Writing a Sense of Belonging
This workshop will offer prompts and readings to generate work on the theme of belonging. Bruno Latour writes that “all forms of belonging are undergoing metamorphosis.” Whether we consider belonging in terms of place, culture, tradition, gender, or habitat, the ground beneath our feet is shifting. In essay, memoir, or hybrid form, we’ll explore place and displacement, nature and culture, the human, and the animal—all linked by the ecological truth that everything is relational.
Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent nonfiction book is A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress from Counterpoint Press. She is the author of five nonfiction books and five poetry collections, including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit and Stairway to Heaven. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and Walt Whitman Award, she is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona.