In this workshop, we will learn the various ways a poet can engage with visual art beyond just standard description. We will come to understand how to use various art forms as prompts for our own writing and will generate and share the start of several new poems created during our workshop time together. Poetry and art have been wedded since antiquity (and is known by the term ekphrasis). By learning about visual art and subsequently writing poems in conversations with several works, we will take part in the long tradition of ekphrastic poetry. No previous knowledge of visual art is necessary!
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 10 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Didi Jackson is the author of MOON JAR (Red Hen Press) a finalist for Alice James Book Award, Lexi Rudnitsky Book Award, and Autumn House Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly, New England Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other journals and magazines. She has had poems in Best American Poetry, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, The Slow Down with Tracy K. Smith, and most recently Together in Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic. She serves as a contributing editor for Green Mountains Review and currently teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.