During 2016-2017, the Poetry Center invited eight poets to give a series of investigative readings addressing the overlaps, contradictions, mutual challenges, and confluences the categories of climate change and poetry share with each other. Poets were asked to consider common questions: What role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry have in anticipating, shaping—or even creating—our future? Several of the readings featured "climate talks" beforehand, by scientists with environmental expertise; these talks are not preserved on Voca.
Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, University of Arizona College of Science, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the Institute of the Environment, and Africana Studies