Heart and Art, a fluid Live Literature installation from Canada’s own Lillian Allen, was one of the centerpieces of the Junction Arts Festival 2010. Heart and Art made over a vacant lot into a Poetry Village: a living and breathing poem/book. Between daybreak and sunset, poets, writers, readers, lovers of the word and community members collaboratively programmed, inhabited, vibrated and empowered togetherness within the 2010 Junction Poetry Village into the world’s first installation of a live Poetry Village with stages, hubs, screenings, readings, performances, workshops and an atmosphere to synergize creativity. Poets and performers included: Brenda MacIntyre, D-Lishus, Nalo Hopkinson, KBroox, Robert Priest and more.
As part of a multi-media, multi-platform exploration, it also created a “virtual Poetry Village” by providing prompts and writing exercises to inspire ‘virtual villagers on-line’ as well as local villagers to write their own poetry and traverse along the physical geography of the festival to explore through two unique digital projects Textapublication and Ripple (co-produced by Carrie Cutforth with Lillian Allen).