WORKSHOP: STORYTELLING FOR POETS, ESSAYISTS & FICTION WRITERS

A workshop taught by Paul Hunter

Saturday February 17, 2018, 4:30-6 pm, Free
BookTree Bookstore, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033

Questions & Contact Information:
Chris at 425-202-7791,
Paul at 206-633-5647,
email: editors@ravenchronicles.org

This workshop is organized to clarify where we stand with regard to the natural world, what our place is, and offer some exercises and materials to allow the writer to abandon the old stories and create new ones that will be more urgent and meaningful than the aesthetics and ethics most of us have grown up with. What perspectives will help us, and what stories do we now most need to tell each other and hear? Bring something to write with, and on, and join me from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, Saturday February 17, at Book Tree in Kirkland. Serious nuts and bolts—there will be no preaching to the choir.

It’s not often that poets and writers get a chance to save the world. But here we are, on the verge of environmental disaster, dying for want of what every human should live for—a life in tune with nature. While honing our sense of beauty and utility, we have traded an active life and a sustainable existence for comfort, convenience, and amusement, which tend to magnify our energy use exponentially, and diminish the sense of our surroundings and our physical selves.

In his 2017 book, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, English novelist, poet, and political activist Paul Kingsnorth details his own despair at seeing how entrenched, immoveable, and oblivious is the resistance to global climate change. In despair he resigned from all organized efforts to save the earth, and is living a subsistence life with his family in western Ireland, with a low carbon footprint, raising as much of his food and fuel as he can, using a composting toilet. His only remaining hold is in the world of art, where he sees that humans have been failing by continuing to tell each other versions of the old failed stories. He says that humans need to begin telling each other new stories that might save us and the rest of nature, though the hour is late. (see dark-mountain.net, for magazine issues, books, and blogs)


Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works Press since 1994. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, as well as in seven full-length books and three chapbooks. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in The New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. A second volume of farming poems, Ripening, was published in 2007, a third companion volume, Come the Harvest, appeared in 2008, and the fourth, from the same publisher, Stubble Field, appeared in 2012. He has been a featured poet on The News Hour, and has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, published by the Small Farmer’s Journal. His new book of prose poetry, Clownery, In lieu of a life spent in harness, was published in 2017, by Davila Art & Books, Sisters, Oregon. Hunter taught at the U.W, Overlake School, and the Skagit River Poetry Festival for many years.