Recorded at the annual Black Earth Institute gathering: Art and Literature Lab, Madison; Oct 7th, 2017 Total Eclipse: March 7, 1970 Richard Cambridge The moon’s shadow struck La Pinta, the northernmost island of the Galápagos Archipelago that straddled the hemispheres six hundred miles west of Ecuador. A giant saddleback tortoise stretched its long, leathery […]
Recorded at the annual Black Earth Institute gathering: Art and Literature Lab, Madison; Oct 7th, 2017 Chinook/Sockeye August to September (October) Aflame with the crimson color of marriage, the salmon Seek their lovers. For the salmon, the act Spinning out life Is an act of death For the salmon Life lives in death. The salmon […]
Recorded at the annual Black Earth Institute gathering: Art and Literature Lab, Madison; Oct 7th, 2017 Split the Root Lauren Camp I was deep in the raw rush of marching while gluttony formed its own equator. My sister has a tradition of not speaking politics, which isn’t stoicism but occupation with the best […]
Recorded at the annual Black Earth Institute gathering: Art and Literature Lab, Madison; Oct 7th, 2017 Requiem Melissa Tuckey Unable to sleep, the blankets wrapped in waves, waves as tall as dreams, the dream world trying to make sense of the waking— strange dream of flooded rivers, entire cities underwater. Look how the […]
“History” warns us of what we might become and what we were in innocence. Be warned and help turn away from to where we may slide. http://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database/poem/history1. Linda Hogan, an Emeritus Fellow, is a Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and an […]
This interview is published in the current issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter (#246), edited by Betsy Fagin. Subscribe to the PPNL or read back issues. On November 27, 2015, Patricia Spears Jones and I met in my apartment to discuss the poems in her recently published book, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press). Later the interview […]
Drawing water from the well and drinking from the well of inspiration to link science and sociology with culture and emotions through stories. Listen to Debbie’s interview with Mary Jo Neitz and see how these connect.
Elizabeth Cunningham discusses her inspiration for the The Maeve Chronicles and her works as a fiction writer. Mary Magdalen comes through in many different manners as a character for Elizabeth, and she discusses her creative processes. Cunningham also has a passion for singing blues and bluegrass so we even get to hear the resurrection poem […]
Allison Hedge Coke draws from stories transmitted from family, elders and deep tradition to inspire her writings. Painful history becomes art addressed in this discussion with Debbie. It’s not easy to listen to the reality that became Blood Run but unavoidable to see the real history.
John Briggs discusses his works as both a science and fiction writer, not to be confused with “science fiction” writer. He is the author and co- author of many non-fiction books on aesthetics in physics, including fractals and the patterns of chaos. Join John and Debbie as they discuss what event or theme in his […]
Tune in to podcasts hosted by our very own Debbie Wood Holton as she explores culture, community, spirit, and commitment. In this podcast she discusses these issues as herself to give a template for interviews with other BEI fellows.
(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 in today’s culture and how […]
“Black Earth Fellow Dr. Deborah Wood Holton Receives National Recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities” By: Dawson Bancroft-Short with the Black Earth Institute (Dawson) Today we are here at Brigit Rest, the home of the Black Earth Institute in Black Earth, Wisconsin and we are speaking to one of the original fellows […]