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Hike + Write

Presented by University of Cincinnati English Department and Cincinnati Parks at Avon Woods Nature Center, Cincinnati OH

Mar 23 2023
Hike + Write


Night hike + campfire in Avon Woods. Led by two UC poets and a Cincy Parks naturalist, we’ll explore sounds and our imaginations after dark.

Two poets and a naturalist walk into the woods…

Led by naturalist Lara Wardlow along with poets Paige Webb and Michael C. Peterson, this night hike in Avon Woods will engage with deep listening as we examine our sense of sound — perhaps our most primordial and nocturnal sense — as one of creative vitality.

In the passing from day to night, where do our own sounds and the sounds outside us converge? How do our imaginations echo in the space between?

After a short hike in the dark, we’ll sit by the campfire to write and reflect.

Whether you’re a proficient outdoorsperson or new to the outdoors, we’d love to have you join us.

Hike + Write is a series of programs that will bring together UC writers and Cincy Parks naturalists to explore outdoor/wild spaces throughout the city.

Hike + Write is for anyone who

wants to spend time outdoors hiking or hanging out by the fire
is interested in learning skills like identifying native plants, starting a fire, or building a shelter
is curious about the history and ecology of Cincinnati
is interested in thinking, talking, and writing about the natural world and our place in it

About our guides:

Lara Wardlow is a lead naturalist with Cincinnati Parks, Michael C. Peterson is an Assistant Research Professor and Curator of the Elliston Poetry Collection, and Paige Webb is a 3rd year PhD student in Creative Writing .


Tickets are free, but you must register on Eventbrite.

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Additional time info:

Details: We'll gather fireside at 7:15. Hike begins at 7:30.

Directions: When you turn off Paddock Road, you'll be driving past a golf course. Continue on to the Nature Center. Park and find us at the fire pit behind the center.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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Avon Woods Nature Center

4235 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229

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