“HEWL” – Tom Comitta




Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2013) and SENT (Invisible Venue, 2014). From 2011-12, he co-composed and co-conducted nine operas with The San Francisco Guerrilla Opera Company, a roving sound poetry troupe that gave voice to street signs and leaked US embassy cables. These operas were staged at numerous sites around the Bay Area, including Civic Center BART and the Berkeley Art Museum. One opera, Canyouhearmenow?, was covered by the Associated Press and USA Today, contributing to national debates over censorship and freedom of expression in the digital age. As a solo composer, Comitta’s textsound operas have appeared at Small Press Traffic (SF) and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF). A segment of his novel-in-progress The City of Nature was installed this past March in Poetry will be made by all! (LUMA/Westbau, Zürich). Currently Comitta lives in Oakland, California and conducts multimedia writing workshops at elementary schools. His online activity can be found at tomcomitta.com