S177B. Dear America Part 2, Presented by Trinity University Press and Terrain.org
The University of Texas at Austin Stage, Exhibit Halls 3-4, Henry B. González Convention Center
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am
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 Sean Hill, Sandra Meek, Scott Minar, and Sholeh Wolpé.
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.
Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties and Brown Liquor and the recipient of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He directs the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.
Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poems, including Still, An Ecology of Elsewhere, Road Scatter, and the Dorset Prize–winning Biogeography.
Scott Minar is the consulting editor of poetry translations for Crazyhorse, and the author or editor of eight books, two of which are in Arabic translated by Saleh Razzouk.
Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian American poet and playwright whose work includes more than a dozen books of poetry, anthologies, and translations.