R168. Animation and Poetry: A Marriage, a Rebirth

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The Sundance Channel was one of the first premium networks to air animated poetry. Now, this titillating marriage of forms is gaining visibility. But bringing poetry from the page to the screen requires strategy, skill, and technology. Undergraduate students and faculty from a top polytechnical college offer collaborative strategies—and explain how they’ve partnered with 2015–2017 US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and others to adapt poetic work.



Soma Mei Sheng Frazier recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her award-winning fiction chapbooks earned praise from Nikki Giovanni and others. Frazier’s writing has placed in competitions offered by HBO, Zoetrope: All-StoryGlimmer Train and more. Recent work is available in ZYZZYVA.

July Westhale is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade, and the children’s book Occasionally Accurate Science. She is the 2018 University of Arizona Poetry Fellow, and teaches at Cogswell College.

David Perry worked in the late '90s as an animator in the commercial and game industries, and, for the last eighteen years, has been teaching drawing and animation classes at Cogswell College. He has been a faculty advisor and animation director for a number of award-winning short films.

Julius Dobos is a film- and music industry professional-turned educator of media production. As a speaker, his interests include technology’s effect on society and culture, the future of education, the relationship between art, creativity and technology, building collaborative learning environments.

Joseph Fortuno is a Business Administration undergrad from Cogswell College. In 2016, he joined his college's student-operated publication group, COG, as the Events and Social Media Coordinator. Outside literature, he is a social entrepreneur recognized by President Obama and the White House.


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