HEAT ISLANDS: CLIMATE CHANGE & GRASSROOTS POETICS [a 4 wk workshop with Orchid Tierney]


This workshop will explore how poets, performers, and artists have engaged the topic of environmental emergency and hope in their works with inventive strategies that foreground racial, gender, and environmental justice. In addition to theoretical readings on global climate change, ecofascism, and climate racism, we will attend carefully to the local impacts of climate change in our own locales and consider how we can produce a radically transformative climate movement in our communities.


Workshop Objectives


This is an introductory workshop to some of the key themes in climate change action. By the end of the workshops, you will have completed a creative project exploring the effects of climate change in your own locale. This project can be performance-based or poetry. 

The course is a mix of 90 min synchronous discussion via Zoom with supplemental readings, online discussions, and writing prompts using collaborative tools such as Google Docs.

 We will meet in 4 sessions for 90 minutes, Wednesday evenings @ 7pm EST

All texts will be made available on the website: www.offtopicpoetics.org

About the Facilitator:

Orchid Tierney is an Aotearoa-New Zealand writer, currently living in Gambier, Ohio, where she teaches at Kenyon College. She is the author of a year of misreading the wildcats (Operating System, 2019) and Earsay (TrollThread 2016), and chapbooks ocean plastic (BlazeVOX 2019), blue doors (Belladonna* Press), Gallipoli Diaries (GaussPDF 2017), the world in small parts (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and Brachiaction (Gumtree, 2012). Other poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Jacket2, Journal of Modern Literature, and Western Humanities Review, among others. She is currently writing a monograph on waste management and poetry and teaches topics on climate change and ecopoetics.  https://www.orchidtierney.com


Liminal Lab is committed to providing a source of income for our collaborators and facilitators in an increasingly precarious time for culture workers and educators. However, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. We ask that those who can pay the suggested price, and/or help cover the cost of scholarship slots in each of our programs by sponsoring other participants.

Compare the below to the cost for a similar accredited workshop in a university setting (where most of the $$$ goes to institutional bloat):  $750  — we show you this so we can begin to think about wtf is happening in our institutions, where both students and faculty get the short end of the stick.
At a standard “Market Rate,” at arts orgs: $300*
Recommended Sliding Scale: $30-50/session → $120-200 for the series
Precarity Pricing: $10-20/session
Barter / Volunteer / No Cost Option Available
Sponsorship: You may sponsor low or no fee participants in this workshop with a donation of any size.*if you have the funds to afford the “Market Rate,” we encourage you to support this facilitator by donating at that level, which will also support other students in this course who are unable to pay.

Note: All proceeds from this workshop are being donated by the facilitator to the OS/Liminal Lab to support precarious creative practitioners and community members. 


Liminal Lab Course Sign Up - Heat Islands with Orchid Tierney
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