Waking Up in the Garden: Writing Poems Alongside Nature

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

New: A poetry series that begins March 3 and continues through March 12 and March 17...in the words of the teacher

In this 3 session course, over 6 hours we will read poems about gardens, flora and fauna. We will spend time in various parts of the Dunn garden as it comes into its spring body; it will be our “guide.” We will consider what the garden gives us psychically, physically and spiritually and write our own poems inspired by these sources.

By the end of the course we’d like to display at least one poem from everyone, somewhere in the garden. Additionally, the poems will be collected, printed and made available to other visitors to the garden.

Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA, is a poet, former psychotherapist, landscape designer and currently teaches poetry at Hugo House and Seattle Children’s Hospital. For her most recent project she has been awarded grants from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, and Artist Trust in cooperation with Benaroya Research Institute, to interview people and write a series of poems about autoimmune disease (AI). She has been interviewing those who live with AI, who care for people with AI, and researchers and other medical professionals involved with discovering and treating those with AI diseases. 

You can find links to Suzanne's writing and poetry at www.seedison.com. Additionally, she wrote an essay about how to go on a garden tour that was published in both The Seattle Times, July 1999 and in the Heronswood catalogue in 2000.

Dates of class series: March 3, March 10 and March 17. 

Time: 10 am to noon for each of the classes

Fee for Series of three classes: $100

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