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. 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.
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.
The Visiting Writers Series presents four to five events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama. These writers not only give public readings of their work; they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. 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.