Internationally known poet Julie Patton to share words, artistry at Daytona library

BY PENNY DICKERSON
DAYTONA TIMES

New York-based poet Julie Patton owns a lyrical brand of artistry that cannot be described in a vacuum. She is improvisational and both performer and permaculturist.  An award-winning author, Patton also is a seasoned instructor of international acclaim.

Julie Patton is a master artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.
Julie Patton is a master artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.

Fans, followers and poetry enthusiasts can experience her particular brand of poetry in a “site-specific” reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.’

“My recital, more like a ‘writing out loud,’ will involve improvising off found matters – books, sounds, words, thoughts, the weather, how I feel, what I see hear, feel, sense – at the library and anything I may have come in contact with in and around the grounds of the Atlantic Center for the Arts,” Patton explained.

Master artist
Patton is currently a master artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. The innovative nonprofit launched the three-week residency program in 1982 to provide a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects.

Artists across a wide spectrum of disciplines including visual, literary and performing arts work with “master artists” like Patton, who joins the ranks of over 3,500 global artists who have structured their own residency. Additionally, they select eight “associate artists” to participate in the three-week program.

Language out loud
“I improvise site-specific performances and installations using materials (language, sounds, images, emotions, found objects) at hand,” said Patton in her residency description.

“It’s a walk on the wild side so we will generate, write, score, and map sound materials for new and old projects by spending time outdoors, “going on explores,’’ listening, tracking, and translating sounds in the lush soundscapes,” she added.

Book signing too
Patton’s teaching posts include New York University; Naropa University in Boulder, Colo.; and Schule fur Dichtung in Vienna, Austria.

She is the author of “Using Blue to Get Black,” “Notes for Some (Nominally Awake),” “A Garden per Verse (or What Else do You Expect from Dirt?),” “The Building by the Side of the Road” and “Teething on Type.” “B”, her collection of explorations, will be published by Tender Buttons Press this year.

Following her evening performance, Patton will facilitate a brief Q&A and sign books. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 386-257-6036, ext. 16166.

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