Fall Craft Intensive: Courtney Faye Taylor


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By Sight: Visual Poetics and Storytelling with Courtney Faye Taylor
Saturday, October 1, 10 AM – 1 PM PST

As poets, we use written and spoken language to interpret the world. But what happens when we engage topics that require a different language entirely? How do we alter our manner of storytelling when words alone don’t suffice? In this workshop, we’ll merge found objects with creative writing to explore the unique narratives made possible through visual poetics and storytelling. To do this, we’ll interact with documents, magazines, videos, photographs, clothing, heirlooms, and other objects that induce questions in us. Our interactions will involve cutting, overlaying, erasing, digitizing, writing—any and all actions required to harness the stories that emerge from these objects. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have the beginnings of a new visual narrative or poem.

Note: Participants should bring an array of physical and/or digital found materials to workshop. Participants should also bring tools like scissors, canvas, glue, needle and thread—anything that helps them work with their materials.

BIO: Courtney Faye Taylor is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022), selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Courtney earned her BA from Agnes Scott College and her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program where she received the Hopwood Prize in Poetry. A recipient of the 92Y Discovery Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize, Courtney’s work can be found in Poetry Magazine, The Nation, Ploughshares, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.