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I See What You’re Saying: Poetry & Visual Arts Collaboration Workshop
September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
If a poet creates pictures with words, and an artist tells stories with images, what narrative possibilities emerge when the two work in tandem? How is a collaborative praxis different than the traditional writer/illustrator relationship? How can an interdisciplinary approach enhance the queer storytelling process and unlock new sparks of insight? This dynamic workshop, “I See What You’re Saying,” will share inspiration, strategies, and prompts for 1) creating imagery in response to words, 2) creating words in response to imagery, and 3) the real-time collaborative high jinks of mixing mediums. Stepping beyond Ekphrasis, workshop facilitators Margot Douaihy and Bri Hermanson—queer artists and partners—will share their own collaborative practice as well as pedagogical approaches for visual/verse experimentation in the classroom. This hands-on workshop will bridge visual arts and creative writing disciplines. Attendees do not need to be experts in either poetry or the visual arts, e.g., attendees who not wish to draw can collage in response to verse. Attendees will leave the workshop with an original visual/verse piece as well as a collaborative roadmap. This program will share also share highlights from landmark verse/visual art collaborations by Frank O’Hara and Larry Rivers, and Anne Carson and Bianca Stone.