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Painting the Page: Writing about the Visual Arts with Matt Donovan

October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


How can writing about art provide literary inspiration? What are the paintings, photographs, sculptures and artwork that you obsess over as a writer? How does writing about art expand or complicate both the viewer’s response and the artwork’s meaning? Participants in this workshop will be engaging in the ekphrastic tradition of writing about art, as well as gathering strategies for how the visual arts can inspire future writing projects. We’ll be writing poems and nonfiction that responds to art both real and imagined, as well as reading work by Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Doty, Larry Levis, Lia Purpura, and many others.

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Matt Donovan is Matt Donovan Photo for Fall 2016the author of two collections of poetry – Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and the chapbook Ten Burnt Lakes (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017) – as well as the collection of lyric essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press, 2016). He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize.



*Free boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.
Members, Southwest School of Art and Trinity University communities, please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive a 15% discount on class registration.
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October 8, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Gemini Ink
1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Alexandra van de Kamp