This class will be rescheduled for a later date, registration is still open. Students will receive an email with updates.
This workshop will introduce participants to “ecopoetics,” or ecological poetry and prose writing. We will explore ecopoetics through site-specific writing exercises that challenge us to ask: What role can creative writing play in shaping our perceptions of the natural world? We will take our ecopoetics practices beyond the page through engagement with the local environment.
Ecopoetics: A Writing Workshop at the Farm
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m TBD
Instructor: Angela Hume, Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature,
University of Minnesota, Morris
Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN
Registration Fee: $75
What is ecopoetics? The word’s root, poetics, comes from the Greek “poiesis,” meaning “to make.” Its prefix, eco, comes from the Greek “oikos,” meaning “family and house.” Given this etymology, we might understand ecopoetics as homemaking—the practice of cultivating a healthy and livable place. Such a practice could be supported by any number of different activities, from writing, visual art, and performance, to farming, ecological restoration, community organizing, and activist work.
Writers and artists are taking up the project of imagining ecopoetics in its relationship to writing and art practices in particular. The term ecopoetics is now frequently used to refer to ecologically oriented poetry and other textual forms. Today some poets and writers use the term ecopoetics to describe innovative contemporary writing concerned with today’s environmental challenges.
In this workshop, we will explore ecopoetics—in our bodies and in our environments—through our own creative, site-specific writing and art practices at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm. We will ask: What role can creative writing play in shaping our perceptions of the natural world? In addition to creating poems and other textual and art objects, we will take our ecopoetics practices beyond the page through engagement with the local environment, and we will write in response to these expanded ecopoetics practices.
Angela Hume is the author of the poetry book Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). Her poetry chapbooks include Meat Habitats (DoubleCross, 2019), Melos (Projective Industries, 2015), The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013), and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Hume co-edited a collection of essays on ecopoetics, titled Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (U of Iowa P, 2018). In 2017 she joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Morris as Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature.