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Writers Workshops

Poetry Online 2021-104

Course #2021-104
Wednesdays Starting January 27 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Grace Wagner

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

Reconnecting with the world about us through poetry

Open to poets of all levels and backgrounds, this workshop will be dedicated to reinvigorating our connection to nature through poetry and to giving our poems the close attention and time needed to improve our craft. In our current world of pandemic-induced isolation and disconnection, it is important to reconnect with the natural world around us. Keats said, “The poetry of the Earth is never dead.” Nature is and has always been a core inspiration for many poets; from Emily Dickinson’s quiet considerations of nature, to the gritty, city-core aesthetics of Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra,” to Brenda Hillman’s modern concerns with climate change, nature has always been a source of wisdom, terror, and creativity. In this poetry workshop, we will utilize an experience-based approach aimed at getting the participants back into nature and designed to help their writing flourish. This is a generative workshop where participants will be introduced to the core concepts of ecopoetics through poetry and craft talks. There is nature to be found even in the concrete jungle of downtown Houston. Natural encounters can exist wherever the participants find themselves, and this class will be about discovering nature where we are, reconnecting with the environment and ourselves, and improving our poetry.

About the instructor

GRACE WAGNER is a queer, neurodivergent, nonbinary poet and artist living in Houston, where they teach literature and creative writing at the University of Houston and is an Inprint Board/Nina and Michael Zilkha Fellowship recipient. They have studied with Poet Lauraete Robert Pinsky, Carolyn Forché, Martha Serpas, and others. Their work can be found in The OffingThe Atlanta ReviewPalette PoetryHayden’s Ferry ReviewSalmagundi MagazineThe West Review, and elsewhere. Their artwork has been published in the Adroit Journal, and their fiction in Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine. They were recently awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. Their manuscript, The Gift Shop at the End of the World, explores family dynamics in the Anthropocene and interrogates our connection to the ongoing mass extinction event we are all witness to. Their work centers around locating our place within the globalizing context of ongoing climate change. For more, visit www.gracewagnerpoet.com.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings click here