9 Dec 2018

New article in Literary Geographies

Posted by  in News

My article ‘Healing, Belonging, Resistance, and Mutual Care’: Reading Indigenous Ecopoetics and Climate Narratives has been published in the new issue of the online open-access journal Literary Geographies. View the pdf here.

Here is the article’s abstract:

Narratives of climate change place it alternately as an environmental justice issue, a national and global security issue, an apocalyptic threat to life on earth, an opportunity for social change, and more. In this article, I aim to bring critical geographic work on climate narratives into conversation with contemporary poetry, through close readings of specific poems. I argue that the work of contemporary poets, and in particular the work of Indigenous ecopoetics, is rich in poetic texts that offer imaginative practices for recalibrating climate change narratives. I look particularly to works by Craig Santos Perez, Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joy Harjo, and Linda Hogan. I approach the poems as both a critical geographer and as a poet, thinking through and with their form and content in relation to climate narratives, and in relation to a description of Indigenous ecopoetics by Perez. I meet these poems as stored energy, as actors themselves in a human and more-than-human collective. A close reading of the craft of creative texts—particularly to the level of the line in poetry—highlights the inextricable connection between form and content in how a poem acts and means in the world. As a non-Indigenous reader of texts by Indigenous poets, my goal is not to perform a ‘master’ reading or analysis of these texts, but rather to learn from the poems and in doing so attempt to decolonize my own thought, a process that is a constant practice.

5 Aug 2018

Faculty Position at New Mexico State

Posted by  in News

 

I have accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University. I greatly enjoyed my year as a visiting faculty member in 2017-2018 and look forward to continuing on as a permanent tenure-track faculty member. This fall I will teach World Regional Geography and Cultural Geography. I look forward to jumping into new research and writing projects in the Chihuahuan Desert and the Land of Enchantment. Stay tuned…

28 Feb 2018

Talks at University of New Mexico March 1 and March 2

Posted by  in News

I’ll be in Albuquerque at University of New Mexico on March 1 and March 2 giving two talks: “Climate Geopoetics” and “Practicing the Geohumanities.” You can read more info on these talks here and here. Thanks especially to the Spatial Humanities Working Group and the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies for inviting me.

 

 

23 Dec 2017

Spiral Orb Fourteen

Posted by  in News

With work by Daniel Biegelson, Rosemarie Dombrowski, Gabrielle Grace Hogan, Rose Knapp, W.J. Lofton, John Martin, Michael J. Pagán,  Stephen Siperstein, Jonathan Skinner, Julia Wieting, Tyrone Williams, Gavin Yates + an entry poem composted from fragments of each of the pieces in the issue, Spiral Orb Fourteen is here.


5 Sep 2017

New Review of The Sonoran Desert in Southwestern American Literature

Posted by  in News

Southwestern American Literature recently published a review of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide. In the review, William Huggins writes:

“Poetry at it best compels us to look more closely at our world. The best of these poems and short essays lead readers to engage with the plants and animals they describe word by word and line by line, creating a literary ecology that, like the natural world itself, can be returned to time and again, always revealing something not formerly seen. The editors’ stated goal—’The empiricism of science, the imaginative and cognitive leaps of poetry, the close observation of both…we need it all’—is more than met by this excellent book.”

Southwestern American Literature is here, and the link to the issue’s Table of Contents is here.

29 Aug 2017

Visiting Faculty position at New Mexico State University

Posted by  in News

I have taken a position as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

NMSU is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the shadows of the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. My students and colleagues are great. My NMSU Department of Geography page is here.

 

11 Jul 2017

Residency at Playa

Posted by  in News

 

I’m thrilled to be at a residency at Playa in Oregon’s “outback” this early July, taking part in a themed art-sci climate residency on the edge of Summer Lake and the Great Basin. This is an amazing place to unplug, get some writing done, and connect with other artists and scientists. While here, I’m working on a new series of climate poems. Stay tuned.

6 Jun 2017

Some New Publications

Posted by  in News

The new issue of Green Humanities: A Journal of Ecological Thought in Literature, Philosophy & the Arts (Volume 2) includes my poem “home/practice.” 

Also, over at Stanford’s Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB), Erika Gavenus has written a nice feature on my collaboration with Maria Johnson called Bycatch – The Complexities of Shrimp Trawling in the Gulf of California: A collaboration between Maria Johnson and Eric Magrane.

4 May 2017

Spiral Orb Thirteen

Posted by  in News

Spiral Orb Thirteen is here.

With work by:
Juana Adcock, Jamaica Baldwin, Rocío Carlos, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Hannah Kezema, Rajiv Mohabir, Óscar de Pablo, Lauren Russell, Danez Smith, Simon Seisho Tajiri, and Ellen Welcker;

Curated by:
Ari Banias, Chiwan Choi, Angel Dominguez, Maricela Guerrero, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Melanie Noel, Anjoli Roy, Eugenio Tisselli, Deborah Woodard, and Aiko Yamashiro;

as well as an entry poem composted from fragments of each of the pieces in the issue.

This is a special issue guest edited by Wendy Burk, “Collaborative Curation: Each Other.”

13 Feb 2017

New Reviews in The Los Angeles Review and Western American Literature

Posted by  in News

The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide was recently reviewed in The Los Angeles Review and Western American Literature.

Here are a few quotes from the review by L. Ann Wheeler in The Los Angeles Review:

“…this anthology is the field guide you’ve always wanted. Combining factual information alongside a creative response to each entry, The Sonoran Desert harmonizes science and the arts. This much neededThe Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide convergence is made in a time where the two fields are often separated and pitted against each other as fabricated opposites.”

“…the valuation of observation over monument-making, is the greatest joy of this collection. Magrane and Cokinos capture light in a jar, so that you may take it into the field: a living, breathing companion.”

And here are a few from the review by Jennifer Lair in Western American Literature:

“The guide fills a niche in western American literature by delivering a combination of literary insight specific to a region while at the same time providing legitimate field guide information in a memorable way likely to make readers chuckle.”

“…a useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining addition to anyone’s field guide collection…”

Find the full reviews here and here.