S139. Crossing the Liminal: A Reading of Art Poetry

Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In this reading, five poets who have found literary inspiration in visual art, post-1950, share their work. All are contributors to World Literature Today’s November 2015 issue on the intersections between art and poetry. By intersecting what we know (language) with what we imagine (art-making), we gain the vicarious ability to sculpt, draw, or paint. These five writers engage their muse by crossing that liminal space.



Lauren Camp is the author of two collections, This Business of Wisdom and The Dailiness. Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, won the Dorset Prize. She teaches poetry and memoir throughout New Mexico and elsewhere. Lauren is the host/producer for Audio Saucepan on Santa Fe Public Radio.

Hedy Habra is the author of a collection of poetry, Tea in Heliopolis, a short story collection, Flying Carpets, and a book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa. She teaches Spanish literature at Western Michigan University.

Denise Newman is the author of three poetry collections, and the forthcoming Future People. She is also a translator, and she has received an NEA fellowship and the 2015 PEN translation award. She teaches in the writing programs at the California College of the Arts.

Ravi Shankar is executive director of Drunken Boat and the author/editor/publisher of eight books or chapbooks of poetry, including Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond. He teaches at CCSU and City University of Hong Kong.

Cole Swensen is the author of fourteen books of poetry and a book of critical essays, and the coeditor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a translator, and won the 2004 PEN/USA Award in Translation. She teaches in literary arts at Brown University.


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