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MJ Millington

I’m MJ Millington, a Connecticut-based poet and artist. As a poet I translate the world of the senses—including the visual—into the written word. As an artist working in textiles, I play with the structures and forms of poetry to create works of visual art. My current work is a series of conceptual quilts exploring poetry in textile form, entitled Verse Forms.

Largely self-taught, I trained in ancient jewelry-making techniques at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York, and in book arts with Daniel Kelm and Jim Croft. Before any of this, however, I learned to quilt from my mother, and that's the legacy I've chosen to return to. I’ve exhibited nationally, and my work is in the collections of the Beinecke Library at Yale University, as well as private collections in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California and New York. In 2018 I was an artist in residence at Trail Wood, in Hampton, CT.