Alison Hawthorne Deming, Jane Hirshfield, J. Drew Lanham, and Derek Sheffield


Apr 26 2021


5 PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Reading Series: Alison Hawthorne Deming with Jane Hirshfield, J. Drew Lanham + Derek Sheffield

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Join us for’s third reading in our online Reading Series, celebrating Earth Month and National Poetry Month.

Moderated and underwritten by editorial board member and University of Arizona Regents Professor Alison Hawthorne Deming, with Zoom hosting provided by the University of Arizona, this reading and discussion features acclaimed poets Jane HIrshfield, J. Drew Lanham, and Derek Sheffield.


Jane Hirshfield, in poems described by The Washington Post as belonging “among the modern masters” and by The New York Times as “passionate and radiant,” addresses the urgent immediacies of our time. Ranging from the political, ecological, and scientific to the metaphysical, personal, and passionate, Hirshfield praises the radiance of particularity and reckons the consequence of the daily. Her nine poetry books include Ledger, The Beauty, long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award; Given Sugar, Given Salta finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; and Aftershort-listed for England’s T.S. Eliot Award and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times.

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including OrionAudubonFlycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

Derek Sheffield’s collection Not for Luck was selected by Mark Doty for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy. When he isn’t teaching at Wenatchee Valley College or editing poetry for, Derek can often be found skiing, hiking, birding, botanizing, or forest bathing in the mountains of North Central Washington.

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent books include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit and the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and Walt Whitman Award, she is Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson and on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Her new nonfiction book A Woven World will be published by Counterpoint Press in August 2021.

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