Climate Change and Poetry: Alison Hawthorne Deming
Starting in October 2016, the UA Poetry Center features eight world-class poets as they address what overlaps, contradictions, mutual challenges, and confluences the categories of Climate Change & Poetry share with each other; in a series of investigative readings, we hope to offer some answers, some questions, and some new ways of thinking.
In this second installment of readings built around a common question, we wonder: what role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry have in anticipating, shaping--or even creating--our future?
These presentations, part reading and part craft talk, will take place at the UA Poetry Center beginning this fall as part of the 2016-17 Reading and Lecture Series, and we are happy to be partnering with our co-sponsor, UA Science, on the Climate Change & Poetry events. We look forward to exploring these complex concerns through a poetic lens and thinking about the ways literature and science collide.
We are grateful for support for this series from the following groups at the University of Arizona: the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, the College of Science, the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry, and Africana Studies.