Dec 15th 2018

This event is free and open to the public. This one-day generative writing workshop will focus on ekphrastic poems or poems that respond to other works of art. Critical Writing Fellow Tara Betts will lead participants on a journey that explores the dimensions and depths of writing about an artist’s work. Does it have a voice that speaks to you as the observer? What are the stories that works of art can tell? In this workshop, we will consider works in the CAD space, reproduced images on paper, and ekphrastic poems by writers such as Kwame Dawes, Carol Maso, Angel Nafis, Afaa Weaver, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and others.

Tara Betts is the author of three poetry collections-Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and edited a new critical edition of Adventures in Black and White, the long out-of-print memoir by Harlem-born, interracial child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. She holds an MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence, NYLON, Lit Hub. Dr. Betts currently works with students at ChiArts High School, Chicago State University, and participants in the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison.

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