We’re pleased to announce a collaboration with Modern Art, a creative space in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the week of January 19th, I (Erin Dorney, co-founder and co-editor of The Triangle) will be the very first Modern Worker Writer-In-Residence.
I’ll be working on a project—my manuscript of erasure poems sourced from Shia LaBeouf media interviews. Two of these poems have been published in the Silver Birch Press Celebrity Free Verse Poetry Series and five more are forthcoming from Hobart this February.
Erasure poetry is created by erasing words from an existing text and framing the result on the page as a poem. In my pieces, punctuation, capitalization, and line breaks are altered but no words are added to the pieces beyond the source text—LaBeouf’s own words from his interviews. To learn more about erasure poetry, see Andrew David King’s interview on The Kenyon Review blog. Or google it.
If you’ve never been there, Modern Art is a space created by Libby Modern & Joanna Seedorf, located at 529 W. Chestnut Street. It’s a gallery, a design studio, an events space… an all around creative makespace. Libby and Joanna work on design projects (logos, posters, giant hanging things, branding, strategy, signs), make paintings, and use Modern Art for community engaged projects like Artbike, Truth or Drawer, and the Modern Worker In Residence program.
I’m also looking for a little bit of help from you. I need your help identifying interviews to use as source texts. If you find an interview with LaBeouf that is not already on the list, please add it! You can also add your name and if this project finds a publisher, I will be sure to acknowledge your help. On a slightly more fun note, I am also looking for pictures of LaBeouf—to hang in my residency workspace. If your dentist happens to have a celebrity magazine in the waiting room next time you’re there, please (carefully) tear out any images or information relating to LaBeouf and send them to me via mail to: Erin Dorney c/o Modern Art, 529 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603.
Modern Art is open 9:30am – 5pm, Tuesday through Thursday. During the week I am in residence, I encourage you to stop by to check it out, say hello, ask about The Triangle, or talk about creativity/community/writing/Shia LaBeouf with me.