Writing the Body as Landscape: How We See and Imagine Ourselves as Wilderness

Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


How do poets and essayists write and connect landscapes to the body, and what other metaphors do we find inspiring for describing the natural world? Our panel will discuss ways to deepen our understandings of landscape through language, writing against a backdrop of climate crisis, issues of land ownership, historical and racial controversies, and overcrowding. Are our metaphors personal, political, or preservationist? Can relating the body and self to landscape evoke a deeper care for the land?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_Body_As_Wilderness.pdf



Allen Gee is the DL Jordan Endowed Professor of creative writing and editor of CSU Press at Columbus State University. He is author of My Chinese-America (essays), and At Little Monticello (a forthcoming biography of James Alan McPherson).

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and coeditor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). CMarie is director of Elk River Writers Workshop and faculty in the graduate program in creative writing at Western Colorado University.

Renata Golden has published numerous essays online and in print about the natural world. She is working on an essay collection about the Chiricahua Mountains where the borders of two states and two countries meet. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston, and she lives in New Mexico.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a professor at the University of Michigan and in the MFA in interdisciplinary arts program at Goddard College. Her third poetry collection is Gut Botany (2020), and her first speculative fiction collection is Ice Bar (2018).

Sean Hill, the author of two books of poems, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, directs the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. His honors and awards include a fellowship from the NEA. His poems have appeared in journals and in anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.


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