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A poet will be the next artist in resident at Surel's Place

Poet and lyricist Megan Levad is the March fellow at Surel’s Place, an artist in residence space in Garden City. 

Levad is the assistant director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and will be in Idaho working on her manuscript “War Movie,” a series of poems written in ekphrastic style about how war and agriculture impact rural life.

Ekphrastic comes from the Greek word meaning to describe and recount. Ekphrastic poems interpret, inhabit, confront and speak to the subjects of specific works of art.

While she’s here, Levad will teach a ekphrastic workshop, “Images Speak: Writing to Read Art” at the Boise Art Museum from 10 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive. The workshop is $15 general, $10 for museum members. Click here to register.

For information on scholarships email Surel’s Place.

Levad also will give a reading from her debut book “Why We Live in the Dark Ages” during a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at Surel’s Place, 212 E. 33rd St Garden City. Free.

Levad is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Program’s Roethke Prize, and the Zell Postgraduate Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Denver Quarterly and Mantis . Levad and composer Kristin Kuster received an Opera American grant to record their opera later this year.

Surel's Place was founded by the family and friends of artist Surel Mitchell who died in 2011. The residency has hosted artists in a variety of visual artists, writers, filmmakers and dancers.

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