Eco-Justice for All! Reading ft. Celeste GaineySunday, June 6, 2021 @ 5:00 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
Join Celeste Gainey, City of Asylum’s Poet Laureate of Allegheny County, and fellow poets in our region for a virtual poetry reading on the topic of environmental justice. This reading features poets Doralee Brooks, Sheila L. Carter–Jones, Robin Clarke, Bonita Lee Penn, and Scott Silsbe and marks the launch of the project Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe.
About Eco-Justice for All!
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. View the Eco-Justice event line up here.
About the poets
Doralee Brooks lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County and chairs the Developmental Studies Department. She also teaches for the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops at Carlow University. Doralee is a fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (‘95) and Cave Canem (‘97 and ‘99). She holds an MFA from Carlow University where she teaches workshops with Madwomen in the Attic. Doralee’s chapbook published by Main Street Rag, When I Hold You Up to the Light, won the 2019 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest.
Sheila L. Carter-Jones is the author of Three Birds Deep, the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Awardand the chapbook Blackberry Cobbler Song. Her chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named Honorable Mention for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and a Walter Dakin Fellow at the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Sheila holds an MFA from Carlow University.
Robin Clarke is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her first book of poems, Lines The Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013), won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd book prize for poetry. With the poet Sten Carlson, she co-authored a chapbook of poems entitled Lives of the Czars (nonpolygon, 2011). An excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Those Little Anodynes, won the 2016 Tupelo Open Prose award. She lives in an intentional co-housing community with her partner and their two daughters.
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.
Bonita Lee Penn is a Pittsburgh poet, literary curator, and author of the chapbook, Every Morning A Foot Is Looking For My Neck (Central Square Press 2019). She is Managing Editor of the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine and a community workshop creative writing facilitator. Her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous publications, including The Massachusetts Review, joINT. Literary Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge Journal, Women Studies Quarterly, Voices from the Attic Anthology, and Solstice Literary Magazine.
Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous periodicals and have been collected in the three books: Unattended Fire, The River Underneath the City, and Muskrat Friday Dinner. He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.