Collaborations

I have been fortunate to have so many talented artists in other fields work with my poems, and to have had the opportunity to bring poets and composers together through four seasons of an Art Song Contest as editor of Memorious: a journal of new verse & fiction. Follow the links in the titles below below to take a listen/look.

Motionpoem Film: “Caught”

Filmmaker Jay Buim created a film from my poem “Caught,” from The Spokes of Venus, through Motionpoems.

Composer Mara Gibson’s “White Ash”

Mara Gibson has set my poem “The Mothers” for voice and bassoon as “White Ash.” Performed (in the link above) by Megan Ihnen and Darrel Hale. She has also set my poem “Descartes’ Daughter” as “The Clockmaker’s Doll” for voice and saxophone; this work is included in the forthcoming tour, Black Meridian, by Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen.

Composer Anna Rubin‘s “Automaton Monk”

Anna Rubin is currently working on an electroacoustic piece using my poem “Mechanical Monk,” from Oh You Robot Saints!

Brian Baxter’s “Ars Poetica”

I wrote “Ars Poetica” for composer Brian Baxter for Singers on New Ground performance in Chicago. This was my first experience hearing my poetry in a composer’s work.

Artist Katie Platte’s Broadside

Katie Platte of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center created a broadside of my poem “Out of the Ruins,” from Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country. You can purchase a copy at their website and support beautiful book arts!

Composer Eric Malmquist’s “For the Sin of Bossiness”

Eric Malmquist has set my poem “For the Sin of Bossiness,” from Little Murders Everywhere, as a commission for La Caccina Vocal Ensemble. He has also set my poems “Song of the Rattling Pipe,” from Little Murders Everywhere, and both “Juramentado,” and “Payatas” from my in-progress collection We’ll Never Get Back to Zamboanga.

Composer Aaron Stepp

Aaron Stepp has set two of my poems as “Diptych” and another three poems as “Junkyard Temples: Set One.” Our electroacoustic collaboration “ghazal::unbound” was created through a joint fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was part of AXIS, a thirteen-artist exhibition at Brentwood Arts Exchange in 2014. His “Junkyard Temples Set 2:Solanum” was included in the Technosonics XVI: Music and Contemplation festival at the University of Virginia in October 2015. He is currently working on a setting of my poem “Soggetto Cavato” from The Spokes of Venus.