Words and Vision: Custom Poetry Pop-up


Museum Entrance Hall

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This event will be held to the left of the Museum entrance doors as you approach from the arrival plaza.

Turn an artwork into poetry. Local wordsmiths, armed with manual typewriters and poetic license, help transform your favorite Getty artwork into a memorable, take-home poem in this free, drop-in event for visitors of all ages. Complements the exhibition William Blake: Visionary.

About the Artist
Brian Sonia-Wallace creates collaborative public art and poetry mediated by the technology of the typewriter. He is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of West Hollywood, an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, and the author of Maze Mouth and The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter. Brian, aka RENT Poet, has participated at Grand Performances, been heard on KCRW, and toured the country creating original work in direct dialogue with the public.

This event is held on Sundays from October 22 through November 12 (excluding October 29), and is hosted by poets representing LA's diverse writing communities:

October 22: Pride Poets (celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month)
Timothy Nang
Frankie Tan
Jeffrey McCray
Tee Gardiner
Brian Sonia-Wallace

November 5: Melrose Poetry Bureau and Pride Poets
Linda Ravenswood
Nayeli Adorador Knudsen
Jose Rios
Catherine Gewertz
Brian Sonia-Wallace

November 12: Meet your Poets Laureate
Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles
Raffi Wartanian, Poet Laureate of Glendale
Carla Sameth, Co-Poet Laureate of Altadena
Jen Cheng, Poet Laureate of West Hollywood
Kim Dower, Poet Laureate Emeritus of West Hollywood
Brian Sonia-Wallace, Poet Laureate Emeritus of West Hollywood

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