F122. Dear America: A Terrain.org Reading in Response to a Changing Landscape

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Two weeks after the 2016 presidential election, Terrain.org began its Letter to America series. This reading features some of the letters, poems, and more from the 170+ that have so far appeared in a series that presents a diverse literature of resistance and answers the call articulated in Alison Hawthorne Deming’s cris de coeur: “Be artful, inventive, and just, my friends, but do not be silent.”



Derek Sheffield's book of poems is Through the Second Skin. He has been awarded fellowships from Sustainable Arts and Artist Trust. The poetry editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, he teaches poetry and ecological writing at Wenatchee Valley College.

Victoria Chang's book, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press. The Boss won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Sustainable Arts Fellowship, and Alice Fay di Castnola Award. She teaches at Antioch's low-res program in L.A.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and three collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Award. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is forthcoming.

Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of five poetry books, most recently Stairway to Heaven, and four nonfiction books including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment & Social Justice at the University of Arizona and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Blas Falconer is poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University. His third poetry collection, Forgive the Body This Failure, was published in 2018. Awards include an NEA Fellowship and the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange.


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