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 September & October is Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta teaches writing for Harvard Extension School and serves as a guest lecturer and workshop leader for organizations and schools across the United States. She is the author of six books, The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell (2013), The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers (2014), Poetry for Strangers Vols. I and II (2015, 2017), Fear of the Deep (2016), and Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, Jr. (2017). Her poetry and prose have been published in dozens of journals. Her Ph.D. (Univ. Texas 2009) focused on the uses of myth and fairy tales to structure autobiography, an idea that still informs her work. Every week Elisabeth writes a poem for a stranger as part of her ongoing project Poetry for Strangers.
On her approach to Vox Poplar:
I will work on two projects during my residency. The first is a series of linked modern fairy tales set in Boise, and the patrons of the library are invited to help plot the tales by sharing their own childhood memories. The second is a continuation of my project Poetry for Strangers, which I started in 2013 as a way to find inspiration in the chance encounters of everyday life by writing weekly poems for strangers.
See Elisabeth at the Library! at Bown Crossing in September:
Sunday, September 2nd, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 16th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 30th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
See Elisabeth at the Library! at Bown Crossing in October:
Sunday, October 14th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 21st, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 28th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
The Library! at Bown Crossing is located at:
2153 E. Riverwalk Dr.
Boise , ID 83706