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Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on April 19
Ends with lunch on April 23

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $475 CAD

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Geopoetics Symposium

With Michael D. Datura and Erin Robinsong

April 19 - 23, 2022

I build my language with rocks. Édouard Glissant, “L’Intention poétique”

The connections between geography and creativity cut to the heart of the human imagination of how we live on and with the Earth. At its root, geography—from the Greek “earth-writing” or “earth-description”—speaks to how we both represent and create our place on the Earth, a calling that is at once empirical, scientific, aesthetic-creative, and political.
Eric Magrane, “Situating Geopoetics”

This symposium invites writers, artists, scholars, and educators engaged with geopoetics, an emerging constellation of creative practice at the nexus of poetics and geography. Leading and emerging figures in geopoetics, Indigenous studies, ecophilosophy, environmental arts and place-based education will dialogue, learn from the land, lead seminars, present works, create, collaborate, and cross-pollinate.

Together we will consider geopoetics in the context of settler-colonialism and climate change to share strategies for staying with some of the more troubling questions and realities of scholarship, education and art in the so-called Anthropocene (the proposed epoch in which humans are recognized as a geological force). For instance, what role does imagination play in fostering new ecological/geographic paradigms? What lyric strategies amplify the role of more-than-human agents in public life? How might we grieve what we are losing while nurturing futures of multispecies flourishing? In a time of ecological precarity, this gathering offers space for rethinking and remaking relations with/in a more-than-human world.

The Geopoetics Symposium is convened by Erin Robinsong and Michael D. Datura in consultation with a rawlings

Note: If you are planning to join us for the Geopoetics Residency following the symposium (April 23–27, 2022), register separately for both events. The residency is on a first-come, first-serve basis—but there are a limited number of spaces depending on the number and artistic medium of participants, so we recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure a spot. 

Schedule

A detailed symposium schedule will be available 1–2 weeks in advance of the program.

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.

Health & Safety

By order of the Provincial Health Office, we will be requiring all our guests to provide proof of at least one vaccination, starting September 12th 2021. Learn more here.


Featured Contributors

Sonnet L’Abbé is the author, most recently, of Sonnet’s Shakespeare, the only poetry collection to be named one of Quill and Quire’s best books of 2019. They are a professor of English and the Chair of the Creative Writing and Journalism Department at Vancouver Island University.

David Abram is a cultural ecologist and philosopher who lectures and teaches widely on several continents. He is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, and The Spell of the Sensuous. 

Siku Allooloo is an Inuk/Haitian/Taíno writer, artist and community builder from Denendeh (NWT) and Pond Inlet, NU. She has been leading resurgence and decolonial work since 2012 through both community and cultural education programs on the l and through the arts, including creative non-fiction, poetry, and multimedia.

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, a translator, an officer of the Order of Canada, and a lifelong student of Native American languages and oral literatures.

Nadia Chaney lives and works in Montreal/Tio’tia:ke, where she runs an arts based community research lab studying the nature of Time and Temporality.

Stephen Collis  teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University. His many books of poetry include The Commons, On the Material (Awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott), and Once in Blockadia (Nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature). 

Mark Fettes teaches education at Simon Fraser University. His explorations of language and imagination include work on Indigenous language revitalization, research partnerships in imaginative place-based education, and leadership roles in the worldwide community of Esperanto speakers.

Eric Magrane is an assistant professor of geography at New Mexico State University. He is the editor of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press, with Christopher Cokinos), and Geopoetics in Practice (Routledge, with Linda Russo, Craig Santos Perez, and Sarah de Leeuw,).

Udavi Cruz Márquez holds a masters in tropical ecology and has 15 years of experience collaborating in projects that defend the indigenous biocultural heritage in Mexico. As a sun dancer in the Lakota tradition, he runs sweat lodges and is also a student of the tipi ceremony.

Astrida Neimanis (she/they) is a white settler writer, teacher and scholar. Their work focuses on water, bodies and weather and foregrounds feminist, queer, antiracist, anticolonial, and crip perspectives. They are currently Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities and Director of the FEELed Lab at UBC Okanagan on the unceded Land of the Syilx people.

a rawlings is a Canadian-Icelandic interdisciplinary artist whose books include Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), Gibber (online, 2012), o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015), si tu (MaMa Multimedijalni Institut, 2017), and Sound of Mull (Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2019).

Genevieve Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in environmental studies. Her drawings are often comprised of found organic materials collected on-site and map a visceral and long-term engagement with specific regions. (Note: Genevieve’s work will be installed at the gathering, she will not be there in person.)

Linda Russo is a poet and director of EcoArts on the Palouse.com. She lives on the ceded lands of the Nez Perce Tribe and the traditional homeland of the Palus Band of Indians and teaches creative writing and literature at Washington State University.

Jan Zwicky was raised in the northwest corner of the Great Plains and presently lives on a small island off the west coast. Her most recent titles are The Long Walk, The Experience of Meaning, and Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis, with co-author Robert Bringhurst.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those with financial need or barriers to attending. To apply for a scholarship, register for the event and follow the scholarship prompts. This conference has been developed in partnership with Hollyhock and Simon Fraser University. As such, scholars may be able to draw on conference travel and professional development funds from their respective institutions to assist with fees, travel and accommodation costs; artists/writers may be able to apply for travel or other funding from arts councils. We are committed to co-creating an inclusive gathering. Please apply for a scholarship within the registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Please contact [email protected] if you are unable to pay the deposit.

Accessibility

We are committed to creating a barrier-free event. All main buildings and some accommodations are wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible washroom in the main dining lodge. Session-house washrooms are not fully accessible yet (there are a few steps to get to them). Paths between buildings are unpaved and uneven in places, but well-maintained and safe for most wheelchairs/scooters. We are happy to provide photos/video of the campus and paths on request, and can also offer transportation assistance between buildings if needed via golf cart. If you have accessibility needs/questions/concerns, please contact us at [email protected] 


Image Credit (above): angela rawlings | intime | from Sound of Mull, 2019

Presenters

Michael D. Datura
Michael D. Datura is a humanities teacher on the unceded territories of the Salish peoples, a doctoral candidate, and occasionally a poet. He is a member of the The Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education and regularly instructs graduate level teachers about an Imaginative Education approach to learning. In 2015, he published his first book, under alias Michael Derby: Place, Being, Resonance: An Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education; and in 2018, he co-edited a collaborative writing experiment called Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene. His research draws primarily on lyric philosophy (Jan Zwicky)…
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Erin Robinsong
Erin Robinsong is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and the author of Rag Cosmology, Liquidity, and Nearness (forthcoming 2021). Collaborative performance work with Kathleen Brown, Andréa de Keijzer and Hanna Sybille Müller has been presented at the Conference on Ecopoetics (USA), The Festival of Ideas (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), Tangente Danse (CA), and many others. A PhD student at Concordia University, Erin’s research-creation work focuses on emergent ecological thought in poetry. Originally from Cortes Island, Erin lives in Montréal. erinrobinsong.org
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