Following the Tracks of Our Wild Selves:
Poetry & Art-Making Along the River
Photograph by Friderike Heuer
June 15, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
How often have you dreamed of a day of art and writing in a beautiful natural setting? How many times have you seen tracks ahead of you on a woodland trail and wondered what creature made them? In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore nature through poetry and art, delving into sense detail through our experience of the natural world. As poets and artists, we’ll offer description, instruction and reflection to embody a natural place and express our wild selves.
Please join Gwendolyn Morgan, Dawn Thompson and Margaret Hartsook for a day of creative art making as we follow our poetic instincts, track with pen & ink, and draw upon our wild longing for new landscapes.
Gwendolyn Morgan learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paint brushes from her grandmothers. With a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Gwendolyn has been a recipient of a few art and writing residencies. Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea was a recipient of the Wild Earth Poetry Prize. Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces is a Nautilus Gold Winner in Poetry and a Foreward Indies Book of the Year Finalist in the Nature Category. She is the current Clark County Poet Laureate.
Margaret Hartsook trained in drawing and painting at California College of Art in Oakland, California, Margaret completed her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Oregon. She received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling & Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. She is a mixed media artist and has been working for the past 30 years with a wide variety of materials and is endlessly inspired by the cycles of nature.
Dawn Thompson oversees Portland Women Writers and has had the honor to be a part of it since 2008. She believes writing our stories, whether they originate from our life experience or our imagination, is a sacred act that liberates, heals and transforms us. Dawn is passionate about how writing in community offers us the gift of becoming more intimate with ourself and more connected to one another. She considers herself a space holder for women to build lasting pathways through the written word among their hearts, minds, bodies and souls.
Dawn holds an M.A. in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She has worked as a staff member for Write Around Portland, facilitating workshops for adults in drug and alcohol recovery and for individuals experiencing homelessness, living with disabilities, metastatic cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.