POETS, ROCK STARS & HOLY MEN: A Literary Renaissance

Bernheim Gallery - Main Library | November 17 - January 13
Free Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m.

The Modern Prometheus Exhibit at the Main Library

What do Bono, President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and Wendell Berry have in common? Their works of poetry will be featured in a new exhibit opening November 17 at the Main Library. Poets, Rock Stars, and Holy Men: A Literary Renaissance features more than 25 original poetry broadsides—many signed by the artists—from the University of Louisville's White Fields Press Collection. First published in the 1990s as part of White Fields Press’ Published in Heaven poster series, this exhibit includes work by some of the world’s most influential poets, writers, musicians, journalists, artists, and cultural leaders, along with correspondence between White Fields Press co-founder Ron Whitehead and the artists.

White Fields Press was established in 1992 by Louisville poets and activists Ron Whitehead and Kent Fielding who also founded the movement Rant for the Literary Renaissance. Publishing chapbooks, books, audio recordings, and the Published in Heaven series, White Fields Press produced a remarkable body of work that included poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Seamus Heaney, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Amiri Baraka, and Eithne Strong. The archive—housed at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections—was developed in large part through gifts from Whitehead and Fielding. An associated collection includes the personal library and papers of Ron Whitehead.

A free Opening Reception and Poetry Reading featuring award-winning poet and White Fields Press co-founder Ron Whitehead will be held at the Main Library on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m.


Painter's Choice - Treyton Oaks Towers Artists | November 1 - 30

Photographs by Sonja O'Neill

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Last Updated: 11/16/18