Human-Animal Intersections in Poetry (IN-PERSON)
It has never been more pressing than now, in our current ecological context, for humans to consider that which is not human. In this workshop, students will get an introduction to the emerging field of human-animal studies and how the practice of relating to and writing about animals can teach us about empathy, language, and agency. Students will read and discuss sample poems by Mary Oliver, Jill Osier, Vievee Francis, Forrest Gander, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and others. They’ll generate their own work based on a series of prompts with options to share with the group.
This class may be moved online for some or all sessions depending on the COVID-19 public health guidelines and Hugo House’s current in-person program policy. We are monitoring the situation daily. Hugo House prioritizes the health of our students and staff.
Originally from Southside Virginia, Caitlin Scarano (she/they) is a writer based in Bellingham, Washington. They hold a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her second full length collection of poems, The Necessity of Wildfire, was selected by Ada Limón as the winner of the Wren Poetry Prize. Caitlin is a member of the Washington Wolf Advisory Group. Find them at caitlinscarano.com