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 November and December is Amanda Ranth
Amanda Ranth, is a poet and performer whose work straddles the line between music and poetry. With a background in creative writing, street theater and community education she engages audiences with participatory poems and enlivened performance. As the head of Story Story Night’s Studio arm, Amanda also facilitates storytelling workshops throughout the Treasure Valley. Recently, her work has been showcased at One Flaming Arrow: Intertribal Art, Music and Film Festival in Portland, OR; StoryFort; MING Gallery; and the Boise Art Museum’s Tall Tales exhibit. She is the author of several chapbooks including “Seeds and Sleepless Nights” and “Skinless Woman.” An Idaho Native, she currently resides in Nampa, where she wanders the edges of wilderness with the cooper’s hawks and swallow tails. Learn more about Amanda here!
On her approach to Vox Poplar:
I am using the popular template poem “I Am From” as a jumping off point to create six writing workshops that use prompts to dive deep into people’s personal mythologies. Each unique prompt will have a theme and a direction that is seasonally sourced. Each workshop can weave together into a larger work or stand alone as a prompt in itself.
At the conclusion of each workshop, I will provide a low pressure space for participants to share their writing. This reading will be done round-robin style, giving space for all voices. When one round is complete, we can move into a second round if time allows. Folks can share what they have created during the workshop and are invited to bring additional work as well if they would like.
See Amanda at the Library! at Bown Crossing in November:
Thursday, November 1, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday, November 8, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
See Amanda at the Library! at Bown Crossing in December:
Thursday, December 13, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Final session TBD!
The Library! at Bown Crossing is located at:
2153 E. Riverwalk Dr.
Boise , ID 83706