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Otterbein Professor Connects Nature and the Arts in Workshop

March 14, 2012

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Professor Terry Hermsen is leading a five-day workshop called Reading the Earth: The Language of Nature from July 22-27 at the Cuyahoga National Park in Brecksville, OH. The workshop will help participants connect nature and the arts with the guidance of naturalists, writers, artists and teachers.

Funded for the second year by the Ohio Humanities Council, the workshop is designed for teachers and educators; writers of all levels of fiction, poetry and non-fiction; and anyone interested in making or renewing a connection with the natural world through literature, writing, naturalist study and the arts.

Participants will enhance their writing through appreciation of the natural world. Half-day trips will be taken to Brandywine, Blue Hen and Buttermilk Falls, the nearby Beaver Marsh, Boston Mill historic center and the Towpath Trail along the historical canal.

Workshop leader Terry Hermsen teaches poetry, composition and literature at Otterbein University. He was named co-Poet of the Year for 2009 for his book The River’s Daughter. Hermsen has participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program, teaching in art galleries in Oberlin, Toledo and Cleveland, as well as teaching at the Columbus Museum of Art. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Thirty Six Spokes: The Bicycle Poems, and with David Garrison edited the food-poem anthology Taste and See. He wrote the academic books Teaching Writing from a Writer’s Point of View and Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds. Hermsen completed a poetry residence in Chile in 2009.

Registration costs $199, which includes materials and room and board. Three graduate credits are also available through Otterbein University for $186 per credit. Writing Fellows placements for undergraduate students are available for the cost of room and board.

To register, please contact Claire Parson at cparson@otterbein.edu. For more information, please contact Terry Hermsen at thermsen@otterbein.edu. The deadline to register is July 1. Register online at www.eeco-online.org. For more information, visit www.otterbein.edu/readingtheearth.