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Lunchtime Bite: Fluid Verse: Lessons from Organic Relation



Lou Garcia-Dolnik




In this short session, we’ll consider how thinking ecosystemically can open up new possibilities for our poetry (or other lyric work), while remaining critical about and accountable to our limitations. Through close study of experimental eco-poetry, generative exercises and sharing, we’ll practice intimacy with plants, animal life, constellations and more-than-human kinship as our best teachers.
A photo of Lou Garcia-Dolnik.


This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • How processes of respectful inquiry into the ‘natural’ world can inform our poetics
  • How collaboration with plants, animals and ecosystems can enrich the lifeworld of our work
  • How attention to organic morphology and patterning lends itself to new possibilities in form
  • To think intentionally about density and spacing in our work
  • Some accessible and adaptable writing exercises

About the Tutor:

Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet living and working on sovereign Gadigal Country. Their writing has been awarded Second Prize in Overland's Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a place on the shortlist for the 2020 Blake Prize, 2021 Val Vallis Awards, 2022 LIMINAL Non-Fiction Prize and 2022 Kat Muscat Fellowship along with an Academy of American Poets University Prize from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. They are the Australian Poetry/NAHR Eco-Poetry Fellow for 2023. 

Not a Member?

Lunchtime Bites and Evening Appetisers are free for members. Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our other workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to The Victorian Writer magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

First Nations writers and writers of colour may attend this course for free, regardless of their membership status. Please select the free option when booking.

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Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 05 October 2023 - 11:00
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