Birding with Poet Chuck Stebelton and Friends

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 8:30-10 am

Chuck Stebelton, left, with fellow poet and birdwatcher Nathaniel Tarn

April 23 with Chuck Stebelton & Cecelia Condit, 8:30 am-10 am
May 21 with Chuck Stebelton & Renato Umali, 8:30 am-10 am

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Watch for spring migrants and resident bird species at the sculpture garden. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

Chuck Stebelton is author of two full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Platformist (Cultural Society, 2012). His first book, Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005), was winner of the inaugural Jack Spicer Award. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for organizations including Lynden Sculpture Garden, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and Woodland Pattern Book Center. He was Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern from 2005 to 2017. He currently serves as Program Coordinator for Interfaith Older Adult Programs in Milwaukee and is a participant in Lynden's residency program.

On April 23, Stebelton is joined by Cecelia Condit, whose exhibition Tales of a Future Past is on view in the gallery. As Sally Berger notes in her catalogue essay, " Condit’s videos are most often set in the natural landscape, and increasingly their central subject is human kind’s relationship to nature...." An earlier video, Why Not A Sparrow (2003), "grieves the potential hazards of bird and wildlife extinction."

On May 21, Stebelton's guest is Renato Umali, an artist, musician and educator. Umali composed the score for Condit's two-channel video installation, Tales of a Future Past.

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