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Dmitri Baltermants, AttackEastern Front WWII​, 1941, gelatin silver print, printed 1960, the MFAH, gift of Michael Poulos in honor of Mary Kay Poulos at "One Great Night in November, 1997." © Russian Photo Association, Razumberg Emil Anasovich



Saturday, Nov 17, 2012
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Ekphrasis, literally "to speak out," is a genre of writing about art in any form: poetry or prose, critical or creative. Join Houston-based and internationally celebrated writer Van G. Garrett for three workshiops on different aspects of the exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. These workshops take place on November 17, December 29, and January 26.

"Instigators & Triggers"
Conflict is inevitable. In politics, war is considered legitimate only as a last resort. After failed civil conversation and tense negotiation comes instigation. At home, there are marital spats and sibling rivalries. In schools and workplaces are bullies and power plays. Can writers objectively answer questions such as "Who started it?" "Who is right or wrong?" and "Is this fight worthwhile?" Or are emotions an immutable influence?


  • $40 for MFAH Members; $50 for general public.
  • Registration is limited to 20 participants.
  • Registration includes access to the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition; gallery discussion; lunch of gourmet sandwiches, beverages, and snacks; and one-on-one conference with Garrett.
  • Please bring a notebook and pencils. (Pens are discouraged in the galleries.) Or bring your iPad, netbook, or other laptop.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available for students currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs. E-mail for information.
  • In the event that you cannot attend once registered, please contact as soon as possible.

About Van G. Garrett
Houston-based and internationally celebrated literary artist, Van G. Garrett, has had poetry and essays published in journals and anthologies based in the United States, England, Switzerland, Turkey and numerous African nations. He has received noteworthy awards and fellowships, served as a judge for the National Poetry Slam and The ARTlines Competition (co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Public Poetry), and refereed for the International Journal of the Asian Philosophical Association (IJAPA). Garrett earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Victoria, BA from Houston Baptist University, and a Certificate in African American Studies from the University of Houston.