About NAHR Ecopoetry Workshop

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Ecopoetry Workshop is a movable residency and workshop program dealing with the ecopoetical themes and practice. 
Our standard model is a two-week collaborative, creative, and critical group exploration within a natural environment. Most recently this environment was the Taleggio Valley, Italy. 
This workshop was run between 1st and 15th of July 2019 under the auspices of the Nature, Art and Habitat Residency (NAHR). 

NAHR Ecopoetics Workshops was an opportunity to bring existent work and thinking about ecopoetics into a vibrant locality wherein poets, artists, system designers, architects, and biologists have been thinking about the relationship between humans and nature for centuries. 

The Taleggio Valley is famous for its cheese, which is traditionally made by hand from cows grazing in its hilly pastures. The style of this cheese evolved to withstand the time it took to transport it from the Valley along the winding paths of the river Enna to market in the Brembana Valley, and Bergamo further afield. In recent years, however, the global nature of food markets has dictated that most Taleggio cheese is made outside of the Valley. We might say it's attained a globular aesthetic, removed from the necessities of its historical origin. And to what effect?

NAHR was initiated by Los Angeles-based architect and educator at CalArts, Ilaria Mazzoleni, whose family have been civic leaders in the Valley for many years. The workshop joins poet-artists working in all sub-disciplines for the purpose of creating new work that engages closely with ecopoetic themes. 


Future Ecopoetry Workshop experiences involve weekend intensives, day-long drop-ins, and special presentations. If you would like us to come and speak to and with your institution, please contact us below.