Street Address: 
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Hosted by Split This Rock.

Open to all writing levels. Though the workshop will be working with examples of poetry as writing prompts, both poets and prose writers are welcome to participate. Cost: $25. Pre-registration required at:

During the second world war German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote, “One cannot write poems about trees when the forest is full of police.” That is reflected now, in the age of environmental crisis, when our woods are filled with police, and our very air, water, soil, and climate are under attack. How do writers respond to this challenge in our poems?

This generative workshop will look to poems that hold both environmental consciousness and acknowledgement of who is most at risk. Bring your “witness eye” and favorite writing implements.

Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder and former board member of Split This Rock who serves as the Coordinator of Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Poetry Project, editing Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel (May 2013), selected by Charles Simic for the First Book Award at ABZ Press, and Rope as Witness (chapbook: Pudding House Press, 2007). She's a fellow at Black Earth Institute. Other honors include a Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown Winter Fellowship and artist awards from Ohio Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Missouri Poetry Review, Ecopoetry Anthology, DC Poets Against the War Anthology, and Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, among other places. Tuckey has a background in community organizing and non-profit development, and holds an MFA from George Mason University. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches writing and works as an editor and writing coach. More information can be found on Melissa's website at

This event is a part os Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Project. For more info, contact Melissa Tuckey at

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