Seismic Shift


Our American culture acknowledges the grieving process with traumatic change—the loss of a beloved or a diagnosis with a terminal illness— but how do we give voice to the smaller tremors and shifts in our lives? The last year in particular has inflicted a multitude of unwanted changes. How do we speak our real feelings about being isolated from family or friends, changes in work or financial security, or the alteration of daily routines? This workshop provides a structure to create metaphor for our loss and frustration, and an opportunity to acknowledge our underlying vulnerability with so much change. This is a generative poetry workshop intended to help writers draft new poems and/or the seeds of new creative writing.

Participants will dive into poems by Denise Levertov and Gina Hietpas, and quotes from Bob Marley. 

Participants will also receive a copy of Hietpas’ poetry collection, Terrain, along with registration. 

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Workshop Notes

This is a 75-minute, virtual workshop held on October 30, 2021, at 11 a.m.  

Registration is required.

Workshop capacity is limited to ten participants.

Workshop registration includes a copy of Terrain by Gina Hietpas.

About the Facilitator

Gina Hietpas is a self–taught poet, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Nowadays, she lives outside Sequim, Washington, on a small farm with her husband, a few cows and a passel of chickens. Her land is a habitat for elk, deer, coyotes and an occasional bear. It is, for the most part, a peaceful coexistence. Several seasons as a backcountry ranger for Olympic National Park shaped her deep connection to wilderness. She has worked professionally as the director of a non-profit and a middle school teacher. Now that she has retired, she focuses her efforts on writing. She has studied with Kelli Russell Agodon, Alice Derry, Holly Hughes, Susan Rich and Kim Stafford. Hietpas’ debut poetry collection, Terrain, was published by Blue Cactus Press in October 2020. Hietpas’ work has also appeared in Minerva Rising, Tidepools, Spindrift and New Plains Review.



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