These events explore the various themes, styles, and forms associated with nature poetry today. A field that is and has always been shifting, nature writing offers us a way to continuously examine our impact on the nonhuman world.
Whether innovating or experimenting with poetic traditions, explicitly referring to the climate crisis and associated griefs, or evaluating one’s own ancestral, present, or future relationship with land and landscapes, this strand revolves around the ecological.
Specifically challenging a generalised approach, and acknowledging subjective experience and context, these poets, in different ways, offer complex and dynamic perspectives on the natural world, the nature poem, and the nature poet.
Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of Another Way to Split Water, as well as the pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative essay Second Memory, which was co-authored with Pratyusha. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.