My primary focus is peacekeeping. I believe no one is to blame. And everyone responsible. I write poems to transmute chronic grief associated with the exploitation and murder of innocents in the warring culture.
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I was born and raised to a long line of Quakers in what is now Indiana, United States. Valentine Hollingsworth fled religious persecution in Ireland, traveling with William Penn, an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker, and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. Hollingsworth and Robinson family farms are on a map of 'stops' along the underground railroad.
My father is a retired General Practice MD who served as a surgeon in the Vietnam War. My mother, with a BS in journalism and 3 credits short of completing a Masters in Environmental Studies, spent most of her career editing for Quaker press, both Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting. She named me after Meg in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
My own story is one of chronic depression, escapism (see What the World Requests in published works below), and ultimately a devotion to healing the wounds that I share with my parents and they with their parents. That which has been handed down generations. The compassion that flows through me is thanks to that which my mother modeled toward me and the perpetrator. The poem NO in VIRGIN is a synopsis both of the wounds healing and the compassion.
In 2012, while in the virgining phase of my healing process, I initiated Extinction Witness global arts project of Empowerment WORKS Inc. at the close of 2011 to support others with ecological educations like herself who live “alone in a world of wounds” (Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac), as well as to amplify compassionate personally and ecologically regenerative responses to human suffering at the root of long-standing genocide, accelerated biodiversity loss, and species extinction.
Extinction Witness project work has included an eighteen-month (February 2014 – September 2015) revolving creative witness with the extinct and critically endangered, including languages. The revolving witness, which followed as much as dictated my soul's path, included the work of several visual artists and a few other writers. My contribution was poetry and prose. The poetry is included in my first published poetry collection anticipated 2018.
megan [at] meganhollingsworth [dot] com
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I also engage more or less here:
my answer to What is the meaning of life? at Excellence Reporter
Suffering With: Grief Art & Peacekeeping 2018 on WATT NEXT? show at MARLOW FM 97.5
Grief and Water 2017 / with Azul Thome at SOULand
First, a mother 2015 / with Lise Weil at Dark Matter: Women Witnessing
Creatively Mending Wounds 2015 / with Bonnie Bright at Depth Insights
The DP Interview 2013 / with Chris Oestereich via The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale
Regenerative Memorials 2017 / Lost Species Day, Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge, California
Knock On My Door - poetry reading 2016 / Interspecies Intersectional Justice Conference, Whidbey Institute, Washington
Regeneration & Refugees - Opening Gratitudes 2016 / Cotati, California
Pacific with commentary 2015 / DARK MATTER: WOMEN WITNESSING, Issue #2. 'Fragile Ongoing'
'The Inequality of Wildness and Necessity of Wildness for Equality' in Wicked Problems Collaborative Book 1: what do we do about inequality?
Academics and Awards
2007 MS Environmental Studies
University of Montana, Missoula - grief studies, restorative justice, ecology, sociology, communications
1997 BS Applied Health Science / High Distinction
Indiana University, Bloomington - community environmental health, toxicology, Psychology, human ecology
2008 Grantee - Culture and Animals Foundation
Culture and Animals Foundation supported two performances and promotion of THE WHALE MEMORIAL DANCE, a multimedia tribute to cetaceans that spurred the initiation of Extinction Witness. Performances: April 2008 performance at Indiana University Bloomington presented in conjunction with a lecture from Dr. Lori Marino on cetacean intelligence and sentience, and April 2011 performance at Naropa University.
THE WHALE MEMORIAL DANCE was accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture’s 2010 annual conference in Perth, Australia. Insufficient travel funds prevented participation. THE WHALE MEMORIAL DANCE was also accepted for workshop presentation to the International Ecopsychology Society Conference in Uruguay September 2017. Insufficient travel funds again prevented participation.