Ink Garden: Harn Poets-in-residence

Who We Are

Debora Greger, Poet and Professor Emerita, UF
Poetry interns from the MFA program in Creative Writing at UF


What We Do

Harn Poems

We write poems inspired by art in the Harn’s collection, whether for galleries being rehung or for temporary exhibits. These are available for vistors to peruse. Poems have also been recorded as part of an audio tour and printed on postcards.

Family Guides

We cook up the poetry activity page on Family Guides to the Asian Wing, where we’re housed. When the Asian curators create an exhibition hall show, we contribute to the Family Guide for it as well. For Life Is a Highway, the Poets’ footprints were all over “The Time Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Tokaido Road.”

Museum Nights

We pop up at several Museum Nights during the year, offering visitors the opportunity to sit down at our table, write something inspired by the art they’ve seen and then, very often, fold it into origami related to the theme of the evening.

Word Blast

We feature the Word Blast at two Museum Nights each school year, one in the fall, one in spring. UF undergrads––the interns’ students––bring poems they’ve written about pieces on display and read them aloud.


Our Projects

Poetry Pearls


Museum Nights - October

Museum Nights - February

Museum Nights - Kongo



Events with the Poets

Past Events

May 4, 3 pm
Harn Poets-in-Residence Debora Greger, Danny Duffy and Corinne Titus will share the results of their explorations of the objects on view in Divergent Convergence. The poets will read original compositions inspired by works of art such as the Yayoi Kusama painting, Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph, and the Lee Leenam video.

July 9 • Museum Nights
"Petals on a Wet Black Bough"
Writing & origami inspired by Ezra Pound’s poetry, designed by Cary Marcous & Elaina Mercatoris

July 29 • Teacher Poetry Workshop
Led by Elaina Mercatoris

August 24
MFA student Eileen Rush joins the Poets-in-Residence

October 8 • Museum Nights
"Something in the Air"
Writing on & folding things with wings, inspired by exhibit of nature drawings

November 12 • Museum Nights
"Word Blast debut!"
Students of Elaina Mercatoris & Eileen Rush read their original poems about Harn art