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13 Feb 2017

New Reviews in The Los Angeles Review and Western American Literature

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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.

2 Feb 2017

Bycatch Exhibit at University of Arizona Museum of Art

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BYCATCH EXHIBIT AT UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART
February 4 through April 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9, 5:00-7:00 pm

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more exhibit info here

14 Dec 2016

Spiral Orb Twelve

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Spiral Orb Twelve

With work by Lauren Camp, Mark DuCharme, Meander Fiadhiglas, Ann Howells, Laboni Islam, Jolie Kaytes, Simon Perchik, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Monique Soria, Scott T. Starbuck, Laura-Gray Street, Vickie Vértiz, and Bill Wetzel, + an entry poem composted from fragments of each of the pieces in the issue, Spiral Orb Twelve is here.
12 Dec 2016

The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide Named a Southwest Book of the Year

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The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide has been named a Southwest Book of the Year. An article in the Arizona Daily Star announced the awards:

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The Sonoran Desert also recently won a New Mexico-Arizona Book award from the New Mexico Book Co-op for best anthology of 2016.

Thanks to the panelists who selected the book for these awards, to UA Press, and to all the contributors and critters in the book!

 

 

31 Oct 2016

Recent Publications in Ecotone, The Louisville Review, and Terrain

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Thanks to the editors of Ecotone, The Louisville Review, and Terrain, where my essays and poems have recently appeared.

The Ecotone essay is titled “A Poem is its Own Animal: Poetic Encounters at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.” In it I reflect on my work as Poet in Residence at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The essay is in Ecotone’s featured “Poem in a Landscape” series in the most recent issue (no. 21).

“Ghost-Birds” is a collaborative poem I wrote with Wendy Burk, originally written while we were artists in residence at Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida.  This poem is included in the Fall 2016 40th anniversary issue of The Louisville Review.

Two poems and drawings from my Bycatch collaboration with Maria Johnson—“Shovelnose Guitarfish” and “Pacific Seahorse”—are up at Terrain.

 

7 Oct 2016

Conferences and Presentations in Calgary, Portland, and Flagstaff

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I’ve been up in Canada and the Pacific Northwest giving presentations at two conferences in late September/early October: the Under Western Skies Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, and the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

On Saturday 10/15, I’ll be at the Northern Arizona Book Festival in Flagstaff, taking part in a University of Arizona Press reading at Barefoot Cowgirl Books, 18 N. San Francisco St., from 3-4 pm.

5 Oct 2016

Climate Change Interview

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screenshot-2016-10-31-06-47-21Leading into the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s series on Climate Change & Poetry, I was interviewed about climate change. Read the interview here.

28 Aug 2016

Speedway & Swan Radio Show

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I had the pleasure of co-hosting the Speedway & Swan Radio Show with the incomparable Brian Blanchfield last week. If you didn’t catch it on KXCI radio in Tucson, you can listen to it here online, archived at the Poetry Center.

Speedway & Swan Radio Show

Here’s the description of the show:

Poet and geographer Eric Magrane joins host Brian Blanchfield for an episode of poetry of place, past pastoral, off the map, crossing a threshold, or aground in the borderlands. Featuring poetry by C. S. Giscombe, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, John Pluecker, Alberto Blanco, Marianne Moore, David Schubert, Linda Hogan, Robert Smithson, Richie Hofmann, and Alberto Rios.

With musical selections by Lou Barlow, Xenia Rubinos, Paul Simon, Passion Pit, and more.

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SPEEDWAY & SWAN is a fortnightly, one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of variously compatible and offbeat musical selections.  Culling from the exceptional libraries of his partners, the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio, creator and host Brian Blanchfield is joined in conversation each episode by a rotating guest co-host who brings to the hour a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the “new shelves,” they read live.

 

21 Jul 2016

What Will Stand in ACME International Journal of Critical Geographies

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A new publication, including scores and sound files, is included in the latest issue of ACME International Journal of Critical Geographies. You can access it here at ACME or here at academia.edu.

Magrane, E., W. Burk, and E. Quin-Easter. 2016. What will stand: Songs from (F)light, a collaborative borderlands song cycle. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 15 (2): 482-510.

(F)light: a borderlands song cycle is a creative response to migration. We wrote and composed the cycle of nine songs in relation to two particular borders: those between Arizona, United States and Sonora, Mexico; and Maine, United States and New Brunswick, Canada. The songs address borders, geopolitics, mobility, emotion, and narrative. We briefly contextualize our collaboration on (F)light and then share three songs from the project, as scores and as sound files performed by Women in Harmony, a women’s chorus in Portland, Maine.

(The sound files can be accessed either by clicking on the icons on the top of the scores if viewing the pdf in Adobe, or through clicking on the supplementary files on the right side of the ACME console.)