The Poet Scientist: A Discussion of Wonder and Data, April 23

UPDATE: listen to a recording of this event.

Edward Abbey wrote that “a landscape . . . can best be understood and given human significance by poets who have their feet planted in concrete—concrete data—and by scientists whose heads and hearts have not lost the capacity for wonder.”

How can the voice and mind of the artist and the scientist be combined to form a better understanding of landscape? What is it like to traverse these different ways of knowing and experiencing a place? What are the inherent challenges and rewards?

In celebration of National Poetry Month and Earth Day, we invite you to join a free live discussion and reading hosted by Orion‘s poetry editor, Hannah Fries, featuring poet-scientists Gary Paul Nabhan, Elizabeth Bradfield, and Eva Saulitis, along with geologist Fred Swanson. The event will take place on April 23, at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific.

The event is free to join, will be moderated by Orion staff, and is open to all readers and friends. Register here.

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