Poems in Defense of Our Planet: Please join us at Sierra Club’s national headquarters in Oakland, CA as we hear two insightful poets read their inspiring work to support Sierra Club’s mission to protect the world we love. To make a tax-deductible donation through Sierra Club Foundation, click here. Thank you.
Jane Hirshfield’s ninth, forthcoming poetry collection is Ledger (Knopf, 2020), centered on the crises of climate and biosphere, and on our interconnection with one another and all beings. She is the founder of #PoetsForScience, a project originating with the first March For Science in D.C. in 2017, and the author of two now-classic books of essays, Nine Gates and Ten Windows. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Poetry Center and California Book Awards. The Washington Post has named her “among the modern masters” and the New York Times called her last book, The Beauty, “a deep well of wisdom.”
Ellery Akers is the author of two award-winning poetry books, Practicing the Truth and Knocking on the Earth. Her new poetry collection, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, is forthcoming in January from Blue Light Press. She has won thirteen writing awards, including the Poetry International Prize and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio and has appeared in such journals as Poetry and The New York Times Magazine. She is also the author of a children’s novel, Sarah’s Waterfall.