2023 Summer Workshops
Art inspires. From Homer to Natasha Trethewey, from William Blake to Mark Doty, from Rilke to Szymborska, poets have long been engaging with visual art. Ekphrasis can investigate the creative act, politicize and contextualize visual art, and provide a wellspring of inspiration. In this generative workshop, we’ll read, discuss, write, and workshop ekphrastic poems. We’ll look at broadsides and other collaborations that bring together image and text as a genre of their own.
This class will run in conjunction with artist Daniel Heyman’s printmaking workshop and, in the spirit of Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), his students will be invited to respond to poems from the workshop. Then we’ll flip the tables. Poetry students will have an opportunity to spend one day learning how to carve their poems into a linoblock for printing. Come explore the intersections of visual and written art and create your own broadside.
ELIZABETH BRADFIELD is the author of the collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Orion and elsewhere. In 2005, she founded Broadsided Press, an innovative, ekphrastic, public-spirited arts project, which she continues to run. Liz teaches creative writing at Brandeis University and in the University of Alaska’s low-residency MFA program, and she works as a naturalist on ships and at home on Cape Cod. www.ebradfield.com