In erasure poetry, also known as blackout poetry, the poet takes an existing text and erases, blacks out, or obscures a large portion of the text, creating a wholly new work from what remains. (from

Learn to make a poem without writing a single word! Using nature texts and found objects, Visiting Writer Erin Dorney will guide participants through the process of making an erasure poem. All materials provided—with your permission, we’ll share a photo of your poem on ACW’s Instagram.

All images and art above by Erin Dorney.

Erin Dorney (Photo Credit: Michelle Johnsen Photography)