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Are you looking for ways to express more through your writing? In this workshop, we'll experiment with the visual and material elements of writing to achieve greater expressive effects.
What motivates a writer to push outside the lines? In this workshop, we’ll view written language as a material with texture, sound, and visual aspect. Many contemporary poets are contributing to a lineage of poets who experimented with visual elements of writing to express ideas (often linked to social ideals) they felt couldn’t be conveyed otherwise. These poets view their materials—surface, type, ink, among others—as part of their poetry.
Together, we’ll look at exemplary image-texts including—though not limited to—erasures, concrete poems, calligrammes, and handwritten texts as inspiration and springboards for your own image-text creations, and we’ll collaboratively explore each other’s creations. Some may want to experiment with scribbles, concrete shapes, and typography as lyric and gestural writing. Come play with us! We’ll focus on the poetic interplay of eye-ear and also on form; not in the conventional sense of formal poetry, but in relation to the poetic line. “Mark-Making” is open to all, including those with much, some, or no graphic design program knowledge and/or visual art expertise.
Shira Dentz (she/her) is the author of five books including SISYPHUSINA (PANK, 2020), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diålogos, 2019), and how do I net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018). a National Poetry Series finalist, as well as two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2016). Her poetry, prose, and visual and cross-genre writing appear in many venues includingPoetry, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Iowa Review, Idaho Review, Plume, Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Lana Turner, Brooklyn Rail, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series (Poets.org), and NPR. Interviews with her about her writing appear in journals such as Ploughshares, Rain Taxi, and The Rumpus, and broadsides of her poems include “Scale,” available at Wells Book Arts Center. A recipient of awards including the Larry Levis Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, she is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. More about her writing can be found at http://www.shiradentz.com
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