Sugar Loaf, NY (OCLT): Orange County Land Trust will sponsor poetry workshops this summer outdoors at two of their protected nature preserves, taught by renowned Hudson Valley poet Janet Hamill.
A Poet’s View of Nature is a generative workshop, occurring on two occasions. The first workshop will take place at Moonbeams Preserve and the second at Fuller Mountain. The Moonbeams workshop will be held Saturday, July 20 and the Fuller Mountain workshop will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10. Both will meet from 10 am – 12 pm. Participants can register for one or both workshops. Admittance is $20 per workshop and the maximum number of participants per workshop will be limited to ten.
In each workshop, participants will have an opportunity to generate their own nature poem. Each workshop will feature the reading of a selection of well-known English-language nature poets, including Wordsworth, Longfellow, Thoreau and Dickinson. Participants will also be introduced to the two most common forms of Japanese nature poetry, the haiku and tanka. After an initial introduction to “nature poetry,” participants will be asked to find an object in the immediate environment that appeals to them. A series of preliminary exercises revolving around the object will be followed by the participants writing of their own poem about the natural object. At the conclusion of the workshop, everyone will have an opportunity to read what they have written.
Necessary materials are paper, something to write with, and a playful imagination. As this workshop takes place outdoors, participants are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket or pillow.
Janet Hamill is the author five books of poetry, and her first full collection of short fiction, Tales from the Eternal Café, is forthcoming this fall from Three Rooms Press. She has recorded two CDs of spoken word and music with the bands Moving Star and Lost Ceilings. Her work has been nominated for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the Pushcart Prize. She serves as an artist advisor at the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf and is presently enrolled as an MFA candidate in Poetry at New England College in Henniker, NH. Janet moved to the Hudson Valley in the mid-nineties after three decades in NYC. She has read and presented workshops throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, Boston, Santa Fe, Denver, Seattle, England and Ireland.
Orange County Land Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of OrangeCounty’s natural, open spaces and working farmland. Since 1993, the Land Trust has helped preserve nearly 4,700 acres of land in communities throughout Orange County. For more information on volunteer opportunities and ways of giving, please visit http://www.oclt.org/ or call (845) 343-0840, x14. Become a fan of the Land Trust on Facebook for news and upcoming events.
Photo Caption: Poet Janet Hamill will lead a poetry workshop A Poet’s View of Nature outdoors this summer on Orange County Land Trust protected lands.