From Jillian and Mariko Tamaki to Rina Ayuyang to Ebony Flowers, a number of innovative comics and cartooning artists can instruct poets in storytelling and image making. These artists have been known to set in motion beautiful sequences of flashbacks (and flash-forwards) in their work. Just as line breaks expand or alter images in poems, so do panel transitions alter and enrich the narratives of comics with time bending effects. In this generative workshop, we’ll review several instances of time and image manipulation in comics to create new poems, revise poems that may feel “stuck,” and reinvigorate the art of the line break.
Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collections You Don’t Have To Go To Mars for Love (Four Way Books), winner of the BelieverBook Award, and Hemming the Water (Four Way Books), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her work has been published and anthologized in many publications including Letters to the Future: black women : radical writing and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda and co-authored with Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther and the Crew. She has worked with teenagers writing about mental health issues in collaboration with Creative Nonfictionmagazine and serves on the editorial board of Poetry Daily. Her website is yonaharvey.com.
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