Grief and loss are universal experiences. Everyone will mourn. The ways we experience grief are as changing and dynamic as the world that surrounds us, so how can we find the words to mirror those feelings inside us and bring them to life on the page? Be it a global pandemic, climate change, or the death of a loved one, the way we engage with the environment around us can be a way to approach and honor the personal griefs within our own lives.
No matter the source of your grief, this four-part series of classes will offer dedicated time and space to practice moving through grief alongside the study of poetry and guided creative writing prompts. We will seek, we will commune, and we will heal by settling ourselves at Larkspur Conservation at Taylor Hollow. This class will take place in the beautiful green space, where each week students will read, write, and engage in the glory of Tennessee’s only natural burial cemetery and nature preserve while the landscape around us springs to life. Each class will be specifically catered to a contemporary poet and theme as students explore loss and death, healing, reclamation, and the communal web of life we experience through the natural world.
Meg Wade is a National Poetry Series finalist and a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Institute. Her chapbook, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award and is now out from Tupelo Press. Meg has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and is a co-curator of Be Witched, a literary and arts event series. You can find her poems online, as well as various print journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Meg Wade was so encouraging and enthusiastic as a teacher. She was clearly so passionate about the materials, and was able to discuss the craft deeply and sharply. She lead workshops with incisive critiques that helped me reflect on my own work in new ways that have opened up new avenues for exploration of my art. Thank you!"
"Meg presented the material and models with great enthusiasm and created a really innovative exercise. She is so knowledgeable about poetry, but she knew just how much to feed us so that we could apply it to our own writing as a start."
"Meg Wade packs a lot of learning and writing into her classes. Meg's choice of examples and our discussion deepened my understanding of prose poetry. The prompt and subsequent discussion of our writing inspired several of us to continue working on the pieces we began. This was an informative and motivating workshop, and Meg's style of facilitating is welcoming and skilled."