is the author of five books of poetry, including Cinder: New and Selected Poems, which is this year's Sister Mariella Gable award-winning book, as part of an annual collaboration between Graywolf Press and the LAI. This retrospective collection presents the development of one of the most ingenious and moving lyric writers in contemporary poetry. A former MacArthur Fellow and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Stewart teaches at Princeton University.
is an internationally renowned visual artist known for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Last year Hamilton received the National Arts Medal from then President Obama, in addition to being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEW Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, the Heinz Award and many other honors. She is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at the Ohio State University.
There will also be a viewing of Michael Mercil's film Covenant and a discussion with the three artists about collaboration among artists of different mediums.
Michael Mercil lives in Columbus, Ohio where he teaches in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. He graduated from Saint John’s Prep School and attended Saint John’s University. He went on to graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before earning an MFA from the University of Chicago. Mercil’s art explores realms of “the near, the low, the common” in works close to—if not always within—the categories of sculpture, drawing, painting, landscape architecture, film, performance and agriculture.
Covenant was filmed over three years at farmsteads and agricultural fairs throughout Ohio. In it, we hear the voices of farmers reflecting upon the nature and economy of keeping livestock; while through it, a narrated poem calls our attention to the anxieties and challenges of the human/farm animal bond.
These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University with support from the Manitou Fund.