The Art of Ekphrasis


Since the days of Homer, writing about visual art has had an important place in poetry. This class welcomes both writers and visual artists to examine different forms of ekphrasis, from poems focused solely on description to those using art objects as metaphor. We will consider works by divergent visual artists and how their messages might be translated or expanded by tools available to the poet, such as rhyme and rhythm, simile and metaphor, and voice and tone.

$50 for 4 sessions: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, and 20, Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Class size: 20

Dario Beniquez is a poet, writer, and engineer. He holds an MFA from Pacific University, and an MS in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. He has been published in Mesquite Review, Chrysalis, Rio Grande Review, Voices de La Luna, and Kuikatl. He runs Gemini Ink’s Open Writers Workshop.

Barbara Perez earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Smartish Pace, The Lumberyard, Ploughshares, and American Letters & Commentary. She was twice the recipient of the Harold F. Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets and has earned scholarships for study at the NY Summer Writers Institute and the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan. She currently teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas.

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