OSHR 1315 - Ice Axes and the Imagination: Writing Poetry in the Anthropocene

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

In the age of human influence over nature, do you find yourself moving away from the natural world, or going deeper into the wild? How has your relationship to nature changed throughout your life? Is the natural world a source of inspiration, or a place of retreat from an ever-increasing world of screens? How does wilderness inform your writing?

Through readings, guided writing exercises, and discussions, we will explore nature’s beauty and stillness, absence and abundance, extinction and evolution, and its intersections with social justice, personal truths, and the ever-changing world. We will endeavor to find the wilderness that activates our imagination and clarifies our thoughts. New writers are welcome.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Chloe Leisure

Chloé Leisure holds an M.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Colorado State University. A former CSU English Instructor, she currently teaches community and elementary school enrichment creative writing classes. Leisure was the 2014 Fort Collins Poet Laureate and is the author of the chapbook, The End of the World Again.