Tiny Writes Poet Participants Millspace Celebration Newmarket NH Carand Burnet Sarah Anderson Bethanie Beausoleil Wendy Cannella Kathleen Clancy Nicholas M Coulombe Mark DeCarteret Todd Dowey Amy Fukuizumi Alison Harville Matt Jasper Kate Leigh Marybeth McNamara Mike Nelson Andrew Periale Jessica Purdy Jim Rioux S Stephanie Lauren WB Vermette Jeff Volk Jess WatersAs the 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate of Newmarket, NH, Carand Burnet organized a two-part project where residents anonymously collaborated with writers.

At Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture, Burnet displayed shadow boxes with staged miniature items from May 25th – July 7th.  All who attended the exhibit anonymously wrote a line about a favorite “poetic theater” box.  After the show, Burnet collected this writing and distributed it to poets who composed a poem inspired by this material written by the community.  On September 14th, participants read his or her Tiny Writes poem during a celebration at Millspace.

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Example of a “poetic theater” shadow box. Photo courtesy Daniel J. Clapp.

Located at 55 Main Street in Newmarket, NH, Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture is a vibrant civic space dedicated to cultural exploration and experimentation. Millspace offers community members roundtable discussions, workshops, panel sessions, lectures, gallery installations, film festivals, historic engagement, musical performances, education, and live theater.  This year is Millspace’s 5th anniversary!

Carand Burnet is Newmarket’s 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate. Burnet is a writer, visual artist, and musician.  Her poetry and essays have been featured in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, jubilat, and her writing has previously been listed as a notable in the Best American Essays.

Generative prompts and experimental writing exercises have helped shape Burnet’s creative direction as a poet. The idea for this project originated in a writing group lead by poet Emily Pettit at Flying Object. One of the exercises was to distribute envelopes that contained disparate images or miniature items and writers would compose a poem based on the provided material.  It allowed class participants to explore new subjects, imagery, and tone. The hope is that Tiny Writes will be an equally rewarding experience for poets who participate!

Participating poets:

Sarah Anderson
Bethanie Beausoleil
Wendy Cannella
Kathleen Clancy
Nicholas M Coulombe
Mark DeCarteret
Todd Dowey
Amy Fukuizumi
Alison Harville
Matt Jasper
Kate Leigh
Marybeth McNamara
Mike Nelson
Andrew Periale
Jessica Purdy
Jim Rioux
S Stephanie
Lauren WB Vermette
Jeff Volk
Jess Waters

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