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Writing About Art: Ekphrastic Poems (in-person seminar)

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 6/15/24 | 1:00-5:00 PM

In some sense, all art is a response to other works of art. This is especially true with ekphrastic poetry, which are poems written in response to existing visual images. In this seminar, we’ll look at ekphrastic poems by other writers and talk about how they investigate, interpret, or expand on works of art, whether sculpture, paintings, drawings, or photographs. We’ll also discuss the poems of class members to understand how a writer can engage creatively with a visual artist’s work. All students will receive a packet with a range of examples of ekphrastic poems, which we’ll use for conversation and inspiration.

Margaret Mackinnon is the author of two collections of poetry, The Invented Child (Silverfish Review Press 2013), winner of the 2014 Literary Award in Poetry from the Library of Virginia, and Afternoon in Cartago (Ashland Poetry Press 2022), winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Her work has appeared in The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Image, Poetry, Blackbird, and other journals. She attended Vassar College and the University of North Carolina, and she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. She lives with her family in Richmond.

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June 15
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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