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An nonprofit, independent book publisher and writers' workshop located in Philadelphia that creates innovative relationships between the authors and the work they produce.


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Write Nite: Ekphrasis

  • Art Dept. Collective 1638 East Berks Street Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

Write Nite: Ekphrasis is an experimental workshop focused exploring visual art through poetry and prose. We'll be using the book "On Ugliness" and "The History of Beauty" by Umberto Eco as visual art references for this unique workshop. We encourage those attending to bring their favorite art books to share!

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.

Write Nite is designed for all levels and ages! The workshops are experimental in nature so there is no need to have experience, just a sense of curiosity and an interest in looking your creative practice through a new lens. 

Write Nite is about reframing the way we come into ideas and shaking up our creative process. 

$8-10 sliding scale. This workshop will be led by Maryan Nagy Captan and hosted by The Head & The Hand.

MARYAN NAGY CAPTAN is an Egyptian-American poet and performer living in Philadelphia, where she serves as Art Director at Apiary Magazine and teaches experimental and experiential writing classes at The Head & The Hand Press. Most recently, Maryan has served as Lead Teaching Artist for the Hoye Wayelo Summer Program in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, as well as Poet-in-Residence at both the Youth Culture Library in Hanoi, Vietnam and Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks. Her first collection, copy/body, was published by Empty Set Press in June 2017. Her poetry can be found in Mad House, AJAR, Boneless Skinless, APIARY Magazine and CRED Magazine.

The Head & The Hand Press is a nonprofit, independent, craft publishing company and writers' workshop based in Philadelphia.

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