Decolonizing Nature Writing
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Story, Essay
Nature writing is often viewed as a Eurocentric practice, but it has roots throughout global majority cultures. In this class, we'll read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction by Black, Indigenous, Asian American, and Latine writers. The instructor will offer writing prompts derived from forest bathing, bird noticing, and other practices meant to attune you to the more-than-human world. You'll leave with 3-4 drafts of poems or short prose, plus a variety of skills for writing about nature and your place within it.
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- This class includes:
- Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
- Work outside of class: 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.
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- December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Jennifer (JP) Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Perrine’s recent poems, stories, and essays appear in The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. A resident of Portland, Oregon, Perrine co-hosts the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teaches creative writing to youth and adults, and serves as a wilderness guide.
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