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'Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf' at the Alliance for the Arts on April 17

Jason McDonald and Jim Gustafson team up for Ice Cream Cone.
Jason McDonald and Jim Gustafson team up for Ice Cream Cone.
Courtesy of Lee County Alliance for the Arts

On Thursday, April 17 pens and keyboards will meet brushes and cameras during “Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf,” a National Poetry Month celebration at the Alliance for the Arts. During this inaugural event, the words of 13 poets will merge with images created by 11 visual artists into printed posters called “Broadsides.”

The Alliance for the Arts is the state-designated arts agency for Lee County.
Courtesy of Alliance for the Arts

Participating artists include Collin Davis, Phillip Heubeck, Leo Johnson, Megan Kissinger, Reina Lombardi, Jason McDonald, Jan Palmer, Paul Rodino, Berry van Boekel, Barbara Yeomans and Peter Zell. The poets include James Brock, Dorothy Howe Brooks, Carol Drummond, Jim Gustafson, Bob Lerew, Gary McLouth, Jesse Millner, Joe Pacheco, Naomi Rosado, Allison Serraes, Larry Stiles, Lorraine Walker Williams and Joan Heller Winokur.

Historically, broadsides are a form of printed communication containing a mixture of text and images, typically designed to be posted in a public place. From the 1600s to the early twentieth century, this visual medium was used to convey information, issue proclamations, make revolutionary statements, or publish the lyrics to poetry and songs.

The inaugural showing and reading of “Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf” is Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. The public is invited to see the finished broadsides and hear the poets read their works during a reception in the Foulds Theatre lobby. There is a $10 suggested donation. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be available for purchase.

For more information, please visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787.