Fragments: An Interactive Exploration of mass incarceration through poetry and art


Fragments: An Interactive Exploration of mass incarceration through poetry and art

  • Friday, April 12, 7pm

  • $5., (Members Free)

  • lead by Marsha De la O and Phil Taggart

Join us for an evening of poetry and art as we use fragments from CD Wright’s poetry to discuss her work and make connections to our current exhibit “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” by Amy Elkins. Both thought provoking bodies of work give a deeper and unique look into incarceration.

Amy Elkins is a visual artist primarily working in photography whose work explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration. Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.

C. D. Wright has been writing some of the greatest poetry-cum-prose you can find in American literature. One Big Self does to the contemporary prison-industrial complex what James Agee did to poverty — it reacts passionately and lyrically (and idiosyncratically) to a sociopolitical abomination. This book, while angry and sorrowful and bewildered, has humor, constant levity and candor, and countless moments of incredible beauty." —Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College and is the author of three books, Every Ravening Thing, just out from University of Pittsburgh Press and two collections of poetry: Black Hope (1997), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Antidote for Night (2015), winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize from BOA Editions. De la O is associated with the landscapes and cityscapes of Southern California, and her poetry is known for its nuanced observation and description of the region.

Phil Taggart is the current Poet Laureate of Ventura County. 

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