6660 Manasota Key Road
“Between Two Worlds”
Friday, March 12 at 5:30pm
With Hermitage Fellows Gowri Savoor & Monica Youn
The Hermitage Beach
Entrance at: 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223
Register here. $5 per person.
Visual artist Gowri Savoor discusses the importance of mapping systems within her work, and will facilitate an interactive, communal mapping experience that aims to connect us in this challenging time of physical-distancing. Poet Monica Youn will read from her manuscript in progress, which includes poems on the theme of deracination – to form a racial identity based on other people’s stereotypes, rather than from any central core of authenticity.
Capacity is limited to accommodate safe social distancing. Registration is required and early reservations are recommended. Masks are requested and strongly encouraged. Audiences members are invited to bring their own beach chairs and blankets.
Gowri Savoor (pictured above) is a visual-teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, drawing and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Savoor is the founder of A River of Light, an organization committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, parades and installations. Savoor has been a teaching artist for over twenty years with experience in arts integration and community building. She continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. Further information and examples of her work can be found at www.GowriSavoor.com. Gowri Savoor’s Hermitage Artist Residency is generously sponsored by Jan & Bill Farber.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, and named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and BuzzFeed. Her previous book Ignatz was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hermitage Fellowship, Witter Bytter Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship, among other honors. The daughter of Korean immigrants, and a member of the Racial Imaginary Institute, she teaches at Princeton and in the M.F.A. programs at NYU and Columbia.