[Upcoming] Merging Text and Image: Creating an Erasure Page with Lawrence Sutin of See Double Press

This workshop will take place Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Open Books.

In this class, all materials will be provided so that each participant can emerge with their very own work of erasure art. Erasure in this sense means the transformation of a page from an old book into a newly created piece of poetry or prose by redacting unwanted language and creating your own fresh text from the words you choose to retain. This text is then heightened by collaging through the use of clipped art images, again from old books and magazines.  The result can be seen as in the tradition of the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake, but with modern sensibilities and playfulness guiding the creation. For samples of such work by myself, Mary Ruefle, and Lia Purpura, check out https://seedouble.press/

The class will also include a short talk on the free-form process of erasure and time for questions and discussion. Participants will be provided with old pages and clipped art to choose from, as well as markers, scissors, and glue-sticks.  A good time for all.

$45 per person. Register online here.

About the Instructor:

Lawrence Sutin is the author of A Postcard Memoir (Graywolf Press), which combines original prose and vintage postcard images. He has also published a novel (When to Go Into the Water, two biographies (of Philip K. Dick and Aleister Crowley), a work of history (All Is Change: The Coming of Buddhism to the West), and a Holocaust memoir of his parents (Jack and Rochelle).  With his wife Mab Nulty, he founded See Double Press in 2014, which is devoted to publishing innovative mergings of texts and images.