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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lorene Delany-Ullman

Last Thursday, the poet Lorene Delany-Ullman visited our class, where she read from her new book, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, described her writing practice, and told us about a prose/photography collaboration project she's been working on the past few years.
One thing she mentioned in her talk with us was that, while she's working during the academic year (she's a lecturer at UC Irvine), she has a modest goal for poem production: two pieces per month. This is encouraging for those of us who struggle to balance the work that pays us and the creative work we feel called to make.  (One strives to make these the same thing.)

She also showed us photographs of the method she used to put together her book, which looked more like collage than linear process:

Finally, Lorene told us about the project Saved, which is a collaboration between herself and the East Coast photographer Jody Servon. This project was similar to the sorts of things we do in this class. It was a pleasure to have her visit us and share her work. Her book, especially for those interested in the history of the personal and geopolitical intersections of Southern California's defense industry, is worth seeking out.

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