Coming up at the Perlman Teaching Museum’s Braucher Gallery Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College is the collaboration between Artist Rachel Breen and Poet Alison Morse, “The Price of Our Clothes” with an Exhibition Opening and Poetry Reading on April 12th. Free and open to the public, the Poetry Readings begin at 7 pm.
Alison Morse will lead a poetry reading with multiple readers that highlights the poems she wrote for “The Price of Our Clothes.” Alison’s poems animate the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in NYC (1911), and the collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh (2013); bring to light our present day connections with garment workers in Bangladesh and invite reflection about our role in the garment industry supply chain. Readers include Rachel Breen, Paula Cisewski, Patricia Cumbie, Carol Dines, Carla Hagen, David Harris, Deborah Keenan, Seth Levin, Chris Martin, Alison Morse, Marcia Peck, Julia Klatt Singer, Leroy Sorenson, Peter Truran, and Bryan Thao Worra. Poets Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Bridget Murphy, and Kate Kysar will read poems of their own.
“The Price of Our Clothes” Exhibition is on View March 26 – April 27. The exhibition presents evocative mixed-media artwork, powerful sound pieces, poems, and performances. “The Price of Our Clothes” encourages contemplation about our historic and present day relationship with the people who make the clothes we wear.
Rachel Breen has exhibited throughout the US. She has been awarded three Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and is a professor of art at Anoka Ramsey Community College where she teaches painting and drawing. Rachel uses non-traditional materials and exhibition spaces, exploring social concerns and community engagement through drawing, installation and performance.
Alison Morse’s writing has been published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies and has won a Tiferet Fiction Award. She is also the author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head (Red Bird Chapbooks), a collection of very short stories. Alison is a descendant of New York City garment workers.
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is a poet, community artist, activist and educator. She was born in Vietnam, raised in Minnesota, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in California. She is the founder of Pomelo Press, a Hedgebrook alumna, an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellow, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two poetry books, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and the editor of Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. Her latest project was a collaborative CD of poetry from Pretend the World. She chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
Bridget Murphy is a teacher and writer from Minneapolis. Recent publications include a story “The Last Rites” in The Harp and The Loon Anthology: Literary Bridges between Ireland and Minnesota, and a short piece on NPR’s My Classical Story. She is currently working on a series of stories about loss.
For more information: https://rachelbreenart.com/#/the-price-of-our-clothes/