Divine Writing: Connections between Writing Practice, Craft, and Divination

Room 437, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What are divination poetics and how do they manifest in writing practice? Can divination tools such as the Tarot, I Ching, and Throwing the Bones influence modes of creation and assemblage? Does the written word have the same generative agency as a reading? When we read the spread or the signs are we also writing the story? Four writers and divination practitioners share the ways in which divination, intuition, and embodied knowledge influence, guide, and disrupt their writing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Event_Outline.pdf



Michele Battiste is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Waiting for the Wreck to Burn, which won the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press. She has taught workshops for Gotham Writers Workshops, Teen Ink, and Wichita State University. She currently raises funds to protect nature.

Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist—and the author of three books of poetry, most recently Gentlewomen, and Prairie Divination, an illustrated collection of essays and oracle deck (with artist L. Ann Wheeler). She is an associate professor in English at the University of Kansas.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. Her book of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, was awarded the Essay Press Book Prize. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver.

Kristen Nelson

Teresa Carmody


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