Back to All Events

Blackout Poetry with Makeda!

  • Arthur Eddington Center 133 Livingston Street Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)


We are excited to have Makeda Sandford who is a graduate of UNCA and an esteemed photographer in the Asheville area.  She is going to teach the girls a unique form of poetry called blackout poetry. 

Blackout poetry is identified as the brainchild of author, cartoonist and web designer Austin Kleon, who hit on the technique to overcome a severe case of writer's block.  Working with discarded copies of "The New York Times," Kleon viewed the results as little more than an inspired writing exercise. 

Blackout poets search for striking words or images in daily newspapers, which they emphasize by corssing out the unneeded text with a permanent marker.  For best results, it is not necessary to read entire articles before you cross out words since the idea is to create a completely new work.  The resulting poem can be read from left to right or from top to bottom, which opens up new interpretations for the reader.

Dinner will be served.

Later Event: August 2
Ice Cream Social