co-founder of The Architects, she regularly teaches and performs throughout the US and abroad. Collaboration is a cornerstone of her work, and she thrives on the exciting alchemy of working with a variety of artists. Recent collaborators include: The Architects, WanderWORD (Jason Tors, Susan Brennan, and Ed Zeizel) Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, Haiku Analog (Kathy Couch, Vicki Brown) George Manupelli, Miguel Gutierrez, Marcus Godwyn (England/Russia), Sini Haapalinna (Finland), Cinzia Fiaschi (Italy) and Nina Gasteva/Iguan Dance Theatre (Russia). More of her work, and links to her writing can be found at katherineferrier.net.