Video: The Craft of Survival with Dr. Amy Elkins

Video: The Craft of Survival with Dr. Amy Elkins

Library Salon Series, Spring 2017

H.D. in Egypt

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) in Egypt

Courtesy of the estate and the Beinecke Library

Dr. Amy Elkins, the lovely, eloquent, and new assistant professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, graced us with her presence at the March 8 Library Salon Series. As Dr. Elkins presented her research on the life, writing, and the craft practice of imagist poet, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), salon attendees were drawn into the story of a woman who traveled the world with Ezra Pound, who explored ideas of mysticism and femininity through her poems, and who listened to bombs drop during the London Blitz while creating stunning needlepoint tapestries – tapestries that were in turn reflected back in her poetry. It was truly a magical evening of unearthing hidden craft treasures from unlikely sources.

We were able to sit down with Dr. Elkins before her talk to ask her a few questions about her research, her methods, and how craft has reshaped what started out as a strictly literary topic. Watch the video to learn more.

Presented by the American Craft Council, the Library Salon Series is a series of free public presentations exploring craft, making, and art. Check out past salon series events.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.