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Instructor, Margaret Gibson
Friday, April 30th
12 Noon to 1:30 pm


Via Zoom

This workshop is offered in the context of living in a global climate crisis. The intent of this session is to increase your ability to listen to the natural world through engaging in poetry. Participants will practice listening to poems about creatures and natural phenomena, such as raven, aspen, storm, salt marsh, coyote, or a common weed. They will then respond by writing a poem in the voice of that creature or natural phenomenon.

This workshop teaches how to write using a persona, and it is also an exercise in empathy.  Limited to 12 students.

The poems we will be reading come from WAKING UP TO THE EARTH: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis, edited by Margaret Gibson, current State of CT Poet Laureate.*

The fee for the workshop is $25 and limited to 12 students.

Students must register by Thursday, April 29th to receive their Zoom link.

Please use the drop-down menu if you participated in the previous Nature Poetry Class to receive your discount.

*Link to purchase Waking Up to the Earth

Margaret Gibson - A resident of Preston, CT, -- a professor emerita at UConn –- the state’s seventh Poet Laureate

A nationally and internationally acclaimed writer, Gibson is the author of 12 books of poetry, as well as the memoir “The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood.”  Awards include the Lamont Selection from the Academy of American Poets, the Melville Kane Award from the Poetry Society of America as a co-winner, the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry and three Pushcart Prizes 1993. The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.  Broken Cup was a Finalist for The Poet’s Prize.

The panelists who selected Gibson as Connecticut’s Poet Laureate, stated, “ Throughout a long, distinguished career as poet, educator, and activist for peace and justice, Margaret Gibson’s lyric poetry interrogates and illumines the connection between our inner and outer worlds. Her 12 collections exhibit intelligence, meditative reflection, and an ever-deepening courage to reckon with uncertain…As Connecticut Poet Laureate, she will encourage and listen to the voices of others and bring to the position a demonstrated dedication to building an engaged, caring community.”

Also the author of a memoir about growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Gibson has lived for forty years in Preston, Connecticut, with her husband, writer David McKain.  She has taught in many colleges and universities, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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