Art Story #1: Interviews with Image and Word Artists in Iowa City


Addison, age 10, responds to Sara Sorensen

Posted by admin on August 13, 2016


Anish Lodh, age 11, responds to Molly Burt-Westvig

Posted by admin on August 11, 2016


Alex Carlon responds to Alex Ackerman

Posted by admin on August 9, 2016

Alex Carlon, age 12, responds to a painting by Alex Ackerman

Michael Kienzle and Mituna Memory

Posted by admin on August 8, 2016

Mituna Memory, age 13, responds to Michael Kienzle's "Houndstooth Angel Wings"

This week Sapling talks with Jennifer Colville and Susan Goslee at PromptPress. Sapling: What should people know who may not be familiar with PromptPress?  Jennifer Colville: At PromptPress we’re fascinated by the cross pollination of visual art and writing. Once a year we showcase the work of an up-and-coming, or established visual artist, and offer this work as a prompt, trigger, or opening to writers.  Writers may respond in multiple ways to the work; they may use it as a new point of entry…

Prompt 4, Ode to the Desert, and Melanie Rae Thon

Posted by admin on March 17, 2016

  “The Good Samaritan Speaks,” by Melanie Rae Thon conjures the Sonoran dessert, my childhood home. And then bursts it apart, renders, anatomizes and sends its pieces out across the universe. The poem reminded me of how once this desert was my universe, how layers of rock could be the desert’s bones, how seeds could explode into webs of meaning. The poem weaves an incantatory spell and evokes a time of the senses, before words such as good and bad could circumscribe and shut down wonder and obs…