River City Art and Music held it’s 21st Riverview Artist Salon on Wednesday, June 23rd at xBk Live in the Drake University neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa.
This two-hour in-person, and live streamed event, included poetry, presentations, and a live performance by Des Moines Hip-Hop artist, Billy “B. Well” Weathers. The event was streamed on xBk Live’s YouTube channel. In-person, free will donation tickets benefited the B. Well Foundation of Des Moines. Programming begins at 4:32 minutes. Enjoy!
Christine Stewart and Paul Brooke will read poetry and discuss the relationship between the visual arts and writing.
South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Postcard on Parchment (2008), Keeping Them Alive (2010), Untrussed (2016), and Bluewords Greening (2016), winner of the 2018 Whirling Prize. She is a Professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.
Paul Brooke’s poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as the North American Review, Rocky Mountain Review, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment.
Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa (2008); Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel, Florida (2010); Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal (2015) and Arm Wrestling at the Iowa State Fair (2018). He is completing Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal, which details the lives of the largest jaguars in the Americas. It is due out by Elsevier Press April 2020.
His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; and Ames, Iowa. Primarily a nature photographer, Brooke prides himself on getting superfine detail in his shots. His photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia, and Nicaragua. For summer of 2018, he was awarded a two-week residency in Iceland to create Banished: Photographs and Poems of Iceland.
Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Environmental Literature, Diverse Voices, Plains Indians, and Literary Theory. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and completed his Bachelors and Masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.