Masterclass with Marlene van Niekerk

Marlene van Niekerk

Edited by poets Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) presents contemporary American poetry that illustrates the diversity of human responses to environmental complexity and change. Based on a selection of poems from this anthology, this masterclass with Marlene van Niekerk will interrogate the possibility of a poetics of the Anthropocene. Translations of her own work  will complement and open the discussion beyond the American stage; while philosophers Timothy Morton (Ecology Without Nature, 2007) and Michel Serres (The Natural Contract, 1990) will ground it within sensory bodies and expose the ambiguity and contradiction of how we, humans, perceive and construct “Nature.”

To register for this free event and receive preliminary readings, please email the centre.

During her visit to Australia, Marlene will also take part in the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week. For more details, please check the Adelaide Festival's website.

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