First Meeting of "Ekphrastic Poetry"

09/23/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Six Mondays, September 23 through October 28, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuition: $170 + $6 course material fee = $176 total

In this workshop we will explore ekphrasis as genre and process: poems engaging otherwise “mute” art forms with text. We will look at ekphrastic poems by diverse writers including W.H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Hara, Charles Simic, Mary Jo Bang, Barbara Guest, and Laura Mullen. Then we will generate and experiment with our own writing in response to works of art. We will also engage in collaborative exercises designed to highlight, through vivid writing, what is happening, what is shown, and what is hidden in selected visual works. In addition to our class meetings, participants should plan to visit one additional venue (place and time to be determined) for viewing artwork. Students will complete and polish a group of four to five ekphrastic poems and will participate in a reading at the end of class. This workshop is open to both writers and visual artists; some prior writing experience would be beneficial.

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Poetry Center - Helen S. Schaefer Building
1508 East Helen Street (At Vine Avenue)
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Joni Wallace
Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace is an award-winning poet and musician who grew up in Los Alamos, NM, and Moab, Utah.  She is the author of Blinking Ephemeral Valentine (Four Way Books, 2011), which was selected by Mary Jo Bang for the Levis Prize, and...

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