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Eco Writing Workshop with B.K. Fischer (in person at HVWC)

October 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Concerned about climate? Eager to express yourself in writing about climate change and what it means for your future? Interested in being part of making a documentary film that gives young people a stronger voice for speaking out about the climate crisis? Ready to think about the environment in creative ways?

Come out for this FREE eco-writing workshop led by Westchester Poet Laureate B.K. Fischer, part of the Floodwaters Workshops project sponsored by ArtsWestchester and the Academy of American Poets. Bringing poetry into the local conversation about climate, this indoor/outdoor workshop will begin at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, continue with a half-mile note-taking walk to the Pocantico Estuary (Devries Park), and end with an hour of writing in the landscape using somatic and en plein air practices.

Participants may choose to walk or drive to the outdoor site. The workshop is a multi-generational conversation about climate for young people and students of all ages, a chance to hear differing perspectives on changes that impact human ecologies where we live. Writers in any genre are welcome. Bring waterproof shoes and a notebook!

This workshop is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.

B.K. Fischer is a writer and teacher living in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She is the author most recently of Ceive (BOA Editions, 2021), a novel in verse that retells the Noah’s Ark story on a container ship., which was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her previous collection, Radioapocrypha, which won the 2017 Journal/Wheeler Award from Ohio State University Press, recasts the New Testament Gospel in suburban Maryland in 1989. Her other books are My Lover’s Discourse (Tinderbox Editions, 2018), St. Rage’s Vault (The Word Works, 2013), and Mutiny Gallery (Truman State University Press, 2011). Also the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (2006), she has published poems and reviews in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Boston Review, Jacket2, FIELD, WSQ, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, Los Angeles Review of Books, Modern Language Studies, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. A former poetry editor at Boston Review, she teaches The Comma Sutra in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and is currently the poet laureate of Westchester County, New York.


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October 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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