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Art on Art: an Ekphrastic Slam

June 2, 2015

Poetry is often linked to the visual arts, but never more uniquely than during the Arkansas Arts Center’s Art on Art: An Ekphrastic Slam competition, now in its sixth year.

On June 2, 2015, the Arkansas Arts center will kick off the national "SOUTHERN FRIED" Poetry Festival, being held for the first time in Little Rock, with the original and only Ekphrastic Poetry Slam, Art on Art: An Ekphrastic Slam. Art on Art will bring some of the nation's best poets to the Arts center. Do not miss this unique opportunity to see the 30 Americans exhibition come alive through a completely different art form! 

What is Ekphrastic Poetry?

Have you ever heard the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words?" Well, sometimes poets think a painting, a drawing, or a sculpture is worth just that, and maybe more! When poets find a piece of visual artwork that truly captures their imagination, they often engage in a literary practice known as Ekphrastic poetry, which is poetry that is inspired by the art object.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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