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Earth Verse for PLAYA  with Kim Stafford

August 1 @ 9:00 am - August 2 @ 4:00 pm

Earth Verse for PLAYA 

Instructor Kim Stafford

When trouble comes in the human world, there may be a little story from the wild that can

offer consolation. From the Gnomic Verses in Old English, to the Tao te Ching, and the

writings of Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver, we have cherished lyric

remedies speaking the language of earth for human comfort. In this workshop, we will

harvest close observations from the PLAYA landscape and compose an archive of

consolations for use as our need comes.

All you will need is a notebook and a few pens. No writing experience necessary. If you want to have some desert talismans at hand–feathers, bones, stones, a clutch of lichen, a sprig of juniper or sage–no harm in that, but not required. While sheltering in place, we will write our way to locations in the world we have known, to resonant places we carry with us. We will help each other remember and summon these places to the page.

Artist Bio: Kim Stafford was named Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate by Gov. Kate Brown in May 2018 for a two-year term. He reaches and travels to share the power of poetry to help communities become more curious about their own stories, more emotionally open, and better prepared to exercise freedom in speech to heal our divisions and survive our challenges. Stafford teaches at Lewis & Clark College, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Wild Honey, Tough Salt from Red Hen Press.

Date: Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2, 2020

9am-12:30 & 1:30-4pm both days

Fee: $250
Maximum group size: 12

Online via Zoom

Zoom link provided after registration

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August 1 @ 9:00 am
August 2 @ 4:00 pm