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Hyphenated Poets
Posted on 8/7/2016
A new video interview series hosted by Mariano Zaro
a poet-visual artist
Caley O'Dwyer is a poet who draws and paints. His ekphrastic poems about the abstract expressionist paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970) were displayed at the Tate Modern Museum in London as part of a 2008 Rothko retrospective. His forthcoming second poetry collection, Light, Earth and Blue, will feature work responding to Rothko paintings. In this interview, he describes how in writing poems he often applies visual arts sensibilities. O'Dwyer is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the "Images" contest judged by Yusef Komunyakaa for the The Dallas Morning News. Also a recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer grant for poetry, O'Dwyer teaches creative writing and psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles.