Earth Magic: Mindful Exploration as Poetics Practice
with Christopher Luna
Saturday, April 27
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Poetry provides a way to explore our universe and document this process of discovery. We will read poets who have engaged with nature and complete a series of writing experiences. There will be an emphasis on mindful observation and real-time tracking of our daily movements. We will also discuss the role that observation and research play in building a body of reality-based work with the potential to engender compassion, understanding, and progressive social action. No writing experience necessary.
Please bring a bag lunch, water, pens, and paper.
Christopher Luna is a collage artist, poet, editor, and teacher who served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County from 2013-2017. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 2004. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. His first full-length collection of poetry, entitled “Message from the Vessel in a Dream” was published by Flowstone Press in December 2018.
Darlene Zimbardi had the following comments about her experience in Christopher’s poetry and memoir writing classes: “I love taking classes with Christopher. From the moment you walk into the room, you see and feel his passion for literature. His zest transfers to his students. It doesn’t matter where you are on your writing path, he encourages and challenges you. Christopher holds a safe space for writers to share their work.”
Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning workshop at Multnomah Arts Center, comments: “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.”