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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop FULL

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Based on an “Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop” series I created in Philadelphia, this workshop will bring participants outdoors, onto the streets, notebook in hand. In this generative, interactive workshop, we will explore and experiment with ecopoetry. We will discuss what it means to write nature poetry in our historical moment, in the midst of the climate crisis. We will look at poems from a variety of periods, ranging from the Romantic tradition to contemporary experimental poetry. Sources will include Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Earth Shattering: Ecopoems (among others). We will discuss how contemporary poets write from the environment, negotiate a sense of self in relation to the non-human world, and where the boundaries between “urban” and “nature” blur. Participants will be led on a poetry walking tour, with guided writing exercises, where we will use the local environment to spark poems.

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Hila Ratzabi

Director of Content and Programs, Ritualwell
Hila Ratzabi is a poet, freelance editor, writing coach, and workshop leader living in Philadelphia. She founded the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop and is the editor in chief of Storyscape Journal. She's been working on a manuscript of poems addressing climate change, which inspired... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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