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Tension Zones: Landscape, Memory, and Writing

Course Starts

March 17, 2022

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Course Ends

May 5, 2022

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A forest, an old field, a prairie remnant, or an urban tree canopy is each a set of constant tensions. In natural history terms, the Tension Zone is an S-curved boundary where Wisconsin’s southern plant communities and northern plant communities converge. Many of our most subtly dynamic landscapes exist in proximity to this zone. With naturalist May Theilgaard Watts and poet Lorine Niedecker as our primary guides, let’s practice reading tension in the landscape. We will look and listen as well to diverse contemporary writers to help us explore the tensions at play in inscription, speech, memory, and forgetfulness. We’ll read, listen, and write with what we find there, or against these things, and will each contribute to a collective daybook to supplement our own individual discoveries.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

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DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Chuck Stebelton is author most recently of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, 2021). His previous poetry collections include The Platformist (Cultural Society, 2012) and Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). He served as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center from 2005 to 2017. In 2018 he...

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