My primary focus is personal and collective peacekeeping. I write poems to transmute chronic grief associated with the exploitation and murder of innocents in the warring culture.
To connect, please send email. When hyper-focused in production, I am less consistent with immediate response and can miss messages quite easily. Thank you for your patience.
Most immediately of English, Irish, and German descent, I was born to a long line of Quakers settled in the Midwestern United States. My ancestor Valentine Hollingsworth fled Ireland (1680’s). Though very much ‘unschooled’ in terms of the texts, in life philosophy and practice, I adhere to Yoga (Eight Limbs), enjoying asana practice and sitting meditation (formal training in Transcendental Meditation) since the mid-1990’s. By academic training, I’m a community health educator with focus in interdisciplinary studies. Outside of school and beginning with Heartwood (regional forest advocacy Eastern United States), my employment has been in administrative roles for NGOs and direct health management services.
Having lost full-time employment at the close of 2011, surely in part thanks to a colony of prairie dogs, I initiated Extinction Witness global arts project of Empowerment WORKS Inc. ‘Witness’ in Extinction Witness is derived from Quaker witness practice.
As with the forest and community health advocacy work of the mid-late 1990’s, Extinction Witness project work has been complicated my own healing process from early childhood sexual trauma and the insults of environmental pollution and materialism plaguing my generation (X). Thus, the weaving of personal and collective trauma in the productions to date.
RIGHTWORK, the primary current focus with Extinction Witness, is born of ecological sense and personal experience with what is a common struggle to survive even when we’re employed. As well, the right and responsibility to direct one’s own time and energy in spiritually and emotionally fulfilling ways.
The passion for communication and community health is shared with my mother, who let go of a blossoming career in journalism to raise three children and support my father’s private medical practice. Following my parent’s divorce, she stopped 3 credits short of an Environmental Studies Master’s degree. To support a household, she then served as a fundraiser for United Way and an editor and marketer for Quaker Press.
I honestly struggle with workaholism. With gratitude to my mom for her investment in me and the compassion she imprinted on me, I strive to balance work responsibilities, time on the mat and in sitting meditation, and time in the garden with raising my son well. Which, for me, means showing him that we are here to serve the community, and the needs and dreams of all other children are just as important as his own.
megan [at] meganhollingsworth [dot] com
if you write and do not receive reply within a week, please resend with my apologies.
I also engage more or less here:
The Fly, Destiny and the Meaning of Life - 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
Until We Grieve 2013 / with Sami Grover via TreeHugger
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 health education, environmental toxicology, psychology, human ecology; Served as Co-Director of Student Environmental Action Coalition and helped organize two Earth Day celebrations on the IU Campus. Senior community health education internship focused on the health hazards of open burning.
2008 Grantee - Culture and Animals Foundation
Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) supported promotion and two performances of THE WHALE MEMORIAL DANCE, a multimedia tribute to cetaceans that spurred the initiation of Extinction Witness. CAF funds supported the production of DVDs for distribution and two performances: Indiana University Bloomington presented in conjunction with a lecture from Dr. Lori Marino on cetacean intelligence and sentience (April 2008) and performance during Naropa University’s Earth Day celebration (April 2011).