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Our Winthrop Public Library will host the groundbreaking art exhibit “A Whistling Kettle: Introducing Haiku Comics” from July 10-Aug. 17. Then on Aug. 17, the exhibit’s co-curators, John Burgess and David Lasky, will lead two programs at the library on the history of poetry comics and making haiku comics.

The exhibit features 45 haiku comics by 23 poet-artists. Haiku comics are a blend of haiku – a three-line poetic form originating in Japan – and comic book illustration. The exhibit is believed to be the first ever group exhibition of haiku comics in the U.S. Winthrop will be its third showing, after debuting in Thorp, WA., in April and then at a Seattle art gallery in May.

The exhibit is curated by Lasky, an award-winning illustrator, teaching artist and graphic novelist, and Burgess, a poet and author, both from Seattle.

On August 17, starting at 1 p.m., Burgess (“JB”) will present a slideshow and talk about the history of haiku comics in the community room at the Winthrop Library. Lasky will join via Zoom to lead a workshop for people to create their own short poems/comics. The library will provide paper, pencils, rulers, and coloring implements, but participants can also bring their own drawing media.

Please RSVP by contacting the library or on the Facebook event page.

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