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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At the close of 2011, having lost full-time employment, surely in part thanks to a colony of prairie dogs, I initiated Extinction Witness global arts project of Empowerment WORKS Inc. The intent was to support the human emotional and spiritual response to genocide, biodiversity loss, and species extinction. The work was to include compassionate creative witness and the creation of an online networking platform to help support and catalyze compassionate responses to structural violence, pain, and suffering.
Extinction Witness project work has included film production, compassionate online presence, and 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. Edited archives will be available on the Extinction Witness website late 2018.
Current Extinction Witness project work includes Generative Memorials and RIGHTWORK film production with supporting content. I’m otherwise focused on wrapping up my first poetry collection and enjoying as much time as possible with my child.
megan [at] meganhollingsworth [dot] com
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I also engage more or less here:
Practices & Philosophy
Birthright Friend (Quaker), Transcendental Meditation, Yoga (Eight Limbs), Simplicity
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
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 funds prevented participation. THE WHALE MEMORIAL DANCE was also accepted for workshop presentation to the International Ecopsychology Society Conference in Uruguay September 2017. Insufficient funds again prevented participation.