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Contributions by Karen Cappotto:

“Exhaltation”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Lisa Allen Ortiz: Honestly, I was worried there would be a bee…  So I was so delighted to see Karen’s take on the poem, in which she captured the airiness and joyful disorientation that I feel the poem has.  Artist Karen Cappotto:  The breath of the poem inspires me and draws me toward it.

Artist Karen Cappotto’s landscapes are in the Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Permanent collection and she is a founding member of the Provincetown Commons, a nonprofit focused on developing support and economic opportunities for the creative community of Provincetown.  Poet Lisa Allen Ortiz is the author of Guide to the Exhibit, recipient of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets series and on Verse Daily.  She grew up in Northern California and now lives in Santa Cruz.

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“Fragment”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish says: “every beautiful poem is an act of resistance.” I am powerless before the immensity of human suffering, except for my words. Artist Karen Cappotto: I have heard the most political act is an apolitical one. So in those terms, maybe it is possible to affect the future.

Artist Karen Cappotto recently won the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed grant for painting. She is represented by AMP Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American of Palestinian, Syrian and Jordanian heritage who writes poetry, essays and literary translations.

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“Pepsi”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Nickole Brown: There’s an element of ferocity and anger in that bright red form; the collaboration brings out those deeper, darker undercurrents. Artist Karen Cappotto: I often find the key for a painting in a book just when I need it most.

Poet Nickole Brown is the author of Fanny Says, a biography of her grandmother, and Sister. Artist Karen Cappotto recently won the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed grant for painting and has a studio practice in Provincetown, MA.

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