The Art of Collaboration

Please join us on Thursday, November 29, for The Art of Collaboration, a special event of the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary Series. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room and is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a reading by Minnesota poet Katharine Rauk, followed by a moderated discussion between Katharine and James Miley, jazz composer in Willamette’s Department of Music, about collaborating across media. Katharine and James have collaborated on an original composition, part of which will premiere later that evening in a performance by the Willamette Jazz Collective.

Katharine Rauk is the author of Basil, a chapbook published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011. She has poems published in Harvard Review, Georgetown Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere, and she is an assistant editor of Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at North Hennepin Community College and The Loft Literary Center.

Composer and Jazz Pianist James Miley joined the faculty of Willamette in the fall of 2009 as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. Recent recordings include Dan Cavanagh’s Jazz Emporium Big Band ‘s Pulse (OA2 Records, 2008) and Altered’s Angular (House of Drumming, 2008), along with releases by the jazz collective BUG (with saxophonist Peter Epstein) and classical trumpet virtuoso John Adler, both available on Seattle’s highly acclaimed Origin Records. He is also a founding member of the composer collective ECHO, which premiered his composition “Necessary Angels” for piano trio, electric guitar and human beatboxer in April, 2009.

Read one of Katharine’s poems here:

Listen to a couple of James’ recordings here: