Writing the Land: Inspiration and Perspiration to Create Poetry

Room 337, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What if you were paired with a conserved land for a year to visit and create three poems inspired by place and preservation? In this panel, five diverse, emerging, and established poets from east, central, and northwest regions will share their writing process and poems. Their protected lands ranged from protected habitats, sanctuaries, farms, and ranches, to ecosystems and wilderness preserves. Their poetry and the methodologies used to create their poems will challenge and inspire you.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Panel_Outline_F191_cmc.pdf



Catalina Marie Cantú (Xicana) is a multigenre writer, Jack Straw Fellow, Alum of VONA, and The Mineral School. Funded by Hugo House, Centrum, and Hedgebrook. Poems and stories have been published and anthologized. An arts advocate, mediator/attorney, and land use planner, she lives in West Seattle.

Erica Reid earned her MFA from Western Colorado University (2022) and serves as assistant editor at THINK Journal; her poetry has been nominated for Best New Poets and a Pushcart Prize. Erica is a contributing poet for the national Writing the Land project and its 2022 anthology Windswept II.

Leona Sevick is the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award Winner for her book of poems, Lion Brothers. Her work appears in Orion, Birmingham Poetry Review, and The Southern Review. She is provost and professor of English at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she teaches Asian American literature.

Diane Raptosh was Boise's Poet Laureate (2013) and the 2013-–2016 Idaho Writer in Residence. She's received three literature fellowships from the Idaho Arts Council. Her American Amnesiac was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. Her new book, Hand Signs from Eternity's Yurt, came out in June 2022.

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.


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