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Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aligning Structure on Ecopoetics with Sherwin Bitsui

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Nature Writing, Poetry
Tags: Ecopoetics, Setting, Place, Form, Nature, Built Environment, Environment

About the Session

Ecopoetry incorporates aspects of ecology into poetic practice. In particular, through both content and form, ecopoetry often examines the relationship between built and natural environments. In this experimental session, participants will explore the idea of eco-architecture as it applies to a poem's form and shape. The discussion will especially consider how an attentive experience of place and space affects our sense of that place, and explore how that sense can be recreated in poetry.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. He is Diné of the Todí­ch’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí­laaní­ (Many Goats Clan), and has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts & Culture Foundation.