Nonfiction, Poetry

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: February 7, 2023
  • End Date: March 14, 2023
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Poet as a Botanist

Due to an unforeseen schedule conflict, Poet as a Botanist has been cancelled for this quarter. Please check out these other amazing nature writing classes:

Nature is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing with Jennifer Perrine

The Trees of Our Lives with Claudia Castro Luna

The Five Stages of Ecological Grief with Jessica Gigot

Amateur botany was a Victorian pursuit whose discoveries were valued by the scientific community until the increasing complexity of biochemistry took plant knowledge out of the hands of the average person. Poets didn't get the memo. In this class, we’ll consider how writers today imagine the voices of plants to reach for new language, insight, and emotion. We'll read plant-voiced poems and write our own poems (or essays!) to see what we too, as poet botanists, can discover.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo


Kate Lebo’s writing is anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and her first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, was published by FSG in Spring 2021. She’s the author of Pie School and co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey.