24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Ananda Lima Ekphrastic Writing Multi-Genre November 27 to December 1, 2023 Number of Participants: 12 Price: $575.00 Format: 1 Week - LIVE Zoom Workshop

LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-8pm (Eastern Time)

Join us for a week of immersion in ekphrastic writing (writing about, or inspired by, art). We will read great examples of ekphrastic work by other writers together and experiment and create our own ekphrastic pieces. We will explore ekphrasis as an exercise of careful description of the artwork, observing artwork as well as ourselves as we are moved by it. We will also use art more loosely as a point of departure or a vehicle to allow us to reach what might be too personal or difficult to write about otherwise. We will explore differences between media and consider or experiment with hybrid multi-media pieces. We will push our ekphrastic investigation deeper, using what we can learn about form in other media, and see if we can incorporate what we learn as formal generative constraints into our own work. Songs, photographs, paintings, other writing, film, video games, dance, and any other art form will be our material this week.

Newcomers to ekphrasis, as well as students with a particular piece in mind, are welcome.


Ananda Lima is the author of Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press), winner of the Hudson Prize, and Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil (forthcoming with Tor), described as “truly wondrous” (Kevin Wilson), and “an absolutely thrilling reminder that short stories can be the best kind of magic” (Kelly Link). Her work has appeared in four chapbooks, including Amblyopia (Bull City Press), as well as The American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Witness, and elsewhere. She has been awarded the inaugural WIP Fellowship by Latinx-in-Publishing, sponsored by Macmillan Publishers, and served as as a mentor at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA from Rutgers University, Newark.

Ananda Lima is also a photographer. Her photographs have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Chicago Reader, Mingle Magazine, Boro Magazine, Brooklyn the Borough, The Queens Chronicle, and elsewhere. They have been exhibited at the Eye Level Gallery, A Number of Names, Gallery 103, the Brooklyn Artillery at Castle Braid Art Fest, the LIC Arts Open, and other venues. Her photographs feature alongside her poetry in her digital hybrid chapbook Vigil (Get Fresh Press).



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