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Ekphrastic Writing with Just Buffalo Literary Center

Saturday, February 29, 2020

1 pm - 3 pm EST

Installation view of Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor featuring works by Heather Hart (foreground) and Rodney Taylor (background). Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Albright-Knox Northland

During this creative writing workshop for all ages, participants will create family and community histories inspired by the works on view in Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor, which features abstract renderings of home. Through prose or verse, we will fill in blank spaces.

First, we’ll walk the space as a group, take time with each work, and discuss what strikes us—what attributes we recognize in each artist’s style. Participants will then spend time walking the space on their own, taking notes on which works grab their attention. Participants will pick one work to focus on and articulate on paper what it inspires in them. We will write through our emotional responses and share our findings.


This event is full! 

Please note: Due to the success of instructor Gabriel Bump’s debut novel Everywhere You Don't Belong, this event has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1 to 3 pm. If you previously registered for this event, your reservation has been saved for the new date and time.

About the Instructor

A photograph of a man wearing glassesGabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in SLAM magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and elsewhere. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction and the 2015 Summer Literary Seminars Montreal Flash Fiction Prize. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He currently lives in Buffalo, New York, where he teaches at Just Buffalo Literary Center and the University at Buffalo. His debut novel, Everywhere You Don’t Belong, was listed as one of The New York Times' "most anticipated titles of February."

Open House Events

This event is presented on the occasion of Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor, which features projects that explore how people build connections to others both inside and outside the walls of those structures we call home. Throughout the course of the exhibition, join us at Albright-Knox Northland for related performances, workshops, and special events.