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POETRY READING: Intersections, The Poetics of Jim Dine at WSU Museum

About the event

ABOUT  |  INTERSECTIONS: The Poetics of Jim Dine marks a collaboration between WSU’s Museum of Art, Department of English, and the University of Idaho’s Department of English as we explore the mutually shared worlds of art and literature.  This public event will offer an evening of poetry/literature readings in the museum gallery surrounded and inspired by the art of Jim Dine.

PRESENTERS  |  Including Debbie Lee (WSU), Kimberly Burwick (WSU), and Alexandra Teague (UI), as well as select student writers.

THEMES  |  Many autobiographical themes run through the MOA/WSU Jim Dine Collection. One of the more significant influences upon Dine is the artist’s lifelong interest in literature, particularly poetry. He himself has written poetry and at times incorporated his writings into his artworks, installations, and performances – exploring the intersection of the written word and art. References to literary themes are common throughout the artist’s repertoire as are specific gestures to authors such as Arthur Rimbaud and Gustave Flaubert, and large numbers of artworks related to Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio.


KIMBERLY BURWICK is the author of three collections of poetry: Has No Kinsmen (Red Hen Press, 2006), Horses in the Cathedral, winner of the Robert Dana Prize (Anhinga Press, 2011) and Good Night Brother, winner of the Burnside Review Prize, (Burnside Review Press, 2014).  She teaches creative writing at Washington State University and at UCLA Extension. Originally from New England, she now lives in Moscow, Idaho with her husband and four-year-old son.

DEBBIE LEE received her PhD from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, in 1998, and began teaching at Washington State University that same year. She has specialties in two different fields: Western wilderness literature and history, and Late-eighteenth century and early nineteenth-century British literature and history. She is currently working on a book, manuscript and photograph archive, and oral history collection funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and titled: The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.

ALEXANDRA TEAGUE’s first book of poetry, Mortal Geography, won Persea Books’ 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award. Her second book, The Wise and Foolish Builders, will be published by Persea in April 2015. Her work has also appeared in “Best American Poetry 2009,” “Best New Poets 2008” and many journals. She has taught at University of Miami, City College of San Francisco, and Stanford, and spent Fall 2010 as Visiting Professor of Poetry in the BA/MFA programs at University of Arkansas (near her old hometown of Eureka Springs). She currently teaches at the University of Idaho, is a faculty advisor for Fugue, an editor for Broadsided Press, and an active member of the interdisciplinary arts BASK Collective, of which she is a founding member. She is working on her third manuscript.