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Creatures of the Sea: Experiments in Poetry and Marine Biology

What sensory approaches can we learn from an octopus, expanding our imagery? What makes words school like fish, or helps work grow one gigantic claw? This generative class provides eclectic prompts using both poetic and scientific sources for inspiration, including work by Elizabeth Bishop, Katherine Larson, Rachel Carson, W.S. Merwin, and Henry Beston. Most writing happens in class, culminating in a portfolio of at least 5 new pieces. Slanted towards poetry; all levels welcome; no previous marine knowledge required.

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Instructor: Sierra Nelson

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/07/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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