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Writing the Ekphrastic Poem: Transforming the Visual into Words with Philip F. Clark via Zoom

August 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $124.00

The art of the ekphrastic poem — inspired by painting, photography, cinema, and sculpture —has a long and important history, from such great poets such as Lord Byron, Shelley, Keats, William Carlos Williams, Wislawa Symborksa, Elizabeth Bishop, Molly Peacock, and A.E.Stallings. It continues to be a thriving poetic genre, a collaboration of two arts. In this workshop, we will study some of the best examples of ekphrastic poetry and the art that inspires it. We will discuss the creative process of making ekphrastic poetry, and create a series of finished poems written by the attendees, to workshop and share with each other. In addition, we will discuss opportunities in print and online publishing venues for your ekphrastic poems. The workshop is open to attendees at all levels of experience, especially to those coming to it for the first time.

This class will be held on Zoom. Login instructions will arrive via email as soon as you register to whatever email address you use to register. Please check your spam or promotions folder and save the zoom link. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Please note: The Altman Persons of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis to US-based students. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. Thank you in advance for this consideration. NB: Please do not register for more than one scholarship class every other month. Thank you.

Philip F. Clark is the author of the poetry collection The Carnival of Affection (Sibling Rivalry Press 2017). Since 2015 he has taught at City College, New York, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing in 2016. His poems and essays have been published in Tiferet Journal, Marsh Hawk Press, Queensbound Poets, (Re) An Ideas Journal, and Vox Populi, among other publications. He is an editor of A&U Magazine. He has been featured as a reader for the ‘Phosphorescence’ Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum.

4-Hour Schedule:

12:30-1 Introduction, Meet and Greet each other.

1 – 1:15 – Definition of Ekphrastic Poetry; sharing of visual images and examples of ekphrastic poems inspired by them. (Share file resources to students, which they can use after the workshop).

1:15- 3:15 – WRITING AND WORKSHOPPING of poems by attendees

3:15 – 4:30, questions and discussion of possible publications such as ‘Ekphrastic Review’ https://www.ekphrastic.net/, where students can submit their future work.


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August 21, 2021
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124.00
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States