From Comics to Collage: The Possibility of Graphic Literature

with Kelcey Ervick, Naoko Fujimoto, and David Dodd Lee

Saturday, October 14, 2023
Fine Arts Stage, 4:00-4:45pm

How do images transform the reading and writing experience? Three contributors to The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature will share their comics, collages, and graphic poetry, discussing how they draw on previous traditions such as Japanese Emaki (picture scrolls), abstract expressionism, avant-garde filmmaking, and Surrealism to create extraordinary new works rooted in both text and image. The book’s co-editor, acclaimed comic artist Kelcey Ervick (whose recent graphic memoir The Keeper has been hailed by no less than Alison Bechdel), joins Naoko Fujimoto and David Dodd Lee, both exciting explorers of the boundaries between textual and visual poetry, for a visual tour of some of the most exciting, genre-blending literature being made today.

About the Authors

Kelcey Ervick is the author of the graphic memoir The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives (Avery, 2022). Her previous award-winning books are The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a text+image biographical collage, and two works of fiction, Liliane’s Balcony and For Sale by Owner. Her comics have been published widely, including in The Washington PostThe Believer, and Lit Hub, and two featured comics series of hers have appeared in The Rumpus. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and is a professor of English at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches creative writing, comics, and literary collage.

Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and studied at Nanzan Junior College. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her poetry collections include We Face The Tremendous Meat On The Teppan, winner of C&R Press Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Award, Where I Was Born, (Willow Books, 2019), and Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory (Tupelo Press, 2021). A RHINO associate and Tupelo Quarterly translation editor, she is a Bread Loaf Translation scholarship recipient and the 2023 Visiting Teaching Artist at the Poetry Foundation.

David Dodd Lee is the author of eleven books of poems, including Animalities (Four Way Books, 2014) and Unlucky Animals, which includes 60 pages of original poems, Ashbery erasure poems, dictionary sonnets, and over sixty collages. He is also a collage artist, painter, and photographer. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of 42 Miles Press and a Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University South Bend, where he teaches classes on poetry, fiction, publishing, and editing, as well as visual art.