Eco-Poetics Workshop with Janie Miller

Dear Paul,

I hope this email finds you well! I’m staring out my window in Tacoma watching folks take pictures of the glass art bridge across the way. Always nice to see such curiosity.
I wonder if I may ask you for a favor. I am teaching a community class on eco-poetics at the end of this month from my living room. It’s a 6-week course that will borrow & develop forms from nature for writing, and we will also talk about poems that explore this tradition. I’ll take a few classes outside, but it will especially be a reading & writing class in Capitol Hill.
The favor is: if it feels appropriate & good, will you please pass the description & web site below along to anyone you think might be interested in the group? I’m still getting networked in Seattle, so my reach is still a

bit small, and I suspect this will be a very special class. It’s an area of study that sure means a lot to me.

I appreciate you thinking it over and best wishes to you and your family,
Janie

Eco-Poetics: Poems to Save the World

Instructor: Janie Miller in Capitol Hill← New Instructor!

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

March 26-April 30

6 weeks—$215

I’m interested in the dash between eco and poetics, resting like a magnet between the study of ecology and the concerns of poetry. There’s room for magic in that dash, a space for poetry to give voice to all that is alive and mysterious in the nonhuman world. This is a critical time for the planet, and in this 6-week class we will study Eco-Poetics through conscientious reading and explorative writing. We will become witnesses to the ever-evolving land and its creatures. We will concentrate on poetic techniques to help release the magic in your lines. Several classes will be taught “plein air” style, taking our writing to several sacred areas of Seattle, other classes will meet traditionally. Classes begin just after Spring Equinox, Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm, March 26 – April 30.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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