Poetry Project’s 50th Anniversary Gala

As an organization that spans long distances, it is always a pleasure to share when BEI members have paths that cross through their work. The Poetry Project is hosting its first-ever gala to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Manhattan. The gala will honor Anne Waldman for her radical and inspiring contributions to international contemporary...

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Taylor Brorby releases Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience — Includes Interview

Taylor Brorby and Ice Cube press released Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience. Produced in less than a month, Coming Alive, as a call-to-action extended essay by Taylor Brorby, introduced by climate expert Bill McKibben (350.org), along with an afterword by nationally known author / environmental activist Kathleen Dean Moore. Additionally, the project is...

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Brenda Peterson’s article on Women’s March and Abortion

[Photo Credit: C. Finnegan] Brenda Peterson wrote Women and Abortion: “Don’t Give Up Your Power,” a Huffington Post article.  Peterson takes you back to pre-patriarchal history to explore concepts of femininity and masculinity; a history that sheds light on society’s current views of abortion. “But abortion is not just about women claiming their feminine...

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Mary Swander interviews with My Fulfilled Life, an episode about her journey with family farming

Mary Swander, a poet laureate from Iowa and BEI Emeritus Fellow, was interviewed for an episode of My Fulfilled Life.  Swander speaks about her journey through family farming, addressing social justice, connections to food and her two plays, Vang and Map of My Kingdom. Click here to listen to Mary Swander’s full interview....

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Cristina Eisenberg: the role of science in the Trump Era

Cristina Eisenberg, the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute and a BEI Emeritus fellow, wrote a Huffington Post article about “The Role of Science in the Trump Era.”  Eisenberg calls on citizens, both scientists and non-scientists, to take a firm stance in supporting science based research. Eisenberg wrote an additional Huffington Post...

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Regie Gibson’s interview where Shakespeare meets spoken word with Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library held an interview with the creators of Shakespeare to Hiphop and talks about the exhibit, “Shakespeare Unauthorized,” which makes The Bard’s world come alive. The interview includes Regie Gibson, a BEI Emeritus fellow and co-creator of Shakespeare to Hiphop, Marlon Carey, co-creator, and Alison Keslow, the bassist. The trio talk...

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Todd Davis Interviews with Pittsburgh’s NPR program PROSODY

Todd Davis, a BEI fellow, was featured on Pittsburgh’s NPR program Prosody on November 19th, which airs every Saturday morning on station WESA 90.5 FM. Listen to the podcast here online or through iTunes. Reading from Winterkill, his most recent book, Davis answered questions from Prosody’s host, Jan Beatty, and discusses his writing process...

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Patricia Spears Jones awarded the Pushcart Prize

GOOD NEWS: Patricia Spears Jones, a BEI Senior Fellow, has been chosen for the Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses 2017.  Adding to her accomplishments, The Pushcart Prize series is a highly honored literary project in America.  As one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60’s and 70’s, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers...

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Image – Artist of the Month: Todd Davis

  Todd Davis is featured as the artist of the month for Image, a journal of the arts, faith & mystery. Image writes that Todd Davis is, “an ideal observer, he is open to the unexpected—in creation, in the human unconscious, and in the ancient stories of the Christian faith—and he invites us to see the...

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Taylor Brorby’s interview on linking activism to libraries & the Dakota Access Pipeline

Taylor Brorby, a BEI Fellow, environmentalist and co-editor of the book “Fracture,” spoke at the 2016 North Dakota Library Association’s annual conference in Dickinson, ND. Brorby, “called on librarians to help foster political discussion around all issues, notably environmental, to open more people’s minds.” Brorby talked about fossil fuels vs renewable...

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Video of BEI Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth Speaking in The Big Read: Seat in the Shade Poetry Series @ University of Georgia College of Education

On June 14, 2016, BEI Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth, spoke in The Big Read: Seat in the Shade Poetry Series at the University of Georgia. A slate of readings, lectures, hands-on events and more will intertwine the work of Robinson Jeffers with the culture and landscape of the South. This was an...

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Lauren Camp has three poems in Cultural Weekly

Three Poems By Lauren Camp on June 29, 2016 in Poetry, Spotlight http://www.culturalweekly.com/lauren-camp-three-poems-2/ Lauren Camp, BEI Fellow, works in the confluence of visual, musical and literary worlds. She is the author of three books of poetry, This Business of Wisdom (2010) and The Dailiness (2013), winner of the National Federation...

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Seamus Cashman

Seamus Cashman Reading

On August 28th, Seamus Cashman will  do a three hour open air public reading in St Stephen’s Green in central Dublin from 1.30-4.30pm, of poetry and prose works by  writers and others represented by memorial busts or with  other connections to Stephen’s Green, including Yeats, Joyce, Thomas Kettle, Rabindranath Tagore, Patrick...

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Lauren Camp Interview

Lauren Camp has a nice interview up at The Strong Letters: https://waleowoade.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/lauren-camp/ and a radio interview at http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/sfradiocafe/2016/04/22/lauren-camp/  

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Cristina Eisenberg blogs about Grizzly Bear Delisting

In March 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed delisting the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. As mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Service opened a 60-day public comment period. They received a deluged of responses—63,000 in...

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Annie Finch presents Rhythms of Poetry Webinar

Mystified by meter? Or just looking for a new kind of poetic inspiration? This summer Ani will be offering a live, interactive 3-week webinar on Rhythms of Poetry. Learn about the diverse powers of an ancient poetic path for integrating body and spirit, idea and intuition, self and community—and find your own personal rhythmical signature. Class includes...

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LaTasha Diggs Honored with 2016 Creative Capital Award

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008, California College of the Arts) has been named an awardee in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history. According to the Creative Capital...

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Congratulations Ann Fisher-Wirth on being selected to be a resident artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program during the 2016 season. Click here to read more.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided over 2,000 artist residencies, and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year, since 1979 – all free of charge. It is the largest artist residency program in the Western United States and considered among the best in the country. Each year dozens of...

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Congratulations Emerita Fellow Allison Hedge-Coke who was nominated as a finalist for the Write a House writing residency. Click here to read more.

“Write A House is delighted to announce ten finalists for the second round our groundbreaking writing residency, in which we renovate a formerly vacant home in Detroit and give it to one talented writer—for keeps. We will celebrate the winner on October 2 at a showcase event featuring the celebrated...

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A review of by Patricia Spears Jones of “A Swarm of Bees in High Court” by Tonya M. Foster. Click here to read more.

“Foster’s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions and logic—she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction. Foster has taken from one work of art and found correspondences in a Harlem apartment, a New Orleans childhood, early morning television commercials, a lover’s sated face,...

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BEI Scholar Cristina Eisenberg among panelists who spoke in front of Congress about the Endangered Species Act

” “The Endangered Species Act, one of the most powerful environmental laws globally, has directly prevented extinction of hundreds of species, such as the bald eagle,” said Cristina Eisenberg, lead scientist at Earthwatch, U.S.A and author of two books on carnivore ecology. “In this era of rapid environmental change and...

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Join Fellows Ann Fisher-Wirth and Melissa Tuckey at the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) at the University of Idaho

Ann will be speaking on a panel as well as presenting work from her ongoing collaborative poetry/photography project Mississippi as part of a plenary session at the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), which will be held June 23-27, 2015, at the University of...

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Congratulations New Fellows!

The Black Earth Institute is privileged to announce 2015-2018 Fellowship Awards. We are humbled and delighted to have such a wonderful group of artists dedicated to the mission of BEI, to have art serve the causes of spirituality, the earth and social justice. All of these fellows have not only...

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BEI Scholar Cristina Eisenberg has two new HuffPost articles that could not be more important for carnivore awareness.

The first, “El Lobo’s Uncertain Future,” discusses the trials and tribulations of the Mexican Grey Wolf’s return to the wild.  March 23rd-30th marks the 17th anniversary of their recovery after becoming completely extinct in the wild in 1980.  There are a slew of social-political reasons that show their struggle is...

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Professor John Briggs, one of the original BEI fellows and editor of the 2015 spring issue of About Place, will be among some 40 participants at a gathering near Silicon Valley at Half Moon Bay, California, to discuss “Technologies of Transformation: Technology, Consciousness and the Future.” The gathering is sponsored by The Contemplative Alliance.

Launched by The Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2008, the Contemplative Alliance is an inter-spiritual movement grounded in contemplative practices and approaches with the goal of heightening awareness and generating actions to address the critical issues of our times. The Alliance seeks to accomplish this by creating an...

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“Safe Passages, or How Did the Grizzly Bear Cross the Road?” By Scholar Advisor Cristina Eisenberg

Have you ever wondered the statistics on wildlife crossing bridges over interstates and highways?  Cristina Eisenberg’s latest post on HuffPost tells us how they have done in Banff, “the crown jewel of the Canadian national parks”  A step that can make radical change in this one crucial area shows what can...

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Check out BEI Scholar Cristina Eisenberg’s new HuffPost article on the wolves of Yellowstone National Park!

Besides being the lead scientist at the Earthwatch Institute and a BEI Scholar Cristina Eisenberg has dedicated her life’s research to wolves and predators effects on ecosystems as well as fire.  Check out her latest post in HuffPost on the Yellowstone wolf pack and how they have adapted to adversity...

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Sign up to win a trip with BEI Scholar Cristina Eisenberg to Yellowstone National Park!

“Island Press is excited to announce the Rewilding Adventure sweepstakes, a once in a lifetime chance to join noted scientist Cristina Eisenberg for a field excursion to track wildlife including wolves, grizzlies, wolverines, lynx and cougars. From classroom discussion to hiking in Yellowstone National Park, the winner will learn not...

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BEI Scholar Liam Heneghan to help host University of DePaul’s “Rooted in Soil” Events Coming in the next couple of months!

“CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—February 13, 2015. Farmers, musicians, ecologists, photographers and artists will gather at the DePaul Art Museum in coming months to discuss environmental issues during the “Rooted in Soil” exhibition, which examines the human connection to soil. Events are free and open to the public and will be held at...

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Waldorf hosts Mary Swander, Poet Laureat of Iowa, Feb. 19

Waldorf College will host Mary Swander, poet laureate of Iowa, on Thursday, Feb. 19, as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series on campus. A light dinner reception, hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa will be 6-7 p.m. followed by a performance of Swander’s short production, “Map of my Kingdom,”...

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Debra Marquart, a BEI Fellow and Dakota native to hold writing workshop, “Our People. Our Places. Our Stories”

A North Dakota native turned writer and professor will lead a writing workshop in Rugby next month. Debra Marquart – a English professor and teacher in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Environment program at Iowa State University – will lead writing workshops titled “Our People. Our...

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The Black Earth Institute is seeking new fellows.

The Black Earth Institute will award 6 fellowships for 2015-2018 term. BEI, now 10 years old, is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society. Art can create new space for changing minds and the world. Artists have played this role and BEI is dedicated...

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Check out BEI scholar Liam Heneghan and friend of BEI Curt Meine in “Conversations Around the Green Fire”

Conversations around the Green Fire are 10-20 minute original videos from in-depth interviews, short presentations, and bonus Green Fire footage. Connect with ideas from leading thinkers, as the Center for Humans and Nature continue the dialogue spurred by the Green Fire documentary. The Emmy award-winning documentary film Green Fire: Aldo...

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Congratulations to Fellow Annie Finch on her poem “Conversation” which has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Based on a photo of two summer squash by Edward Weston that hangs in the Yale Art Gallery, the poem was originally commissioned for an exhibit of poems inspired by works in that collection. Here is the poem. Conversation Edward Weston’s “Squash,” 1936 “Delve for me, delve down, delve past...

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Regie O’Hare Gibson, Fellow Emeritus of the Black Earth Institute shares the stage with saxophonist Stan Strickland.

A poem inspired by his daughter goes nicely in front of a saxophonist Stan Strickland on Radio Boston. The poem titled, “Jazz People” is about little people who live inside instruments and come to life when the instrument is played. A month earlier Regie was broadcast live from the TEDxBoston...

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Interview with Mary Swander

(Dawson)We have on the phone BEI fellow and scholar, author, professor, and Iowa’s Poet Laureate, Mary Swander to talk to her about her insights on performance.  At this year’s Black Earth Institute annual gathering of fellows and scholars we will be focusing on all types of performance and their place...

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Dr. Deborah Wood Holton Interview

Today we are here at Brigit Rest, the home of the Black Earth Institute in Black Earth, Wi and we are speaking to one of the original fellows of the Black Earth Institute, Dr. Deborah Wood Holton from DePaul University School for new Learning.

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