The Poet/Artist Connection


April 1 - 09:00 am


April 8 - 11:30 am

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Longleaf Press

The Poet/Artist Connection: A Collaboration of Paintbrush & Pen

This workshop is open to youth in the 6th-12th grade age range.

When visual artists and writers collaborate, magic ensues. The writers who sign up for this workshop will collaborate with youth artists from COAP Ministry’s Arts Explosion program to create an exhibition of visual and literary art that will be displayed downtown at the Cape Fear Gallery later in the month.

In the workshops, we will explore partnerships between famous artists and writers such as Salvador Dali and Lewis Carroll, Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michael Basquiat, and others. We will discuss how visual artists and writers draw inspiration from each other and how to foster a successful partnership. Then, in collaboration, we will create works of visual and literary art to be exhibited at the Cape Fear Gallery. There will be an opening reception on 4th Friday, April 28, and the community will be invited to attend and celebrate the creativity of our youth participants.

Shannon C. Ward

Raised in a renovated slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Wilmington, Ohio, Shannon Ward is author of the poetry collection Blood Creek (Longleaf Press, 2013). She received an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University in 2009, and she is the recipient of the 2016 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2016 White Oak Kitchen Prize in Southern Poetry, and a 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has received generous support from Yaddo, Willapa Bay AIR, the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Hypatia in the Woods, and Vermont Studio Center, and her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Great River Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.

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