Tony Gengarelly, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Since 1999 he has taught art and bookmaking for The Poetry Studio’s summer workshops. He has written and published on a variety of subjects, including Early American Modernism, Native American painting and Outsider Art. Most noteworthy are articles for the Mind’s Eye and Folk Art Messenger; also publications on American poster art, Maurice Prendergast, and artists on the autism spectrum.
He has edited and written two books on the art of Jessica Park (Exploring Nirvana, and A World Transformed). His latest book is Art on the Spectrum: A Guide for Mentoring and Marketing Artists with ASD.
Tony has curated individually or produced with his students over 40 exhibitions and he has been the Director of the Jessica Park Project for the past seventeen years, an educational and professional program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Another World is an extraordinary book that features poetry and art by young people (ages 5 to 17) from The Poetry Studio. Founded in 1995 by Ann Gengarelly, The Poetry Studio is indeed “another world” that inspires imagination and discovery. The students’ poems, in original and exceptional ways, invite us to remember the creative spirit and the importance of meeting with that part of oneself that is so often neglected.
Chard deNiord is the former Vermont Poet Laureate. deNiord is the author of seven poetry collections include In My Unknowing, Interstate, Speaking in Turn: a collaboration with Tony Sanders; The Double Truth, Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. DeNiord has also authored two books of interviews with renowned American poets, Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets and I Would Lie To You If I Could.
According to prize winning poet/professor, Bruce Smith “The students’ poems. . . are cracks in the construction, cures for the hurt, color for the bleakness, and challenges to the system. These poems of love and rage are counter forces to unfeeling and silence. They are maps to be consulted when navigating the world. . .” Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019-2022, has also commented: These students' poems and art are so beautiful and refreshing - they ring of truth in a time of lies. We need them.