Tension Zones: Landscape, Memory, and Writing with Chuck Stebelton
Sundays, Oct. 11, 18, 25 | 2–4 pm CDT
Cost: $100 General | $90 Members (contact us to receive membership discount)
The land offers us good reading, outdoors, from a lively, unfinished manuscript. A forest, an old field, a prairie remnant, an urban tree canopy is each a set of constant tensions. In natural history terms, the Tension Zone is an S-curved boundary where Wisconsin’s southern plant communities and northern plant communities converge.
Our particular region, Milwaukee County, happens to exist fully inside this zone. With naturalist May Theilgaard Watts as one of our primary guides, let’s practice reading tension in the landscape. We can look as well to poets, printers, and local historians (Lorine Niedecker, Harryette Mullen, Margaret Noodin, Gaylord Schanilec, Martha Bergland) to help us explore the tensions at play in inscription, speech, memory, and forgetfulness. We’ll write with what we find there, or against these things, and each contribute to a collective daybook to supplement our own individual writing.
Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, 2020) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. He served as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center from 2005 to 2017. As a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.