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September 8, 2017—September 10, 2017

Robert Polito and Tina Chang: No Walls Here: Writing and Art along the Edges, Borders, and Margins

Limited number of scholarships available for healthcare workers and educators from the Angell Foundation.
Join acclaimed poets and teachers Robert Polito and Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang for a transformative weekend exploring new hybrid forms in poetry, literature, and the visual arts—curated by Rozanne Gold

Might the most exciting artistic signature of our cultural moment involve a casually experimental work that engages multiple arts simultaneously? Essay and lyric; writing and visual art (film, photography, painting); language and performance (music, dance); graphic literature; and collages of fiction and fact. The word hybrid derives from the Latin hybrida, indicating mongrel, a creature of mixed breed. This special weekend workshop is intended both for practitioners and audiences of modern hybrid forms. We look closely at some exemplary modern hybrids across poetry, fiction, film, performance, and visual art, and discuss the dynamics of artistic collaboration. Students may choose to bring to the workshop ideas for hybrid creations, or even their own work-in-progress, or they can enjoy the hybrid works presented and discussed by teachers Tina Chang and Robert Polito.  

Explorations might range, for instance from the work of Maya Deren to Karen Green, Anne Carson, Michael Ondaatje, Douglas Kearney, Agnes Varda, Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Matthea Harvey, Robin Coste Lewis, Sophie Calle, Teju Cole, Ben Katchor, or Mary Ruefle, as well as innovative work from international writers and artists Ricardo M. DeUngria and Chen Li, among others. Moving toward newly invented collaborative forms expresses the intense desire to interact with literature in ways that permeate, manipulate, subvert, and challenges existing language which, in the end, redefines and deepens relationships to the history and creation of art. 
Join us for a multi-sensory weekend that includes meditation, personal writing time, critique and discussion, to explore new possibilities for participants’ future work.

Teacher bios:

Robert Polito is a poet, essayist, editor, and biographer. His most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, Artforum, Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding director of the Graduate Writing Program and the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy at the New School, he served as President of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago (2013-2015), before returning to New York and the New School. He is working on a new collection of poems, as well as on a pair of nonfiction books—on noir; and Bob Dylan.  


Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. The first woman named to this position, she was raised in New York City. She is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers  and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond along with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The New York Times among others. Her work has also been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation among others.  She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is an international faculty member at the City University at Hong Kong.

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