Imagination and the Natural World

100 Poems to Save the Earth Book Cover I just came away from giving a talk with my co-editor Kristian Evans on 100 Poems to Save the Earth. It was for a series on imagination and the natural world for the Open University. We were asking questions like, how do contemporary writers concerned about climate [...]

Zoom Tips for Making Poetry Events Safer

I have recently experienced a number of Zoom-bombings at poetry readings. They're unpleasant and upsetting. This post is designed to help organizers of poetry events to make their readings safe from gross interference. It is written in the spirit of positive learning and knowledge sharing together as a community. Let me know if you have [...]

Witchy Poetry Events

So it is nearly time for Halloween, Samhain, the Day of Dead, All Hallow's Eve. Whatever you call it, it's a witchy time of year, and I have plans for organizing and attending some great literary events. First up, this Monday 26th, I have booked my ticket to attend a great event from Electric Literature: [...]

Poetry & Film: A List

I'm teaching a poetry course again this semester, and some of my students will be making poetry films! It's a really fun and inspiring exercise. Since I started teaching this, I have been compiling a list of poetry-related films for my students for inspiration. Thanks so much to friends and colleagues for suggestions! Some are [...]

Ecojustice & Poetry

Photo by World Resources Institute This post is packed with all the stuff I have been writing, reading, and learning about poetry and eco justice. Thinking about urgent issues like mass extinction, it has become clear to me in the last few years that social and ecological issues are inextricably linked. For example, dodgy building [...]