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We’ll look at landscape in poetry and prose, discussing excerpts from writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Margaret Atwood, Carl Adamshick, Barry Lopez, and Deborah Digges. We’ll also discuss an excerpt from Triggering Town by Richard Hugo. This workshop will be discussion-heavy, with emphasis on how to write landscape with attention to arc and tension; however, we may have one or two writing exercises if time allows, so come with a notebook and writing implement.
Alexis M. Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut novel, Glaciers (Tin House), has been translated into Spanish and Italian. It was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and a World Book Night 2013 selection. Alexis attended Mount Holyoke College and Portland State University, and she holds an MFA from Goddard College. Her interests include trail-running, beach-combing, bird-watching, and jammaking. In 2015 she received a grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council and a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. She lives with her son in Portland, Oregon.