Crack the Lines:

     Risk a New Emergence

            Crossing Disciplines:

            Using Art to Inform Poetry

In Vow to Poetry Anne Waldman reveals collaboration with her muse: “Written between edges of the scheme of particular peculiar parameters, the poems of her are of marrow made. The Muse is in marrow of me. The marrow made me a writer.” 


Throughout time poets and artists have come together in social settings both literally and figuratively collaborating and looking to each other’s work as muse. Yet, is collaboration drawing from an outer muse or is it tapping into a muse that lies within? In whatever form muse takes for you, aim to see art as muse - to associate, draw parallels, and incorporate on the page. An artistic environment will be curated to influence, inform, and deepen your creative process. Various mediums will be provided like sensory tables, word banks, sound scapes, and 2D and 3D images. By the end of the session your work will be renewed and inspired in a new way.


The goal of this course is to curate artistic experiences to open new avenues that often lead to better writing. 


This workshop is designed primarily for beginning writers. Yet, experienced writers who are looking to break free of the confines of writer’s block or are just looking for new ways into their writing may enjoy this course as well. 

This course is taught jointly by Christina Lundberg and Eileen Kimbrough. 

*Image: La Jardinière by Simon Saint-Jean.

One-Day Workshop: $32

Sunday November 18th :: 2-4p


Eileen Kimbrough:


Eileen Kimbrough is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her art at the Elmhurst Art Museum, College of DuPage, where, at three different exhibits, she won awards, Anam Art Gallery, Art Institute Alumni’s Curated Sculpture Exhibit, Anawim Gallery, Koenline Gallery, among others. Eileen was a finalist in The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Two Year Traveling Exhibition, Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium. Her handmade poetry books sold at art galleries and gift shops. Besides continuing with visual arts, she has published several books of poetry and has had poems and short stories published in anthologies as well as on-line publications. Her poem, “My Dad Dreamed Machines,” received the Richard Eastman Founder’s Prize for Poetry in 2015. Her new book, Humanness: Micropoetry, contains her drawings and was published in 2016. Eileen continues to experiment with poetry, while participating in local readings and writing groups and working on a novel and a memoir.

Christina Lundberg:


Coming from a long lineage of word dabblers and jazzed up story tellers, writing is deep within Christina Lundberg’s roots. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.F.A. from Naropa University. She has taught composition, technical writing, and creative writing in community writing centers, community colleges, and universities. As a writing teacher for the past eleven years, Christina recognizes that writing practice, like anything can go dormant and loose it’s splendor. Intentionally changing things up, experimenting, and taking a new road is a way to unblock stagnancy, and allow for opening and momentum to occur. Her writing courses do just that; they aim to provide new angles and avenues to enter the page. Her hope is that your writing will continue to be rejuvenated, renewed, and refreshed.

About these teaching artists:

To register online for Crack The Lines go hereor, please email, call, or drop by the store during our Community Hours.


Space is limited. 

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RoL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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