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It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Poetry Comics!
LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Simonides of Keos, a Greek lyric poet, is supposed to have said "Poema pictura loquens, pictura poema silens" (poetry is a speaking picture, painting a silent [mute] poetry).  If that's true, are poetry comics both a speaking picture and a silent poetry? And if so, what are the implications?

Poetry comics - or comics poetry - exist at the intersection of (you guessed it) comics and poetry. Some say they must have both image and text and be sequential, but all agree that in poetry comics, the text and the image must be interdependent. That is, if you take either the image or the poem away from a poetry comic, what remains ought to fall apart.

In this workshop, participants will define poetry comics and then, using either found imagery from coffee table books and magazines or their own drawings, create their own poetry comic.

About the Instructor:
Claire Stephens is a cartoonist (by night). By day, she teaches writing at the University of South Florida. Her comics chapbook Lady in Ink, a personal essay about tattoos and gender, was published by Sweet Publications in 2015. You can find her work in magazines like Words Without Borders, A Bad Penny Review and Prick of the Spindle, or you could check her out at and on instagram @stephen_rclaire. She likes gummy bears, science fiction, and English breakfast tea, but doesn't care for grits. In the case that reincarnation is the upshot, she'd like to come back as a redwood, and failing that, a basset hound.

Saturday, December 9 (1:00-3:00pm)
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LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center (View)
719 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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