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Junk Drawer: Collage, Assemblage, and the Poetic Containers of Everyday Life

Poetry workshop with Emily Skillings

This interdisciplinary poetry workshop will ask participating poets at all levels of experience to consider the containers that give shape to the found detritus and language of our lives. How do we use the space of the poem to create dialogues among objects, registers, shards, colors, voices? In this workshop we will create "receptacle poems" for memories, sensations, images, and gestures. We will experiment with techniques of collage and assemblage, and consider how these visual art practices might be repurposed towards dynamic new writing(s).

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publisher’s Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in PoetryHarper’sBoston ReviewBrooklyn RailBOMBHyperallergicLitHub, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Hudson, NY.

Related Event: 2017 Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecture, Emily Skillings

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Holmes Hall, 400B

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CSSH, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of English, Master Calendar





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Department of English

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