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POETRY/ART RETREAT: Translating Nature

July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 10 @ 8:00 pm

Write On and Gathering Ground are pleased to collaborate on a two-day creative retreat for intermediate to advanced writers or artists

TRANSLATING NATURE: Words and Images of Place

Join poet Kimberly Blaeser and printmakers Nancy Aten and Dan Collins to explore and create ekphrastic poetry and placemaking art. Beginning with inspiration from the natural beauty of Washington Island, participants will articulate their connections to place and the natural world. Then, participants will create a visual interpretation of their poetry using natural materials and monotype printmaking.


This program runs all day and into the evening both Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10. Tuition for the two-day retreat is $200. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member and save, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.

For those not on the Island, please know that this is a busy time of year and lodging goes quickly. Check for available accommodations at https://washingtonisland.com/accommodations/. Please make reservations as soon as possible.



Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-2016, is the author of five poetry collections including Copper YearningApprenticed to Justice, and the bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Indigenous activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also edited Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MFA faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Blaeser is founding director of the literary organization In-Na-Po–Indigenous Nations Poets. She lives in rural Wisconsin and, for portions of each year, in a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.






Nancy Aten, PLA, ASLA, and Dan Collins, P.E., form the award-winning Landscapes of Place, an ecological restoration and conservation planning firm with projects in Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. Nancy is a printmaker whose monotypes (unique prints) are inevitably about natural places she knows or wild places she hopes to restore, telling the stories of her ecological restoration practice. Dan creates monotype prints and works in wire and stone that are inspired by the exuberance, grace, and raw beauty of Door County’s natural places.







July 9 @ 9:00 am
July 10 @ 8:00 pm
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Hotel Washington
354 Range Line Rd.
Washington Island, WI 54246 United States
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