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Poetry and Art Workshop with Carol Sawyer (photographer) and Susan Rich (poet)

Carol works primarily with photography and video, but has also created multi-media installations and performance works. Since the early 1990s her work has been concerned with the connections between truth, fiction, performance, memory, and history. Her ongoing series of photographs and performances, Some Documents from the Life of Natalie Brettschneider, traces the activities of a fictional historical avant garde performance artist.  She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows across Canada and in the U.S. and been the recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants. She has completed three photo-based and video projects for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, the most recent of which is a series of seven short videos that played on large public screens at Robson and Granville as part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Carol lives and works in Vancouver, B.C., where she serves on the board of directors of the Western Front Society, an interdisciplinary art space and gallery. Her work is represented by the Republic Gallery in Vancouver BC. Sawyer is also a singer and frequently performs improvised music with her ensemble ion Zoo and in other ad hoc groups.

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, including her recent Cloud Pharmacy, named a finalist for the Julie Suk Award and the IndieFab Award.  Susan’s other books include The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award; Cures Include Travel; and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, CityArtists, 4Culture, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, New England Review, and the Southern Review. The first line of her poem “Noctune” appeared in this month’s Oprah Magazine.  She teaches writing and film studies at Highline.

Location: Building 2