SAFTA and the Knoxville Museum of Art Combine for Workshop Combining Poetry & Photography

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Poetry and photography intertwine as Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Knoxville Museum of Art present Not About But Through: Poems in Response to Photos, a poetry writing workshop open to writers of all experience. The workshop will focus on the museum’s exhibition “This World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs.” Poet Deborah Bernhardt will lead the workshop, which will take place 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Bernhardt will guide participants through the exhibition of photographs spanning Danny Lyon’s career, including his 1967 Knoxville photos. Discussion of traditional and alternative ways of seeing will be followed by a writing session at the museum. Participants will be encouraged to write not only about what they see but also elements and circumstances of their own invention. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for participants to share their work and receive feedback.

The cost of the workshop is $45 per person and includes afternoon refreshments; however, a discounted rate of $35 per person is available for individuals who paid by July 31. A discounted rate of $75 is also available for two participants who register together. To purchase tickets, visit the Workshops section of the Sundress online store, here.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. For more information on the Knoxville Museum of Art, visit their website here, and for more on Danny Lyon’s exhibition and photographs, click here.


Deborah Bernhardt Spring 2007 by Christine Krikliwy

Deborah Bernhardt is the author of Echolalia, which was published by Four Way Books in 2006 and was the winner of the Intro Prize for Poetry. Her second collection, Driftology, won the 2013 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Prize. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from the University of Arizona, and fellowships and grants from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship), the Wisconsin Arts Board (Literary Arts Grant), Penn State Altoona, Writers@Work, Fishtrap, Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Hessen Literary Society, Germany.