Tom Montgomery in The Daily Herald

BEI Emeritus fellow Tom Montgomery Fate was originally featured as a guest author in The Daily Herald. Looking for truths, comfort in ‘the gospel of this moment’ By Tom Montgomery Fate Guest columnist 6/15/2020 1:00 AM I retired from the classroom two months before the pandemic hit. Just in time...

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Kerry Trask to sign books June 20th

BEI Scholar Kerry Trask will be signing books on June 20th. Check out this article from The Herald Times Reporter for more information! Kerry Trask to sign books at LaDeDa Books & Beans June 20 ‘Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin’ by Kerry A. Trask. (Photo: Provided) Kerry Trask,...

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Brenda Peterson explores the connection between religion and social justice

Brenda Peterson publishes a new essay called “Backward Christian Soldiers” which originally appeared on Tikkun. In this essay, Brenda Peterson looks at the connection between social justice and religion. Backward Christian Soldiers By Brenda Peterson | June 10, 2020 The only thing I miss about my Southern Baptist childhood is the music—the melancholy...

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Necessities of Survival, A Review of DJ Lee’s Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots

“People come to the wilderness with what they have—a box of wine, fresh tomatoes, huckleberries, encounters with bears, information about weather, questions, loss, madness, stories—and it’s enough.” DJ Lee comes to the Selway-Bitterroot country for over a decade with her own stories: fragments of family history, questions about the women...

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Kerry Trask to Run for State Assembly

BEI Scholar, Kerry Trask will be running for State Assembly. This article originally appeared in SeehaferNews.com Trask to Oppose Tittl for Assembly in November by Lakeshore News A retired History professor from UW-Manitowoc has announced that he will be a candidate for the 25th district State Assembly seat in Madison....

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Ann Fisher-Wirth on Poetry and Planet Podcast

Ann Fisher-Wirth, BEI Senior Fellow, was recently featured on Earthtalk on the Poetry and Planet Podcast! Read original article here. Ann Fisher-Wirth Enchants With Environmental Studies In Verse Ethan Goffman Ann Fisher-Wirth has lived in Germany, Pennsylvania, Japan, California, and Virginia; she has been in Mississippi since 1988. Her sixth...

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DJ Lee in The Lewiston Tribute

DJ Lee, BEI Scholar, in The Lewiston Tribute! Read the original article here. Following a story’s path Memoir explores Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness By MICHELLE SCHMIDT mschmidt@inland360.com   There are places that don’t belong to us to which we find ourselves connected, often in ways we don’t understand. For DJ (Debbie) Lee,...

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Debra Marquart in the HPR Contributer

BEI Emeritus Fellow, Debra Marquart, recently wrote for the HPR Contributer. Read the original article here. ON THE EPHEMERALITY OF THINGS: THOUGHTS ON THE DEMISE OF A SMALL LITERARY PRESS by Debra Marquart marquart@iastate.edu A few years ago, I was giving a talk at the Fargo Public Library about researching...

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Liam Heneghan’s Blog Featured in The Irish Times

BEI Scholar, Liam Heneghan’s Blog, 10 Things Wrong With Environmental Thinking, was featured in The Irish Times. Below is the except about Liam’s Blog in the article, “Getting out into nature with a good blog”. Click here to read the rest of the article. 10 Things Wrong with Environmental Thinking...

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Todd Davis named Finalist for Book Award

Book of poems by Altoona English professor named finalist for book award April 29, 2020 ALTOONA, Pa. — Todd Davis, professor of English and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, has published a sixth book of poems, “Native Species,” which has been named one of three finalists for the Midwest Book...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth, Grant to Help Expand Environmental Studies Program

BEI Senior Fellow, Ann Fisher-Wirth was recently featured on Ole Miss University of Mississippi News website. Click here to view the original article! Grant to Help Expand Environmental Studies Program UM English professor receives National Endowment for the Humanities funding APRIL 29, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi English...

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Lauren Camp in the Columbia Journal

Lauren Camp’s Poem “Red’s Shrewdness” was published in the Columbia Journal on March 31, 2020. Read the Columbia Journal Here. “Red’s Shrewdness” by Lauren Camp “Silence is so accurate.”—Mark Rothko That winter when winter was thick as a knot, Rothko sat sluggish in long-johns and warm black socks, eyes plagued...

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Petra Kuppers in “The Leader”

Petra Kuppers, BEI Fellow, and author of new book of poetry “Gut Botany” was recently interviewed and written about for The Leader. You can read a copy of the article below, or read the original here.   ‘Gut Botany’ presents poetry as avenue to exploring one’s own body and inner strengths Kirk...

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Lauren Camp on Poems For the People Podcast

Listen to BEI Senior fellow, Lauren Camp, on Poems For the People reading poems from One Hundred Hungers. Poems for the People is a podcast for readings of poems classical and contemporary selected by Mischa Willett, author of THE ELEGY BETA and PHASES. You can find the podcast here!

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Brenda Peterson, on the Colonization of Animals

Read BEI Emeritus Fellow Brenda Peterson’s article in this issue of Tikkun below. Peterson is one of several featured authors who write about decolonization in Tikkun. Peterson’s piece, on page 92, is titled “Ugly and Underfoot: The Colonization of Animals”. This issue of Tikkun also includes Reader Responses to Peterson’s...

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Pam Uschuk: Art and Activism, Poetry and Editing

Editing literary publications is an opportunity to select art that can strengthen the values and direction for the future from wonderful people. At the recent AWP Pamela Uschuk, editor of Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts, and a Black Earth Institute Fellow, organized a panel called “Art and Activism, Poetry...

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Annie Finch: Poetry Publication

The poem Moon for Our Daughters by Annie Finch, BEI Senior Fellow, was recently published on Poetry.org! Annie Finch is a poet, author, and performer; and has published more than twenty books, most recently Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her incantational, mystical poems explore earth-centered spirituality, merging word, music, and ritual. She leads writing...

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Elizabeth Cunningham: Feminism and Religion

Elizabeth Cunningham, BEI Emeritus Fellow, recently contributed to the Feminism and Religion volunteer-project blog. The purpose of FAR is “to further feminist dialogue while nurturing one another’s work, even across our differences.” Using an excerpt from her book The Passion of Mary Magdalen, Cunningham writes her post “in remembrance of all the refugees...

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Petra Kuppers: ASLE Conference

As part of ASLE (Assocation for the Study of Literature and Environment) annual conference in Davis, California, June 2019, BEI Fellow Petra Kuppers co-led with poet Stephanie Heit a post-conference workshop, Tendings and Eco-poetic Disability Culture: Bodymindspirits of the Future. The workshop offered an artful space for engagement and resource-sharing,...

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Scholar Spotlight: DJ Lee

       Congratulations to DJ Lee for submitting her book, Remote: Fifteen Years Through the Wilderness, to Oregon State University Press for print last week. DJ and her new book were chosen by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) for the “7 Coming-Up Author Showcase”. The 7 Coming-Up event...

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Fellow Spotlight: Claudia Savage

Claudia Savage is an Arab American poet, essayist, and performer; and is a member of the Portland-based performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Her BEI project revolves around a book she is currently writing, “Metal Used for Beauty Alone,” which discusses the experiences of those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis....

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Spotlight on Jaqueline Johnson

BEI Fellow Jaqueline Johnson’s work uses creatively interweaving art forms; frequently, she turns to quilts and poetry to express emotions regarding current events and social injustices. Currently, she is creating a collection and curating an exhibit which explores in depth the modern relationship of the Black community with police forces,...

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Fellow Spotlight: Alexis Lathem

Congratulations to Alexis Lathem on her residency with the Marble House Project! The Marble House Project residency program focuses on the integration of conservation and earth-centeredness with artistic work, and encourages artists to forge community connections through their art. Alexis is using the residency to develop her project as a...

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Fellow Spotlight: Petra Kuppers

  This week we are delighted to spotlight our Fellow, Petra Kuppers! Petra has pioneered the community performance project Salamander that “uses underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing, clay work, and video… to find our disabled beauty emerging from the deep…” As a disability performance scholar, Petra has led...

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American Life In Poetry

Austin Smith lives in rural Illinois and is an acute observer of the world at hand. This poem is from his book Flyover Country, published by Princeton University Press. Cat Moving Kittens We must have known, Even as we reached Down to touch them Where we’d found them Shut-eyed and...

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Meet Iowa’s New Poet Laureate, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart BEI Emeritus Fellow recently was on Iowa Public Radio- listen here! Debra Marquart had not originally intended to become an acclaimed poet, a distinguished professor at Iowa State University, or Iowa’s next poet laureate. Marquart instead wanted to be a road musician, singing lead for a rock band...

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Faculty Spotlight: Debra Marquart

STONECOAST MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING When and how did you first start to take yourself seriously as a writer? What enabled you to make this shift, and what marked the change? I was a performing musician before I became a writer. I had always been interested in writing and studying song...

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‘Black Odyssey Boston’ is near perfection

By Mike Hoban  Monday, May 13, 2019 Ramona Lisa Alexander as Circe and Brandon G. Green as Ulysses Lincoln, with Akili Jamal Haynes in the background in “Black Odyssey Boston.” (Photo: Maggie Hall) To call “Black Odyssey Boston” a retelling of the Greek myth of Ulysses “but with black people” would...

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Lauren Camp is a poet defining place

Between “Turquoise Door” and “One Hundred Hungers,” history can be home too By Ashley Clark | 05/10/2019 After growing up in New York and working in a range of professions from disc jockey to visual artist, Lauren Camp found a way to blend her art and poetry. Camp spoke with Arts and...

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Annie Finch, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

Donate to this amazing project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcfinch/choice-words-writers-on-abortion With reproductive freedom under unprecedented attack at the state and federal levels, it’s time to take back the conversation.  Literature has always been at the forefront of profound shifts in human consciousness, and that’s the level of shift that is needed now.  It’s time...

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Patricia Spears Jones- Tribute to Menna Alexander

Meena Alexander, a Consummate Woman of Letters I read and re-read Atmospheric Embroidery so that I could ask her something that would be of interest. But I did not get to ask those questions. Her answers are in the poems. The following is part of a series of essays and reflections published on...

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Brenda Peterson’s New Book: Catastrophe by the Sea

Told through striking and vibrant mixed-media collages, Catastrophe by the Sea is a poignant story of redemption through empathy and compassion found in the most surprising places, and also provides a rich understanding of small creatures that live in a dangerous tidal zone. A lost cat roams the tide pools, pawing relentlessly...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth at 2019 Longleaf Writer’s Conference

The 6th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference Features Visiting Authors Rebecca Makkai and Brian Turner, Workshop faculty Matt Bondurant (Fiction), Wendy Rawlings (Fiction), Ann Fisher-Wirth (Poetry), Seth Brady Tucker (Poetry), and Diane Roberts (Creative Non-Fiction) as well as literary agents and special guests, including our fellows Gabriel Houck, Kara van de Graaf,...

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Liam Heneghan in Habitations Podcast

Liam Heneghan on Moving Beyond ‘The Balance of Nature’ Listen Here! The ‘balance of nature’ is the most well-known idea from the discipline of ecology that has found its way into popular environmental thought. However, for decades, ecologists have been emphatically declaring that the idea of a ‘balance in nature’...

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Todd Davis in the News Review

Okay, who’s ready for a little poetry? Did I say ‘a little’? I meant plenty of good poetry to go around. To begin, in search of the divine in the daily, the selections in “Native Species” from Todd Davis, professor of environmental studies and creative writing at Penn State University...

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Cristina Eisenberg in Prescott College Article

Original webpage here             April 04, 2019 – By Prescott College Recognized As Distinguished Alumna At Oregon State University Dr. Cristina Eisenberg has accomplished many things since attending Prescott College. She is the Ecologist and Chief Scientist with Earthwatch Institute, she published a book based on her...

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Sundress Announces the Release of Leah Silvieus’ Collection, Arabilis

Sundress Publications announces the pre-release of Leah Silvieus’ collection, Arabilis. Through detailing her experiences with nature, religion, and violence, Silvieus finds that their underlying connections reveal much that goes unsaid. $1 from every pre-order goes in support of scholarships to the Tin House Summer Workshop that benefit immigrant writers, formerly incarcerated writers, or graphic narrative writers...

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Austin Smith in “On The Seawall”

The Greenhouse   So this is paradise, I would think When, in late winter, we stepped out Of winter and into spring.   The greenhouse was glorious, But it was a rushed, undeserved glory. To go in was to be catapulted   A month ahead and to leave The overwintering land...

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“Carrying Off the Ravens” Lauren Camp

Carrying Off the Ravens Lauren Camp Our quick jackets thrown against dust and we’re out to a patio, gradually looking at trees. I have two hours to teach these five young womento glory their woes and measure their blessings. We’ve left behind winter’s wide cobwebs and ditches. The lass next...

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Metta Sama’s New Book of Poetry!

BEI Senior Fellow, Metta Sama, has new book of poetry is now available for pre-order! Swing at your own risk, structurally designed to swing from one subject to the next, from one lyric utterance to the next, concerns itself with unpacking myths of gender, race, sexuality and violence (specifically myths of...

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Lauren Camp in Thrush Poetry Journal

Lauren Camp ​  Marrow A ship in the bay. Stomped grass, all bluff against salt-moaned land. The delicate line true   to a faltering, a history. Beneath sun-clawed clouds, I kneel   to read the lugging claim of sand: tithing. The line never spills its significant ways, never lies  ...

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Black Earth Institute is Hiring!

We are offering 2 summer internships at Brigit Rest, 20 acres perched high on a ridge 30 miles west of Madison out in the beautiful Driftless Area of Wisconsin.  If you are interested in working on land with a large organic garden, vineyard, small orchard, many acres of prairie and...

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