Children of Grass

Children of Grass

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TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2023) — The Woody Guthrie Center will present the upcoming exhibition “Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry,” on Jan. 26, 2024. This thought-provoking exhibit offers a fresh perspective on contemporary American identity through a unique blend of visual art and poetry.
“Children of Grass” showcases a captivating collection of photographic portraits by B.A. Van Sise, paying homage to the poets of our time. These evocative images, created in collaboration with the poets themselves, serve as visual interpretations of their literary works, forging a powerful connection between two distinct forms of artistic expression.
The exhibit features an impressive roster of both established and emerging contemporary poets, including literary luminaries such as Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Nikki Giovanni, X.J. Kennedy, Patricia Smith, Ted Kooser and Joyce Carol Oates. It also proudly highlights two former U.S. Poet Laureates: Ada Limón and Tulsa’s very own Joy Harjo, who serves as the Bob Dylan Center Artist-in-Residence. New voices in the world of poetry, Joseph O. Legaspi, Meg Day, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Nicole Sealey, Danez Smith, Joan Naviyuk Kane and Javier Zamora, are equally celebrated.

“This exhibit is a powerful display of art and poetry that perfectly aligns with Woody Guthrie’s spirit of activism and creative expression,” says Cady Shaw, Director. “Visitors will come away inspired by both the words and images.”
Tickets to visit the center during “Children of Grass” are now available. The exhibit will be complemented with special events, educational programming and outreach that explores the intersections between visual art and literature with visitors.
Members of the Woody Guthrie Center will have exclusive early access to the exhibition during a private opening on Thursday, Jan 25.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the exhibit page.

Image Credit: Mark Doty, © 2017 by B.A. Van Sise.