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Sense Age of Sight with Airea D. Matthews

Date(s): Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Hybrid, Poetry, Visual Art
Cost: $59 Regular, $53 Student

About the Class

Visual Poetry has been defined by Willard Bohn as "poetry that is meant to be seen." There are traditions of visual poetry in many cultures, ancient, modern, and contemporary, and because meaning is invested in pattern, color, dimension, texture, graphics, image, and animation as well as in the word, these poems can communicate in many more ways than linear narrative. This master class introduces cross-cultural traditions of visual poetry, including pattern poetry, illumination, concrete poetry, and what digital poet and theorist David Jhave Johnston calls TAVs (textaudio- visual poems) and TAVITs (text-audio-visual-interactive poems). Particular attention will be paid to contemporary practitioners, and to relationships between material traditions of poetry, including sound, visual, and digital. 

Meet Your Instructor

“Matthews’s writing is bold, innovative and complex.” —Washington Post

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at