Poetry book inspires a creative workshop
Victoria McArtor's “Reverse Selfie” is an exploration of self and social media. MUSED organization now has a spin-off program for teens.
Matt Phipps photographed Tulsa landmarks as well as Tulsan Nicci Atchley (pictured above) for the book.
Victoria McArtor, co-founder of the MUSED organization, set out to explore her relationship with social media by writing 30 poems in 30 days. The project ultimately became the book “Reverse Selfie,” which published in January and features the photography of Matt Phipps.
As a millennial, McArtor says she struggles with social media’s focus on self because it can breed narcissism. “Narcissists aren’t good for society,” she says. “How do you engage in social media responsibly without it becoming an unhealthy habit?”
While the book was in progress, the philosophy behind its poems inspired a spin-off program called the Reverse Selfie Project for middle- and high-schoolers in Tulsa Public Schools. McArtor and other professionals lead a six-week creative-and-critical-thinking workshop that helps students look beyond “surface level” and analyze their inner selves through poetry. At press time, the program had reached 100 students.
The locally published “Reverse Selfie” book is available for $18 at retailers such as Dwelling Spaces, Decopolis and Magic City Books and at musedorganization.org. All proceeds support the Reverse Selfie Project in TPS.