I seem to have talked to an extraordinary number of writers in the last week who’re seeking creative retreat during this first month of springtime… so I wanted to post a brief note about the upcoming (March 18-20) Geography of Hope Conference, a weekend program in Marin County co-chaired by Bay Area poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass. The theme of the conference – Reflections on Water – recalls some of the explorations of the FLUID WORLDS workshop I taught at Cache Creek Nature Preserve last winter, and might be of particular interest to those of you who remain engaged by themes relating to the life of water. It’s possible to register for individual portions of the program, which might make participation possible for those who can’t take the whole weekend but would like to slip in for part of the event.
From the conference website:
“The 2011 Geography of Hope Conference celebrates “Reflections on Water” with literary conversations, art, and field trips to farms, wetlands, and wilderness areas in the West Marin countryside. The Conference is co-chaired by award-winning poet Brenda Hillman and former United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass who bring a wealth of literary inspiration and personal magnetism to the event. It also features other established and emerging writers including Michael Ondaatje, William Least Heat-Moon, Tom Farber, Eddy L. Harris, Julia Whitty, Peter Gleick, Philip Fradkin, Alex Fradkin, Tim Palmer, Linda Spalding, Pamela Michael, Claire Peaslee, eco-poets Evelyn Reilly and Jonathan Skinner, and Heyday Books publisher Malcolm Margolin.
The authors will participate in lively panels and more intimate lunchtime and field trip conversations with participants. Meals made with Marin’s most delicious farm products will be served at two dinners at Toby’s Feed Barn during the conference. The conference is a showcase for the work of individual writers who have used water as inspiration in their work as well as an opportunity for them to engage in panel conversations with each other before an audience of the public. Question-and-answer periods follow.
Founded in 2008, the Geography of Hope Conference has quickly become one of Northern California’s most exceptional literary and arts events. It takes its name from Wallace Stegner’s famous “Wilderness Letter” in which he described wild landscapes as part of our “geography of hope.” Held in western Marin County where many of Stegner’s land conservation visions have come to fruition, the conference explores the relationship between people and the landscape through the voices of authors, environmentalists, farmers, artists, and filmmakers.”
For more info, see the Geography of Hope Conference registration page on the Point Reyes Books website.