How do we write ’nature’ poems in the 21st century?
How can our poetry respond to the urgency of geopolitical impacts and climate change while avoiding the pitfalls of political polemic? What do we hold sacred in today’s pressured ecological landscape and how might poetry act as an agent for change?
Looking at a wide range ecologically alert writing, that brings issues of migration, urbanisation and diversity to the fore, we will explore new and inclusive ways of writing ecological poetry in challenging times.
Wednesday 24 July, 10:30 – 13:00. The Poetry School, London
The Ginkgo Prize, organised by the Poetry School, is the world’s largest prize for ecopoetry.
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Karen McCarthy Woolf holds a doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London for her research into diversifying ecocritical discourse. Her collection Seasonal Disturbances (Carcanet, 2017) was selected as a Guardian Poetry Book of the Year and is described as ‘a book which goes beyond invention to intervention offering hybrid forms through which to apprehend the world’ (Vahni Capildeo). This year she joins UCLA/The Promise Institute of Human Rights as a Fulbright Scholar and Poet in Residence, exploring how we express safe spaces in complex environments.