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Contributions by Martha Silano:

“I’m not sure why I decided”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Jen P. Harris: I moved my art practice from a studio in a shared artists’ building to a smaller home-based workspace in March, so my relationship to my creative work has completely changed. After two years of working on large, multi-panel collage-paintings, I’m now working on small colored pencil drawings. The work feels more intimate. Poet Martha Silano: I rely quite a bit on writing prompts. Often, it’s the only way I can focus/get started. Recently, I’ve been participating in a Zoom generative poetry group that relies heavily on prompts… Prompts often coax out poems that are, for whatever reason, stuck inside us and waiting for a way to be born.

Poet Martha Silano has authored five books of poetry, including Gravity Assist and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, both from Saturnalia Books. She also co-authored The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for your Writing Practice. Jen P. Harris is a Los Angeles-based artist working with painting, collage, installation, and collective projects. Jen’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, most recently in a solo show at Edgar Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

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