Saturday, April 24, 2021
White Memorial Conservation Center and Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson present a day of virtual poetry events to celebrate the Earth in a time of climate crisis
Join Us for the Following Virtual Programs:
9:30 a.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
Welcome and Introduction by Gerri Griswold and David K. Leff. Poetry readings from the new anthology Waking Up to the Earth by poets Denise Abercrombie, Terry Blackhawk, John Stanizzi, Steve Straight, Katherine Szpekman, and Rhonda Ward.
11:00 a.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
“Nature Poetry in a Time of Climate Crisis,” a talk by State Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson.
Writing Workshop: “There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness for the Earth” with Edwina Trentham. Free of charge, but registration required (see below).
2:30 p.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
Poetry readings from the new anthology Waking Up to the Earth by poets Cortney Davis, Catherine DeNunzio, Louis Gabordi, David K. Leff, Amy Nawrocki, and Pit Pinegar.
4:00 p.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
“Poets Out in the Open:” a reprise of summer poetry readings recorded in 2019 on the beautiful grounds of the White Memorial Conservation Center.
Writing Workshop: “There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness for the Earth” with Edwina Trentham
Today, one of the gravest threats facing us is the desecration of our beautiful earth, the heedless greed and irreversible damage for the sake of profit that is destroying our planet. Faced with this horror, how can we as poets draw attention to this destruction, and what can we hope to achieve? In this intensive workshop, we will read and discuss work by poets who have explored this essential topic and explore different ways of writing poetry of witness with passion and persuasiveness. The major part of the workshop will be devoted to workshopping the poems written by participants and submitted ahead of time. Writing prompts focused on the topic of healing and witness for the earth will be provided.
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live. Please follow the directions below to register as a participant in the workshop or as a viewer.
Sign-up Instructions for Poets: Register by April 1, 2021 with David K. Leff at Please send postal address for receipt of materials and briefly state your experience writing nature poetry, if any. A Zoom link will be sent to you along with any further instructions prior to the workshop. Space is limited to ten.
Registration Instructions for the Public: Register at www.whitememorialcc.org. if you would like to observe via ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you the day before the workshop OR watch live on White Memorial’s Facebook Fan Page!