Poet in Residence 2020-2021

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HASNA SAL is our second Poet in Resident with Flying Ketchup Press, a biannual program that connects a regional artist/advocate with a poetry mentorship and developmental editing to result in a unique or hybrid full poetry collection; to allow artists the time to work on the interior energy and motivation of their advocacy work in the Kansas City Regional area. Hasna Sal installed the first outdoor National Memorial to bring awareness to victims and survivors of trafficking. Her first Solo Collection of Poetry coming 2021 to Flying Ketchup Press.

POEMS IN GLASS is a uniquely original book-part memoir, part revelation. Through the panes, poems, and practice of glass artist, Hasna Sal, you'll find the heart of a poet. "From the pulse of a small city park at dusk, one artist is forever changed." Hasna's insistence that the "artist's role is to bring awareness" sounds simple until you walk the bed of shards, Hasna crosses with the people in her community. From a local doctor and his family in crisis to the invisible victims of trafficking to the weary student in need of spiritual sustenance. Hasna explores both outer and inner sanctum; our personal deepest needs for spirit and light. Illustrated with her brilliantly cast unpaned glass art, Hasna's lyrical verse harkens back to the form of Sufi poets, and the warmth of bygone days where color brings visceral emotion and therapeutic energy to the mind and body. Color is the elixir of life, read Hasna's stories and poetry she lets color serenade her narratives through art and verse. Read More on our Poet in Residence Page.

HASNA SAL credits her graduate work in landscape architecture from Harvard with the foundation of her current work in glass sculpture. She apprenticed under artists in England and Wales and earned her five-year NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She calls herself a raconteur–bringing to light stories that are overlooked or forgotten or uncomfortable through her sculptural glass and light installations. A lifelong poet, she now debuts her first public poetry in her book "Poems in Glass: Hasna Sal." With a diploma from the London School of Journalism, she synthesizes personal narratives, poetry, and art to communities her unique, creative placemaking and social reform.