orcas in Seattle, tonight!

November 12, 2019

Hear scientists and writers discuss the fate of the endangered Southern Resident orcas and read from the anthology, For Love of Orcas (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), tonight, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Hugo House. Featured readers include Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, and Adrienne Ross Scanlon. The reading and talk, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by anthology co-editor and poet Jill McCabe Johnson. Details and participant bios at Hugo House.

sci-po podcast

September 12, 2019

Sam Illingworth is Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is also the author of A Sonnet To Science: Scientists and Their Poetry, an account of six ground-breaking scientists who also wrote poetry, and the effect that this had on their lives and research.

Dr Illingworth, furthermore, has a swell voice and puts it to use on a podcast series: The Poetry of Science. In each short episode (there are now 13), “he provides insight into new scientific research via the medium of poetry.” He also supplies a link to the scientific research and a second related poem. Have a listen!

Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science + SF is a gathering of scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and many others. The event will take place on April 12-13, 2019 in Egham, Surrey (United Kingdom), and is set to be the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the relationship(s) between poetry, science, and science fiction.

If your scholarly concerns fall into that realm, consider responding to the Call for Papers. “We are interested in academic papers and panels, creative responses, poetry readings and performances. We welcome scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and all others.”


October 6, 2018

In a time when people seem increasingly entrenched in their own views and language, it’s refreshing to see someone paying attention to the places where “languages” intersect. The October 4, 2018, edition of the peer-reviewed journal BioScience includes a research paper entitled “Poetry as a Creative Practice to Enhance Engagement and Learning in Conservation Science.”

Through observation and research of the literature, the authors conclude that “in the office, lab, or field, writing and sharing poetry can foster creativity and enhance conservation scientists’ engagement and learning of unfamiliar topics.” The use of poetry can also help the scientists explain their findings to a variety of audiences. The paper includes uses of poetry in the classroom and suggested exercises, and also cites other poetry-science crossover activities, such as Project Conservation Haiku.

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(from the BioScience article) illustration and haiku by Gregory Johnson, an oceanographer at the National Institute for Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

poetry, accelerated

July 12, 2018

In the category of random convergences, here’s an article out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) describing the overnight stay of a pair of poets at the cyclotron. Kate Greene and Anastasios Karnazes explored, read, wrote, and visited with cyclotron workers over the course of their stay.

Poets are like cyclotrons in their ability to both “break and remake,” they noted in a summary statement explaining the purpose of their visit: Cyclotrons can create new elements by fusing atomic nuclei together in high-energy particle beam experiments that bombard one type of element with another, for example, and poets “have been deconstructing and reconfiguring ideas, emotions, experiences, and truths” via a range of devices.

Pictures and more here.

If you’re interested in the intersection of art and technology and how it might look in the future, tune in to Does Technology Need The Arts To Build A Better Future? This happy hour conversation will include Juan José Diaz Infante, who launched the poetry-bearing Ulises I Mexican nanosatellite, and Tavares Strachan, a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who has trained in the Russian cosmonaut program. They’ll be discussing the desirability of connecting (quite literally!) the arts and sciences. If you happen to be in Washington, DC, today (Thursday, October 26, 2017), RSVP and attend the event at New America. If not, the event will stream, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Eastern, on this New America page.

If you lean toward the scientific, you might be interested in “The emotional power of poetry: neural circuitry, psychophysiology, compositional principles,” a study out of the Max Planck Institute. Follow the link to view the abstract and click on PDF to download the 71-page article.

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image: “The emotional power of poetry: neural circuitry, psychophysiology, compositional principles” page 11

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