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Finding Love, Spirituality, and The True Self in Nature
w/ Christopher Cokinos and Priscilla Stuckey
Wednesday, January 16
$5 Suggested Donation
Please join authors Priscilla Stuckey and Christopher Cokinos for a reading and discussion of their books, Kissed By a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature and Bodies, of the Holocene. Cokinos and Stuckey will both have books for sale and will be signing books after the reading.
Christopher Cokinos is the author of two books of literary nonfiction, Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds and The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars, both from Tarcher/Penguin. His lyric essay collection, Bodies, of the Holocene, is forthcoming from Truman, and a poetry chapbook, Held as Earth, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He has poems, essays, reviews and stories in such venues as Pank, Science, Poetry, Orion, High Desert Journal and elsewhere. He contributes essays fairly regularly to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times. The winner of a Whiting Award and the Fine-Line Prize for Lyric Prose, he teaches at the University of Arizona, where he is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment. His current projects include a history of our fascination with and scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence and a collection of poems inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte.
Priscilla Stuckey is a writer, scholar, editor, and Earth-advocate with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. Her new book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature (Counterpoint 2012), uses her own experience of encounters with trees, birds, or animals to arrive at more hopeful cultural stories about nature, including our own nature. Priscilla holds a PhD in religious studies and feminist theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (CA) and now teaches environmental humanities in the graduate programs of Prescott College (AZ). When she lived in Oakland (CA), a creek that ran through her property inspired the start of the Butters Canyon Conservancy, a neighborhood-based land trust that she founded and served as first president. She is now active in the local and international movement to recognize the legal rights of nature. She lives in Boulder, CO, where she enjoys hiking, gardening with native plants, and blogging. Her website is priscillastuckey.com.