Nov 18 2023


12:00 pm - 4:30 pm


$50 General ($45 Members)

Workshop: WOVEN / LINE with Imani Elizabeth Jackson and Claire Crews *IN PERSON*

Promotional, Top right are two author photos, one of Imani Elizabeth Jackson and the other of Claire Crews, below these is a photo of strips of paper with typewriter text that has been woven together into a square. On the left is text in white, medium grey, and green that reads "WOVEN / LINE, a workshop with Imani Elizabeth Jackson and Claire Crews, Saturday, Nov. 18 | 12-4:30 PM, Workshop". The background is light green and light grey-blue.
In person at Woodland Pattern

A limited number of scholarships are available. Writers who are low-income and/or of marginalized identities are particularly encouraged to apply.

WOVEN / LINE, a workshop with Imani Elizabeth Jackson and Claire Crews

This workshop lingers in the conceptual overlap between text and textile, with a particular interest in the line.

As warp travels its long, meandering path through weft, so do sound and interpretation through language.

We wonder: what do you think of when you think of the line? How does one write a fraying edge? The line of a river? The threadbare shirt? How does a weave structure suggest the form of a poem? What do we make of enjambment, open space, holes? Where do you see weavings in the world? When does language become tactile?

We consider how language may create a dense (opaque) or loose (transparent or windowed) weave.

We will look to the written/woven works of Francesca Capone, Anni Albers and others as guides for this cross section.

We will offer participants written and observational prompts and ask that each participant brings a woven textile of significance to them, to work within an object-based prompt.

Imani Elizabeth Jackson's writings appear in Apogee, BOMB, TriQuarterly, the Paris Review, Poetry, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. Under the name mouthfeel, she co-authored the poetry-cookbook Consider the Tongue (2019) with S*an D. Henry-Smith; she also contributed to Francesca Capone’s Weaving Language I: Lexicon (Essay Press, 2022). She is the author of two chapbooks, saltsitting (g l o s s, 2020) and Context for arboreal exchanges (Belladonna*, 2023), and her first book, Flag, is forthcoming from Futurepoem, for which she received the press's 2020 Other Futures Award.

Claire Crews is a writer and textiles artist living in rural Kansas, where she is at work on a novel. She holds an MFA in literary arts from Brown University. She will be teaching studio art at Deep Springs College during the Spring 2024 semester.

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