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Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness

SUN. SEP. 17 // 3 PM

Taught by Montana poet Natalie Peeterse, this workshop is intended to address the grief some of us feel at witnessing injustice, be it across the table, across street or in another country. What is the role of the witness? When is saying something more important than saying nothing? What does it mean to observe? How do we put into words what we think and feel as violence unfolds before us? How do we do that well? There will be a discussion on the politics of witness and point of view. Later in the evening, you're invited to join Natalie for a reading at Central Food. Register online // $10.

About the Instructor // Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Sonora Review and Strange Machine, among other journals. Selected poems have appeared in the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press), among others. Her chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. A second chapbook, Dreadful : Luminosity, Letters was published by Educe Press in 2017. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute. She is the recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. She lives in Helena, MT, where she is the editor of Open Country Press.

Earlier Event: September 16
Drop in and Science (for Kids!)
Later Event: September 17