Climate Change & Poetry

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The purpose of this project was to develop and teach a community course on Climate Change & Poetry, one of the first of its kind anywhere. The course took place at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in fall 2015 and included six two-hour classes. Magrane designed the course around the growing body of contemporary poetry that engages with climate change and alternated readings of poetry with readings on climate change. Community participants left the course with an increased awareness of the science and social impacts of climate change as well as a strong awareness of environmental poetry. Outputs from the course include multiple academic presentations and two academic articles that are in preparation. Additionally, the University of Arizona Poetry Center is now planning a full reading series for fall 2016 around climate change.