At Home with Literati: Terry Blackhawk & Scott Boberg

Monday, February 13, 2023 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Terry Blackhawk in support of her poetry collection Maumee, Maumee. After a reading, she'll be joined in conversation by Scott Boberg

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About the book: With great tenderness, Terry Blackhawk has woven both nature and art into her poems of love and grief. They share crystalline memories that span locations and times with her lost lover: a painting seen, words spoken, words unspoken but heard, and always, the river.

Terry Blackhawk was born in California and grew up in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Indiana. As a student at Antioch College in the 1960s, she spent 18 months in Europe, learning both Swedish and Italian. After earning a BA in Literature, she moved to Detroit where her career as a high school Creative Writing teacher for Detroit Public Schools eventually led to her founding, in 1995, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a nonprofit writers-in-schools program dedicated to amplifying the voices of Detroit youth. Blackhawk holds a Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts Education from Oakland University, which granted her an Honorary Doctorate in 2013. Twice named Michigan Creative Writing Teacher of the Year, she has frequently shared her passions for ekphrastic poetry and for Emily Dickinson through poems, essays, workshops, and presentations.

Terry’s poetry collections include body & field (Michigan State UP, 1999); Escape Artist (BkMk Press, 2003) winner of the John Ciardi Prize; and The Light Between (Wayne State UP, 2012). One Less River (Mayapple Press) was named a Top 2019 Indie Poetry Title by Kirkus Reviews. Upon her retirement from InsideOut in 2015, Wayne State UP brought out To Light a Fire: Twenty Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a collection of essays co-edited with InsideOut Senior Writer Peter Markus. Other awards include the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry from Nimrod International, a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship, induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Antioch College Horace Mann Alumni Award for victories for humanity. After fifty years as a Detroiter, Terry moved to Connecticut to live near her son, Yale Professor Ned Blackhawk, and grandchildren.

Scott Boberg joined the Ann Arbor Film Festival as its Deputy Director in August 2022.  Boberg has been an administrator, curator, and educator in non-profit arts organizations, including the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. With a focus on contemporary film, music, and visual art, Boberg developed exhibitions and public program series at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Aspen Art Museum; and the Toledo Museum of Art.  In Toledo, he presented a silent film and live music series, outdoor screenings, and exhibition-related film series on topics ranging from the automobile, dance, and elections to families, mummies, and Shakespeare. Born in Hollywood, Boberg studied film and poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.
At Berkeley, Boberg studied with poets Thom Gunn and Gary Soto. As a visual artist, he has had solo exhibitions at New Mastodon Books (Los Angeles), the Wyoming Arts Council Gallery (Cheyenne), and Semantics Gallery (Cincinnati). His painted book Famous Spies is in the Special Collections of the Getty Research Institute and numerous private collections.  In 2004, he curated the exhibition Sport, Science, and Nameless Delight: Nabokov's Wyoming Butterflies at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, which included family photographs shared by Dmitri Nabokov as well original drawings, notebooks, and poetry from the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.  
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