Nonfiction, Poetry

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: January 18, 2023
  • End Date: March 1, 2023
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $350.00
  • Member Price: $315.00

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The Trees of Our Lives

Trees inform every inch and cranny of human endeavor: myths, architecture, poetry, iconographies, engineering, explorations of all kinds. Herman Hesse notably wrote, "Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth." In this class, we will engage with a variety of texts (letters, essays, mostly poetry) to examine our relationships to our arboreal neighbor: how they inspire, heal, protect, anchor, and orient us—and what we in turn offer them. This is a generative class. No previous writing experience necessary.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is the author of Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press, 2022); One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press, 2020 & 2022); Killing Marías (Two Sylvias, 2017) finalist for the WA State Book Award 2018, and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge, 2016). She served as Washington’s State Poet Laureate (2018-2021) and as Seattle's inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2017). She was named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow in 2019. Her most recent non-fiction is in There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage). Born in El Salvador, Castro Luna came to the United States in 1981. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle on unceded Duwamish lands where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.