Lit Crawl Boston 2021 Lit Crawl Boston 2021

Conversations with Art: Ekphrastic Writing in Graffiti Alley


Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is the author of Romance with Small-Time Crooks (BlazeVOX [books], 2013) and Taking the Homeless Census (Saturnalia Books, 2020) which won the 2018 Saturnalia Editors Prize. A Boston native, her poems have been displayed in City Hall and featured by Mass Poetry aboard the red line subway. She works as an advocate for the homeless in Cambridge and teaches in the PoemWorks community.

Heather Nelson is a poet, teacher, mother, and recovering attorney who has lived in Cambridge since 1995. She is the Writers’ Room Coordinator for 826 Boston at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, where she helps many students find their writing voices and create great work. Her own work has been published in Main Street Rag, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Lily Poetry Review, Free State Review, The Somerville Times, Constellations, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Compassion Anthology.

Art urges us to look more closely at the world around us, and at ourselves. In Central Square’s Graffiti Alley, there’s an ever changing gallery of portraits and messages from local artists. In this generative writing workshop with poets Alexis Ivy and Heather Nelson, participants will choose an image to have a “conversation” with. Each writer will be given prompts and questions in order to interact with their image. After having this dialogue with art, writers can pick eight of their favorite lines and arrange them into a working draft of an ekphrastic poem, to share with each other and the community.

FREE; pre-registration required