Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, ReVIEWing the 35mm Slide

Sunday, January 14

Starting at noon is a tanka writing workshop by Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton. Tanka (“short song” in Japanese) is a five-line poetic form.

The Tanka Experience/Workshop will be lead by Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton

Tanka is a five-line poetic form with a 1,300 year history. In this workshop Marilyn will provide examples showing how reading and writing tanka can increase awareness, encourage simplicity, acknowledge difficult emotions, and enhance gratitude within our day-to-day lives and in our life journeys.

Hazelton edits red lights, an international tanka journal. As President of the Tanka Society of America (2015-17) she was invited to address the 8th International Tanka Festival organized in 2016 by the Japan Tanka Poets’ Society. Rostered as a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she received the Allentown Arts Commission Ovation Award for the Literary Arts in 2006, and is Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School in Allentown.

Too full
to finish his doughnut
my son
pushes back from the table
raising hands in sticky blessing

Christopher N. Phillips


bitter cold
my old car struggles
to start
a Tanka Experience
begins life anew


hot coffee
so cold a morning
my dogs
curl up in bed to nap
as I venture out

DeNise Hamilton

At 2 p.m., Maryann Riker will lead a coptic-bound journal-making workshop, using slides for front and back covers. Participants will be encouraged to incorporate their tanka poems into the book. Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Guest curator Maryann Riker is a mixed-media artist whose artist books and collage works convey a visual narrative to remind one of the past and journeys through which we all travel throughout our lives. Her works incorporate digital images, Victorian iconography, and other symbols to convey a sense of memory and time as one opens and unfolds the work.

Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and are in many private and public collections.

Riker is active as a guest’ curator. In addition to “ReVIEWing the 35mm Slide,” recent projects include “Light, Paper, Process” (2016), Connexions Gallery, Easton; “Abstraction in Photography” (2017), Connexions Gallery; and CoCurator for “NASTY WOMEN” (2018), Bradley-Sullivan Center, Allentown PA; The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

When not creating, Maryann is writing grants, reading mystery or historical fiction novels, practicing to be a wild wannabe or working on becoming a legend in her own living room.

At 4 p.m., Paige Sarlin’s documentary, The Last Slide Projector (2006), (16mm and digital video transferred to DVD, color, sound, 59:00) will be screened.