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 July & August is Dr. Cheryl Maddalena
Cheryl Maddalena has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Technical Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Under her own name and a pseudonym, she has published nonfiction named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015, a poem in PANK, a book review at Los Angeles Review of Books, and a full-length illustrated book of poetry with Blue Sketch Press. She continues to be a featured performer at poetry venues from Oakland to New York City, and has reached National Poetry Slam Finals stages eight times as a competitor, emcee, and opening poet.
On her approach to Vox Poplar:
In honor of the idea of “the voice of the poplar,” I will use an adaptation of a popular writing prompt by Rachel McKibbens to bring music, motion, and animal characteristics to the flora of the forest.
Patrons can 1) select a plant or tree, 2) imagine an instrument or animal that their plant reminds them of, and 3) think of something that the instrument sounds like or animal does.
I will combine the chosen plants with the sounds or actions, and create a descriptive walk through a magical forest, where everything communicates with a new voice.
See Cheryl at the Library! at Bown Crossing in July:
Tuesday, July 3rd, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 17th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31st, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
See Cheryl at the Library! at Bown Crossing in August:
Thursday, August 9th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, August 24th, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday, August 31st, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Library! at Bown Crossing is located at:
2153 E. Riverwalk Dr.
Boise , ID 83706