The Nature Poem In Ecological Crisis: A Master Class with Ed Roberson

In this virtual Master Class, we will focus on the theme of the nature poem in a time of ecological crisis. Participants will look at a number of poems that demonstrate some possibilities for constructing poetic images in which our connection to the natural world is bound up with crises in human nature.

Ed Roberson is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently MPH and Other Road Poems (Verge Books, 2021) and Asked What Has Changed (Wesleyan University Press, 2021). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Roberson has lived in Chicago since 2004 and has held teaching posts at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and Columbia College, as well as the University of California, Berkeley, and the Cave Canem retreat for black writers. He has won the Jackson Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.