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2022 Authors and Artists Festival | Featuring Moon Botany Workshop facilitated by Petra Kuppers


Join us February 25-27, 2022 on Zoom for a Poets’ Retreat focussed on healing ourselves and the planet. Explore the relationship between your writing practice and climate change in these gentle, restorative, and inspiring workshops with like-minded poets using their craft to promote change and right relationships between humans and the rest of Nature. Three workshops, an exclusive poetry reading, peer writing groups, and an opportunity to read in the Authors and Artists festival. Moon Botany Workshop: The Moon Botany workshop invites you to respond to material found around your home, on your stoop, or the space just outside your apartment building. Go on a sensory journey with me, and explore different ways of holding on to the sensations through language. As a wheelchair user who occasionally skips about with a cane, I cannot easily hike and traverse space, although I thoroughly enjoy doing so. I use my poet’s voice to engage my pain, to immerse myself in fantastical space, grounded in mushrooms, berries, rocks, twigs, or other emissaries from the woodlands, the lakes, and the prairie. Join me, and write saucy-voiced poems and stories that respond to local landscape, to stories of inclusion and exclusion, to living in border zones, thriving in the aside, despite, below, and beyond. In the Moon Botany workshop, we focus on moments where our complicated kin – plants, animals, elements - offer us narrative escape routes. Let our bodymindspirits soar in the underbrush, in the cracks of the pavement, beneath snow, or under the touch of our fingertip on cold bark. Suitable for writers in all genres, no hiking boots required, all bodymindspirits welcome.

Friday, February 25, 2022
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Gut Botany

Poems by Petra Kuppers

Poetry that inhabits and queers bodies and lands in an ecosomatic investigation.

Published: March 2020
ISBN: 9780814347638
Published: March 2020
ISBN: 9780814347645