Alison Hawthorne Deming, Regent’s Professor of Creative Writing and
Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment & Social Justice, University of Arizona
Thursday, February 6,
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
“The potato of the Middle Ages,” “the silver darlings,” “the silver of the seas”—these are a few of the nicknames for herring, one of the most abundant fishes in the sea. For 200 years, herring have been the foundation of a thriving fishery on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Maritimes, where Deming has spent her summers since childhood. Her talk celebrates the tradition and beauty of the region’s weir-based fishery.
For those familiar with the collapse of the cod fishery in the North Atlantic sea and the resulting economic devastation to the many countries that relied on this resource, Deming’s talk should provide insight into man’s use of seemingly inexhaustible natural resources. She will bring her own experience to bear on contemplating the challenges of climate change and the unique ways fish and people can coexist meaningfully.
Deming, a recent Guggenheim Fellow, has received numerous awards for her work including a Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and The Bayer Award in science writing from Creative Nonfiction magazine. Her numerous poetry books include Stairway to Heaven (2016), Zoologies: On Animals (2014), and Science and Other Poems (1994); she has also published a “philosophical autobiography,” Writing the Sacred into the Real (2001).
Compiled by Bob Langland, Academy Village Volunteer