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.
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. Know little more of my near roots and have some understanding of an origin.
As an academic with a forest advocacy background in the 1990’s Zero Cut movement, I've explored and personally processed the naturally complicated and conflicted emotional and spiritual response to genocide, global warming, and species extinction for twenty years. In 2012, I initiated Extinction Witness, a project of Empowerment WORKS 501c3, to support those who 'live in a world of wounds' and amplify the compassionate response to human suffering at the root of intraspecies and interspecies exploitation.
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 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 collection anticipated 2018.
In addition to what's linked on front page here, please see young old works in progress ongoing.
Also find me on social media:
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.