Julianne Iverson

Written Word Comes to Life Through Animated Short Film

Kyle Dargan, director of American University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, has received many accolades for his poetry collection Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press, 2015). It was a finalist for the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards recognizing the best in Black literature, as well as the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award given annually to honor a poet at mid-career.

Most recently, as part of its seventh season of film adaptations, Motionpoems commissioned graphic artist Julia Iverson to turn one of Dargan’s poems from the collection “The Robots Are Coming” into a short animated film. The film premiered at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis in October 2016 and will be shown at two more screenings in Los Angeles and New York.


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