I’ll be in Colorado at the Fort Collins Book Fest later this month, where on October 20 I’ll lead a “Walking and Writing Place” workshop with Michael McLane and then be part of a panel called “A Good Earth is Hard to Find” with Susan A. Shriner, Gillian Bowser, Sam Kean, and moderator John Calderazzo.
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…
I will contribute to a number of teaching-related sessions at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference in April 2018 in New Orleans. I am presenting a paper (“Southwestern Road Trip as Experiential Field Course”) in the “Experiential Learning in Geography Education” session on Tuesday, 10 April. I am also part of a panel on “Building the Geo-Humanities” on Friday, 13 April. On Saturday, 14 April, I am the discussant for a session on “Place-Based Pedagogy and Learning.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.