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Landscape and Lexicon: Poetry and Ecology

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Landscape and Lexicon: Poetry and Ecology
Carrie Kappel & Gabriella Klein
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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$265 plus $10 Materials Fee
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Workshop Overview

In this workshop at the intersection of poetry and ecology, participants use the ecologist’s tools to deepen their knowledge of and connection to place, while learning to harvest language from the landscape. Ecological inquiry and observation ground our writing exercises in the specificity of language and the natural world. We seek reflection and metaphor in the elemental forces that have shaped the local landscape. Dissolving perceived boundaries between art and science, we cultivate empathy and our responsibility to reflect this in language and endeavor.

About the Instructor(s)

Dr. Carrie Kappel is a mother, artist, writer, and marine scientist at University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught hands-on field ecology and conservation in Washington, California, Baja Mexico, and the Rockies. She shares the tools of observation, inquiry, compassion, and creative collaboration to deepen relationship with the natural world.

Gabriella Klein received her MFA from Vermont College. Her poetry collection, Land Sparing, won the Nightboat Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Her work regards the poetic lens as an instrument no less valuable than the microscope or telescope through which to investigate the world.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Journal or notebook

• Pen or pencil

• Appropriate clothing and shoes for spending time outdoors

• Lightweight portable camp chair/stool (optional)

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Field notebooks and field guides

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