Nationally recognized poet to present workshop at Bennington Museum

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BENNINGTON — Nationally recognized poet Camille Guthrie will present an evening of reading and discussing ekphrastic poems at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Bennington Museum.

Ekphrasis is a classic genre, or a literary device, in which one medium of art describes another to define its essence and reveal its meaning. The first example of ekphrasis is the description of the shield of Achilles from Homer's Iliad.

A very popular genre, ekphrastic poetry simultaneously enhances its source, the original artwork, and takes on a life of its own through its vivid description. In this writing workshop, participants will examine several examples of ekphrastic poetry: poems from John Keats, Mina Loy, and Robert Hayden. Participants will be given writing prompts to write ekphrastic poems, if they like, based on artworks from the Bennington Museum.

About the instructor

Camille Guthrie's new book "Diamonds" is forthcoming from BOA Editions in fall 2021. She is the author of three books of poetry: "Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois" (2013), "In Captivity" (2006), and "The Master Thief" (2000), all published by Subpress. Her poems have appeared in such journals as At Length, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Poem-A-Day, Tin House, as well as in several anthologies including the Best of American Poetry 2019 & 2020 (Scribner) and Art & Artists: Poems (Everyman's Library). The director of the Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College, she has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Yaddo Foundation, and she holds an MFA from Brown University and a BA from Vassar College.

Tje workshop is $20 for museum members, and $25 for non-members. To register, visit https://benningtonmuseum.org/event/ekphrastic-poetry-writing-workshop-with-camille-guthrie/ by Aug. 14

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