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Writing Water in the Anthropocene
2:15 PM14:15

Writing Water in the Anthropocene

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Date: Sat, June 8
Time: 2:15-3:30pm
Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center
Fee: $10
Enrollment Limit: 55
Program Number: SUM:212

While water has always played a geopolitical role, the way we view water, and in turn our environment, has always been in the realm of poets and writers. From Henry David Thoreau to Aldo Leopold to Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams, the way we write water has influenced environmental scholarship and given rise to ecocriticism. Now that we are in the age of the Anthropocene, a term coined by Paul J. Crutzen in “The Geology of Mankind, which refers to the geological epoch in which humans are the dominant influencers on the environment, how must the way we write water change? What is the role of nature writers and ecopoetics? How are contemporary writers and poets raising awareness in their works?

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Bahala na! Writing the Wild Edges
1:00 PM13:00

Bahala na! Writing the Wild Edges

A Craft Talk & Workshop with Amanda Ngoho Reavey

Cost: $40 / $35 for Lynden Sculpture Garden Members (includes a signed copy of MARILYN)


Amanda Ngoho Reavey will give a craft talk on how plant spirit communication influenced her writing process and produced her book, Marilyn, the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Then, drawing from her exploration of and reconnection with Indigenous Filipino practices, she will facilitate an experiential writing workshop in which participants embody malinao na isip (clear thoughts) and reconnect with anitos (ancestors and nature spirits) in the garden. Come ready to ask questions and write poetry or prose through the simplicity of presence, breath and touch.

Participants should bring a notebook (please no laptops), a pen, and a small, personally meaningful object. No previous writing experience necessary.

All participants will receive a signed copy of MARILYN.


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