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Words in Place is an ongoing project that was featured at the Henry Art Gallery in Summer 2014.

It is a collaborative project that aims to interrupt passive cultural attitudes towards public space by activating specific spaces with poems referencing those spaces. The project affirms that words not only reflect, but actually create the world around us, and that poetry (and art in general) can and should have social agency.

There are several steps in this collaborative project:

1 – A poet chooses a public place.

2 – I interview the poet in the chosen place. You can see the questions we discuss here.

3 – The poet writes a poem in response to the chosen place.

4 – The poem is worked into a visual/verbal piece to be placed in the chosen place.

Read more and see images on the project’s website.