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Thoreau and The Miracle of Poetry 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:15 PM EST via zoom.

“A poem is one undivided, unimpeded expression fallen ripe into literature,” Thoreau wrote in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. “Much verse,” he also said, “fails of being poetry because it was not written exactly at the right crisis, though it may have been inconceivably near to it. It is only by a miracle that poetry is written at all.”  Join The WWP and four contemporary poets who will read from their work that echoes Thoreau’s, often about nature, social reform, and living deliberately. A discussion with the featured poets about how Thoreau, among others, have inspired their writing will follow the readings. 

Featured poets:

Quintin Collins: Quintin Collins (he/him) is a writer, editor, and Solstice MFA Program assistant director. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sidereal MagazineSuperstition ReviewGlass Poetry, and elsewhere. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Quintin’s other accolades include Best of the Net nominations as well as semifinalist and finalist positions for writing prizes. His first full-length collection of poems, The Dandelion Speaks of Survival, is forthcoming from Cherry Castle Publishing in 2021. See more of his work on qcollinswriter.com. 

Ernesto Estrella Cózar: Ernesto Estrella Cózar is an educator, poet, and musician born in Granada. He completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University, and between 2007 and 2011 he was assistant professor of Contemporary Poetry at Yale University’s Spanish and Portuguese department. As a musician, he concentrates on the voice’s potential to explore the poetic process through sound. In this vein, he has created a wide array of performances that have been presented at international festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Austria, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Russia, Finland, Latvia and the U.S. Most recently, his work in cultural management and civic education has led to the creation of the Nomadic School of the Senses. 

David Leff: David Leff is an award-winning poet and essayist, poet laureate of Canton, Connecticut, and the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry, and two novels in verse.  He is a former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.  By appointment of the National Park Service, David served as poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) during 2016-17.  He is deputy town historian and town meeting moderator in his hometown, and also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter.  David recently coedited New England Nature, an anthology of early nature and environmental writing, and is in the process of editing A Gathering of Poets on Henry David Thoreau: Verse Inspired by His Life and Work, scheduled for publication early in 2022. View his work at www.davidkleff.com.

Catherine Staples: Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013), nominated by Eamon Grennan, winner of the McGovern Prize, and Never a Note Forfeit, (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize, selected by Betsy Sholl. Her poetry has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and the Academy of American Poets. Honors include a Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize.  She teaches in the Honors and English programs at Villanova University. See her work at www.catherinestaples.com.

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Stewardship Lectures

The Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute sponsors the Stewardship Lecture Series to celebrate innovation and creativity in environmental stewardship and to highlight the work of those who are promoting the values and ideas embodied by Thoreau. Each year the series features a number of talks, panel discussions, or media presentations featuring individuals at the cutting edge of a renewed environmental and social justice movement.

Recent Stewardship Lectures include:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, on her book The Hours of Land: A Personal Topography of American National Parks.
  • Laura Dassow Walls, in October 2016, gave the first public presentation of her biography, Henry David Thoreau: A Life, due out on July 12, 2017
  • David Gessner, All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West (on his book of the same title)
  • Robert M. Thorson, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science (on his book of the same title)


We are always seeking excellent candidates for the lecture series and welcome any nominations and suggestions for the upcoming year. If you have an idea for a topic or presenter for our Stewardship Lecture Series, please contact the Walden Woods Project.

Modern Lyceum

“Thoreau’s Legacy: A Modern Lyceum” brings back the movement that spawned adult education in America with public forums that promoted thoughtful conversation and education about the social, intellectual and ethical questions of 19th-Century society. Guided by accomplished scholars on related topics, our Modern Lyceum will engage the public in an investigation of current social issues, with respect to and through the lens of Henry David Thoreau’s still-poignant writings and actions—incorporating many of his contemporaries.

Our Lyceum events will not seek to provide easy answers to today’s dilemmas and debates, but to highlight the way in which the voices and perspectives of the past can shed light on and help us to critically examine our current situation. We anticipate that our panelists will—all drawing from Thoreau’s texts and actions—come to slightly different conclusions to some very complex questions, and by doing so, broaden our perspectives on events of today.

Read more about Henry David Thoreau’s involvement with the 19th-Century Lyceum Movement in the United States.