R211B. Dear America Part 1, Presented by Trinity University Press and Terrain.org

The University of Texas at Austin Stage, Exhibit Halls 3-4, Henry B. González Convention Center
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Trinity University Press and Terrain.org present Dear America. America is at a crossroads. Conflicting political and social perspectives reflect a need to collectively define our moral imperatives, clarify cultural values, and inspire meaningful change. In that patriotic spirit, hundreds of writers, artists, scientists, and political and community leaders have come together since the 2016 presidential election to offer their impassioned letters to America, in a project envisioned by the online journal Terrain.org and collected in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy. Moderated by Terrain.org editors Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd, and Derek Sheffield with readings by contributors Alison Hawthorne Deming, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jericho Brown and Camille Dungy.


Moderator: Simmons Buntin is the editor-in-chief of Terrain.org and a contributing editor of Shenandoah. He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry, and grants from the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Tucson-Pima Arts Council. He is the author of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, with Ken Pirie, and the poetry collections Riverfall and Bloom, and co-editor of the book Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy.
Alison Hawthorne Deming is a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. Her most recent books are Stairway to Heaven and Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States for 2019–2021.
Jericho Brown is a poet, author of the award-winning books Please, New Testament, and The Tradition, and director of the creative writing program at Emory University.
Camille T. Dungy is a poet, essayist, and editor whose most recent collections are Trophic Cascade and Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She lives in northern Colorado.

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