Ecopoetry

Workshop

Collaborative, critical, and creative work-group experiences


Next at Nature Art and Habitat Residency
Taleggio Valley, Italy, July 2023
 

We have had a two year hiatus on the Ecopoetry Workshop while the pandemic has happened. We are now in planning for the 2023 version of the workshop. Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn about getting involved!

For now, some information from last time: 

The NAHR Ecopoetry Workshop 2019 finished on the 15th of July 2019. We then went to Seattle for the &Now conference at UWashington at Bothell, 19th-22nd September 2019.

 

Below is our call out for the 2019 version of the Ecopoetry Workshop, which took place 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 capitalMilan, 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.
 
And also... 
 
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."


The call-out for our 2023 version is forthcoming. 

 

Ecopoetry Workshop Organizers

Simon Eales, Brent Cox, and Courtlin Byrd. 

Simon is originally from Melbourne, Australia and now lives in Lisbon, Portugal. He is studying towards a PhD in SUNY Buffalo's Poetics Program. He holds a MA from the University of Melbourne where he was an H.B. Higgins Scholar. 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/.

Contact

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