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World on Fire: Writing About Crisis and Hope in the Natural World with Sasha West

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Burning forests. Drought. Melting ice caps. Islands of plastic waste. With mounting natural disasters, our anxiety about the environment is increasing. So how do we process these feelings and use writing to spark conversation about this very pressing topic? In this one-day generative workshop, we will use poetry as a self-reflective tool to explore the multitude of feelings we have about the current state of nature.  We can identify and voice how the climate crisis affects us while also exploring the idea that something better is possible. In this eco-poetry workshop, we will practice paying attention, seeing connections, and embracing contradictions in nature. We will study poets writing about the environment in celebration, mourning, and resistance. These explorations will be used to fuel our imagination. Poems will be written in class and generative exercises will be provided so you can continue to reflect and write about your relationship to nature.

WORKSHOP DATES: August 10, 10am-2:30pm CST (includes a 30-minute lunch), in person at Gemini Ink

COST: Nonmember: $130; Member: $110; Student/Educator/Mil: $75 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Sasha West is the author of Failure and I Bury the Body, which was awarded the National Poetry Series, a Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship. Her second book, How to Abandon Ship, was published in 2024 by Four Way Books. Her multimedia eco-arts exhibits with visual artist Hollis Hammonds have been exhibited at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Texas A&M, ArtPrize 2023 Michigan, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University, where she founded and runs the Environmental Humanities program.

Burning forests. Drought. Melting ice caps. Islands of plastic waste. With mounting natural disasters, our anxiety about the environment is increasing. So how do we process these feelings and use writing to spark conversation about this very pressing topic? In this one-day generative workshop, we will use poetry as a self-reflective tool to explore the multitude of feelings we have about the current state of nature.  We can identify and voice how the climate crisis affects us while also exploring the idea that something better is possible. In this eco-poetry workshop, we will practice paying attention, seeing connections, and embracing contradictions in nature. We will study poets writing about the environment in celebration, mourning, and resistance. These explorations will be used to fuel our imagination. Poems will be written in class and generative exercises will be provided so you can continue to reflect and write about your relationship to nature.

WORKSHOP DATES: August 10, 10am-2:30pm CST (includes a 30-minute lunch), in person at Gemini Ink

COST: Nonmember: $130; Member: $110; Student/Educator/Mil: $75 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Sasha West is the author of Failure and I Bury the Body, which was awarded the National Poetry Series, a Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship. Her second book, How to Abandon Ship, was published in 2024 by Four Way Books. Her multimedia eco-arts exhibits with visual artist Hollis Hammonds have been exhibited at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Texas A&M, ArtPrize 2023 Michigan, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University, where she founded and runs the Environmental Humanities program.

More about Gemini Ink
Gemini Ink’s mission is to teach the craft of writing to people of all skill levels so they can bring their stories to life.Gemini Ink’s mission is to teach the craft of writing to people of all skill levels so they can bring their stories to life.
When & Where
Aug 10, 2024, 10:00am to 2:30pm Timezone: CDT
$75.00


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