Behind the Veil
Word Meets Image: 
Writing the Ekphrastic Poem 
A Writing Workshop in conjunction with the exhibition
“Behind The Veil: Mythology, Fantasy, and the Human Psyche
Conducted by Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
"Shadow Nesting Time" - Barbara Simcoe
Wed. MAY 30th10am-1pm 
or Thur. May 31st 6-9pm

Ekphrasis:  from the Greek ek, "out of," and phrasis, "speech" or “expression,” originally referred to a written passage of description. The ekphrastic poem evolved from this intersection between seeing and language to go beyond the purely descriptive as the poet sought to make from this encounter a new and original artifact. 


For this one-session workshop, we’ll meet in the gallery space where, surrounded by the exhibition’s images, we’ll first look at a few ekphrastic poems to get an idea of the form’s possibilities and then do some quick warm-up writing exercises, followed by a longer period of concentrated writing.  We’ll explore matters of craft as well as sharpen our sense of how our ears and eyes, in tandem with the workings of language itself, lead us to unforeseen places in our poems.  Discussion and sharing of these early-draft poems will be encouraged.




Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli is a poet, painter, and printmaker.  Her poems have appeared in various publications including Ekphrasis, About Place, Anon, Blast Furnace, Poet Lore, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, and various other journals and anthologies.  She’s been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Painting) and Ragdale (Poetry), and is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Warren Wilson College and an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from Seton Hill University.  Her website is


$20 (Sr. 60+)

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