Kristi Maxwell - Poetry Sessions: Ekphrasis

Explore the art of poetry through the practice of ekphrasis with Dr. Kristi Maxwell, English.

Participants will use the current exhibition Thread Lines as inspiration for creating their own ekphrastic poem - a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.

The session, in partnership with the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, is for people of all experience levels and suitable for anyone interested in experimenting with new ways of responding to--or engaging with--art.

Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of five books of poetry: Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

KMAC 715 W. Main Street

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Arts, Exhibit, Talk


Students, Faculty/staff, Alumni, Public


Arts & Sciences, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, English


poetry, arts, fine art

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Tracy Heightchew

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