We’ve mentioned the Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference before. Now in its 18th year and typically attracting more than 600 participants, the Conference has assumed a new shape for 2021 to contend with travel and gathering restrictions.

It begins with a free, month-long virtual exhibit of work by the writers and illustrators of children’s literature. With a theme of Art as Protest / Art in the Time of COVID, the collection is varied and rich, offering a look into the creative range of the 20-plus exhibitors. It will remain on view through Sunday, February 28, 2021.

The exhibit also invites written and visual responses from the community. These will be displayed online. To submit work (or a link to existing work), complete the Community Exhibit Submission form.

On Saturday, February 27, the CLC will offer morning and afternoon conversations around themes and ideas that emerge from the Virtual Exhibit. There will be no formal presentations. Everyone is welcome; registration is free but required.

speaking to Liberty

January 1, 2020

Emma Lazarus, a prolific poet from earliest childhood, is best known for her sonnet “The New Colossus,” which is engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

A new exhibit at the Center for Jewish History in New York explores the poet’s life and story and examines the genesis of “The New Colossus.”

In addition to the exhibit, there is a video, a teaching curriculum, and a poetry contest for student poets in middle school and high school. The contest invites students to write a poem to the Statue of Liberty that expresses a personal vision of America.

This article in The Villager indicates that the exhibition will be open through 2022 (though this is not clear from the exhibition website) and additional displays will be added later in 2020. The deadline for submissions of student poems is Friday, May 1, 2020.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has opened a new exhibit, Beyond Words: Experimental Poetry and the Avant-Garde, which will remain on view through December 15, 2019. Focused on the experimental poetry of post-war Europe and its importance as political and social expression, the exhibit incorporates text, image, and sound. To learn more, have a look at the 40-page Beyond Words catalog, available online as a PDF.

tasty poetry in Tucson

September 6, 2019

If your travel plans include Tucson, stop by the University of Arizona Poetry Center and have a look at Come to the Table, an exhibit of food poems on display through Saturday, November 23, 2019.

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Image: “Ode to Guacamole” from Adobe Odes by Pat Mora (University of Arizona Press, 2006)

If your travel plans include Scotland between now and October 27, 2019, you might want to add the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art to your itinerary, where you will find Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage on exhibit.

“Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.”

Watch a video overview of the history of collage and read more in The Spectator: The women who invented collage – long before Picasso and co. Then go.

Currently on view at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago, is a free interactive poem and poetry exhibit: “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” by Khaty Xiong. In the exhibit, readers/viewers are invited to respond to Xiong’s poem with lines of their own (pictured). The installation will continue through Friday, September 14, 2018.

still time, Spokane

April 21, 2018

Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts : When Women Collaborate is on view at the Spokane Art School through Friday, April 27, 2018. With poetry by Maya Jewell Zeller and illustrations by Carrie DeBacker, the exhibit highlights an imaginative creative collaboration. Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts was published in 2017 by Seattle-based Entre Ríos Books.

poetry to see

April 10, 2018

Expedition Press, based in Kingston, Washington, publishes poetry books, broadsides, and visual art with a typographic focus. For National Poetry Month, the press has mounted two exhibits:

“On Edge,” at Core Gallery in Seattle, is an installation of Broken Broadsides (fragmented poetry prints) and abstract paintings influenced by the prints and other texts. The show features words by poets Cedar Sigo, Natalie Diaz, Jane Wong, Shin Yu Pai, Amber Flame, Erin Malone, Elaina Ellis, Leanne Dunic, Tom Gilroy, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Holly Wren Spaulding. The exhibit is open through April 28, 2018, and many of the poets will participate in a reading at the gallery on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00pm.

Expedition’s second exhibit is “Poetry & Type: distilled words for disturbing times,” which is on view through April 30 at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. There is a reception for the exhibit TODAY, Tuesday, April 10, 1:30-3:00pm at Highline Library Exhibits and Art Gallery, Building 25, 4th floor, and there will be other poetry exhibits and readings scheduled throughout the month.

If your travel plans between March 28 and July 30, 2017, include Southern California, you may want to visit the Getty Center to see Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space. The exhibit focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, displaying material drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute’s collection.

Admission to the Getty Center and the exhibit, in Research Institute Gallery I, is free and no tickets are required. (Parking is $15.)

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image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969.

Swinging seal engraved Emily, Gold and citrine; English or American, ca. 1850. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

On exhibit now through May 28, 2017, at the Morgan Library & Museum is “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.” Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you? — a title taken from her popular poem — is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops. In addition to her writings, the show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked.

Accompanying the exhibition is a variety of gallery talks, discussions, tours, a concert (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) — In Poetry and Song: An Evening with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith — a film, workshop, and an audio selection of poems by Emily Dickinson read by contemporary poet Lee Ann Brown. A substantial amount of the exhibit is available online, with images of many of Dickinson’s draft pages, as well as audio and transcribed versions.

See the full details on The Morgan Library & Museum website.

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