Poetry Reading at the Hartford Art School

On Saturday, July 9th, I had the opportunity to read a new poem of mine at the opening of the Williams Prize in Drawing exhibition at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. I've worked with the Williams Prize before because of my visual art, but this year I submitted poems instead as a part of their mini national poetry competition, FLASH EKPHRASTIC!. Poets were invited to submit work made in response to the winners of this year's Williams Prize, which is organized entirely by the kind and dynamic Laura Vasselle. The juror for FLASH EKPHRASTIC! was Edwina Trentham, and she selected two of my poems: one to be hung in the gallery with the piece that inspired it, and the other, as a Juror's Choice Award, to be read aloud at the opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday. I'm not only grateful that she chose my work, but appreciative of the opportunity to hone my skills reading it aloud. As primarily a visual artist, I get overly concerned with the poem's formatting on paper, and it was thrilling (and a bit nerve-wracking) to perform it aloud.

A hand-written excerpt from the poem I read aloud, "Modern Ignatius," inspired by artist Dennis Angel's silverpoint, Sheeler with Rocks and Jar.

A hand-written excerpt from the poem I read aloud, "Modern Ignatius," inspired by artist Dennis Angel's silverpoint, Sheeler with Rocks and Jar.