Home and Away: Writing Our Lands


April 26, 2019    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Type

In partnership with the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

In this workshop, critically acclaimed poet Jenna Butler will take participants through a day of walking, sharing, writing and reflecting the land and space we inhabit.  Explore how the lands we carry with us can be both places of belonging and epicentres of disconnection. Drawing from Robert Macfarlane’s lyrical book of essays, Landmarks, we’ll look at creating our own word-hoards for the places we live and the landscapes we carry within us in the form of personal or familial memories. Writers of all genres and all levels are most welcome.

Join us in the Ozawa Pavilion Tea House overlooking the Japanese Garden for a day of poetry. Please come prepared with notebook and pen/pencil, and some sturdy shoes for walking in the Garden. $55 + tax.

Instructor Bio

Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012), and Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010), an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail (Wolsak and Wynn, 2015), and a poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard (University of Alberta Press, 2018). Her new work includes the memoir Revery: A Year of Bees, essays about women, beekeeping, and community building.

Butler’s research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard an ice-class masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we impact the landscapes we call home. A professor of creative writing and environmental writing at Red Deer College, Butler lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s North Country.


For more information, email uabg.programs@ualberta.ca or call 780-492-3069.