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Rock Climbing as Eco-Poetic Practice

  • Freestone Climbing Center 1200 Shakespeare Street Missoula, MT, 59802 United States (map)

Is rock-climbing a form of embodied eco-poetry? After a brief discussion with Brian, attendees will spend some time bouldering at Freestone Climbing Center, then do a guided writing exercise about their experiences on the wall.

Admission for this workshop is free; a day-pass to climb at the gym is $18. Please come early enough to register at the front desk and sign the waiver, or follow this link to fill it out online:

Bouldering does not use ropes so there will be no need to have experience - just an open mind!

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter whose previous books include THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions, 2015) and THE MIRRORMAKER (Milkweed Editions, 2018), each of which was released with a companion album of original music. He was a songwriting consultant on multiple Grammy Award-winning and-nominated records, and continues to tour as a folksinger.

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, Brian also moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.