Melissa Tuckey & Brenda Cárdenas

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

Friday, October 05, 2018, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

Aligned with environmental justice activism and thought, the anthology Ghost Fishing describes eco-justice poetry as a way of recognizing environment as home - “the place we work, live, play, and worship.”

Editor of Ghost Fishing, Melissa Tuckey is co-founder of Split This Rock, an organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness, as well as co-translator of a book of poems by contemporary Chinese poet Yang Zi. Her poetry collection Tenuous Chapel was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Prize.

Brenda Cárdenas’s
books of poetry are From the Tongues of Brick and Stone and Boomerang. With verse that shifts between English and Spanish, her poetry captures her reverence for the natural world. Her work appears in several anthologies and journals, including The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry.


From Zacuanpapalotls:

We are—
one life passing through the prism
of all others, gathering color and song,
cempazuchil and drum
to leave a rhythm scattered on the wind,
dust tinting the tips of fingers
as we slip into our new light.

Brenda Cárdenas, “Zacuanpapalotls” from Boomerang. Copyright © 2009 by Brenda Cárdenas. Reprinted by permission of Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.


Co-sponsored with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.