Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing
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 Latinx writers. I’ll offer writing prompts derived from forest bathing, bird noticing, and other practices meant to attune us to the more-than-human world. You’ll leave with three to four drafts of poems or short prose, plus a variety of skills for writing about nature and your place within it.
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.