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Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Steven F. White, on leave in Nicaragua, recently conducted a workshop entitled "La eco-poesía: hacer la morada con la palabra" ("Eco-poetry: Making a Home with Words"), sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua and the Nicaraguan Association of Young Writers in Managua. It coincided with National Poetry Month in the United States as well asthe celebration of Earth Day.

Some 70 young writers applied to participate, and 30 were chosen for the two-day workshop on how to read poetry with an eco-critical focus, defining the relationship between literature and the physical environment. Participants also wrote their own poetry based on the new concepts they learned and gave a reading at the end of the workshop.

In 2007, White was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project to conduct research on ecology and literature. In 2008, he gave the Piskor Faculty Lecture on "Trees and Rivers: Poetry and Ecology in Latin America," an ecocritical study of Nicaraguan poet Pablo Antonio Cuadra (1912-2002) and Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).

Caribbean and Latin American Studies at St. Lawrence

Posted: April 22, 2010


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