SENSING CLIMATE HOPE: ECOPOETICS & THE BODY [a 4 wk online summer workshop with Orchid Tierney – Thursdays at 7E/4P, starting 7/15]

[Image description: photograph of the tops of around a dozen white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and bright green stems, against an out of focus blue sky and building low in the background; a gold and brown butterfly, seen from the back, rests on one of the flowers close to the viewer. Image by Daniela via creative commons.]

Drawing on our embodied experiences of climate change, this workshop will encourage participants to explore climate hope, rather than grief, through reading, writing,and creating archives, poetry, and stories about our relationships between local ecologies and our bodies.  As a group, we will explore collective resistance to despair and think productively and generatively with empathy toward the environment, humans, and nonhumans. Questions and prompts about our sensory experiences as well as feelings of hope and belonging will frame our sessions, including:

How do we feel climate change in our bodies?

How can we model climate hope in our communities?

How can we archive local environmental knowledge for future humans and nonhumans?

Together, we’ll explore poetry by Craig Santos Perez, Petra Kuppers, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, and Aka Niviâna, and stories by Keri Hulme to guide our discussions. Participants need no previous experience with poetry or storytelling and do not require scientific knowledge about climate change. This course is open to those who want to imagine alternatives to climate grief and doom and do not know where to begin.

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.


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):  $950  — 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. 

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