Writer Diane Ackermann called the sense of smell “the dumb sense” because it resists description but artists and writers remain curious about olfaction and its often mysterious contributions to our understanding. Scents are powerful evokers of memories. Authors Catherine Jagoe and Judith Woodburn explore the relationship between olfaction and grief. Using individually crafted scent strips, they will guide participants through a series of exercises that explore our sense of loss both in human relationships and in a natural world facing grave peril.
This workshop is presented free; goodwill donations are accepted. To register and save a place in the workshop, please call 920-868-1457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will be held in the Education Room at Scandia Village. This session is especially recommended for those coping with grief and with Alzheimer’s disease.
Catherine Jagoe is a poet, essayist and translator living in Madison, WI. She was born in Britain and has a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her book Bloodroot won the Settlement House American Poetry Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers’ Edna Meudt Award, and an Outstanding Work of Poetry award from the Wisconsin Library Association. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks.
Judith Woodburn is the author of six non-fiction books for children on the environment, mental health, and other subjects. Her essays and articles have appeared in many journalistic and literary venues for both adults and children, including The New York Times, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Milwaukee Magazine, and Mademoiselle. She was a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Program Literary Fellow and has led writing workshops at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Marquette University, and Woodland Pattern Literary Arts Center.