Handmade/Homemade at Seattle University

December 14, 2015

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Deborah Poe is the founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit that is featured on the campus of Pace University in New York. During her sabbatical this year, Dr. Poe brings a special event to the Seattle University campus as part of her work as a 2016 Distiniguished Visiting Writer through SU’s Creative Writing Program.

Deborah Poe hosts a special afternoon at Seattle University. Guest writer/artist Amaranth Borsuk will talk about handmade aesthetics and their connection to new media. Guest writer/artist Kaia Sand will talk about working across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts. Deborah will read from new work. We will show multimedia work by the speakers as well as the students of Poetry off the Page: Creating Multimedia Poetry.

1 March 2016, Seattle University Student Center (STCN), Room 160, 3-4PM.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist interested in textual materiality across media. Her books include As We Know, with Andy Fitch (Subito, 2014); Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012); and Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), created with Brad Bouse. Her intermedia project Abra: A Living Text, a collaboration with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher, has just been published as an artists’ book and iOS app, thanks to an NEA-funded Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. A trade edition is forthcoming from 1913 Press. Other collaborative digital projects include an erasure bookmarklet,The Deletionist, with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul, and Whispering Galleries, a site-specific LeapMotion interactive work for the city of New Haven. Borsuk currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. www.amaranthborsuk.com



Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections “Keep,” the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her work has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court GreenLoose ChangeColorado Review, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Elective AffinitiesPeep/ShowTrickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit.

Deborah Poe

Photo: Elizabeth Bryant


Kaia Sand writes investigative poetry that is often experiential and material. She is the author of three poetry collections—Interval (Edge Books), Remember to Wave” (Tinfish Press), and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Money that Lost Its Puff  (forthcoming, Tinfish Press), which includes a magic show she created about the global financial crisis. Sand co-authored Landsapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space; and created poetry sign projects as well as a series of poetry walks.  She served in a residency with artist Garrick Imatani at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, commissioned by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, where they explored surveillance police filed on political activists. Sand built a poetic series, “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” sledgehammering copper cards. This past autumn, she served in a Despina Artist residency at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro. This winter, she had a solo exhibition at the Cascade Gallery, Portland Community College. More info: http://kaiasand.net/



Further Information

Please visit this page for further information. Visit the Seattle University website for directions to the Seattle University campus. For additional questions on the event, please email dpoe@pace.edu.



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