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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.

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Meg with monarch butterfly during release, Lost Species Day 2017

Meg with monarch butterfly during release, Lost Species Day 2017

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 religious persecution in 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. I’ve primarily been employed in administrative roles for NGOs and find that work unfulfilling to the extent that depression sinks in. I’ve also trained and practiced in massage therapy.

Having lost full-time employment at the close of 2011, I initiated Extinction Witness global arts project of Empowerment WORKS Inc. ‘Witness’ in Extinction Witness is derived from Quaker witness practice.

As with 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 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.

megan [at] meganhollingsworth [dot] com

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Presentations

 

Interviews

& Published Work

 
 

Knock On My Door - poetry reading 2016 / Interspecies Intersectional Justice Conference, Whidbey Institute, Washington

Regeneration & Refugees - Opening Gratitudes 2016 / Cotati, California

'Busted Open' 2014 / Tell Us Something; MCAT video: 'Busted Open' begins at 44:50

 

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

Project VIRGIN and Tree Sisters 2013 / with Beverly Pitzer of Tree Ring Productions 

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

Raising The Great Mother 2017, Leli poem & Clinging to Certainties, Belonging to Joy essay re: NTHE 2016 / Kosmos Journal Online

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? 

Riding the Bus 2015, Changing the Climate of Climate Talk 2014, What the World Requests 2014Life is Our Cause 2012  / Elephant Journal

 

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).