About

Ecopoetry Workshop is a mutable residency and workshop program dealing with ecopoetical themes and practice. 

We consider it an opportunity to bring existent work and thinking about ecopoetics into a vibrant locality wherein experimental writers, artists, system designers, architects, and biologists have been thinking about the relationship between humans and nature for ages. 

The Taleggio Valley is famous for its cheese, which is traditionally made by hand from cows grazing its hilly pastures. The style of this cheese evolved to withstand the time it took to transport from the Valley, along the winding paths of the river Enna, to market in the Brembana Valley, and Bergamo further afield. In recent years, however, the global nature of the food industry has dictated that most Taleggio cheese is made outside of the Valley. We might say it’s attained a globular aesthetic, removed from the necessities of its historical origin. And we want to ask: to what effect?

NAHR was initiated by Los Angeles-based architect, and educator at CalArts, Ilaria Mazzoleni, whose family have been civic leaders in the Taleggio Valley for many years. The workshop joins poet-artists and experimental writers working in all sub-disciplines for the purpose of creating new work that engages closely with ecopoetical themes. 

Future Ecopoetry Workshop experiences will involve weekend intensives, day-long drop-ins, and special presentations. If you would like us to come and speak to, and work with, your institution, please contact us at ecopoetryworkshop@gmail.com 

Photo of a participant at Ecopoetry Workshop 2019 writing on some stone ruins in Fraggio.

What People Say

“Ecopoetry Workshop is an important addition to the conversation around eco-art because it actually brings people together in time and space to generate challenging ideas, and to challenge each other. Ideally, we move away from the hot air of internet climate chat to thinking about the hard stuff.”

Simon Eales, co-founder.

Ecopoetics, what is that, fiddling while Rome burns?”

Late U.S.American poet, Robert Creeley.

“One problem with “nature”/“ecology” is what appears to be their ontological self-evidence as things apart from the human, so, unearthing and thinking through what we might mean by such a thing is important, especially given human-made environmental catastrophe.

Brent Cox, co-founder.

Let’s write experimentally, beside ourselves


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