Interleafing Word, Place, Space & Form

Poet Jane Hirschfield wrote that “a single moment’s perception is more than enough to hold a world. It glitters, both beautiful and transient, amid the words’ leaves.”

Celebrate the interleafing of prose and poetry by returning to the rootstock that informs them both: word, place, space, and form. As the ancient Celts knew, truth, or dru, dwells in the heart of the tree. Beginning each writing session with mindfulness practice, we’ll create space to write more deeply into the truth of our place, exploring our inner and outer landscapes. We’ll also play with paradox: that both the constraints of form and the crossing of genres can be freeing, focusing on the lyric essay and the ancient Japanese haibun as written by contemporary writers. Moving consciously between genres, using lively writing prompts, we’ll draw sustenance from our roots, so that our words’ leaves might hold a glittering world.

Holly J. Hughes

Holly is co-author of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, author of several poetry collections, most recently Passings and Sailing by Ravens, and editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. She also co-edited a textbook: Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education: Theory and Practice.

A recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, Holly has taught writing at the college level for more than 25 years. She also spent over thirty summers working on the water in Alaska, including fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and working as a naturalist on ships.  She currently lives on the Olympic peninsula where she works as a writing coach/editor and leads writing and mindfulness workshops.

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