Join us for an evening with poet and photographer,
Janet Sternburg. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Images
from Optic Nerve, as well as other photographs, will be on display.
Optic Nerve: Photopoems, a collection
of Janet Sternburg's poems with her photographs as visual stanzas, has been
lauded by creators and critics.
"In Optic Nerve Janet
Sternberg exquisitely balances both the line and the image in two different
arts -- the poetic and the visual line, and the visual and the poetic image.
Because she is one of those rare individuals in the contemporary arts who is
equally talented both as a photographer and as a poet, Sternburg can vividly
integrate text and image, daring to fuse photography and poetry into a single
art genre. Marianne Moore, in her poem, �The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing,� describes
the mind as being �like Gieseking playing Scarlatti,� referring to the hallmark
of the pianist's gift: he struck each note with equal weight, each finger of
his hand exerting the same pressure. Janet Sternberg's double art shares this
idea of equal weight. Her photopoems open up new ideas of metaphor, redefining
both poetry and photography with a sense of interplay that can only come with
equally weighted ability."
- poet Molly Peacock
"...brave and intimate poems"
- Choreographer Trisha Brown
"These carefully wrought poems are
perfect analogues to Sternburg's superb photographs."
- Literary critic Marjorie Perloff
Janet Sternburg is
the author of Phantom Limb, a meditation on loss and consolation that
has been described by Bill Moyers as "the perfect metaphor for. . .the
ultimate inevitabilities of life.� Other books include the two volumes of The
Writer on Her Work, hailed as "groundbreaking . . . landmarks"
by Poets & Writer. W.W. Norton re-issued the classic 1980 first volume in
a 20th anniversary edition. Sternburg served as Director of Writers in Performance
at the Manhattan Theatre Club and she also produced the prize-winning film Virginia
Woolf: The Moment Whole. Her photography has been featured in one-person
exhibitions in New York , Los Angeles and Mexico , as well as in Aperture
and Art Journal. As former Vice-President of PEN USA , she currently
serves on its board, as well as on the Visiting Committees for the Writing Programs
at CalArts and Antioch University . Sternburg was selected by The Utne Reader's
annual arts issue as one of 40 creative people chosen for innovative work in