Threads: A Photography and Prose Poetry Collaboration

The photographer Heidi Mae Niska and I began our collaboration before we ever met, by means of a poetry and photography exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors in 2013. We decided to continue to work together and create more ekphrastic work inspired by each other’s photos and prose poems. The Threads exhibit (first shown at the Lyric Gallery in Virginia, MN in July 2018) is a culmination of this back-and-forth exchange. Photographs and poems are displayed traditionally, on paper, as well as on large pieces of hanging silk fabric. The exhibit was on display in Fall 2021 in the Sanctuary Gallery at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Duluth.

Thin Bits of Evidence: A Prose Poem Song Cycle
My prose poem series Thin Bits of Evidence (a.k.a. the middle section of Home Studies) provided the text for a compelling song cycle by composer Vineet Shende. The piece debuted at Bowdoin College in April 2014. The poems were part of the Art of Recovery exhibit at the MN State Arts Board in 2009, and Thin Bits also appears in Press 53's What Doesn't Kill You... anthology, published in October 2010.