Chelsea Biondolillo
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 course fee

Combining texts and photos is not new, but social media and camera phones have brought the once expensive and time-consuming pastime of picture making to the masses. During this generative two-day seminar, we’ll look at the art and craft of combining words and images on the page to create essays that engage both viewer and reader. Whether found or taken, we will explore how photographs can inspire text, creating ekphrastic essays, and how writing can become an extension of the photographic eye and the essayist’s I.

In the first meeting, we will talk about the work created in preparation for class and read/view artist and authors who have combined photographs and nonfiction to create beautiful works of fine and literary art. We will talk about their different approaches and how each create a very different mood on the page. During the second meeting, participants will have the opportunity to workshop a piece of art/writing. This seminar is open to students of all levels.

Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
May 12 and May 19, 2018

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of the prose chapbooks Ologies and #Lovesong (Etchings Press). Her work has been collected in several anthologies, including Waveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women, Best American Nature and Science Essays 2016, How We Speak to One Another: an Essay Daily Reader, and has appeared in OrionGuernica, Vela, Diagram, Brevity, Passages North, and others. She has a BFA in photography from the Pacific NW College of Art, and an MFA in creative writing and environmental studies from the University of Wyoming. She currently lives about 30 miles outside of Portland, OR at the foot of Mt. Hood.