Eco-Justice for All! Reading with Brenda HillmanThursday, August 19, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual-only event streamed on City of Asylum’s virtual platform, City of Asylum @ Home.
Run time: 60 minutes
About the performance:
City of Asylum is excited to present Brenda Hillman, a poet of inventive, playful, and transcendent verse who has contributed greatly to the field of eco-poetry. With books dedicated to the natural elements of earth, air, water, fire, and most recently, wood in Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days, Hillman writes experimental lyrics with political thrust. Poet Laureate of Allegheny County Celeste Gainey will join Brenda Hillman in conversation about her work and approach to writing with environmental justice in mind.
“Brenda Hillman’s poems embrace all aspects of what it means to be alive in this tenuous world at this dangerous moment. However you identify, you are most probably, at this very moment, a part of the pulsing, mysterious articulation that is a Brenda Hillman poem.” –Celeste Gainey
About Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe:
How can poets use language to reveal, grapple with, even influence the urgent climate crisis and all those it affects? City of Asylum’s Poet Laureate of Allegheny County proposes an inquiry at the intersection of climate, social justice, and poetry. What happens when we explore this intersection in community to make a caring way through the Anthropocene? We invite you to join us in this questioning.
About the poets:
Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry; and her most recent Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days. In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Among other awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press), was runner-up for the prestigious Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.