Collaborative video/poems by poet Mary Kathryn Jablonski & filmmaker Laura Frare* have appeared at Atticus Review, Poetry Film Live (UK), Quarterly West, and Tupelo Quarterly, and have been screened and awarded prizes at three Peoples Pixel Project Film Festivals (hosted by Lake George Arts Project) and screened and shortlisted for the O’Bheal Prize in Cork, IRE. Their video/poems were recently exhibited at Saratoga Arts in the “Then & Now” exhibition, and in the 2018 “Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region” exhibition at SUNY Albany, where juror Jean Shin awarded them both a purchase award (to be included in the SUNY Albany permanent collection), and the Howard J. Cure Juror’s Award, in memory of Marijo Dougherty. Jablonski & Frare also have also had a video/poem included in to 2019 “Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region” exhibition at the Hyde Collection.
Jablonski was recently awarded a NYSCA Individual Artists Grant to work with Frare creating a “Video Chapbook,” a film compilation of their video/poems. Jablonski & Frare worked for over a year on this project about an intensely compelling, idyllic landscape with dark mysteries. The formation of identity, integration of separation, loss, and imperfection, and the reconciliation of memory fueled the work. Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Individual Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
The Final Presentation for the 2020 Individual Artist Grant in Poetry took place OCT. 23, 2021, 2-3pm at Saratoga Arts. COMPASS, a collection of video/poems compiled as a “chapbook” in film, was presented by me (Mary Kathryn Jablonski) and my collaborator, filmmaker Laura Frare, featuring music by Mark Tolstrup, Dan Hubbs and others. The event was FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Look for “Death in Winter” a video/poem I made with filmmaker Laura Frare now up at Atticus Review.
Look for “Five Easy Pieces” a video/poem I made with filmmaker Laura Frare now up at Tupelo Quarterly’s Issue #21.
Look for “Nightjar” a video/poem I made with filmmaker Laura Frare now up at Tupelo Quarterly’s Issue #20.
An unforeseen, yet timely comment on our shared vulnerability and mortality.
SOME ADDITIONAL SAMPLES:
I drifted up this morning with this in my ear, an exquisite corpse poem (composed by alternating lines) with Woodstock poet Phillip X Levine, published at Tupelo Quarterly.
Mare Frigoris, published at Quarterly West.
Stone, published at Poetry, Film Live (UK).
These past few days of freezing rains, published at Tupelo Quarterly.
Underrated Bird, published at Poetry, Film Live (UK).
*Collaborator Laura Frare is an experimental filmmaker, and a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, playing a variety of electronic and digital instruments, making audio field recordings, loops, and samples. Employing the “exquisite corpse” method, much like a collagist, she loves participating in collaborative projects with other artists. More of Laura’s films may be seen here https://vimeo.com/laurafrare