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Trish Crapo: The Presence of Absence - Live Zoom Event/Poetry Reading

Event Details

September 17, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm


Free admission
Anne LaPrade Seuthe

The online live Zoom event includes a movie that combines a reading of Crapo’s original poetry with images of a simple white nightgown hung from a clothesline on the beach. For the artist, this image conjures her beloved sister, Susan, who died in 2008 of breast cancer. The sisters grew up near the ocean in Miami, Florida, and spent many sun-soaked days on the beach. But even without knowing this, the viewer can intuit the nightgown’s solitary stand-in for a life lived. To see this plain white nightgown moving in the wind, while Crapo reads her poetry, brings its meaning to life.


Trish Crapo is a writer and visual artist who lives in Leyden, MA. Her photography, collage, and altered books have been exhibited in Western Massachusetts; Boston; Vermont; at The New School in New York City; in Moscow and Tula, Russia, as part of The War & Peace Project; and at Superficie, an international photography exhibit in Havana, Cuba. She has twice been awarded artist's residencies in the dune shacks in the Cape Cod National Seashore. A book, Dune Shack, a compilation of photos and written musings on the relationship between solitude and creativity, is available from the artist.

Crapo’s poetry has been published in Southern Poetry Review, Osiris, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, as well as other journals and anthologies, including Open Field: Poems from Group 18, published by Open Field Press. Her chapbook, Walk through Paradise Backwards, published by Slate Roof Press in 2004, went into 2nd printing in 2018. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser featured her poem, Back Then, in his nationally syndicated newspaper column, An American Life in Poetry. Open Field Press will soon publish her new collection, adrift, a rowboat, which will include poems from the Presence of Absence sequence.

Crapo received her BA from Hampshire College in 1980, and her MFA in Writing from UMASS Amherst in 1989. She writes an arts column for The Montague Reporter. Find out more at:

Event Category

Art Lecture/Talk