remembering Ella

February 11, 2018

We’ve written before about Ella Rhoads Higginson, the first Poet Laureate of Washington State. Now, Laura Laffrado, WWU professor and author of Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature, has initiated a campaign to celebrate this important figure in Washington State poetry with the creation of a bronze bust to be placed in the Reading Room in Wilson Library. Robert McDermott, whose sculpture of Dirty Dan Harris on Fairhaven Green will be familiar to many, has been chosen as the artist.

To learn more or to contribute to the campaign, visit the Western Washington University VikingFunder Ella Higginson project page.

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and another poetry walk…

December 6, 2012

Corporate Head - Allen and LevineThis one has been around for quite a while and continues to be worth visiting. Poet’s Walk in Los Angeles is a collection of collaborative works in a small park above the Seventh Market Place, and around Citicorp Plaza. Eight artists each paired with a poet to create one or more sculptures. Phase I was dedicated in early 1991, Phase II in 1995.

Perhaps the best-known of the collection is the bronze “Corporate Head” (left) by Terry Allen (artist) and Philip Levine (poet) at 725 South Figueroa Street. See links to sculptures, poems and information about the pieces and project.

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