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Saturday, October 6 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Anger, Grief, Empathy, and Hope: Remembering Marthe Reed as Activist and Social Justice Poet

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In The Poethical Wager, Joan Retallack points out that, given our "complexly interrelational" situation ("from weather to neural networks to all forms of culture, there are so many variables, that large-scale or even modestly scaled predictive accuracy is impossible"), "the level of individual agency, the effects of any one person’s actions or work … are quite mysterious." In this panel we explore, from a variety of perspectives and through collaborative practices, how the work of Marthe Reed merges writing, activism for social justice, and pedagogy. Reed was a poet and person who, in committing to her belief in justice for all people across racial, economic, and other lines, worked to change social structures and attitudes. We reflect on her work as an environmental and social justice activist and writer, as a teacher and mentor, as a person who had ongoing relationships and projects with writers and activists around the country. We explore her influence through video interviews with those who were affected by her; we reflect on her example of ways of being in the world, merging activism and poetry in a kind of ethopoetics, acting as an artistic and pedagogical influence that ripples through to our own students; we explore how she merged the fight for environmental justice with contemporary racial and social politics; and we highlight the anger, grief, empathy and hope that fueled the collaborative curating process of Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, edited by Reed and Linda Russo. Marthe died in April, 2018; she was only 59.


C.S. Carrier

C.S. Carrier is the author of several poetry chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections, After Dayton (Four Way Books) and Mantle (H-NGM-N Books). He has an MFA in poetry from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD in English from... Read More →

Jill Darling

Jill Darling has an MFA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in twentieth century literature and cultural studies, and is the author of (re)iteration(s) (Spuyten Duyvil), a geography of syntax (Lavender Ink), Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks), and begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing... Read More →

Dana Teen Lomax

Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, and educator. Her recent project THE BEAUTIFUL is forthcoming from Black Radish Books; together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a... Read More →

Linda Russo

Linda Russo is the author of several books of poetry, including Participant (Lost Roads Press), and To Think of her Writing Awash in Light (Subito Press), a collection of lyrical essays. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, a collaborative glossary... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
126 DeBartolo Hall

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