In this workshop we will juxtapose two art forms, poetry and visual image, giving ourselves a new and unique experience with poetic voice by making “poetry comics” (a term we will discuss). Through this hybrid form, we’ll seek to see our writing more clearly, editing our work from a new angle as we explore our capabilities as visual artists. The class will look at examples, discuss them and create work based on those weekly findings. We’ll be looking at such poets-artists as Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Lynda Barry, Claudia Rankine, Dorothy Iannone and others. Students only need bring a desire to make art, strong poetry and a willingness to explore new pathways—no experience in drawing or comic arts necessary!
Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014) and several poetry and poetry comic chapbooks, including Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours (Pleiades Press, 2016), I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books, 2012), and I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). She is also the illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson. She is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and the chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation, an organization honoring the work of her grandmother, poet Ruth Stone.