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Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Church & Orrington
Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor and Web Consultant at Obsidian Journal. Keith has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from the Millay Colony, Poetry by the Sea, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University.
Keith’s poetry has been published in 2 chapbooks: Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012). His work as a game designer includes alternate reality games (ARGs) performed in Hyde Park Chicago, as well as work on digital games including The Black Box and A Day in the Life. Keith’s poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies, and his journal publication credits include: Blueshift Journal, American Letters & Commentary, 32 Poems, Rhino, Duende, Fogged Clarity, Drunken Boat, Cider Press Review, Anti-, Muzzle, Mobius, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Additionally, Keith has had poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award.
Topic: An ekphrastic poem is one that responds to or describes another work of art. For many people, visual art and poetry are equally opaque; can we use visual art to invigorate our poetry? Can poetry help us open up visual art in new ways? We will examine a couple of my favorite ekphrastic poems and try our hand at writing one ourselves.