with Jack Ridl and Meridith Ridl
July 9-12, 10am-12:30pm
In this class you will write each day from varied prompts- from Haiku to collaborative writing- and then create visual work through painting, drawing and collage to accompany your words. Come be a writer, illustrator, maker, artist, explorer, collaborator, and appreciator amid story-filled Ox-Bow.
Jack Ridl’s latest book, Practicing to Walk Like a Heron, was named by ForeWord Reviews/The American Library Association as the year’s best collection. His previous two collections also received national awards, and his Against Elegies was selected by then Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Center of Book Arts/NYC Chapbook Award. He and Collins read together in NYC at Christmas after 9/11. This year a new collection, Saint Peter and the Goldfinch is scheduled for publication. Recipient of the Gary Gildner Award for Poetry, named the second Honorary Chancellor of the Poetry Society of Michigan, honored by The Literacy Society of West Michigan for his lifetime of work, named by The Carnegie Foundation Michigan Professor of the Year, Jack is also co-author with Peter Schakel of Approaching Literature and 250 Poems both from Bedford/St. Martins Press. After the election of 2016, he began his “In Time” project where each Thursday he posts a comment and poem. Over 11,000 people from all over the world visit the site. Jack conducts workshops and one-on-one sessions. For information on all of these projects go to www.ridl.com. More than 85 of his students are now publishing.
Meridith Ridl is an artist and an art teacher with a BA from the College of Wooster and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her individual work is represented by Lafontsee Galleries and has been exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the University of Toledo, the Butler Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Queretaro, Mexico. She also works collaboratively with artist Lisa Walcott, and their work has most recently been shown at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and at The Holland Area Arts Council. Her first illustrated book, The Lake Michigan Mermaid, by authors Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen will be published this year.