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.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Marjorie Wonham, Ph.D.

Dr. Marjorie Wonham teaches and conducts research as a faculty member in Marine Biology at Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington. She has taught inquiry-based marine biology and biology-poetry courses from California to Vancouver Island, to scientific and interdisciplinary audiences. Her main areas of inquiry are marine biology, marine ecopoetics, and innovative pedagogy. Her favourite marine organisms include sea cucumbers and kinorhynchs.

Marjorie’s recent articles include:
“The spear of quartz”: A zoopoetic and ecopoetic analysis of Neruda’s “Mollusca Gongorina”
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 Marjorie Wonham, Ph.D.

Exploring Ocean Mysteries: The Science and Poetry of The Salish Sea
May 31 - June 5, 2024

The ocean has long inspired curiosity and imagination in scientists and poets alike. Join us in a lively, embodied, place-based experience of the beautiful waters and life of the Salish Sea. In this unique program we will explore ocean shorelines and ocean poetry, and create our own poems that deepen…