California Burning Anthology Readings
November 22, 2020
November 22, 2020 4 pm | Free | Registration Required
Join us us for a special joint reading from two important ecopoetry anthologies: Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, and California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology, edited by Molly Fisk.
Event hosts Ruth Nolan, Lucille Lang Day, and Molly Fisk have curated this special reading in response to recent and devastating major wildfire events.
Following the reading, there will be a discussion of California wildfire ecologies and the impacts of fire and water/flooding fueled in our state by climate change and other factors. Time will be set aside for for community-inclusive questions, answers, and input.
This reading is the second of a two part series, with the second part sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose on November 10 and featuring work by poets whose works focus on Northern California and Coasts.
Featured readers include:
Lisa Alvarez • Cynthia Anderson • Laure-Anne Bosselaar • Brandon Cesmat • Teresa Mei Chuc • Amy Davis • Kim Dower • Thea Gavin • Trina Gaynon • liz gonzález • Karen Greenbaum-Maya • Laurie Klein • Robert (Bob) Krut • Suzanne Lummis • Stephanie Noble • Cathie Sandstrom • Judith Terzi
About the Editors:
Lucille Lang Day is the author of seven full-length poetry collections and four poetry chapbooks. Her latest collection is Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place (Blue Light Press, November 2020). She has also coedited two anthologies, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California and Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, and published two children’s books and a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. Her many honors include the Blue Light Poetry Prize, two PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards, the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, and ten Pushcart Prize nominations. The founder and publisher of Scarlet Tanager Books, she received her MA in English and MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her BA in biological sciences, MA in zoology, and PhD in science/mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley. https://lucillelangday.com
Ruth Nolan grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and worked as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service during the 1980s. She is coeditor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, which placed as a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Poetry, and editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts. Her writing has been published/is forthcoming in Boom, California; Women’s Studies Quarterly; KCET L.A.; News from Native California; Desert Oracle; Sierra Club Desert Report; Los Angeles Times; Desert Sun/USA Today. She is curator of the documentary project Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California, which has been the recipient of grants from College of the Desert, Phi Kappa Phi, and the California Writers Residency/1888 Center program. Ruth is Professor of English and creative writing at College of the Desert.
Molly Fisk edited California Fire & Water, A Climate Crisis Anthology, with a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. She’s the author of The More Difficult Beauty, Listening to Winter,and Houston, We Have a Possum among other books and has won grants from the NEA, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Fisk lives in the Sierra foothills, where she teaches writing to cancer patients, provides weekly commentary to community radio, and works as a radical life coach. Visit her on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mollyfisk