Artist Profile: Leah Falk
Leah Falk will be joining IC for the first time this year. She’s a writer and poet and we’re thrilled she’s heading our way. Check out what Leah has to say about her project, where she’s from and what she hopes to gain from this year’s Indy Convergence.
What will you be working on at IC this year?
With Josh Morris, I’ll be working on a short play in which all of the players are wrapped in packing materials (aluminum foil, plastic wrap, butcher paper, and cloth). We’d like to provoke questions about the ways people try to protect themselves from the world. I’ll also be running a workshop on “poems for two or more voices”–work composed collaboratively that can be read silently or performed by multiple people.
What attracted to you Indy Convergence?
I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating with a big group of artists from all over. I’m a writer, so I’m often at work in a room by myself. I’m very much looking forward to the process of developing a piece with other people, in real time.
Where are you from and what is your artistic background?
I grew up in Pittsburgh and live in Ann Arbor, MI. I finished an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Michigan in 2012, and spent the past year working on a collection of poems. Some of my work can be found in recent issues of Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review and Smartish Pace.
I’m interested in the ways that reading poetry–or anything else–aloud can become performance, and push page-centered text toward the performing arts. (And the other way around, too–my favorite theater pieces seem to borrow white space, language, and rhythms from contemporary poetry.)