Digging for Gold: Responding to Art through Poetry by Kristen Lindquist
April 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Seeking inspiration one winter, local poet Kristen Lindquist turned to some of her favorite art: luminous paintings from the seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish Golden Age that produced such masters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Lindquist will discuss the creative activity of written reflection on a work of visual art, known as ekphrastic writing, and share her poem series Golden alongside images of the paintings themselves, most of which are part of a private collection with which she has some familiarity.
Kristen Lindquist of Camden is a poet and freelance writer whose works have appeared in such venues as Down East, Bangor Metro, and Bangor Daily News, as well as many literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection Transportation was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and Garrison Keillor read three poems from the book on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Her most recent book is Tourists in the Known World: New & Selected Poems. She has also written a natural history column for the local paper for many years. Lindquist holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. An occasional teacher of haiku workshops, she maintains a daily haiku blog, Book of Days.