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Artistry in Citizenship: Building, Growing, and Sustaining Literary Community

  • Richardson Public Library 900 Civic Center Drive Richardson, TX, 75080 United States (map)

"Artistry in Citizenship: Building, Growing, and Sustaining Literary Community" with Joe Milazzo

If writing carries any sort of occupational hazard, it is that the solitary nature of the work itself can feel isolating. Yet literature is an art form whose primary medium is language. Literature is inherently social. Moreover, artists in other disciplines — the visual and performing arts, especially — have long recognized and leveraged the value to be found in forming their own collectives, informal as well as formal. Why are writers often suspicious of efforts to build artistic communities? What do writers stand to gain from participating in such communities? As writers, how can our communities be a source of inspiration, material support, and opportunities for professional development? In this talk/Q&A, local author, editor, publisher, and curator Joe Milazzo will share the historical context for what is now often described as "literary citizenship." He will also discuss what his involvement in multiple literary communities has meant for his creative practice.


Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Tammy, and elsewhere. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, where he was born and raised.

The Writers Guild of Texas presents Guest Speaker / Program meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Basement Program room of the Richardson Public Library. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Later Event: December 18
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