The Cabin is bringing local literature to East Boise with a two-month residency for writers.
We’ve partnered with the City of Boise to invite a local writer to activate, engage, and interact with Vox Poplar, a piece of public art created by Janet Zweig for the Library! at Bown Crossing. Vox Poplar consists of a large, sculptural, scroll of paper with a bas-relief image of Cottonwood trees carved into the face. The scroll of paper feeds into a manual typewriter mounted to a pedestal.
A glass top vitrine accompanies the sculpture and provides a viewing space for written works generated from the project.
The writer-in-residence for May & June is Joel Wayne.
Joel Wayne is a writer from Boise, Idaho. His fiction, articles, and short films have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, The Moth, Salon, and at the Sun Valley Film Festival, among other places. He won the 2017 Wild West Literary Contest from the Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, the 2015 Lamar York Prize, and is a Pushcart nominee. Wayne co-produces a podcast (“You Know The Place”) for Boise State Public Radio, serves as a judge for the annual Scholastic Writing Awards, and can be visited at JoelWayne.com.
On his approach to Vox Poplar:
When you teach writing, you rely on certain exercises to expand your students’ mindset, call attention to cliches and tropes, and strengthen their literary muscles. The five-sentence short story, writing for the senses, show not tell, the writing backwards exercise, etc. But even a coach benefits from the exercises they’re teaching. During each session with Vox Poplar, I plan to focus on a writing exercise or two, penning vignettes, flash, and short fiction, while interacting with visitors who’d like to incorporate the exercises into their own work. I’ll also keep handouts at the ready, for those who’d like more direction.
See Joel at the Library! at Bown Crossing in May:
Sunday, May 6th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 10th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
See Joel at the Library! at Bown Crossing in June:
Sunday, June 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, June 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Library! at Bown Crossing is located at:
2153 E. Riverwalk Dr.
Boise , ID 83706