Ekphrasis: Writing Out of Art, with Poet Joni Wallace

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Ekphrasis: Writing Out of Art, with Poet Joni Wallace

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“I speak to these sculptures, wood prints, and paintings as I would to a friend over coffee or champagne.” –Ntozake Shange, Ridin’the Moon in Texas, 1987

 Going back at least to the description in the Iliad of the shield of Achilles, poets have been writing to, from, and about art.  Join poet Joni Wallace at the Missoula Art Museum for this hands-on, generative workshop in ekphrasis. Each participant will generate new work inspired by the museum collection and receive constructive, considered feedback toward revision and continued practice. 

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Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook: Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016), finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Award; Blinking Ephemeral Valentine (Four Way Books, 2011), winner of the Levis Prize (selected by Mary Jo Bang); and Redshift (Kore Press, 2001), which garnered a fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. For more information visit her website at www.joniwallace.com.