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Writing The Wild: Eco Poetry In A Time Of Climate Change, A Poetry Intensive – G200658

Workshop ID: G200349
Dates: June 28 - July 3
Price: $565.00 - $1,285.00

This writing intensive will concentrate on writing eco poetry inspired by the landscape and cultures in and around Ghost Ranch. Each class will include a writing prompt, discussion of model poems by Linda Hogan, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Joy Harjo, San-dra Alcosser, Patricia Spears Jones, Patti Ann Rogers, Audre Lorde, Anita Endrezze, Sherwin Bitsui, W.S. Merwin, Richard Vargas, Luis Urrea, Marilyn Nelson, Teresa Mei Chuc, Melissa Tuckey, Rita Dove, Leslie Marmon Silko and others.

Each day will include an encouraging discussion of participant poems. The generative poetry writing in-tensive will focus on writing techniques such as figurative language, sound imagery and uses, line breaks, fresh imagery as well as how to write eco poems and eco justice poems without being didactic. For inspiration, we will take short hikes to explore the in-credible wild beauty of Ghost Ranch. American Book Award-winning poet, editor, environmental activist, and Black Earth Institute Fellow, Pamela Uschuk will lead the intensive.

The main goal of the intensive is to write poetry concerned with ecological issues such as species loss and climate change as well as to give shape to the wild inside by observing the wild outside. Come prepared to write and share your work.

Learn to create powerful metaphors from the natural world, the use of sound techniques to create rhythms as well as various types of line breaks to create a form for your poems and to illuminate multiple-depths of meaning. Thoreau wrote, “In wilderness lies preservation. ” Just as we need to preserve the last wildernesses on our planet, poets need to speak their truths about pressing environmental issues as well as to preserve what’s wild with-in themselves. Come howl out powerful poems of your own. You can expect to take home 10-12 finished new poems. Our main texts will include: Native Voices, ed. by CM Fuhrman; Black Nature, ed. by Camille Dungy; Continental Drift, ed. by Drucilla Wall; Eco Poetry, ed. by Ann Fisher-Wirth; Ghost Fishing, ed. by Melissa Tuckey.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,285.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,225.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$985.00
Camping w/Electricity (meals)$885.00
Camping w/Electricity (no meals)$650.00
Tent Camping (meals)$845.00
Tent Camping (no meals)$675.00
Rio Arriba Resident Commuter$565.00
Pam Uschuk

Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including "Crazy Love," winner of a 2010 American Book Award, "Finding Peaches In The Desert" (Tucson/Pima Literaature Award), "Blood Flower, Wings

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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