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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Patricia Spears Jones wins Jackson Poetry Prize

Patricia Spears Jones, poet and BEI Emeritus fellow, has been awarded the prestigious Jackson Poetry Prize. The prize, hosted by Poets & Writers, is awarded “to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” The substantial prize is given to provide time and encouragement to write. Poets Henri...

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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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