Lightning Strikes II: 22 poets. 22 artists.
The second edition of this exhibition brings into dialogue poetry and painting, celebrating their rich history of mutual inspiration while mining the inner workings of inspiration itself. “The roots of poetry and painting have always been interwoven. Both draw their nourishment from the same soil. This exhibition provides the space for them to grow as one.”
Lightning Strikes II features 22 pairings of poets and visual artists. The 44 contributors are distinguished by their exceptional talent and often world-renowned reputations. This diverse group includes visual artists, writers, actors, curators, musicians, editors, a Buddhist priest, and the Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. They have received impressive recognitions for their creative efforts, including a Pulitzer Prize, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Golden Globe, Grammy awards, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards, Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, roles as U.S., New York State, and San Francisco Poet Laureates, membership to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Pushcart Prizes, National Book Awards, a Pew Fellowship, and a National Humanities Medal, given by Barack Obama.