F139. Catastrophe and Survival: Women Ecopoets Navigate Pathways Past Denials

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As we spin toward global crisis, climate-change deniers occupy our highest government positions. Despite #MeToo, the 2016 election and the 2018 Kavanaugh hearings revealed public acceptance of misogynist behavior and reluctance to believe women’s testimony persists. Five women ecopoets will discuss how—in this moment of silencing, violence, and disappearance—their work balances aesthetic and activist concerns, navigating personal and global crisis without abandoning wonder for word and world.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Catastrophe_and_Survival_AWP_outline_for_posting.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Poems_for_AWP_Session_Catastrophe_and_Survival_Bradfield_Hedge_Coke_and_Meek.docx
Supplemental Document 2: Trophic_Cascade_by_Camille_Dungy.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: A_Slightly_Less_Stressful_Walk_Brenda_Hillman.pdf



Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poetry, including Still, An Ecology of Elsewhere, and the Dorset Prize–winning Biogeography. Georgia Poetry Circuit Director since 2007, she has received an NEA fellowship, the PSA’s Lucille Medwick Award, and three Georgia Author of the Year Awards.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's books include Burn, Streaming, Off Season-City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Blood Run, Rock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, and Effigies I, II, III.  A Distinguished Professor at UC Riverside,  she directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest and is working in film.

Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her book of essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and coedited two other anthologies.

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Practical Water, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, and has co-translated At Your Feet by Ana Cristina Cesar. Hillman is the Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College of California.

Elizabeth Bradfield’s most recent book is Toward Antarctica. Her work has been published in the New Yorker and Poetry, and her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner fellowship. Founder of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist/guide and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.


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