The Poetics of Possibility: A Workshop Series with Ellen Chang-Richardson

October 21 - November 25, 2023

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Create poetic responses to artworks, exploring relationships archive and community.

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Part I: Tracing History / 21 October

Location: 905 Somerset Street West and Ten Toes Coffee House & Laundry (837 Somerset Street West) 

 Part II: An Ekphrastic Intervention / 25 November

Location: Carleton University Art Gallery 

Join poet and writer Ellen Chang-Richardson for a two-part workshop exploring the themes and questions in Jin-me Yoon: Dreaming Birds, Becoming Crane.  Admission is free and all levels of writers and poets are welcome! You can attend one or both sessions. Please email to reserve your spot.

In Part I, we’ll meet at Handle with care (Don’t waste the pain), Jin-me Yoon’s billboard at 905 Somerset Street West. Accompanied by exhibition co-curator Heather Anderson, this workshop is inspired by the billboard’s exploration of relationships, of archive, of occupied space and community. The workshop continues at a nearby Chinatown coffee shop where we trace the history of place and write to prompts rooted in this discussion.  

In Part II, we’ll meet at CUAG to create ekphrastic poetic responses to Yoon’s work. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a work of art, and informed ekphrasis draws on the artist’s conceptual preoccupations. Through critical reflection and the imaginative act of poetic intervention, participants will be invited to absorb the photographs and video in the exhibition and write ekphrastic responses that push beyond. As Jin-me Yoon says, “we carry the past into the yet the unknown future we are shaping now in the present.” 

This workshop series is supported by Korean Cultural Center Canada.  

Access For Part I, we will be outside, in front of the billboard at the corner of Somerset and Preston streets. Ten Toes Coffee House is 180 m away and we will travel there on foot. The door of Ten Toes has a 5-inch step to enter. There is a bathroom on the first floor. Part II will take place at CUAG, which is a barrier-free space with an elevator connecting both floors. Light seating will be available. 


Ellen Chang-Richardson is an award-winning poet whose multi-genre writing has appeared in publications across Turtle Island, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Augur, The Ex-Puritan, Room, third coast magazine, Watch Your Head and The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us: New Chinese Canadian Fiction (Wolsak & Wynn, 2023). Born to Taiwanese and Chinese Cambodian parents, Ellen has lived in Oakville, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tkaronto, and now resides in Ottawa on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. Their debut collection is forthcoming in spring 2024 with Buckrider Books. 

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