The Wells College Visiting Writers Series and Center for Sustainability and the Environment present a reading from Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. The event will feature the anthology's editor Melissa Tuckey, a poet, editor, and literary activist, as well as contributor Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The first anthology to focus solely on poetry with an eco-justice bent, Ghost Fishing presents a rich terrain of contemporary environmental poetry with roots in many cultural traditions. Aligned with environmental justice activism and thought, eco-justice poetry defines environment as “the place we work, live, play and worship.” This is a shift from romantic notions of nature as a pristine wilderness outside ourselves toward recognition of the environment as home: a source of life, health, and livelihood.
Melissa Tuckey is poet, editor and literary activist. Her first book of poems “Tenuous Chapel”was selected for the ABZ First Book Award in 2013. Her honors include a Black Earth Institute fellowship and a fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center. Recent work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Cutthroat, Missouri Review and more. She is co-founder of Split This Rock and currently serves as Eco-Justice Poetry Project Coordinator.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of the novels “Mrs. Shaw,” “Black Star Nairobi” and “Nairobi Heat” as well as two books of poetry, “Hurling Words at Consciousness” and “Logotherapy.” He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project-Cornell. “The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Politics and Ownership” is forthcoming.
The Visiting Writers Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. To learn more, visit www.wells.edu/visitingwriters.