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Esmé Hogeveen is a writer and editor based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She recently founded ORAL METHOD, a reading series that invites writers and artists to respond to prompts with the express purpose of reading the resulting texts aloud for the first time in the presence of other readers and listeners.

Her criticism and essays have appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The LA Review of Book, Artforum, Bookforum, Frieze, BOMB, The Baffler, TANK Magazine, Hazlitt, Hyperallergic, Texte zur Kunst, S/Magazine, GARAGE, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Border Crossings, Inuit Art Quarterly, and cléo film journal. Esmé has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB), Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), the Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax, NS), White Rabbit (Red Clay, NS), the Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, MB), as well as a Research Fellowship at Images Festival (2018) and a Media Mentorship at the Toronto International Film Festival (2019). She is a previous member of the MICE (Moving Image Culture, Etc.) Magazine Collective and currently co-facilitates Writing Goop, an experimental art writing group with Emma Sharpe. 

Her academic studies have focused on auto-theory, scrutiny as a paradigm of gendered visual judgment, and feminist art histories. In 2015, she received the Best Research Thesis Award and an Arché Award from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), where she completed a MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research. Subsequently, she studied at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, where she was a scholarship holder. More recently, her cross-disciplinary work has led to speaking engagements and writing commissions for public and commercial art spaces. 

Esmé takes on copywriting, editing, writing coaching, and content development contracts. Previous clients include the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), SSENSE, and lululemon, among others. She has also developed editorial collaborations with small businesses such as 100% Silk Shop. To inquire about rates and availability, please send an email.

MA, Critical Theory and Creative Research, Pacific Northwest College of Art ‘15
BA Honours, English Literature and Contemporary Studies, University of King’s College ‘13