Spirit of Place: An Eco-Poetry Workshop on Aug 22-23 (2pm-5pm) at the Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, CA. Hosted by the Catamaran Literary Reader, this workshop will introduce participants to the world of eco-poetry. Please join us! To register up, visit the class page.
How can poetry summon the voices and spirit of our local worlds? How does a poetic consciousness register the complex system of interdependence between human and non-human realms? Brynn will share her methods for writing poetry concerned with ethics, environment, and belonging, as well as her collaborative approaches for developing an eco-poetics. Participants in this workshop will engage in a series of creative exercises to tap into the consciousness of the larger environs in which we are embedded. Together, we will read work by poets such as Gary Snyder, Camille Dungy, and Brenda Hillman, as a way to inspire our own writing practice. We will also work with poetic forms like persona poetry, documentary poetry, zuihitsu (a traditional Japanese form), and hybrid prose-poem forms, to produce drafts that begin the basis of deeper inquiries. Participants will create new work, workshop and share work, and learn techniques for revising and manifesting longer projects.