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Queering Ecopoetry

18 November @ 18:30 - 21:00

About this event

In his essay ‘Queer Ecology’ (2012), Timothy Morton says that, “If anything, life is catastrophic, monstrous, nonholistic, and dislocated, not organic, coherent, or authoritative. Queering ecological criticism will involve engaging with these qualities.” With this in mind, how might we embrace these vital qualities in our writing? And could unhelpful binaries like Nature/Culture, male/female, gay/straight, ecology/technology, or animal/human be challenged through queering ecopoetry?

Inspired by Jack Halberstam’s Queer Art of Failure, we’ll explore how being taken seriously can mean, “missing out on the chance to be frivolous, promiscuous, and irrelevant”. We’ll try out some new routes to ecopoetry, invoking drag, camp humour and reading ‘non-serious texts’ seriously. How might these approaches embrace the complexity and paradoxes inherent to writing about the more-than-human world?

Expect bawdy humour, pop culture. You won’t be judged for wearing your favourite biodegradable glitter on camera.

Throughout this session, you will…

  • Explore the ways queer identities and ways of being intersect with ecopoetry
  • Try out novel, irreverent and camp approaches to ‘nature’ poems
  • Read and talk about poems and other texts which engage with ‘queer ecologies’

About Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin is a poet, facilitator and Bristol City Poet from October 2020. He’s published widely in magazines, journals, through commissioned poems and competitions. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. His debut collection, ‘This Fruiting Body’, is published with Nine Arches Press in October.

Book your place

Concession tickets (students, teens, over 65 and those on a low income) cost £10.00, NWS Member tickets cost £16 and General Admission cost £20.

Book your place below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. A link with access instructions will be emailed to you shortly before the workshop is due to start. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please email us at admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk


18 November
18:30 - 21:00
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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