Art, poetry fusion on tap for talk tonight in Port Townsend

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

PORT TOWNSEND — Poet Shin Yu Pai will discuss what can happen when poetry and visual arts collide during a presentation at the Port Townsend Library tonight.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pai will talk about the history of artist-poet collaborations and creative innovation in American literature.

During the lecture, she will show her work as a writer, her commissions for art and cultural museums, and her work with painters, photographers, installation artists, composers and video artists on collaborative work.

She’ll also discuss developing hybrid works that bring together her creative practices as a writer, photographer and museologist.

Pai is the author of several books of poetry, including “AUX ARCS,” “Adamantine,” “Sightings” and “Equivalence.”

She is the recipient of grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts &Culture and The Awesome Foundation. She is currently poet laureate of the city of Redmond and was a 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee.

She also has served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers.

Her visual work has been exhibited at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Paterson Museum, American Jazz Museum, Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and the International Print Center. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pai lives in Seattle.

The lecture is sponsored by Humanities Washington.

For more information, contact Keith Darrock at

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