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Unique Book Release, Hasna Sal, Poems in Glass

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

"Poetry to me is like meditation. It reminds me of my grandfather kneeling on his prayer mat in India. I pick up my pen and start to write what I am feeling, and I don’t stop and put the pen down until that feeling and thought are completed." ~ Hasna Sal

143 pages

Softcover ISBN: 9781970151466

Barnes and Noble: 9781970151541

Hardback 9781970151459

Flying Ketchup Press is proud to announce poet, Hasna Sal, our 2020-2021 Poet in Residence, celebrating the release of her first book, Poems in Glass. Essays, poems, and over 50 full-color images of her stained glass sculptural installations. Sanctuary, Sanctum, Spirit, and Synchrony, Sal addresses her intuitive interior design, her advocacy for victims of trafficking, as well as her vision to create art that is healing to the human spirit and the local environment.
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, she crosses with the people in her community. From a local doctor and his family, 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. Let Hasna serenade your soul as she shares her life's work through narrative, art, and verse.
“As an artist, I feel a responsibility to be an advocate of change….Public art is a means to create a conversation that may be polarized. It becomes a conversation piece used to voice our opinions and to listen to people. Communication happens, and that brings change.”

Working from her Johnson County Glass Studio near her home, her work is shown at various art shows and competitions in Kansas City throughout the United States and worldwide. Most well-known are her glass-panel memorial for human trafficking victims in Lykins Square Park, which was unveiled last October. As well as her upcoming installation at the new KCI terminal at the Kansas City Airport and her most recent trip this October to the Larnaca Biennale in Cypress.

Bio: 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 through her sculptural glass and light installations. A lifelong poet, she now debuts her first public poetry. With a diploma from the London School of Journalism, she synthesizes personal narratives, poetry, and art for communities with her unique, creative placemaking and social reform.

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