Architea (virtual) – Poetry in Place and Time: From Edith Farnsworth’s Nature Poems to Today’s Ecopoetics 

Sunday February 7, 2021

2 – 3:30pm (central time)

$20 per participant

Edith Farnsworth’s poems were influenced by the natural world around Farnsworth House and in Maine. In her spare, formal verse, there are echoes of Lorine Niedecker and Marianne Moore, two important Modern poets.  This virtual reading and talk will trace some of those echoes and influences and discuss the evolution of “nature poetry” as ideas of social justice and ecology came to infuse and complicate its solace and praise.

This virtual tea party opens with an introduction to the poetry of Edith Farnsworth by Nora Wendl, Edith Farnsworth scholar. Elizabeth Bradfield, author and creative writing instructor at Brandeis University, will then lead a discussion focusing on the poetry of Edith and other modern poets.

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Nora Wendl is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, and Executive Editor-Designate of the Journal of Architectural Education. As a writer, artist and scholar, her interdisciplinary work focuses on performative modes of architectural historiography, and she is a contributor to the Graham Foundation-funded exhibition Edith Farnsworth, Reconsidered at the Farnsworth House. She has published and exhibited widely, and is at work on an experimental biography of Edith B. Farnsworth.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and Toward Antarctica, which combines her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Theorem, a collaboration with visual artist Antonia Contro, was published as a fine art book by Candor Arts and as trade edition by Poetry Northwest Editions. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, her awards also include a Stegner Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Scholarship. Founder and editor-in-chief of the innovative monthly Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist/guide and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.