Mary Catherine Harper: There’s Sense in Our Poetry

Mary Catherine Harper joins HerStories! Her workshop “There’s Sense in Our Poetry: Using the Senses to Enter Poetic Spiritual Space” is scheduled March 13 at 2:30pm.

Professor Harper teaches at Defiance College in Ohio. Her poetry has been published in The New England Review,, The Bozeman Er, and Masque. She also has published articles on women’s science fiction in Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and FemSpec. She has completed a cross-media epistolary novel Letters to Christian Duval, which is set in Ohio and Iraq. Her interests in language arts, cultural studies, poetics, and social justice issues have taken her to Cambodia to work on a language arts and ethnography project, so she is currently writing poetry about her experiences in Cambodia.

Here’s what to expect at the workshop:

Experiencing and contemplating the spiritual realm – whether understood as an internal state, poetic episode, or connection to a larger being – is often understood in terms of getting beyond the physical world. But sometimes spiritual experience comes to us through the physical realm and can be seen as deeply connected to our physical selves. This workshop uses sensory-rich objects from the natural world as a tool for entering poetic spiritual space.

Registration for writing workshops is recommended due to limited space. The form, available here, may be submitted by email herstories.project @ or at Everybody Reads bookstore (M-SA 11am to 7pm, SU 9am to 4pm).

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