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Our guest writers — scholars, poets, essayists, novelists, students, educators — engage with the programming at the Forum and contribute to timely topics and conversations.

Titus Brooks Heagins Visits DSA

As part of the current exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Durham-based photographer Titus Brooks Heagins, MFA, visited Durham School of the Arts to conduct a series of workshops with Amber Santibañez’s visual art high school students.

Heagins, a Duke alumnus (T ’89), is among the more than 50 photographers featured in Southbound, now on view at Duke’s Power Plant Gallery in Durham and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State. Heagins’ three photos selected for inclusion in the exhibition can be viewed at the Power Plant Gallery.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

The Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics, in collaboration with the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University, present Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

The exhibition was curated by Mark Sloan and Mark Long of the College of Charleston School of the Arts and debuted in Charleston in the Spring of 2019. In North Carolina, you can catch the exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery from September 6 through December 21 and at the Gregg Museum from December 5 through December 29. Check out the full schedule of events.

Endurance

Singer-songwriter Kamara Thomas reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist Eliot Dudik.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

When the Deepwater Horizon Exploded

Award-winning author Belle Boggs reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist Daniel Beltrá.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

The Southern Fabric

In this post, scholar Malinda Maynor Lowery reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist Jerry Siegel.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

On Silver & Ghosts

Writer and anthropologist Kelly Alexander reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist McNair Evans.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

no poetry

Writer and poet Jaki Shelton Green reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist Deborah Luster.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

Collisions of Race and Place

Landscape architect and essayist Kofi Boone reflects on a photograph by Southbound artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.

alone / together

Poet Ina Cariño reflects on a photograph by Southbound artist Susan Worsham.

As part of the exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, we’ve asked artists, writers, and poets to respond to a photograph of their choice in the form of short written pieces.