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Poetry Landscapes: One Outside the Self, the Other Within, 4 week program

Poetry Landscapes: One Outside the Self, the Other Within, Four week writing program with Karen Lee Lewis, teaching artist and published poet

Tuesdays:  March 18th, Mar. 25, Apr. 1, Apr. 8, 7–9:00 PM

Members $55 / Nonmembers $65

In this poetry workshop we will refresh our understanding and appreciation of the nature poem.   We will explore poet Barry Lopez’s notion of “two landscapes - one outside the self, the other within.”  The workshop will develop ecological thinking through our relationship to place. Our writing will take its shape from the emotional and physical landscapes of our lives. We will discover new ways to convey our connectedness through language. Whether our writing seeks to embody nature as inspiration, or to highlight environmental concerns, we invite the experimental.  We will question how we can incorporate our ideas about “nature, culture, language and perception" and keep in mind that  “all forms of poetry have bearing and legitimacy, their presences and purposes ebbing and flowing in different communities and contexts.”

We will be working with selections from “The Ecopoetry Anthology” edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street. 

Karen Lee Lewis is a poet, photographer, Teaching Artist and Teacher Consultant for the Western New York Writing Project. Her work has been widely published. She teaches creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout Western New York. She has been involved in arts education for over a decade and recently participated in the first national workshop for Teaching Artists at the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her full-length poetry collection is entitled “What I Would Not Unravel”. Her new chapbook “Solitude” is based on a Charles Burchfield painting of the same name. It is a ten-part poem that is paired with her original photographs. 

To learn more about her work please visit

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