Motionpoems at Luther College

November 9, 2015


            Minnesota poet and executive and artistic director of Motionpoems, Inc., Todd Boss, will present a showing of short-short film adaptations called Motionpoems at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus.


The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.


            Motionpoems turn contemporary poems into films. The films—each two or three minutes long—combine striking visuals with music and spoken word. They have been screened at festivals, cinemas, libraries, museums, bookstores and schools worldwide.


            Boss will return to Luther in January to teach ENG 239: Motionpoems, a creative and collaborative class in how to make these short-short films.


            Along with filmmaker Angella Kassube, Boss is the co-founder of Motionpoems, Inc, a nonprofit company in Minneapolis that creates more than a dozen film adaptations of contemporary poems each year. The company creates opportunities for artists to meet and work together across a variety of disciplines.


            Motionpoems, Inc., the world's only film poetry company, partners with Pulitzer Prize winning poets, major motion picture companies, and early-career artists to create high-definition films. Partners have included Milkweed Editions, Copper Canyon Press, Graywolf Press, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Eave Books and McSweeney's.


            His first poetry collection, "Yellowrocket," was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His following poetry book, "Pitch," won the Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award for Poetry. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.


             Boss currently resides in Minneapolis where he teaches at the Loft Literary Center and serves on the board of directors of Ten Thousand Things Theater.


            Boss's visits to Luther College are sponsored by English Professor Lise Kildegaard, Distinguished Dennis T. Jones Professor in the Humanities 2013-16, whose year long project "Shortshorts" focuses on microfiction, square stories, pocket art and other little works of art.

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