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Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Dr. Marjorie Wonham

Dr. Marjorie Wonham is a marine biologist and educator who has taught inquiry-based field courses from California to Vancouver Island for over 20 years to scientific and interdisciplinary audiences. Her main areas of research and teaching are marine biology, marine ecopoetics, and innovative pedagogy. She was an active participant in Hollyhock’s Geopoetics Symposium and Residency in 2022 and looks forward to returning in 2023. Her favourite marine organisms include sea cucumbers and kinorhynchs.

Marjorie’s recent articles include:
Neruda’s Maremoto: Hidden biological treasures in art and poetry
Molluscs, morphology, and metaphor in Pablo Neruda’s STEAMiest poem)
Questions beyond Majors: developing mental maturity in students
Questions instead of Majors: implementing a self-authored concentration program

Events with Dr. Marjorie Wonham

Science and Poetry of the Salish Sea
August 30 - September 3, 2023

How do you see the sea? Explore the ecology and poetry of the ocean with a place-based focus on the Salish Sea. Through a unique combination of field observations, marine biology, and poetry, we will examine compelling and timely questions in the relationship between humans and the sea. Each day…