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Contributions by MJ Levy Dickson:

“Tádídíín Bizaad” / “The Language of Corn Pollen”

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Collaborators’s Q&A: Poet Manny Loley: The process was truly a conversation between the artist and poet, between the visual image and language. While both are contained within the white space of the page, which can be a constricting space at times and one that is full of historical and sociopolitical trauma for many BIPOC writers/artists, allowing the two to converse with each other, to change with each other, was refreshing and liberating. Artist MJ Levy Dickson: I drive by fields of corn whenever I go to town. When I read his poem I wanted to stop in the cornfields and sketch each stalk and tassel.

Poet Manny Loley is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ: Diné Writers’ Collective and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. Artist MJ Levy Dickson’s work explores global interconnectedness through common denominators in nature.

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Collaborators’s Q&A: Artist MJ Levy Dickson:  This project has been a joyful and thoughtful experience during a time of uncertainty.  Translator Don Cellini: I am seduced by the wavy grey lines that form the background. Are they ridges to a mountain? The soggy paper bag in the poem? Poet Janil Uc Tun: [I am surprised by] the ability to build networks and bridges between different views of different geographies, which are empowered by the same starting point.

Translator Don Cellini is a teacher, poet, translator, and photographer. Poet Janil Uc Tun, of the Yucatán, won the XIX José Díaz Bolio Peninsular Prize in Poetry. His chapbook, from Ofi Press, is Colección de insectos que volaron sobre mi cabeza / Collection of Insects that Flew Around My Head. Artist MJ Levy Dickson’s work explores global interconnectedness through common denominators in nature.

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“Moonlight as Liason” (Vizsolyi & Dickson)

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet M. A. Vizsolyi: It wasn’t until I saw it so clearly with my own poem that I really felt just how much a particular piece of visual art can influence the piece from the start. It’s akin to the way a piece of background music can influence the way we interpret a scene in a movie. Artist MJ Levy Dickson: I felt the rhythm of the walk and thoughts; a bird with a human looking eye in the wing, the sclera exposed,  reflecting an almost human face, then gone in a moment.

Artist MJ Levy Dickson has taught at MIT, the Boston Architectural Center, and Wenzhou-Kean University in China. Working with people with limited vision, mental health issues, and others, she offers a bridge by which diverse audiences can experience the unexpressed.

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