How to tell the tale
Collage poetry unlocks ideas and feelings that live below the surface. The words guide me into the creation of the poems as I am being pulled by an external force.
I started making collage poetry during a Girls Write Now workshop about 5 years ago and have been hooked ever since. This poem is comprised of words cut out from magazines glued onto a photo of someone swimming in a pool. At first the text was all in one block, but I created stanza breaks before glueing the words in place to break up the thoughts more.
Kate Mulley is an internationally acclaimed playwright, librettist/lyricist, producer, and dramaturg whose work explores gender, power, place and desire through a feminist, and often historical, lens. Her work has been developed and performed on four continents and online by Balcony Arts, The Tank, Hayes Theatre Company, Luna Stage, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Flea, Theatre503 and the Soho Theatre, among others. Her musical Razorhurst, written with Andy Peterson, was commissioned by and had its world premiere at Luna Stage (New Jersey) and its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney. Kate has been an Artist-in-Residence at Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency and Arteles Creative Center (Finland), a Guest Artist at Montclair State University, a Playwriting Fellow at Shanghai Theatre Academy and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Kate has been a Guest Artist at Dartmouth College, Montclair State University, Studio Tisch, and New York Film Academy and a Playwriting Fellow at Shanghai Theatre Academy where her play The Tutor was produced and published in Mandarin. She graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in Theater and History, received an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London, and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia. She currently lives in New York and is a founding member of Vox Theater.