Both reading poetry and writing poetry have healing powers – and who doesn’t need more healing? In this class, we use a series of poems by such writers as Mary Oliver, Joy Harjo, and Li-Young Lee as springboards to brief writing exercises, all of which are focused to bring out the poetic medicine of words with a renewed focus and reflection on the world at large and our part in it. All levels of writers welcome.

Scott Wiggerman, author of three books of poetry and editor of a dozen others, is the Albuquerque Chair of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, co-organizer of the Poets’ Picnic at the Open Space Visitor Center, and co-founder of Dos Gatos Press, which runs a monthly poetry workshop in conjunction with Bookworks Albuquerque. In a former life, he was a high school librarian in Austin, Texas. Wiggerman is a 2021 inductee into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.