Poetry Reading at The State of Extraction Conference

An upcoming conference about the the social and environmental impacts of natural resource extraction will culminate with a poetry reading featuring poets Judith Goldman, Mark Nowak and Jonathan Skinner.

The event is Sunday March 29, 7:00 pm in Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre.

Judith Goldman is the author of Vocoder (Roof, 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books, 2006), and l.b.; or, catenaries (Krupskaya, 2011). She teaches in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo, edits poetry features for the online academic journal Postmodern Culture, and is at work on ______ Mt. [blank mount], a project that writes through Shelley’s “Mont Blanc” in the context of past futures and future histories of ecological catastrophe.

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is an award-winning poet, social critic, and labor activist, whose writings include The New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Shut Up Shut Down (2004, afterword by Amiri Baraka), and the acclaimed book on coal mining disasters in the US and China, Coal Mountain Elementary (2009), that Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College.

Jonathan Skinner earned a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. His collection of poems, Political Cactus Poems (2005), was printed by Palm Press using an ecologically responsible printing process. Skinner edited the journal ecopoetics from 2001 to 2005 and writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry. A former Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Skinner teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and in the Writing Program at the University of Warwick.

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The State of Extraction conference is sponsored by Simon Fraser University’s Institute for the Humanities, the takes place at SFU Harbour Centre, on unceded Coast Salish Territories, March 27–29, 2015. 

Other author presenters include SFU professor Stephen Collis, journalist Chris Hedges, and researcher Alain Deneault.

The State of Extraction: Corporate Imperatives, Public Knowledge, and Global Struggles conference aims to bring together indigenous leadership, academics, artists and public intellectuals from a variety of disciplines, to examine the new face of resource capitalism in Canada and its influence on the world, the (lack of) public debate, and look at models of alternative economic and social development through a series of presentations and roundtable discussions.