Celebrating National Poetry Month, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has just released an incredible conversation between award-winning poets, Major Jackson (Writing Fellow 2000-2001) and Sonia Sanchez. Originally filmed in 2017, this full-length piece has just recently been released. Hear Sanchez talk with Jackson (himself a former student of Sanchez’s) about her artistic legacy and share stories from her life as a writer, teacher, and activist.
A CONVERSATION WITH POETS MAJOR JACKSON & SONIA SANCHEZ
MIRIAM BIRD GREENBERG NAMED DISTINGUISHED VISITING WRITER
Miriam Bird Greenberg (Writing Fellow 2012-2013) has been named as the 2020-21 Distinguished Visiting Writer for Cornell College’s Center for the Literary Arts. Award-winning author of In the Volcano's Mouth, Greenberg will teach a documentary poetry class entitled, “Fieldwork: Poetry as Investigative Practice“ during which students will discover how fieldwork can inform and enrich creative writing.
“THEY CAME TO MAKE ART IN ISOLATION; THE PANDEMIC FORCED THEM TO STAY”
The Los Angeles Times has just published a story about the Work Center and other residency programs, and how artists and writers are managing the unforeseen difficulties they face with their residencies, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo above: Francisco Marquez (Writing Fellow 2019-2020) quarantined in his Provincetown, MA studio.
NICOLE TEREZ DUTTON TAPPED AS EDITOR AT KENYON REVIEW
The Kenyon Review has just announced that its new editor will be acclaimed poet Nicole Terez Dutton (Writing Fellow 2011-2012). Author of the poetry collection, If One Of Us Should Fall, Dutton will join the Review on July 1, 2020 as its 14th editor.
KAHN + SELESNICK – “MADAME LULU’S BOOK OF FATE”
Kahn + Selesnick’s (Visual Arts Fellows 1994-1995) new exhibition, “Madame Lulu’s Book of Fate,” recently opened at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO. The gallery is pleased to present the exhibition through a Virtual Viewing experience. Listen to the New York-based artist duo explore the latest installment of their Truppe Fledermaus narrative, further animated in photographs, drawings, sculptures and a large-scale painting of the central carnival character, Madame Lulu.
HIROYUKI HAMADA – ARTIST PROFILE
Bookstein Projects in New York City has begun a wonderful series of profiles featuring the voices and works of some of their artists. The second in the series features Hiroyuki Hamada (Visual Arts Fellow 1995-1996) speaking from his studio sharing thoughts about his work, his inspiration and his process.
JENNIFER SULLIVAN – “WITHOUT LONELINESS”
Jennifer Sullivan (Visual Arts Fellow 2000-2001) had been scheduled for a two-person March exhibition – “Without Loneliness” – inside Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago. Due to the public gathering restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, their physical show has been postponed. In the meantime, you can stream her video works online.
CURRENT VISUAL ARTS FELLOW JAKE TROYLI ADDS HIS ARTWORK TO MILANO ART GUIDE’S “COLOURING BOOK”
To help make distancing and containment a little less burdensome in these challenging times, Rossella Farinotti and Gianmaria Biancuzzi invited contemporary artists from different generations to create images for “The Colouring Book” project. Jake Troyli’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2019-2020) image, Contortionism, is #0202. Everyone from home can browse the coloring book, download the A4-sized drawings to their devices or print them. Farinotti and Biancuzzi hope that, “coloring them will bring a bit of distraction to everyone quarantined at home – whether they’re alone, with family or with flatmates.”
THREE FINE ARTS WORK CENTER FELLOWS WIN 2020 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has just awarded three of its 2020 Fellowships to Work Center Fellows. The 175 Fellowships awarded this year to scholars, artists, and writers include: Michael Dickman (Poetry Fellow 2006-2007), Ada Limón (Poetry Fellow 2001-2002) and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian (Visual Arts Fellow 2016-2017).
EXPLORE FIRELEI BÁEZ’S SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS ONLINE
Take a tour of Firelei Báez’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2017-2018) sold out show at the James Cohan Gallery in NYC and listen to her speak about her work and her ongoing process of using large-scale reproductions of found book pages, documents and maps as provocative backdrops for her new paintings.