Ecopoetry Workshop 2020

NAHR Ecopoetry 2nd Workshop  July 2020

Details forthcoming early December 2019

NAHR Ecopoetry Workshop  1 st – 15 th July, 2019


This is a collaborative, creative, and critical poetry workshop to be held at NAHR, July 1-15 2019.
The workshop is led by Simon Eales, Brent Cox, and Courtlin Byrd, three practicing poet-artists and critics from the United States and Australia, and is affiliated to NAHR. The intention of this two-week workshop is to create innovative poetic and critical artworks that address ecological themes and modes of practice, particularly as they relate to our primary area of focus for this year: grasses and pastures .

We seek applications from practicing poets, poet-artists, and poet-critics from anywhere in the world; university faculty, graduate students, and late-stage undergraduate students; land-artists, sculptors, and ambient/literary musicians; literarily-minded field researchers interested in ecological economies, community-builders with an orientation toward the arts, and architects
looking to develop new theory; experimental philosophers, dramaturgs, and performance-artists; and anyone excited to explore ecological issues in theory and practice. Our criteria for selection is commodious, with the hope of collecting a heterogeneous and diverse body of practitioners committed to exploring what ecopoetics is and might yet be.

Applicants are expected to be either already working on a creative-ecological project or looking to begin a new one, and should be excited to open their projects to emergent collaboration and cross-pollination with other members of the workshop. A reading/exhibition of work, or works-in-progress, will take place on the workshop’s final day.

All sessions will run in English, but we welcome participants working in translation.

Accommodation: There is space for 10-12 participants, who will stay in, and work from, Soggiorno Mazzoleni.

Excursions through the nearby alpine foothills, to the spas at San Pellegrino Terme, to Lake Como, and the various surrounding towns including Pizzino, Olda, Vedeseta, and Peghera are possible.

Application Deadline: 10th April 2019

How to apply: Fill out the application form at our website

Questions/Contact: Email us at

More information: Visit

Simon Eales, Brent Cox, and Courtlin Byrd,
Poetics Program, SUNY Buffalo Buffalo, New York

IFR_International Summer School /
IFR_Scuola Estiva Internazionale 2018

Course 1: Learning from Nature _ Jule 2018

The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. Students will be challenged to understand how the environment has shaped both the evolution of living organisms and the design of human constructions. Student learning and project development will be achieved through several means: frequent outdoor treks and careful observation and analysis of the native flora and fauna, site visits to local villages and historic settlements to document design and architectural practices of the local community, and interaction and dialogue with the course instructors and guest lecturers, who are experts in the fields of evolution, ecology, bio-inspired design, geology, and anthropology.  APPLY

Course 2: Rock and Stone _ July 2018

“Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. Participants will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Applying anthropological research methods and architectural investigation student will study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices.  The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.  APPLY

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