Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo- Ekphrastic Poetry

  • February 24, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote

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Across the centuries, poets have looked to other art forms forinspiration. Using poems inspired by visual art and other media, including music and film, this workshop will examine the various ways that writers make use of other artists' work toward some purpose of their own. What new doors open when you engage with another artist’s work? How can a single image suggest a more developed narrative? How can we adapt characters from other works toward our own aims, whether through dramatic monologues or in other contexts? What are some particular strategies that allow writers to move beyond mere description of another artist's work into crafting poetry or prose that reflects their own singular vision? We’ll zoom in on the structures and strategies you can use and try out prompts that provide a path to new writing of your own. 

Jane Satterfield is the recipient of awards in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, Bellingham Review, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Mslexia, and more. Her books of poetry are Her Familiars, Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Poetry Award), Shepherdess with an Automatic, and Apocalypse Mix, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her book Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond features selections that received the Florida Review Editors’ Prize and the Faulkner Society/Pirate’s Alley Essay Award. Recent nonfiction appears in Ascent, Entropy, Hotel Amerika, and DIAGRAM. She is also co-editor (with Laurie Kruk) of the multi-genre anthology Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (Demeter Press). New poems may be found in Ecotone, Hopkins Review, Missouri ReviewOrion, and elsewhere. For more, visit https://janesatterfield.org.

Ned Balbo ’s newest books are The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (New Criterion Poetry Prize) and 3 Nights of the Perseids (Richard Wilbur Award), both published in 2019. His previous books are Upcycling PaumanokLives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize), Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize) and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Poets’ Prize and the Donald Justice Prize). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship and three Maryland Arts Council awards. In July 2021 he was a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. New poems appear in American Journal of Poetry, The CommonGingko Prize 2019 Ecopoetry AnthologyNotre Dame Review, and elsewhere, and his electoral song cycle National Disgrace (credited to “ned’s demos”) is available online at Bandcamp. For more, visit https://nedbalbo.com. 

We offer free membership to students and $5 session rates. Please contact Claudia Katz at ckatz17755@aol.com for details.

9-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12 Program 



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