From a collection of portraits of America's most notable living poets- its poets laureate, its Pulitzer Prize winners, its best literary artists. The images, made over three years, are visual riffs on pieces by the poets themselves.
Featured in a six month exhibition at the Center for Creative Photography accompanied by works by Edward Weston, at the Praxis Photographic Arts Center, and in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
Published as the Amazon Best-Seller Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound), and a winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards' Gold Medal.
Traveling exhibitions of Children of Grass are arranged by Curatorial.
Praise for the book form of Children of Grass:
"Among remarkable books of the year, none is likely to be more startlingly original than B. A. Van Sise’s book of photographs, "Children of Grass: A portrait of American poetry." —Joyce Carol Oates, The Times of London: Books of the Year 2019
"The images are unforgettable. Van Sise has built a lasting tribute to the creativity flourishing in our country." — PEN America
"Children of Grass: Portraits of American Poetry is an enriching and visually stimulating anthology that will enchant and win over lovers of both poetry and photography. there is wit and glimmer and ironic smirk in the photographs of B.A. Van Sise." — F-Stop Magazine
"Beautifully presented. Enticing, sometimes spiritual, sensual or subversive images ... play out like a montage. " —Simon Zonenblick, Sabotage Reviews
"Sometimes dark, sometimes witty, always surprising, and always spot-on.... there is always more to B.A.'s work than at first it seems." —Roger Leege, Dek Unu