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Elsewhere known as the graphic narrative, video essay, concrete poem, typographic tale, artist's book, public art text, prose graffiti, docu-poem, erasure, fluxus kit, illuminated manuscript, text-ile, illustrated encyclopedia, text collage, poetry-comic, cantastoria, cranky, etc., visual writing is not a new practice, but one with many names that span disciplines. This page features an expanding list of makers and works that combine image + text across genres and media, and the venues that seek to feature them. These resources are gathered for the purpose of dissemination, collaboration, and web-making.
Note: This year the visual writing resources list is moving away from featuring individual makers and working instead to feature specific works and venues. We are in the process of making the list searchable by category, such as "video," "erasure," "interactive," or "textile". Check back soon....
a visual writing resource list
Arcade Fire. The Wilderness Downtown.
Abel, Jordan, Injun.
Akhtar, Sascha Aurora , Not Been Seen As Such, Icefloe Press.
Amezcua, Eloisa, several Concrete Poems.
Bates, Gabrielle, Poetry Comics and Visual Reviews.
Bashir, Samiya, Field Theories.
Bertram, Lillian-Yvonne. Travesty Generator, Noemi Press
Bird, Amelia R. Walden Marginalia.
Borsuk, Amaranth. Between Page and Screen.
Browning, Annah, Ben Gemmel, and Brooke Wonders,
Carson, Anne, Bianca Stone, and Robert Currie. Antigonick.
Carroll, Tobias. "On the Future of the American Essay, How Film and Poetry are Changing the Form--And Vice Versa."
Celt, Adrianne, poetry comics.
Chakaroborty, Sumita, three concrete poems.
Charles, Jos, feeld.
Chen, Julie and Flying Fish Press.
Cheng, Jennifer S. Invocation, New Michigan Press.
Choi, Don Mee, poet and visual artist.
Crowe, Stephen. Wake in Progress.
The Diagram, journal of text and art.
Didden, Katy, "The Lava on Iceland".
Dodoson, Zach. "The Fox"
Dozal, Gabriel, "The Crosser's are Plural" and other works.
Drucker, Johannna. The Visible Word.
Ehling, Mark, Poetry Comics.
Entre Ríos Books, collaborations between writers and visual artists.
Ervick, Kelsey Parker, THE BITTER LIFE OF BOŽENA NĚMCOVÁ.
Fletcher, Hattie. On Amaris Ketcham's "Recorded Lightning."
Fowler, SJ, artist and visual poet.
Fujimoto Naoko, Trans. Sensory, Tupelo Press.
Gelman, Annelyse, The Center
Gillard, Briony. An Exploration of Verbivocovisual Borders and Margins.
Hannigan, Catie, What Once Was There Is the Most Beautiful Thing, New Michigan Press.
Haworth, Kevin, The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets.
Hawkins, Paul aka Bob Modem. Poetry and visual arts.
Henderson, Gretchen. Galerie de Difformité. Interview at Essay Daily.
Herbert, George. "Easter Wings."
Hill, Craig and Nico Vassilakis, The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008
Hoffman, Ava, "Trap Poetics", Action Books.
Holten, Katie. About Trees.
Howe, Susan, Debths, concrete poems.
Hume, Christine, Question Like a Face.
Johns, Jasper, and Samuel Beckett. Fiorades/Fizzles.
Kaldron Magazine Online
Kearney, Douglas, “Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins,"
and many other works.
Kempton, Karl visual poetry
Ketcham, Amaris. “Recorded Lightning.”
Knight, James, visual poetry.
Lima, Natalie, "Fat Girl Cries Herself to Sleep at Night," Longreads.
Longhorn, Sandy, "The Aftermath," "Prospect of Opportunity"
Lopez, Alan Pelaez, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien, The Operating System
Luster, Deborah & C.D. Wright, One Big Self.
Maione, Nick, "The Giant, The Saint, The Magpie," TriQuarterly Video.
Miller, Nora Claire. Poet / digital humanities.
Morgan, Saretta, Plan Upon Arrival, Selva Oscura Press
Moore, Alyssa N., “When”/“i’m hysterical”/“i can’t stop thinking about”/“representations”
Moore, Dinty W. Mr. Plimpton's Revenge.
Moore, Maria Romasco, Ghostographs
Muellner, Nicholas. In Most Tides an Island.
Nordgren, Sarah Rose and Kathleen Kelley. “Territory.”
Ong, Monica, Silent Anatomies.
Parsons, Dustin, Exploded View.
Patchen, Kenneth, Painted Poems.
Papachristodoulou, Astra, Object Poems, "Labyrinth," and many more.
Poetry Foundation Editor's Prize for Visual Poetry (est 2019)
Randall, Jessy How to Tell If You Are Human.
Radtke, Kristen. "How the graphic novel became an outlet for female shame," The Guardian, "23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies."
Rankine, Claudia. Don't Let Me Be Lonely.
Ree, Silje. Artist and Poet.
Reed, Justin Phillip, Indecency.
Reufle, Mary. Erasures and Beyond Sunset.
Roxas-Chua, Sam, Echolalia in Script.
Ryan, Sara. "Search For."
Safran Foer, Jonathan. Tree of Codes.
Sapigao, Janice Lobo, like a solid to a shadow, Nightboat Books.
Saporta, Mark. Composition No. 1.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis.
Semonovich, Kascha, Essays and Work.
Shimoda, Brandon, The Grave on the Wall, and several other works
Smith, Jessica, "Women of Visual Poetry: An Introduction"
Sloat, S.J., Hotel Almighty.
Solnit, Rebecca. Atlas Series.
Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale.
Strom, Dao. Musician, poet, visual artist. Instrument (Fonograf Editions, 2020)
Synapse International, an international poetry gathering
Tamayo, Jennifer, video artist and poet.
Telling, Katy, "The Thrill."
Thirlwell, Adam. Kapow!
Ulmer, Spring, "Steel Trees," TriQuarterly Video.
Villarreal, Vanessa Angélica. Beast Meridian.
Voyant, a text analytics tool
Washuta, Elissa, concrete and visual poems.
Weinberg, Tali. Various embroidery projects.
Wilks, Christine, Fitting the Pattern.
Wixwo, Quintan Ana. "SONDERBAUTEN: Rape as War Crime."
Wong, Jane, Afer Preparing the Altar the Ghosts Feast Feverishly.
Young, Avery, Neck/Bone
Zwartjes, Arianne, Detailing Trauma
List of Other Lists
The VWR list recognizes that the literary tradition of text-and-image has often been the practice of erasing these works from the canon. We acknowledge lists and list-making as forms of argument, of genre definition, of almanac, of keeping in and leaving out. Rather than completeness, this project strives for an ever-expanding push against the limits of genre, category, archive, and institution. We are interested in a people's list, not an academy's. Each recommendation to the list will be added within seven days. We encourage links to free and open sources. Entries will be limited to one line per maker or venue, with multiple works included. Please acknowledge or cite the list when appropriate. If you have feedback about the project, or about how the new search function labels individual works, please send a note using the above form.