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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
A poem is a kind of spell, an incantation against apathy or agony, a call to wonder. In this place-based generative workshop, we’ll read and discuss various spell-castings, including one by Amy Key, “eco-spells” by Janie Elizabeth Miller, and translations of Yi Lu’s Sea Poems. Then, we’ll fashion some spells of our own, paying particular attention to the music of our syntax and grammar as we mix in the feathers or claws of a King County animal, the flora of the Puget Sound, a pinch of flavor from Pike’s Place Market, and a sprinkle of whatever we bring to town.
Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the poetry collection Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation as well as a Residency in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya has presented her work internationally at the University of Oxford and in Madrid at the Unamuno Author Festival. Currently, she teaches writing for Central Washington University and edits for Scablands Books, and is at work on a memoir called "Maya and the Whales."