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All Levels | This reading course explores the intersection of art and science. Discussion will include: the psychological basis for art; the concept of art-for-art’s sake; how improvisation can lead to insight and alchemy; the rejection of “inspiration”; and the theory that art first and foremost must inform its maker. We’ll read and discuss excerpts of poetry and prose from writers who use the sciences as fodder, and we’ll try one or two in-class writing exercises geared toward writing-through-discovery.
Janée J. Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach), and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her writing has been published in over 100 journals, including Boulevard, Nano Fiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The American Journal of Poetry. Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. She’s had a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Florida’s Dance Now! Ensemble. Baugher has presented her poetry at festivals such as Bumbershoot and Folklife, as well as at the Library of Congress.