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Poetry. Art. In 2012, Leila Philip and Garth Evans set out to challenge themselves as artists. Philip, an award-winning memoirist, wrote poems. Evans, an internationally renowned sculptor, made watercolors. WATER RISING tells the story of this remarkable collaboration. Philip's realist poems—about nature, beauty, love, and loss, set amongst Evans' abstract, deeply hued, layered watercolors, create a book which is more than just a gorgeous read and a visual feast. What emerges in this book is a stunning and original collaboration, which, as Worcester Art Museum Director, Matthias Waschek, points out in his introduction, extends how we think about the relationship between painting and poetry.
Leila Philip is the author of three books, including The Road Through Miyama, (Random House 1989, Vintage 1991) for which she received the 1990 / PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction; and the award-winning memoir A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking 2001, Vintage 2002, SUNY 2009). Philip has received numerous awards for her writing, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Her essays have been widely anthologized. Fluent in Japanese, she writes on Japan as well as about art for a variety of venues including Art in America. She studied poetry at Princeton University, where she majored in Comparative Literature, earning a Fifth year degree in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese. After working for several years as a journalist, she went on to earn an MFA at Columbia University as the Woolrich Fellow in Fiction. Leila Philip is an Associate Professor in the English department at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and holds the title of Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty Mentor in the Ashland University low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She lives and writes in Woodstock, CT.Garth Evans is a British sculptor with an international reputation. His work is included in major public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia, among others. Evans is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and many other awards. In 2013, his sculpture was surveyed in Garth Evans Sculpture: Beneath the Skin published by Philip Wilson, a major monograph which featured essays by prominent art historians andAuthor City: WOODSTOCK, CT USA