Navigations: A Place for Peace

We are incredibly excited to launch the next About Place Issue: “Navigations: A Place for Peace.” We think this issue speaks to restoring ourselves to the earth and overall healing. We hope you will join us in celebrating these artists’ eclectic, daring interpretations of the theme. Let us know what...

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Corn and Turns by Lauren Camp

This poem was originally published in The Common Online. By LAUREN CAMP If I won’t remember that I was in Virginia last year without praise of darkness, or the autumn drift I spent in Wisconsin watching a cardinal nip the oak, if I see and forget field thick over field, the...

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Tucson Poetry Festival: Lauren Camp Presents

How to Make Luck: Writing in Praise of the Ordinary with Lauren Camp (Registration Closed) 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM With so many things to worry over, we need to keep finding joy and celebrating gratitude. This feel-good workshop will help you write in praise of small beauties, large events, or anything...

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Mary Swander Podcast- Ask Ruby

Season #2 Episode #29: Ask Ruby “Ruby, why do Amish men shave off their mustaches but still have beards? Do the Amish vote? Do they use binoculars? What are their favorite foods? What is Rumspringa? Can the Amish use solar panels? How do they observe Ascension Thursday?” Find answers to...

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Hearing the Invisible: Lessons from Sentient Beings and Inter-relational Ecosystems

This post was originally featured in The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. BEI Alums Brenda Peterson, Annie Finch, and Cristina Eisenberg will be presenting at this phenomenal symposium. Check out more information below! 2022 ASWM SYMPOSIUM  “Hearing the Invisible: Lessons from Sentient Beings and Inter-relational Ecosystems” ASWM...

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Patricia Spears Jones honored at The Poetry Project’s 55th Anniversary Gala

The Poetry Project is honored to bring together poets, collaborators, and stewards of the avant-garde for our 55th Anniversary Gala in the Sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, honoring two iconoclastic, beloved, and inspiring poets: Rene Ricard and Patricia Spears Jones.As we celebrate the incredible influence of these writers on downtown culture, the Gala...

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Mary Swander Podcast on Ukraine

Host (and BEI Emeritus Fellow) Mary Swander highlights stories of Ukraine from Annette Matjucha-Hovland, a listener in Muscatine, Iowa. Matjucha-Hovland tells how she learned to bake paska and cherry varenysky, traditional Ukrainian foods, from her grandmother, or oma. Swander recounts stories of Amish and Ukrainian grandmothers, then reminds the audience...

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Black Earth Institute fellows 2020

CALL FOR NEW FELLOWS

The Black Earth Institute is seeking 8 new fellows for July 2022–July 2025 The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art that re-forges the links between spirit, earth, and society, for art and its makers create the space...

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Black is Blessed: The Art of Laura James

BEI Fellow Jacqueline Johnson brought our attention to a magnificent art gallery created by artist Laura James. We were so enamored by her pieces, that we needed to share her art with you! The gallery, which premiered in New York on March 3rd of this year, has been converted to...

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Coffin Honey by Todd Davis

BEI Emeritus Fellow Todd Davis has published his SEVENTH poetry collection, Coffin Honey. You can purchase the publication NOW at this link! Read on to learn more about the collection, and hear its rave reviews! About In Coffin Honey, his seventh book of poems, celebrated poet Todd Davis explores the many forms...

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Allison Hedge Coke reads with Carolina Poets

BEI Emeritus Fellow Allison Hedge Coke will be going live on the Carolina Poets Facebook and Youtube pages as a part of their reoccurring reading series. Allison will be joined by fellow poets Montavis Mooring and Sarah Blackman for this hour and a half long reading. Read on for more...

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Our Voices, Our Resistance! A Reading with Pam Uschuk

On March 8th, BEI Fellow Pam Uschuk will be a featured reader at the anniversary reading for PEN International Women Writers Committee. Fourteen Poets from thirteen different countries will be presenting poetry that seeks to uplift and demonstrate the Power of the Voice. In addition to Pamela Uschuk, Ukrainian poet...

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The 32nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference

Welcome to this year’s Mardi Gras Conference! The 32nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference considers the relationship between environments and communities. The event will feature Black Earth Institute Senior Fellow Ann Fisher-Wirth as a Keynote speaker on February 25th (tomorrow) at noon! How to Attend All panels being held on Zoom...

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Black Earth Institute fellows 2020

CALL FOR NEW FELLOWS

The Black Earth Institute is seeking 8 new fellows for July 2022–July 2025 The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art that re-forges the links between spirit, earth, and society, for art and its makers create the space...

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Beyond the Land Ethic: A Lecture by BEI Resident Scholar Advisor Cristina Eisenberg

Beyond the Land Ethic: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Forest Management and Conservation, A Native American Perspective Speaker: Cristina Eisenberg, Graduate Faculty, College of Forestry, OSU Registration is required: Please register here. When: February 16, 2022, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Where: Via Zoom and 117 Peavy Forest Science Center About the event: Dr....

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Linda Hogan honored by UC Riverside

This article was originally published by UC Riverside: Writers Week. Entering its 45th year, UCR’s Writers Week is the longest-running free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. The week of events is open to the...

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Allison Hedge Coke Pushcart Nominations

Allison Hedge Coke was Nominated for ‘Poetry/Science: Lab Coats for House Coats’ and ‘Blue Whale.’ Both pieces were published and nominated by The Scarlet Tanager. Poetry/Science: Lab Coats for House Coats I’ll start out with this statement: Science is a natural way of perceiving and witnessing for the purpose of...

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Pam Uschuk’s New Poetry Collection- REFUGEE

REFUGEE is due out May 9, 2022, but will soon be available for pre-order. Black Earth Institute Fellow, Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, Finding Peaches In The Desert (Tucson/Pima Literaature Award), and her most recent, Blood...

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Bodyfulness: A Seven-Week Course with Petra Kuppers

More information on this event can be found here. Starship Somatics: movement sensations for everyone. Session 2 with Petra Kuppers, Tuesday 11 January 2022, 4.30-6pm GMT In this dream journey/movement practice, we will engage our body-mind-spirits as portals, as trance-mobiles that honour pasts and jet us toward speculative futures. Let’s...

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Submit to About Place Journal- Navigations: A Place for Peace

Seeking work that engages with the essence of sacred spaces/intentional navigations to protect, preserve, & enhance return to Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Native sciences, Indigenous knowledges. Call for Submissions open on January 1, 2022 for our next issue: Navigations: A Place for Peace Editor: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Assistant Editors: Katy...

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Review of Petra Kupper’s Gut Botany

Entropy Magazine recently placed Gut Botany on their list of the Best Poetry Books of 2020-2021. You can purchase the collection here. In the meantime, read this fantastic review published in The Massachusetts Review. Gut Botany by Petra Kupper (Wayne State University Press, 2020) You might remember, when the pandemic began,...

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Ann Fisher-Wirth Pushcart Nominations

Ann Fisher-Wirth was Nominated for ‘Ironing’ published in The Ilanot Review; and was nominated for ‘Val Corsaglia’ and ‘Science and Poetry: Beyond the Radish Seeds’ by Scarlet Tanager Press. Ironing                  I have the whole of time and space to find again the face...

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Donate to Black Earth Institute!

For 17 years the Black Earth Institute has provided art that gives voice to hope and better ways of living together. Patricia Monaghan, my late wife, and I founded BEI in 2004 to have art focused on social justice, centering protecting the earth, and a broadly defined inclusive spirituality. We...

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Reading our Landscapes, With Liam Heneghan

This article was originally published by LynnBorton.com. “Having those stories that encourage children’s awe [and] curiosity about the world around them, that they know they are having an experience of nature in the city … is going to be pretty important.” ~ Liam Heneghan How do the stories we read...

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke receives award from the California Arts Council

This article was originally published in Inside Riverside. UC Riverside Distinguished Professor Allison Adelle Hedge Coke has been named a Legacy Fellow by the California Arts Council, awarding her the 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship. Hedge Coke is one of 182 recipients — the first cohort of individual artists the California Arts Council...

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Former Iowa Poet Laureate Launches Bad Poetry Contest

Mary Swander, former Iowa Poet Laureate and current executive director of AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts, announces the creation of The Great Amish Belt Loop Bad Poetry Contest. The contest is run through “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land,” a podcast...

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PATRICIA MONAGHAN

Remembering Patricia Monaghan; An IndieGogo Campaign

To donate to the campaign, click here. On November 11th, 2012, Black Earth Institute co-founder Patricia Monaghan died. On the ninth anniversary of her death, we ask for your support in helping us continue and grow her vision. BEI provides a sanctuary to artists who seek justice, protect the earth, and inclusive...

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The Other Side of Now by Lauren Camp

This poem was originally published in the Journal of the Plague Years. Will we abolish the police department. It’s hard to resolve. The world clings to the takeover of flyover states with financial incentives. Rude laws are laid down with terrible choices. For sale signs go up. People are somehow...

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About Place Journal - Geographies of Justice

Pushcart Nominations from “Geographies of Justice”

We are nominating artists from our two 2021 issues of About Place Journal for the Pushcart Prize. We published Geographies of Justice and When Are Lost/How We Are Found. First, here are the nominees from Geographies of Justice, selected by editors Alexis Lathem and Richard Cambridge: Claudia F. Saleeby Savage...

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Black Earth Institute Fellows Reading

On October 9th, current and emeritus Black Earth Institute fellows came together to share their craft. Originally intended as a private gathering, we found ourselves so inspired by the work that we felt it worthy to pass this reading on to you all.  We hope that their words will inspire...

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“Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy;” A Conference Featuring Petra Kuppers

This article was originally posted in its entirety onto The Michigan Daily. As part of the “Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy” conference hosted by the University of Michigan’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion this month, a panel of five faculty members from the UM Initiative on Disability Studies (UMInDS) met virtually on Tuesday to...

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Introducing the Newest Issue of About Place!

We are so excited to launch the next About Place Issue: “When We are Lost/How We are Found.” We think this issue speaks to restoring ourselves to the earth and overall healing. We hope you will join us in celebrating these artists’ eclectic, daring interpretation of the theme. Let us...

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Braiding Together Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science to Heal the Earth and Ourselves

A participatory zoom-based event that will Livestream as well. We recommend joining us in Zoom. Richard Cambridge’s Poets’ Theater takes us to Kingston Jamaica where we explore the creative community on the island. Kingston Creative is a nonprofit arts organization started in 2017 by a team of three co-founders who...

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“Weather Change” by Pam Uschuk

In May of 2022, Fellow Pam Uschuk will be debuting REFUGEE, a collection of poems through Red Hen Press.  Luckily for you, she gave us a small taste of what we can expect to see in the upcoming collection!  Please enjoy her piece “Weather Change.” WEATHER CHANGE for Terri Harvey...

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Insectageddon

Photo by Silas Jaeger from Pexels. Recently, Emeritus Fellow Marcella Durand, informed us of an outstanding event hosted by Cecilia Vicuña entitled Insectageddon.  Marcella will be involved with the event throughout September, but we thought, “why not promote Insectageddon now?”  The following post was originally published on TheHighLine.  For more information...

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Home Lands by Teow Lim Goh

The following essay was written by Teow Lim Goh. It was recently featured in the new BEI Edition, Geographies of Justice, and will be read on our Saturday, August 14th Reading series. Home Lands What does it mean for an immigrant to be at home? Home, we are taught, is...

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The Shell Game by Nicole Walker

The following essay was written by Nicole Walker.  It was recently featured in the new BEI Edition, Geographies of Justice, and will be read on our Saturday, August 14th Reading series. The Shell Game My friend Bruce told me there were entire orchards out here but all I see are...

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King Phillip Motor Inn by Robbie Gamble

The following poem is a piece by Robbie Gamble.  It was recently featured in the new BEI Edition, Geographies of Justice, and will be read on our Saturday, August 14th Reading series. King Phillip Motor Inn Posted on an offramp billboard near where Route 2, undulating across north-central Massachusetts, narrows...

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Third Geographies of Justice Reading Series

On Saturday, August 14, at 8PM ET, we invite you to join us in our Live Reading Series for Geographies of Justice. We are so excited for you to watch this truly special group of writers. You won’t want to be anywhere else! Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81736193517 For more...

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A Collection of Poetry by Liza Katz Duncan

A collection of Poetry by Liza Katz Duncan.  These poems were recently featured in the new BEI Edition, Geographies of Justice, and will be read on the Saturday, August 14th Reading series. Love Song: I wanted to be surrounded by water Tonight, at the end of the hottest summer on record...

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About Place Journal - Geographies of Justice

Third Geographies of Justice Reading Aug. 14

Join us Saturday August 14th at 8pm EDT for the third reading of our Geographies of Justice issue in the About Place Journal. Geographies of Justice re-imagines the maps that divide us into the privileged and the disadvantaged, that value some lives more than others; work that exposes systems of...

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The Shell Game

The Shell Game NICOLE WALKER My friend Bruce told me there were entire orchards out here but all I see are mesas. There is no sign of water on any of those mesas’ surfaces. I’m not sure where those trees he mentioned would grow. But then, maybe I’m not even...

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What a Writer Needs

A new essay from Debra Marquart about her journey to becoming a writer is out and available for us all! She delves into her past and the writers she looked up to as guides for inspiration in her own work. Read it online in this issue of the Humanities North...

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Zoom Somatics in Four Poems by Petra Kuppers

Zoom Somatics in Four Poems BY PETRA KUPPERS · PUBLISHED JULY 22, 2021 · UPDATED JULY 22, 2021 The following collection of poems on Zoom somatics during COVID-19 quarantine is the tenth piece in the 2020 Visions: Imagining (Post-) COVID Worlds series. This series aims to reflect on the uneven impacts of the “pandemic year” and...

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Patricia Jones at Vision Festival 25

On THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021 AT 5 PM CDT – 9:30 PM CDT Arts for Art is awarding Amina Claudine Myers with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. Patricia Spears Jones will be reading a few poems that night. Get tickets ASAP! Lineup, tickets, and Schedule...

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A Partial List of Here and Far

A Partial List of Here and Far Lauren Camp Out in the sky, no one sleeps. No one, no one. —Federico García Lorca Acres of weeds to our view and every minute needs reminding that we haven’t yet been erased. A birdcage floats over a scumbled sky. Just another day...

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Gray Wolf Photo by Austin Smith

Lone wolf goes radio silent OR-93’s signal was last transmitted from San Luis Obispo County in April. Photo of gray wolf OR-93 taken in Oregon after waking up from sedation. Photo courtesy of Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, radio contact...

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Thick In The Throat Honey

Earthworkers | Thick In The Throat Honey Portland, Oregon-based duo Thick In The Throat Honey (Claudia F. Saleeby and John C. Savage) began in 2007 at The Atlantic Center for the Arts. Morphing the traditions of jazz, spoken word, experimental music, chants, and devotional intoning, the duo has performed at music and...

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Much by Lauren Camp

ISSUE SIX ARCHIVE ABOUT SUBMIT NEWS MUCH BY LAUREN CAMP Photo credit Bob Godwin Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press). Her poems have appeared in Witness, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal and The Los Angeles Review. Honors include the Dorset Prize and...

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Review by La Bloga

La Bloga A great review of Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, published by Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts and co-sponsored by the Black Earth Institute. This is a defining collection. La Bloga is the world’s longest-established Chicana Chicano, Latina Latino literary blog. Las Blogueras Los Blogueros Click...

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PPT Episode 357: Patricia Spears Jones

person place thing with randy cohen Menu Skip to content Menu SKIP TO CONTENT HOME ABOUT RANDY UPCOMING SHOWS SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST SIGN UP FOR UPDATES ARCHIVE CONTACT 357: Patricia Spears Jones Posted on June 26, 2021 by RANDY COHENLeave a comment One way to describe art is to note that it has...

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Five-session Generative Workshop

WE ARE THE FUTURE: USING VOCABULARY FROM WALT WHITMAN’S DEMOCRATIC VISTAS MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021 – FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021 9:00AM 455.00 Quantity: ADD TO CART Instructor: Patricia Jones Monday – Friday June 28 – July 2 9am – 12pm 5 sessions on campus This Workshop is designed to engage...

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“Still Life with Dirty Windows” by Lauren Camp

JUNE 23, 2021DANIEL NESTER “Still Life with Dirty Windows” by Lauren Camp In fact no one knew. Neither the after nor struggle. In fact, mouthfuls of suns worth of distance seemed what we’d remember of absence. All these underground languages, a bitter cup of flinty wind. What people said scrubbed...

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Love Across Time

The Terrain.org Podcast In our fifth episode of Soundscapes, we present Love Across Time:  LISTEN TO PODCAST In this episode, a lively collection of Terrain.org artists consider love: love for each other, love for places, and love for the hard work of creating the world as it could be. After Sandra Steingraber and Taylor Brorby delve into...

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Yaddo Artist Forums: Fighting Climate Change

Join Patricia Spears Jones in a discussion about the role of art in transforming the way we view climate change. The climate crisis threatens the survival of every species on Earth. Global warming currently impacts millions around the world, especially those who live in poverty. But to address climate change,...

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Terrain.org’s 5th Reading

On June 28th at 5:00 PM GMT-6, Taylor Brorby, Sandra Steingraber and Tamie Parker Song will be reading as part of Terrain.org‘s Reading Series. The event will be streamed live at the link below. I hope you can join us. Read more information and register here: https://www.terrain.org/events/terrainorg-reading-series-5/?fbclid=IwAR2i7DmBv7uBpWrBuhadNM2AWsRlixI4-NUEWzVwdZ3mK-VYZJzIMKpL-q0  

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May Perpetual Light Shine

After the Storm May Perpetual Light Shine – Patricia Spears Jones We have encountered storms Perfect in their drench and wreck Each of us bears an ornament of grief A ring, a notebook, a ticket torn, scar It is how humans know their kind— What is known as love, what...

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Poetry by Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp Emptiness Prayer for Agnes Martin Strewn heat lingers on the landscape, doing nothing and fills in the gaps with less and years and finally. In weeds, a flirtation of wind; slight shaking, promise. Light vaults again which is consolation, desert-full of its rows and spill. She in her...

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