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Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
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Topic: Ekphrasis: from Homer to Graham. It’s a long-standing tradition that we can trace all the way back to Homer’s description of Achilles’s shield, and yet “ekphrasis” is hard to define. How do critics define ekphrasis and how do poets accomplish it? Is ekphrasis always, in James Heffernan’s conception, “the verbal representation of a visual representation”? Are these two art forms close personal friends, or destined to always miss each other and possibly even fight to the death?
Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press (2015). She earned her MFA from Purdue University and her PhD from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Beth’s poetry has been published in journals such as DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Terrain.org and Southern Humanities Review. She is an associate editor with RHINO.
Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.
Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.