Lyman Grant: Searching For Abstract Realism

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

This event is presented in partnership with Public Poetry

Lyman Grant is a poet and writer living in Austin, Texas. For over thirty years, he has taught at Austin Community College, where he has also served in various administrative roles, most recently as Dean of the Communications Division. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in many publications including The Dallas Morning News, The Texas Observer, Texas Books in Review, Texas Humanist, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Sulphur River Literary Review, Concho River Review, Visions International, Windhover, Illya’s Honey, among others. He has read poems in venues and festivals in Texas, including The Houston Poetry Fest and the First Friday Reading Series in Houston. He has written two textbooks, edited two books related to Texas literature, and published four volumes of poems, most recently Last Work: A Meditation on the Final Paintings of Neal Adams.

He will be leading a workshop at Archway Gallery called “Searching for Abstract Realism” on Sunday, May 21 from 2:30-4:30pm.

“Searching for Abstract Realism”

Houston painter Neal Adams of Houston searched for what he called “Abstract Realism.” When Neal died, his life-long friend, poet Lyman Grant, wrote a long poem as a meditation upon Neal’s final paintings, and in that poem, Grant also searched for this realistic evocation in abstraction.