Sunday, July 17, 2022

Genesis is now available from Timglaset Editions

book with rust oxide cover and the words Amanda Earl on top left, Genesis on top right and The Vispo Bible on bottom right

 Genesis was the first book from the Bible that I began working on for the Vispo Bible in 2015. It has 50 chapters so there are 50 visual poems.  I'm very pleased that Joakim Norling of Timglaset Editions has published the book. This is my first visual poetry book with a spine! You can purchase from Timglaset Editions here.

Sunday, June 26, 2022


text of 2 Corinthians 1 from the New Testament manipulated into a visual poem

I completed 1 CORINTHIANS earlier this year. 2 CORINTHIANS  has a mere 13 chapters, so all being well, it will be completed shortly. I feel like adding a little colour so this is what i'm doing for 2 COR.

With the news of the overturning of Roe v Wade by the US Supreme Court, it feels particularly necessary to disrupt, manipulate, deform texts from the Bible. We are in a war against patriarchy, white supremacy, theocracy and capitalism. The Vispo Bible is a defiant feminist work that I began in 2015. It is a cathartic process for me to work with the Bible in this way. 

For more information about the Vispo Bible, please go here.


Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Vispo Bible: information, publications, exhibitions (as of July 22, 2022)


1. The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetrypresented as part of Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018

This is my general overview of the project.

2. The powerpoint presentation of the work included in the talk. I've done more pieces since, but this is the bulk of the work.

3. Glue, String and Binder Rings, an essay I wrote on how various publishers are responding to the challenge of publishing the Vispo Bible in print was published in the Babel Tower Notice Board. BTNB is now defunct alas.  I will provide a link once the archive goes up.

4. YouTube Videos


Acts 2 - layer by layer

5 Books, Chapbooks and Broadsides

6. Anthologies

Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry (Timglaset Editions, 2021)

WAAVe Global Gallery 2020 (Hysterical Books, 2021)

7. Print Magazines


The Pi Review (August, 2020)

Streetcake Magazine Issue 68, Part 1 (August, 2020)

Escapisms, Poem Atlas (May 15 to June 5, 2020)

Translations, Mellom Press (May 11 to June 9, 2020)

University of Ottawa, English Department presentation by Claire Farley, 2016


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Singing with the Nightingales: a WAAVe Global Response to the Ukraine Situation

 Singing with the Nightingales || a WAAVe Global Response to the Ukraine Situation. See the work & purchase the catalogue from Van Vliet Gallery with proceeds going to humanitarian support of Ukranians. It includes work from 20 contributors including me!

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

1 Corinthians 1 from the New Testament

I have begun 1 Corinthians. Here is the first chapter. i dedicate this piece to Gregory Betts for his insightful and interesting engagement with my work.  

Gregory Betts : Decoding (visual) Poetry: Some Thoughts on Amanda Earl’s Vispo Bible

 Gratitude to Gregory Betts for his engagement with the Vispo Bible and to rob mclennan for publishing it in Periodicities. 

Here is a link

I am currently working on 1 Corinthians from the Old Testament. I hope to have 1 and 2 Corinthians completed this year. 1COR has 16 chapters and 2COR has 13. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, December 20, 2021

A Celestial Warrior from Welcome to Upper Zygonia appears in R is for Revolution


Thanks to Tchello d'Barros for including my collage, A Celestial Warrior of the Zygonian Galaxy in R is for Revolution in the Visual Poetry Museum on Facebook. The exhibitions features 111 artists from 30 countries. I am the only Canadian.

From Tchello:


The participating artists responded - with their works - to the following provocation: “Is there currently space for revolutions? Is there in your heart any revolt against the current status quo? Do we need to change something on our street or in global geopolitics? Will humanity witness any (r)evolution in this century? Can art be a weapon to transform consciences? You don't need to answer these questions, but your art can tell us a little about your imaginary combatant. The project is also a tribute to the bicentennial of the South American revolutionary Anita Garibaldi (1821-1849), the ‘heroine of 2 worlds’. Anita was an amazon, wife, mother, guerriller and revolutionary, fighting in 4 wars in Brazil, Uruguay and Italy. You may choose creat your art under Anita’s miyth, with her figure, name or history!”

 According to the curator,  "this exhibition presents part of the imagination of artists from all continents from their worldview to the theme "Revolution". If in the 19th century the Brazilian guerrilla Anita Garibaldi fought for freedom in South America and Europe, today we have our demands for change, whether on our street or in global geopolitics. May art be as contemporary as the everyday revolutions in our consciences".



ARGENTINA: Alejandra Bocquel - Amelia Vilches - Ana Verónica Suárez - Catanzaro Claudia - Hilda Paz - Ma. Angélica Carter Morales - Norberto José Martinez – Omaromar - Patricia Negreira - Raquel Gociol - Rosa Gravino - Walter Brovia |  AUSTRALIA: Denis Smith | AUSTRIA: Piroska Horváth | BELGIUM: Luc Fierens - Renaat Ramon | BRASIL: Al-Chaer - Alex Hamburger – Almandrade - Frdipinto Constança Lucas - Denise Moraes - Eni Ilis - Gringo Carioca Franklin Valverde - Guto Lacaz - Hugo Pontes - Iara Abreu - Ivana Andrés - Jairo Fará - Janys Oliveira - Joaquim Branco - Maria De Lourdes Rabello Villares - Maria Tereza Penna - Marisa Vidigal - Mercedes Brandão - Roberto Keppler - Rosana Schmitt - Rui Costa Marques - Tchello d'Barros - Yolanda Freyre | CANADA: Amanda Earl | CHILE: Emilio López Gelcich | COLOMBIA: Ariel Chavarro Avila - Maskin - Tulio Restrepo | DENMARK: Marina Salmaso | FINLAND: Anja Matilla-Tolvanen |  FRANCE: Cristophe Massé - Katerina Mandarik | GERMANY: Hans Braumueller & Ruggero Maggi - Horst Tress - Klaus Pinter | GREECE: Petala Eftichia | HUNGARY: József Bíró - Márton Koppány | ITALY: Angela Caporaso - Bruno Chiarlone - Cinzia Farina - Claudio Romeo - Cosma Tosca Bolgiani - Enzo Correnti - Enzo Patti - Franco Panella - Ljdia Musso - Mariano Lo Gerfo - Maya Lopez Muro - Morice Marcuse Carrara - Oronzo Liuzzi - Roberto Scala - Ruggero Maggi - Serse Luigetti | IRAN: Elham Hamedi | JAPAN: Keigo Hara | LATVIA: Gundega Strautmane | MEXICO: Elodia Corona Meneses - Gema Rios - Mac Ilhui - Persefone Manuel Oreste Suárez - Sergio Araht |  PERU: Liesel Cerna - Victor Valqui Vidal | POLAND: Miron Tee | PORTUGAL: António Barros - Avelino Rocha - Feliciano De Mira - Marcela Santos - Vanessa Bastos | RUSSIA: Alexander Limarev - Irina Novikova | SERBIA: Dejan Bogojevic | SPAIN: Àlex Monfort - Alfonso Aguado Ortuño - Daniel De Cullá - Francisco Sánchez Luz - Ferran Destemple - José L. Campal - Miguel Jimenez - Sabela Baña - Victoria Esgueva | SWITZERLAND: Bruno Schlatter | URUGUAI: Clemente Padin | USA: C. Mehrl Bennet - Joey Patrickt - John M. Bennet - Nico Vassilakis - Reid Wood - Rosalie Gancie | UNITED KINGDOM: Lola Gonzáles | VENEZUELA: ­_Guroga



Mail Art exhibition ‘‘R for Revolution”

Curatorship: Tchello d’Barros | Brasil 

Executing Entity: Visual Poetry Museum

Production: Instituto Cultural Tchello d’Barros

Opening: 18 December 2021  

Visit period: 18-31 december.2021 

Site: Visual Poetry Museum’s community in Facebook




Tchello d’Barros

Curator | “R for Revolution”

Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Kept Awake by Little Fires Dreaming from Welcome to Upper Zygonia will be in the Trickhouse Press 2022 Annual

 Thanks to Dan Power of Trickhouse Annual for including several visual poems/doodles from Welcome to Upper Zygonia. Also included is the full interview / e-mail exchange with Imogen Reid, "Creating Culture Among Women: Friendship and List Making for Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry, A Conversation with Imogen Reid" originally published in abridged form by Wisdom Body Collective.

You can preorder the anthology here while copies last.

To whet your appetite, here's the table of contents:

Amanda Earl - Kept Awake by Little Fires Dreaming
Astra Papachristodoulou - from Like Amber
Chris Kerr - Mildred
David Spittle - enfants en deuil - like something else, nerds
Imogen Reid - 5 poems
James Knight - from Bodies
Joseph Turrent - Cyclohexane Drift Example
JP Seabright - Moveable Type
Katy Wimhurst - The State We're In
Laura Kerr - 6 poems
Maggs Vibo - M.U.S.I.C.
Martin Wakefield - Lego Poems
Matthew Haigh - BORN
Paul Robinson - STOPLOSS
ReVerse Butcher - 8 poems
Robin Boothroyd - Unearthed
S Cearley - 9 poems
Silje Ree - Knitting Patterns
Sy Brand - On Having Needs
Vilde B. Torset - Like A Mindmap of a Thoughtcloud

Amanda Earl - "Creating Culture Among Women: Friendship and List Making for Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry, A Conversation with Imogen Reid"

Scott Lilley - "An interview with Trickhouse editor Dan Power"

SJ Fowler - "Sticker Poems: Unstuck"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

260-page, A4, full-colour.

Jérôme Melançon on the Vispo Bible

 I was startled with delight by Jérôme Melançon's recent note of praise on the Small Machine Talks, the podcast I host through AngelHousePress. 

"Amanda’s frequent mentions of the Vispo Bible project (look it up (nothing else comes up!) or look at this essay) give a sense of a shifting, evolving work that is promising to become one of the major creations in Canadian poetry, the equivalent of a series of long poems, something I’d perhaps place beside bp nichol’s Martyrology in terms of its ambition and daring (and of course the religious/non-religious metamorphosis, the saints). I can’t imagine publishing such a large project piece by piece, as it moves forward and evolves, and not being able to go back to change the beginning. There’s courage both in the undertaking and in the releasing of this major work. And there’s something beautifully vulnerable and brave in sharing this project, bringing it into conversation, throughout the seasons of the podcast, giving a sense of its evolution and being honest about the relationship to the instruments and software that make it possible and force its transformations.”