Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Caleb Brown: This poem just grabbed me right away, or I felt myself grabbing toward it. It has a blank, bright all-over illumination like a winter day with wan sun, and there’s a lot of space around. The quiet and solitude in between the words is something I appreciate, and the solemnity and sadness of the story I see in myself. Poet Stacie Cassarino: yes, i’ve written poems that were in some way a direct response to visual art; i’ve turned to visual art that in some way articulated an idea i was working towards in words; i’ve collaborated in “dialogues” of images & words exchanged cyclically with visual artists. i’ve always loved the experience for how it’s pushed me to develop words into images & images into words.
Poet Stacie Cassarino lives in Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California. She is a recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation prize and the Astraea Foundation Writer’s Fund, a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and nominee twice for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. at UCLA. Artist Caleb Brown: Besides painting, Caleb likes going to the town dump and taking nature walks