Join the ISU Creative Writing Program and Department of English at @Salon 2018—our annual free, public interdisciplinary arts event featuring renowned local and regional artists for a lively afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual art.
Building on a tradition of innovative programming and stellar artistry, @Salon 2018 will be set amidst the stunning mixed media installations of Ebony G. Patterson and the provocative photographs of Terttu Uibopuu and Rana Young. The salon program will feature presentations by Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator, Krista Franklin—recipient of the Propeller Fund and Albert P. Weisman Awards—and ISU doctoral student, poet, performer, sound artist, and philosopher extraordinaire, Jonah Mixon-Webster—author of Stereo(TYPE) and winner of the 2017 Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize.
The event will also celebrate Obsidian journal’s fall 2017 and spring 2018 print and digital releases (with a special issue documenting: 20 years of the Cave Canem African American poets’ workshop and the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial). Highlighting the richness of the African Diaspora, @Salon 2018 will host Bloomington-Normal premieres of two poignant documentary films: Many Loves, One Heart—depicting courageous stories of the LGBTQ movement in Jamaica—and Eavesdropping on Souls—showcasing the work of some Haiti’s most talented artists.
Programming will also feature works-in-progress presentations by Creative Writing Program graduate students. Books and other merchandise by featured artists will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
This year’s program is supported by Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, ISU’s own innovative international literary/scholarly journal of African Diaspora arts and letters. Co-sponsors include ISU’s Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs.
@Salon—Where creativity lives!