The History of Hands: Terri Witek and Chiwan Choi



Chiwan Choi, the editor of Writ Large Press and Rockwell’s resident DTLA photographer, took this photo of his mother’s hands.

The photo below was taken by the fantastic poet Terri Witek. Here is what she wrote to accompany the post on her Facebook page: 

"Self comfort in the first year of orphanhood: my dad’s pajamas/ my mother’s rings"

I love the effect of these photos and how such a small detail can convey such a large emotion. 


Terri Witek is the author of Exit Island (2012); The Shipwreck Dress (2008)a Florida Book Award winner; The Carnal World (2006), Fools and Crows (2003), Courting Couples (winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest), and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (1993). A native of northern Ohio, she teaches English at Stetson University, where she holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing. In 2000, she received the McInery Award for Teaching, and in 2008, she received the John Hague Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the liberal arts and sciences.

Throughout her career she has worked with visual artists, and the reverberations between mediums is explored in much of her work. Her collaborations with Brazilian new media artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries or site-specific projects in New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

i’m excited to be part of this great new project by Joseph Lapin.