Que me traigan flores: Nature Writing with Vanessa Mártir

As a kid raised in the city, I didn’t think nature writing was for me. The nature writing I read didn’t include people like me. They were written by and about white folks in tweed or petticoats walking along rivers whose names I couldn’t pronounce. (I’m being coy here but hopefully you get my drift.) 

I’ve since discovered that BIPOC have been writing about nature for centuries, I just didn’t had access to it (and maybe you didn’t either). Thankfully, this is changing.  

My love and admiration for all things nature began in the garden oasis my mother created in our backyard in Bushwick, Brooklyn, when the neighborhood was dotted with burnt out, dilapidated buildings and garbage strewn lots. I know now that writing about this IS nature writing. 

In this class, we will examine and interrogate nature writing defined as: “nonfiction or fiction prose or poetry about the natural environment.” 

We will read nature writing by BIPOC and women, & examine how nature is used as a tool to make larger statements about society. 

We will write about our natural world, what surrounds us, how it shapes us, how we shape it.  

When: September 22nd (the autumnal equinox), 7-9pm EST
Where: Zoom
How much: $22
To register: Send an email to writingourlivesworkshop@gmail.com with “Nature Writing” in the subject line. 

Look forward to seeing you!

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