Collaborative, critical, and creative work-group experiences
Next at &Now: Points of Convergence
University of Washington Bothell
19-22 September 2019
The NAHR Ecopoetry Workshop 2019 finished recently, on the 15th of July 2019. Stand by for a full report of our time together. Meanwhile, take a look at the structure for our experience by browsing this site, and perhaps consider joining us in Seattle for the &Now conference at UWashington at Bothell, 19th-22nd September 2019.
Below is a description of our recent workshop in Val Taleggio, Italy.
Tucked into the foothills of the Italian Alps, a short ride from the historic city of Bergamo, a little longer (on the train) from fashion capital, Milan, and just shy of the second most beautiful lake in the world (according to Aldous Huxley), sits Sottochiesa, the town underneath the church of Pizzino. Boar, deer, and quail are still hunted here, a ring of walkable mountains are its fortress, the Enna river flows straight through, delivering icy alpine water to San Pellegrino's upmarket spa, and third-floor shutters are released in the afternoon to let the breeze in.
These are the Lonely Planet notes.
This is where we meet to find language for what is happening to our environment in 2019. We want to find ways to think forward and interrupt catastrophe, to think back and rectify errant ontologies, ones of expansion, gain, the market, and mechanisation. And we want to address whatever happened to Taleggio's world-famous cheese, and how?
This year's theme, if you need more, is 'grasses & pastures.'
There is much work to be done.
Ecopoetry Workshop Organizers
Simon Eales, Brent Cox, and Courtlin Byrd.
Simon is originally from Melbourne, Australia and now lives between there and Buffalo, New York, where he is studying towards a PhD in SUNY Buffalo's renowned Poetics Program. He holds a MA from the University of Melbourne where he was an H.B. Higgins Scholar in radical and decolonial poetics. He was a NAHR Fellow in 2017, is a performance artist, and has published writing in The Music, Rabbit, Cordite, Don't Do It, and independently.
Brent Cox also studies in SUNY Buffalo's Poetics Program. He has a MFA from University of Washington, Bothell, in Creative Writing and Poetics. His critical work focuses on experimental and innovative poetics of the 20th and 21st century, aesthetic theory, and transtemporal, transpatial, and transdisciplinary art. He is also a video-artist and poet exploring the creative-critical cross-section of poetry, time-based art, and sound. He has recently worked on video in collaborations with the release of Julie Carr’s Real Life: An Installation (Omnidawn, 2018), and presented a video-essay titled, “Visualizing the Depths in Susan Howe’s Debths: A Video Essay,” at 2018’s &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing. Brent runs MonoD Press, publishing book objects, visual media, and web-based work.
Courtlin Byrd hails from Buffalo, New York, via Tennessee and California. She attended Vanderbilt University for Creative Writing and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for Film Production, and now makes associative poetic videos and writes verbose visual art. Her work can be found at https://theoppositeofshadows.wordpress.com/.
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