R124. CANCELLED: Photography and Poetry | Dynamics of Word and Image

Room 207, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel unites artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines, including photography, poetry, painting, translation, and the performing arts. Each participant has collaborated in one way or another to push the boundaries of those disciplines by juxtaposing photographic image and poetic text. In this panel, we will focus on this specific dynamic between photography and poetry, addressing issues such as the processes involved in their making, juxtaposition, and interpretation.



Anna Deeny Morales is a translator, dramatist, and literary critic. She is currently writing the libretto for a new opera in collaboration with composer Brian Arreola. An NEA fellowship recipient for the translation of TALA by Gabriela Mistral, Deeny teaches at Georgetown University.

Forrest Gander’s Be With won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Core Samples from the World was a finalist for the Pulitzer and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Gander's translations include Alice Iris Red Horse, Poems by Gozo Yoshimasu and Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems.

Valerie Mejer Caso is a Mexican poet, Her books in English translation are Rain of the Future and This Blue Novel (translated by Michelle Gil Montero won the Penheim 2017). Her "Untamable Light" was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.

DS Borris’s images have appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Smithsonian, among others. His series Las Canchas, images of empty, rural Mexican soccer fields, is paralleled by the poetry of Forrest Gander and Valerie Mejer. Echoed by Mejer’s words is his series Kudzu, the South’s Disguise.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center