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The Poetic Dialogue Project Visits BGSU

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 15, 2009

Poetic Dial Pstr FinalThe Creative Writing Reading Series continues today, October 15, with a very special event, the presentation by poet Lois Roma-Deeley and artist/curator Beth Shadur.

The Poetic Dialogue Project is an ongoing project of collaboration between contemporary artists and poets. It was inspired by a meeting at the Ragdale Foundation between Roma-Deeley and Shadur. The excitement of this project lies in the creation of new works, and in artist and poet taking their work in new directions.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m there will be a poetry reading and slide display at Prout chapel, and on Friday, students will have the opportunity to meet with the artists during the day in classes and studio visits, perhaps to begin ideas for collaborative projects of their own. In the evening, The Fine Arts Center Galleries will host the exhibition opening, 7-8:30 pm, followed by a late evening reading/slide presentation at Grounds for Thought at 9 pm

On Saturday morning, October 17th, 9am-noon, they will offer a 3-hour hands-on outreach workshop on collaboration (for 8-10 writers and 8-10 artists) of students and members of the area community at Wood County District Public Library. Registration is limited. Email Galleries@bgsu.edu to register or for more information. The focus of the workshop will be the process of collaboration and ekphrasis (writing inspired by art) through a power point tracing the history of Roma-Deeley and Shadur’s collaboration, as well as the previous Poetic Dialogue Project exhibitions. Then, the artists will facilitate an exercise in which the artist and writer participants pair up to plan and begin to create collaborative works. The workshop will wrap up as the participants share their results in a presentation/critique format.

Artist Beth Shadur has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs, CO. She has created over 125 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain.Shadur_Epiphany1

She is an Artist-in-Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, IL., and has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO; and as a visiting artist and scholar at Paradise Valley Community College in Scottsdale, AZ.

Shadur’s work appears in many publications, books and catalogues, including Twentieth Century Watercolors; The Special Unit, Barlinnie Prison, Its Evolution Through Art; Community Murals: The People’s Art; and Art and Cartography. Her mural work in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, Scotland is included in the archives of the Peoples Palace Museum in Glasgow.

Shadur has lectured widely on community arts in both the United States and abroad. She has curated several national exhibitions, including ‘The Poetic Dialogue Project’, which originated at ARC Gallery in Chicago, and has traveled throughout the United States. Recently, Shadur presented at the International Conference on Arts in Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, and her Poetic Dialogue Project will be published in the International Journal on Arts In Society. Shadur has been a Ragdale Fellow and a Thomas Watson Fellow from Brown University, and served as Executive Director of ARC Gallery, Chicago. Her work is owned in many private and public collections.

Lois Roma-Deeley‘s second collection of poems, northSight (Singularity Press, 2006), has earned her a Los Angeles Book Prize nomination as well as a second National Book Award nomination. Her first full-length poetry collection, Rules of Hunger (Star Cloud Press, 2004), earned her a Pushcart nomination as well as two Arizona Library Association Author Award nominations. Of northSight, critic Peter Huggins has written that the book “presents a cast of characters worthy of Dante.” Other reviewers have called her poems “brilliant,” “tough and brave,” “poignant,” and “soul-satisfying.”

Roma-Deeley has been an Emily Dickinson Poetry Award Competition winner (Universities West Press), third place; a finalist in the Paumanok Poetry Contest; and an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards winner, third place. She has been published in six national anthologies, including the American Book Award winner Looking For Home (Milkweed Editions, 1990). One of her poems will appear in a forthcoming anthology, Letters to The World (Red Hen Press, 2007). In addition, her work has been published in or is forthcoming in various journals, including Artful Dodge, Italian Americana, Paterson Literary Review, Water~Stone, Iris, Faultline, Columbia Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Elixir, Controlled Burn, Confluence, Sow’s Ear (competition finalist), and many others.

In November of 2004 and 2005, Roma-Deeley was one of several featured poets participating in the interdisciplinary project “A Poetic Dialogue: Poetry: Women: Art,” a Chicago Humanities Festival event. In 2006, her work was featured in the Poetic Dialogue event hosted at the International Conference on Arts in Society at the University of Edinburgh, and published in the International Journal for Arts in Society. The poetry/visual art collaboration project has been included in the Transconference at the University of Wisconsin, and has toured nationally as well as internationally.

Roma-Deeley has published six poetry book reviews in several literary journals, as well as serving for ten years as poetry co-editor for PKP Forum. She has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Roma-Deeley is Poet-in-Residence at Paradise Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

All events are free and open to the public.

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