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The Poetry of Science and the Science in Poetry (Age 18+)

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


January 30 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Poets and scientists both ask questions and try to understand the world around them. In fact, poets are scientists of the lyrical word! Participants in this workshop will read old and new science poems from poet William Carlos Williams to works by current poets.

Teaching Artist Amelia, a poet and author herself, will provide a presentation and handouts that encourage group discussion of how and why the language of poetry and science are so easily intertwined. This workshop can be a generative exercise for a different style of poetry, using science as the basis of exploration. Participants will write a science-based poem from selected writing prompts and take home “poem-starters” that they can develop on their own. Please bring a notebook and writing utensil. Please enter through the 5th Street door.

Teaching Artist: Amelia Díaz Ettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a Latinx BIPOC poet and writer. Her published books include Learning to Love a Western Sky (Airlie Press), a bilingual book of poetry, Speaking at a Time/Hablando a la Vez (Redbat Press), and a chapbook, Fossils on a Red Flag (Finishing Line Press). A chapbook, Self Dissection, will be published by The Poetry Box in October 2023. Redbat Press will publish Between the Eyes of the Lizard and the Moon, a collection of Amelia’s poetry, in 2024. Amelia’s poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies, literary magazines, and periodicals. She has an MS in Biology and MFA in Creative Writing. Her literary work is a marriage of science and her experience as an immigrant. She resides in Eastern Oregon.


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January 30
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Art Center East


Art Center East
1006 Penn Ave
La Grande, OR 97850 United States
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