Chris Powici is a poet and teacher. He lives in Dunblane, Perthshire and teaches English and Creative Writing for The Open University, The University of Stirling, and in the local community. He has also written articles on literature and environment for a number of books, journals and magazines. His poetry focuses on different aspects of the human and natural environments. When not writing or teaching he may often be found experiencing the various environments of Scotland by foot or mountain bike. From 2010 to 2017 Chris edited Northwords Now, one of Scotland's foremost literary magazines.
About writer's work
My poetry engages with the experience of environment and place with a special emphasis on wildlife. Put simply, I like to write about, among other things, woods, herons, deer, rivers, fields, hares and hills. I am also keen to register how the ‘natural’ and ‘human’ worlds overlap one another. Therefore the landscapes of my poems include fences, gates, doors, streets, bridges and other places where the dialogue of culture and nature is at its most expressive. In trying to capture the sheer thrill of the human/animal encounter or the sense of intoxicating wonder that a wild place, or sometimes even the most familiar environment (a garden, a local wood) can induce, I aim to get the details right. The world is an intensely physical place and that sense of physicality reverberates in the imagination. Poetry is of course, about self-expression but it is also a great way of understanding and celebrating the world that lies beyond the individual self. Good poetry puts us in touch with that world. I am pleased to say that the success of my own poetry in putting these ideas across has been recognized with a New Writers Bursary from The Scottish Arts Council in 2002. I have also won first prize in The BBC Wildlife Poet of The Year awards and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the USA. I am currently working on a series of poems arising from journeys I’ve made to the west coast of Scotland. I am also making further forays into ‘Flash Fiction’, that strange and fertile literary territory where prose and poetry engage creatively with one another.
Websites featuring the authorOutdoor Learning in action at Larbert High School Writing in Nature – The Carron Dams | Journeys into the Literary Landscape
Current events and projects
As someone who believes poetry needs to be heard as well seen I have given numerous live readings of my own poems in venues ranging from pubs to art centres to university seminar rooms. I have also been fortunate to have had the chance to teach creative writing in a wide range of settings, including schools, community groups and universities.
A recent project involved working with the Centre for Stewardship at Falkland in Fife on the ‘Journeys in to the Literary Landscape’ Project to encourage local school students to engage with their ‘home ground’ through filed trips and writing.
My poems have appeared in a many different magazines and anthologies including: Atoms of Delight: An Anthology of Scottish Haiku, The Island Review, BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Dark Horse, Haiku Quarterly, Island, Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland, Poetry London Newsletter, Poetry Scotland, The Thing That Mattered Most: Scottish Poems for Children.
My short fiction has been published in The Eildon Tree, Flash Magazine, Flashquake and Prick of The Spindle.
I have contributed articles on literature and environment to Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Resurgence Magazine, Scottish Studies Review and Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology.
I have been engaged as a writer/tutor on number of place-specific writing projects, including Flanders Moss (Stirling), Falkland & The Lomond Hills and The Carron Dams Nature Reserve.
Somehow This Earth
Publication date July 2009
Age Group: Adults mainly but many poems can be appreciated by children and teens.
Short synopsis: A collection of poems chiefly focusing on nature and place.
Themes: Animals, Environment, Nature