Joshua Edwards

Personal Geographies

"I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness," wrote Dorothy Wordworth on April 15, 1802, after a walk with with her brother.  A couple of years later, William Wordsworth used Dorothy's recollection as the source for his most famous poems, which begins "I wandered lonely as a Cloud."  We'll be looking at writing and art (including Basho's travelogues, poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Bernadette Mayer, and Baudelaire, and the artwork of Gerardo Nigenda and Hamish Fulton) that explores place and the feeling of being in landscape; and we'll be working to find poetic, visual, and collaborative forms to accommodate our own journeys and days.

Talk

En Plein Air:  Joshua Edwards will be talking about his own projects that incorporate walking, photography, and the written word, and also about some historical examples of cross-genre art that is made outdoors.

Poet, translator, and editor Joshua Edwards was born in Galveston, Texas. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan. His collections of poetry include Campeche (2011), which includes photographs taken by his father, the photographer Van Edwards; Imperial Nostalgias (2013); and Architecture for Travelers (2014). He is also the author of a photobook, Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa, and his translation of Mexican poet María Baranda’s Ficticia (2010) was nominated for a Northern California Book Award.  Edwards is director and coeditor of Canarium Books, a small press devoted to publishing innovative poetry and translations. He was a Fulbright grantee, a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, and he received a fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude. When not traveling, he lives with his wife, the poet Lynn Xu, in Marfa, Texas.   Author Website        Architecture for Travelers         Poetry Foundation        Academy of American Poets     

Workshops:  Three 2-hour sessions. & one 1-hour talk