Open for Submissions: Chicanx Authors Anthology

BEI Fellow Pam Uschuk, editor-in-chief of Cutthroat, is seeking submissions until October 1 for an anthology of contemporary Chicanx writing. Editors of the book include Luis Alberto Urrea, Uschuk, Matt Mendez, Beth Alvarado, and William Pitt Root. “Our goal is to celebrate the great body of poetry and prose written by...

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BEI is hiring!

We are seeking a part-time Administrative Intern to facilitate the work of BEI and its scholars and fellows.  The base of operations for this position is Brigit Rest (pictured), a home and farm located just west of Madison, WI. About the Position: – 20 hours / week; at least half...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth’s “Mississippi” Reviewed by BURNAWAY

BEI Emeritus Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth recently published Mississippi, a collection of her poems with photos by Maude Schuyler Clay.  This review from Jacqueline Knirnschild at BURNAWAY describes the collaboration process between poet and photographer.  Knirnschild also addresses the book’s effect and its implications: “With such a divisive political climate, we need empathy...

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Regie Gibson Judges Worcester, MA Poetry Contest

BEI Emeritus Fellow Regie Gibson recently chose four poems out of 138 entries for the Worcester County Poetry Association’s Frank O’Hara Prize.  Massachusetts residents accounted for all four winners.  Gibson will host a winners’ reading this fall, and the authors will have their work published by the WCPA.  Learn more...

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Louise Halfe “In Conversation” in Winnipeg

Emeritus Fellow Louise Halfe will join Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm to “share…insights on writing as Indigenous women” this Friday, June 8 at 4:30 PM.  Rosanna Deerchild will host this event at the Millennium Library.  Books will be available for purchase.  This is a FREE event!  Visit Downtown Winnipeg BIZ for more details.

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Mary Swander on Talk of Iowa

AgArts Promotes Intersection of Agriculture and Art   The intersection of art and agriculture is important to BEI Emeritus Fellow Mary Swander. She says art has been a part of ag for a long time with concepts like folk art. Now she has helped start a new non-profit called AgArts. She...

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Regie Gibson Speaks at Embrace Ambition Summit

The designer Tory Burch and her eponymous foundation hosted their first-ever conference in New York at the end of April. BEI Emeritus Fellow Regie Gibson closed the summit by reciting a piece he wrote inspired by all that he saw and heard. Among empowering themes, the Embrace Ambition Summit addressed stereotypes and double...

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Liam Heneghan Launches New Book

Yesterday, BEI Scholar Liam Heneghan hosted an event at DePaul University for Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2018). In his new book, scientist (and father) Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories.  Within the entertaining pages of these books lie profound teachings about...

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Regie Gibson at 2018 Massachusetts Poetry Festival

BEI Emeritus Fellow Regie Gibson will be joined by Massachusetts’ best poets at this year’s festival in Salem, MA.  Here’s where you can find Gibson over the weekend: Friday, May 4 at 1:15pm Poetry of Place: Boston   Hawthorne Hotel, Library Room 18 Washington Square W Boston’s distinctive narrative and always-present past, its cityscape of...

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BEI and Local Artists at Earth Day Reading

To honor Earth Day this year, Black Earth Institute partnered with Arts + Literature Laboratory to hold a special reading at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. BEI spotlighted local writers who use their collective voices to create poetry and prose, which advocates for an environmental cause: opposing the Cardinal Hickory Creek...

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Linda Hogan visits Appalachian State University

Emeritus Fellow Linda Hogan will visit Appalachian State University as the final author in Appalachian’s spring 2018 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writing Series.  She will be sharing her voice with two events: Craft Talk: “Intuition: The Inner Voice” and the annual Juanita Tobin Memorial Reading. Kathryn Kirkpatrick, professor in Appalachian’s Department...

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Todd Davis Featured in Ashland Art Walk

BEI Fellow Todd Davis will have his poetry on display as part of a new exhibition at Gallerie Karon in conjunction with Ashland Gallery Association’s First Friday’s art walk on April 6.  Participating galleries and businesses in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and surrounding areas will stay open until 8...

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Lauren Camp to Visit Rochester, Minnesota

Current BEI Fellow Lauren Camp will be touring Rochester 14-17 of April. The visit is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Behavioral Health Research Program Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and University of Minnesota Rochester.  Public events during her tour include events such as writing workshops; a poetry reading with local poets;...

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Liam Heneghan Celebrates New Book, Beasts at Bedtime

Within the entertaining pages of many children’s books lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment they inhabit. In Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2018), BEI Resident Scholar Advisor, scientist...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth’s New Book on Best Sellers List

The Clarion Ledger named “Mississippi” by BEI Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth with photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press) #8 on the week of April 1’s best sellers list. “The imperishable quiet at the heart of form.” This quietness, found by contemplating Clay’s photographs, was at the heart of Fisher-Wirth’s poetic process,...

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Tom Montgomery Fate: Ice Fishing and Spiritual Detours

BEI Emeritus Fellow Tom Montgomery Fate had an article published in the March 2018 issue of Christian Century. The self-reflective essay, Spiritual Detours, explores the author’s winter arrival at St. John’s Abbey, a Benedictine monas­tery, and how prayer can take us by surprise and to places we didn’t intend to go. Enjoy this...

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The Missouri Review Features Work by Todd Davis

One of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the country has chosen a poem by BEI Fellow Todd Davis as their Poem of the Week. For the past 40 years, The Missouri Review (TMR) has helped shape the contemporary literary scene by publishing the best writers and brightest new voices....

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Ann Fisher-Wirth To Critique Louisiana’s Critical Mass 6

More than 200 original artworks created by regional talent from around northwest Louisiana will compete for Best in Show in visual and literary categories in an annual competition and exhibition. Critical Mass 6 will inhabit a multi-dimensional and multi-discipline collection of paintings, sketches, photography, sculpture, literature and more. The literary critic will be...

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The Hunger Dialogue plans Food Insecurity Summit

The Hunger Dialogue group is preparing to bring a second Iowa Food Insecurity Summit to Storm Lake, Iowa. The group spurred the first food insecurity summit two years ago, keynoted by BEI Emeritus Fellow and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.  At that inagural event, held at the AEA building, Swander...

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New Book Release: Ghost Fishing, Edited by Melissa Tuckey

Edited by BEI Fellow Melissa Tuckey, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology is a gathering of poetry at the intersection of culture, social justice, and the environment. This ground-breaking book of poems brings social justice to the forefront of eco-poetry and offers a rich terrain of culturally diverse perspectives. Ghost...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth Releases New Book, MISSISSIPPI

In an unforgettable partnership, BEI Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth and photographer Maude Schuyler Clay have collaborated on MISSISSIPPI, a gorgeous new book that offers a new spirit of place for their home state. The book features 47 poems by Ann Fisher-Wirth and 47 color photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay that explore the history,...

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Linda Hogan’s Poem Inspires Chickasaw Identity Musical Performance

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra joins the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra to perform a scene from American Indian composer Jerod Impichcaachaaha’ Tate’s Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light) on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., during an evening of music at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. Tate’s Lowak Shoppala’, created as an...

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Research by Cristina Eisenberg at High Lonesome Ranch

An article written by Kelly Bastone was published this month in Denver magazine, 5280, about The High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado. BEI Emeritus Fellow Cristina Eisenberg has conducted research projects at the ranch concerning her work with wolves, specifically, “trophic cascades,” or how wolves and other top predators have a waterfall effect...

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Mary Swander to Read at Iowa Orpheum Theater

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Iowa Poet Laureate and BEI Emeritus Fellow Mary Swander will read, discuss, and maybe share a banjo tune! Admission is free because this event is funded by Humanities Iowa. Come along from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown, IA. If you are...

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The People’s Music Network Concert features Regie Gibson

People’s Music Network Concert: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 First Parish Church 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Tickets: $11-$20.   The People’s Music Network, a national community of musicians and activists dedicated to making music for positive social change in the world, will kick off its 2018 Winter Gathering with...

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Lauren Camp Discusses the Immigrant Experience

Readings and discussion about the immigrant experience are to take place at the Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. The readings will feature Los Alamos poet Jane Lin and BEI Fellow Lauren Camp, both of whose work is anthologized in the new book “Two-Countries – US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents,” edited...

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Regie Gibson Amplifies Youth Voices

The inaugural Mass Cultural Council Institute will take place on March 17 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Its aim is to connect youths and their peers with city and town leadership from every corner of the Commonwealth. Our youth have tremendous capacity to be a visible and audible part...

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From Shakespeare to Hiphop with Regie Gibson

Rhode Island Black Storytellers hosts a unique event melding Shakespeare and hiphop with words and music featuring Emeritus fellow Regie Gibson and Marlon Carey, their band and others. This celebration takes place Sunday, 14th January 2018 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM at South Side Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, Providence, RI. Email – info@ribsfest.org Website – www.ribsfest.org

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EcoLit Book Group Reads Linda Hogan

This month, Wood County Park District programs’ EcoLit Book Group will discuss “Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World,” nature essays by Linda Hogan. The meeting will take place on Jan. 11th from 7-9 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg in the Hankison Great Room. Discussion leader:...

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Kathleen Sweeney’s Soul Realignment Workshop

Join BEI fellow Kathleen Sweeney, owner of The Center of Holistic Wellness in Mount Vernon, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 06:30pm for a workshop to realign your Soul Blueprint. An individual’s Spiritual DNA, or Soul Blueprint, holds our greatest gifts and abilities. This workshop explains how this Blueprint becomes contaminated...

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Regie Gibson to Judge Worcester County Poetry Contest

The Worcester County Poetry Association is now accepting submissions to its annual poetry contest. BEI Emeritus Fellow, Regie Gibson, will select three winners to receive cash prizes and the winning poem will be published in the next edition of The Worcester Review, the WCPA’s nationally recognized journal. The talented chosen...

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2017 Fellows and Scholars Report

This has been a great year for the fellows and scholars of the Black Earth Institute. Their achievements across many disciplines showcase their creativity and activism and are expressions of BEI’s mission of having art address the spirit, protecting the earth and social justice. We have not only produced such...

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Linda Hogan To Speak at UCCS Commencement

Emeritus fellow Linda Hogan will speak at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs winter commencement on December 15.  Hogan is an alumna of UCCS.  Her accomplishments in the state include teaching creative writing at both CU Boulder and Colorado College.  On December 14th, Hogan will hold a reading and...

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Annie Finch’s Book on Meter and Form for Sale

BEI Senior Fellow, Annie Finch is a prolific poet, constantly publishing her poems in new journals, and expanding her horizons as a writer. Now, Finch is offering writers a chance to learn from her experience. Purchase and read her book, “A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form” to...

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Annie Finch Publishes Poem in MAGO E* Magazine

BEI Senior Fellow Annie Finch recently publish a poem: (Poem) Samhain in the Mago E* Magazine. Samhain refers to a Gaelic Holiday which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Read the poem here to see this piece, originally published in Eve in the Carnegie...

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Annie Finch’s Poetry Read at Nasty Women Reading

Over the next few months, readings from “Nasty Women Poets: An Anthology of Subversive Verse” will take place around the country. On Monday, Oct. 30, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted one of these readings at the Bailey Library located inside of Andrews Hall. This poetry anthology and arrangement of readings...

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Listen to Lauren Camp Read on Soundcloud

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp can be heard reading her poems from her most recent book, “One Hundred Hungers” on the following link to Soundcloud. The Book explores her Iraqi-Jewish heritage, and her father’s personal life history growing up in Baghdad, as well as the sabbath dinners spent in America with...

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Liam Heneghan Publishes new Article in The Wire

BEI Resident Scholar Advisor, Liam Heneghan recently published an article in The Wire, entiteled “Here’s a New Word for that Feeling When Travel Makes Everything New.” The word being: Allokataplixis- The gift usually unacknowledged, that the traveler offers the place they visit. Heneghan focuses on that magical feeling of being swept away...

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Mary Swander’s “Vang” Brings Immigration to Centerstage

BEI Emeritus Fellow Mary Swander’s play “Vang” has been successfully performed multiple times now in Detroit, and has brought the topic of immigration to centerstage. Playwright Swander said regarding the play “It raises questions about the stereotypes that we have about immigrants.”The play portrays migrant farmers from Thailand, Sudan and...

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Liam Heneghan has New Book with Chicago Press

BEI Resident Scholar Advisor, Liam Heneghan has a new book with the Chicago Press for sale. The book is called “Beasts at Bedtime,” and seeks to reveal the environmental wisdom in children’s literature. Heneghan has been a part of projects to create new words to cultivate an appreciation of people’s...

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Lauren Camp has two Poems Publishes in Apogee Journal

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp recently published two poems, “While They Make Money on the Far Side of Home,” and “Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo.” Both poems seek to create a more well-rounde view of political affairs, speaking about what happens to less wealthy, or minority populations while industry and war...

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Brenda Peterson Speaks on Restoring Wildlife on New Dimensions Radio

BEI Emeritus fellow, Brenda Peterson recently appeared on New Dimensions Radio, a station that promotes “Activism, art, education, science, psychology, philosophy, health, spirituality… all these things and more.” In this segment, entitled, “The Benefit of Restoring Wildlife into the Ecosystem,” Peterson lends her expert knowledge on wolves, and ecosystems as...

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Lauren Camp’s “One Hundred Hungers” gets Honorable Mention in Arab American Book Awards

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp recently received honorable mention for the Arab American Book Awards. In her new collection, Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. One Hundred Hungers tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in...

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Patricia Spears Jones Posts New Poem

BEI Senior Fellow, Patricia Spears Jones recently posted a new poem on her website titled “The city joyful, They city traditional, The city holding on.” The poem is about a young female toddler performing her dance for an audience, and the fact that there is still hope and beauty in...

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Brenda Peterson Featured in The Revelator Article

BEI Emeritus Fellow Brenda Peterson, was recently featured in an article written in The Revelator, an initative for the center of biological diversity. The article, written by environmental journalist Erica Cirino, entitled “Rethinking the Big, Bad Wolf,” leans on Peterson’s newest work, “Wolf Nation” to assert its logic. “While nonlethal...

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Annie Finch Featured on Tribarch WordPress

BEI Senior Fellow Annie Finch is trying to bring more creative energy, acknowledgment, and appreciation for summer. Says Finch on Tribarch” “I suspect one reason the poetic power of summer is subtler than that of other seasons is that summer doesn’t really need poets to celebrate or understand it. Summer is...

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Lauren Camp featured by Poetry Foundation

BEI fellow Lauren Camp’s biography can be seen on the Poetry foundation website. They note her status as a BEI Fellow, as well as some of her most recent publications. They also note her upcoming books of poetry. Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers(2016), which...

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Lauren Camp Publishes in Wildness Literary Journal

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp recently published her poem “Away” in the Wildness Literary Journal. Wildness is an online literary journal that seeks to publish contemporary poetry, fiction and nonfiction that evokes the unknown—the lostness; the distance. Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016),...

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Brenda Peterson Reads “Wolf Music” on Orion Magazine

Orion Magazine has recently uploaded a podcast of an emeritus fellow, Brenda Peterson, reading “Wolf Music”. “Wolf Music” is a chapter from her new book called Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves. In this podcast, Peterson contemplates the wonderful harmony and mystery associated with the howl of...

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Annie Finch’s Essay, “Druidic Difference” Posted on Poetry Foundation Website

An Emeritus Fellow, Annie Finch, has had her essay “Druidic Difference” shared on the Poetry Foundation’s Website. “Druidic Difference” explores the feelings and sensations of summer, considering the many riches and treasures the season has to offer. Contemplating how other authors might think of summer, Finch explains how summer allows...

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Lauren Camp Publishes Poem on Poets.org

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp recently had her poem “Original Hope” published on Poets.Org. This poem covers the patterns that exist within life and coming to have a patience and understanding of such. Lauren Camp is the author, most recently, of One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016) and The Dailiness (Edwin E....

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Tom Montgomery Fate Published in Chicago Tribune, Talks Thoreau

BEI Emeritus Fellow, Tom Montgomery Fate recently published an article in the Chicago Tribune, commemorating Thoreau’s 200th birthday. Commemorating, but also recreating, or reconstructing his biography. This came after writer, and scholar Laura Dassow Walls wrote a piece discussing how Thoreau’s social justice background, and reputation as a hermit in...

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Brenda Peterson Howls Out Against Wolf Hunts

BEI Emeritus Fellow, Brenda Peterson recently was featured on the Soundcloud page,”Your Life is a Book,” in a segment entitled “Honorable Hunters Howl Out Against Wolf Hunts.” This spurred from an article Peterson had published in the Huffington Post in 2014. The Opening line of that article reads: “I am...

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Lauren Camp has New Poem Published in Glass Poetry Journal

BEI Fellow, Lauren Camp recently had her poem “Such Bowers of Surrender” published in the Glass Poetry Journal. Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), which won the Dorset Prize. More of Lauren’s poetry can be found at her website, http://www.laurencamp.com/. Below, you can...

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Louise Halfe to Speak at National Aboriginal Day

As part of National Aboriginal Day, Louse Halfe will be speaking on behalf of The University of Saskatchewan at 9:30am. Following her speech, there will be a Walk for Reconciliation event and traditional games, dances and art at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The event is a collective effort by the community...

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Brenda Peterson, National Geographic Book Talk

BEI Emeritus Fellow Brenda Peterson was recently interviewed by National Geographic in an article entitled “Why We’re So Divided Over Saving Wolves.” The Article highlights Peterson’s upbringing with hunters, and wildlife managers, those typically thought to be more against wolves, and explains how this upbringing shaped her perspective. Peterson calls the...

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Todd Davis Read at Galaxy Bookshop

This past friday, BEI Fellow Todd Davis read poetry, along with two other poets, and one local author at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, VT. All four authors were nature writers, with specific skills for capturing the physical and emotional landscapes of an area. The event was free and open...

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Upcoming Regie Gibson Spoken Word Performance

On Friday, June 23rd, 12pm-1pm, BEI Emeritus Fellow Regie Gibson will be performing Spoken Word Poetry in the lower level of the African Meeting House at the Museum of African History. Gibson will be following a talk by National Park Ranger and education activist, Ryan McNabb. Nelson has performed in...

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Brenda Peterson’s “Wolf Nation” and Importance of Ecological Balance Highlighted by Winnipeg Free Press

Brenda Peterson, BEI Emeritus Fellow’s recent book, “Wolf Nation” was recently covered in the “Books” section of the Winnipeg Free Press in an article entitled “Predator and Prey: Wolves Crucial to Ecological Balance, author argues.” A key main point brought up that is threatening wolves are lobbyists and hunters, backed by large...

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Submit to About Place Journal: Political Landscapes

Call for Submissions Issue Editor: Taylor Brorby Assistant Issue Editors: Noah Davis and Jenna Mertz Open for submissions on June 1, 2017 All submissions are due by August 15, 2017 How to submit and submission guidelines found here POLITICAL LANDSCAPES For this issue of About Place, editor Taylor Brorby seeks prose...

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