Sound & Color: Poets and Visual Artists in Exquisite Exchange

Room 2104B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Over the course of ten days, five pairs of poets and visual artists from varied backgrounds exchanged work in the style of a cross-disciplinary exquisite corpse. The resulting collaborations are premiered in this panel, with reflections on the process by poets (in person) and artists (by statement or video) exploring the potential of ekphrastic exchange to nurture relationships, urge work in new directions, and expand our understanding of sound, color, and other tools of our respective crafts.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: sound_and_color.pdf



Emily Van Kley is the author of The Cold and the Rust and Arrhythmia. Her work has been awarded the Iowa Review Award, Florida Review Editor's Prize, the Loraine Williams Prize for Poetry, and the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize.

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author, most recently, of out takes/ glove box, chosen by Eduardo Corral as winner of the New American Poetry Prize, and Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (an interdisciplinary collaboration); she is associate professor at Central Washington University and affiliate faculty for Western Colorado University.

Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow (2019), Washington State Poet Laureate (2018–2021), and Seattle's first Civic Poet (2015–2017) She is the author of Cipota Under the Moon, Killing Marías, One River, A Thousand Voices, and the chapbook This City.

Sun Yung Shin is the author of four poetry collections including The Wet Hex; editor of three anthologies: What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Stories about Food & Family; A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota; and Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of two picture books.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Swimming With Dead Stars, A Bell Curve Is A Pregnant Straight Line, and the play Waiting for God. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for A Brief Alphabet of Torture, a collection of short stories.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center