Artist JoAnn Verburg joins Rail contributor Jean Dykstra for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Charles North.
In this talk
Distinguished by its extraordinary sensitivity to the energy and sensuality of the natural world, JoAnn Verburg’s photographic work combines exquisite color, varied focus, and thoughtful composition to convey the beauty of its subject and setting. From 1977 to 1979, she served as the Research Director and Photographer for the Rephotographic Survey Project, traveling throughout the American West to replicate the same wilderness views made by 19th century frontier photographers. While heading Polaroid’s Visiting Artist Program in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Verburg promoted technical innovation in the photographic field by inviting artists Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and Jim Dine, among others, to experiment with new large format instant cameras.
Freelance photography critic Jean Dykstra is the editor of Photograph magazine. She has contributed to the Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Dear Dave, among other publications, and written essays for numerous photography books including, most recently, Running Falling Flying Floating Crawling (Saint Lucy Books).
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Charles North reading.
Charles North has published eleven books of poems, including Complete Lineups (2009), What It is Like: New and Selected Poems, which headed NPR’s Best Poetry of 2011 list, and North of the Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems (2018). He has done collaborative works with artists and other poets, and What It Is Like: Selected Essays, Interviews and Other Prose 1975-2014 was published in 2017. With James Schuyler, he edited the anthologies Broadway and Broadway 2. His poetry has appeared in more than forty anthologies and he has received numerous honors for his writing, including two NEA Fellowships and a Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant.