Sunday, August 29, 2010


The View From Here: Lynda Barry

In this 8 minute video, Lynda Barry sings Emily Dickinson, recites haiku, explains how poetry smells, and insists that memorizing poetry can keep you alive and well.

Watch it here!


Poetry Is a Dumb-Ass Spider

Lynda's essay that originally appeared in the July/August 2010 issue of Poetry can be ready online!

Poetry Is a Dumb-Ass Spider
A cartoonist in the house of dust.

Chicago hotel room, September 2009, fourteenth floor. Hungover and awake too early because of strong sun, at the window pulling down the shade, I see a spiderweb bigger than a dinner plate on the other side of the glass.

I think, Why there? You dumb-ass spider. What are your chances? How many bugs are flying around downtown at 140 feet? Why build your web almost flat against the glass when it reduces your capture area by half?


Read the rest of the article at Poetry Foundation.


Lynda Barry @ Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2010 (San Francisco)

Coming back to San Francisco on October 16 and 17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center (located at 820 7th Street), APE offers comics fans an event focused on creativity and devoted to the output of indie cartoonists, artists, and publishers doing the thing they love most. With over 5,000 attendees in 2009, APE remains the premiere alternative comics and publishing show in the nation.

Lynda Barry is one of APE's 2010 confirmed special guests.

APE features two full days of programming, including special spotlight panels on the special guests and other indy comics panels. Your membership badge ($10.00/single day, $15.00/both days) gets you access to these great events (space permitting). Memberships are available only onsite.

Visit the APE web site here.


Lynda Barry @ Vancouver Writers & Readers Festival

Canada and Lynda Barry, two of my favourite things together!

Sun, Oct 24, 9:30am - 12:00pm
PTC Studio

Some years ago the writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry developed a workshop to help people tap into their creativity. Since then she has worked with thousands, using a method that is playful, powerful and accessible, designed not only for established and aspiring writers, but also for people with a longing to write or explore and draw on their own memories. Barry’s latest books, What It Is and Picture This, are inspirational take-home extensions of this wildly popular approach to writing. This is a participatory event, so plan to roll up your sleeves and learn a thing or two…or three or four.

Please bring a notepad and a pencil or pen.

Full details here.

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