You Can’t Say Anything Anymore

Metta Sama’s poem, You Can’t Say Anything Anymore was recently featured in KorePress.org‘s Postcards to the Future Collection.   Sama creates a powerful poem solely using common problematic remarks.   #WhyWeCan’tHaveNiceThings I am terribly aggrieved about Atticus Finch being outed as a racist. I’d rather remember the good he did. Team...

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Pushcart Nominee, “Gimeme’igonaan omaa / This place is our lullaby” by Margaret Noodin

The following poem by Margaret Noodin has received a nomination for the 2020 Pushcart Prize.   Gimeme’igonaan omaa This place is our lullaby biidaabang ani bangishimong sunrise to sunset gimiwang ani gakijiwang. rainfall to waterfall. Gidayaangwaamimigonaan This place is our warning zegaanakwak ziibiskendamang storm clouds and sorrow manidoog manidoonsikaazowaad. spirits...

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How It’s Made: Lauren Camp’s Took House

Lauren Camp was recently mentioned in an article published by Frontier Poetry.  Lauren takes readers through her process of creating her most recent collection, Took House. What were the most joyful moments of Took House’s journey to publication? I began the poems that became Took House in 2005. My decisions about what would be...

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Review of Scott Russell Sanders’s “At the Gates of Deep Darkness” by Tom Fate

Read this review of Scott Russell Sanders’s “At the Gates of Deep Darkness” by Tom Montgomery Fate. Originally published by The Christian Century. The artist at the end of the world Scott Russell Sanders’s essays balance ecological despair with the promise of human creativity. by Tom Montgomery Fate September 24, 2020 In...

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But What If We Started Listening?

Author Ann Fisher-Wirth reminds us of the importance of literature and community when times are at their most challenging.  Read her newly published essay now! But What If We Started Listening? by Ann Fisher-Wirth For the past couple of years, I’ve been feeling like a deer in the headlights of...

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Practices of Hope Reading Series

Dear friends, comrades, colleagues, We invite you to join us next Friday for this summer reading, the third in our Practices of Hope series. Find out about a clay egg, micaceous Pueblo pots, kitsune foxes, past life flyovers, an alien’s microscope, an FBI mystery around a father’s death, a planet broke...

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“Juneteenth” by Kathleen Sweeney

“Juneteenth” by Kathleen Sweeney is a collection of beautiful images. These images help bring more attention to how our society is changing for the better. If you weren’t able to go to a protest, these pictures will take you there. Check out more of her work at her website Kathleen...

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Patricia Spears Jones

Patricia Spears Jones published in The Brooklyn Rail

BEI Senior Fellow, Patricia Spears Jones, had her poem “four” published in The Brooklyn Rail. Read it here! four By Patricia Spears Jones Black lives pandemic protest (vaccine)   I want a tree house, the Hollywood kind—huge, luxurious Built with a really soft bed and paneless windows for ventilation and...

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Linda Hogan featured on American History Summer Reading List

BEI Emeritus Fellow, Linda Hogan, was recently featured in Book Riots American History Summer Reading List, Check out the original article here! An American History Summer Reading List Nancy Snyder Jul 20, 2020 With the hopefulness and optimism of pre-pandemic summers, I composed a summer reading booklist. Historical fiction mixed...

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Annie Finch featured in Bangalore Poetry Festival

BEI senior fellow, Annie Finch, will be featured in the Bangalore Poetry Festival. Check our the original article published in The New Indian Express here. In new rhythm Published: 21st July 2020 03:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2020 03:24 PM by Vidya Iyengar    BENGALURU :The fifth edition of...

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Allison Hedge Coke’s poem “Viscera”

Allison Hedge Coke’s poems “Viscera” were recently published in World Literature Today. Viscera by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Photo courtesy of the author for Rachelle 4/27/2020 Our moms were widows before they met our fathers. Their hair blue-black, their hands already chapped, caressed by Inglis die-cast tooling  Bren light machine guns,...

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Lauren Camps “Building a Cactus Garden”

Lauren Camps’ new essay focuses on what gets her through these difficult times. Original article provided by Ecotone Magazine Planting in the high desert is about compromise. What can stand firm through careening wind? What can handle summer’s bubble-wrap heat? Aside from a brief delirium with utterly wrong choices, for...

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Todd Davis wins Midwest Book Award

BEI Emeritus Fellow, Todd Davis was recently awarded the Midwest Book award. Check out the original article here! Altoona professor’s poetry collection wins Midwest Book Award ALTOONA, Pa. — Todd Davis, professor of English and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, has won the Midwest Book Award for his poetry...

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HEARTBREAK, HEROISM, LOVE, A Review of “Choice Words: Writers on Abortion,” an anthology edited by Annie Finch

“Abortion is health care,” says the doctor in Sylvia Ramos Cruz’s appropriately titled poem “The Doctor Speaks: Abortion is Health Care.” But while this doctor may see the logic in abortion practice because she understands the “science, ritual, real-life consequences of practicing medicine,” many individuals and groups around the globe...

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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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