Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu): A Workshop with Ed Roberson

Tuesday, June 7 - Friday, June 10, 2016, 1-4 pm daily


Presented in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Fee: $200/$185 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only).
Registration: Registration is closed.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden and Woodland Pattern offer Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu), an intensive workshop with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson. In addition to the scheduled hours, each participant will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Ed Roberson for individualized feedback and discussion of his or her work. The workshop will begin with a reading by Roberson at Woodland Pattern on June 5 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 10 at 6 pm.

Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu) refers to both a poetic genre and a genre of Japanese still life painting in which human figures are absent, leaving only garments and other objects that bear the trace of those who left them. In this workshop we’ll take this idea and play with it, imagining the absence present in the objects and landscape that adorn the Lynden Sculpture Garden - its ecology, the siting & placement of the art works, and the built structures will allow us to explore the fingerprint of the human; the empty sleeve.

About Ed Roberson

Ed Roberson was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, where, as an undergraduate research assistant in limnology, he traveled across Canada, through Alaska, Kodiak and Afognak Islands and later Bermuda with research expeditions. For a period he was employed as a diver for the Pittsburgh Aquazoo (training porpoises, among other things). As a team member on the Explorers' Club of Pittsburgh's South American Expeditions, he climbed mountains in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes and explored the upper Amazonian jungle in eastern Ecuador. He has motorcycled across the United States, and traveled in Mexico, the Caribbean, and in Nigeria, West Africa. He is the author of several books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), and has received numerous awards and honors, including PEN American Voelcker Award for poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Stephen Henderson Critics’ Award for achievement in poetry by the African American Literary and Culture Society. Retired from Rutgers University, Ed Roberson lives in Chicago where he is currently emeritus in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University.

Dates at Lynden: June 7-June 10

Tuesday, June 7 - 1-4 pm
Wednesday, June 8 - 1-4 pm
Thursday, June 9 - 1-4 pm
Friday, June 10 - 1-4 pm (with a reading and reception at 6 pm)

Related Events

Sunday, June 5 - 2 pm
Reading: Ed Roberson
$8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members
FREE for participants in Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu)
This event takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212

Friday, June 10 - 6 pm
Workshop Reading & Celebration
Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.
This event takes place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public.

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