Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Promo Post for Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy - Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd & Derek Sheffield

America is at a crossroads. Can we find a common ground?
An eclectic anthology of passionate letters to America during a time when politics and perspectives collide

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy
Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd & Derek Sheffield (editors)

“Action is the antidote to despair.”  - Joan Baez

Since the 2106 presidential election, America has been barrelling headfirst toward a crossroads. Conflicting political and social perspectives reflect a need to collectively define our moral imperatives, clarify cultural values, and inspire meaningful change. In that patriotic spirit, hundreds of writers, poets, artists, scientists, and political and community leaders have come together sharing their impassioned letters to America in a project envisioned and published by the online journal—the “Letters to America” series.

More than 130 works, all calls to action for common ground and conflict resolution with a focus on the environment and social justice, are collected in Dear America. Taken as a whole, the work is a diverse clarion call of literary reactions to the nation’s challenges as we approach future political elections (especially the one coming this November).

The book includes impassioned letters from experts, artists, and leaders such as Seth Abramson, Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Francisco Cantรบ, Kurt Caswell, Victoria Chang, Camille T. Dungy, Tarfia Faizullah, Blas Falconer, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, David Gessner, Katrina Goldsaito, Kimiko Hahn, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirschfield, Linda Hogan, Pam Houston, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Karen An-hwei Lee, Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Miles, Kathleen Dean Moore, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Naomi Shihab Nye, Elena Passarello, Dean Rader, Scott Russell Sanders, Lauret Savoy, Gary Soto, Pete Souza, Kim Stafford, Sandra Steingraber, Arthur Sze, Scott Warren, Debbie Weingarten, Christian Wiman, Robert Wrigley, and others.

“The voices in this essential anthology are anything but silent. Indeed, they are voices of hope, habitat, defiance, and, most importantly, democracy. Lend your ears, and then your own voice.” — Simmons Buntin, editor

Talking Points

     How it got started: The Dear America brings Americans together from across the country and all walks of life
     2020 Presidential election: how the outcome will affect our country from multiple points of view
     Climate Change - Hear from members of the Union of Concerned Scientists
     Excerpts/Interviews with diverse writers from the fields of science, politics, social justice, education, art, and the literary community are available for interview and their work available for excerpt - including:
     Contributor Pete Sousa, best-selling author and official photographer for the Obama and Reagan administrations
     Contributor Bob Ferguson, who holds the most successful legal record in the country against Trump
     Letters/poetry from contributors: Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Rush, National Book Award winner Arthur Sze, and finalist Jericho Brown

Dear America encourages readers to come to a common resolution about the environment and social injustice going on in America through words of literature and art.

Book royalties will benefit: 
     American Civil Liberties Union
     National Resources Defense Council
     Union of Concerned Scientists

Timely Tie-ins:
Keep America Beautiful Month - April
Poetry Month - April
Earth Day - April 22
Arbor Day - April 24
World Press Freedom Day- May 3rd
National Recommitment Month - May
Clean Air Month - May
Photo Month - May

About the Editors is a nonprofit literary magazine published online since 1997 that searches for the interface—the integration—among the built and natural environments that might be called the soul of place. The works published by ultimately examine the physical realm around us, and how those environments influence us and each other physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Simmons Buntin, is editor-in-chief of He has authored 2 books of poetry, Riverfall,and  Bloom, and also Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (co-authored with Ken Pirie). He has published poetry, essays, and technical articles in publications as varied as Edible Baja Arizona, North American Review, Kyoto Journal, and Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society. He has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado, Denver, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Simmons lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Elizabeth Dodd is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her newest book, Horizon’s Lens: My Time on the Turning World, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012. For over two decades she has lived in eastern Kansas in the Flint Hills region, where she is an award-winning professor of creative writing and literature at Kansas State University.

Derek Sheffield has presented widely at conferences around the West on the interaction between science and poetry. His own work often explores this topic and has appeared in Orion, Wilderness, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Southern Humanities Review, and several anthologies, including New Poets of the American West, The Ecopoetry Anthology, Nature and Environmental Writing: A Guide and Anthology, and The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins. Since 2003, he has been a professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College in central Washington.

Book Details

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Price: $24.95
Release Date: April 22, 2020
Language: English
Size: 9”X6”
ISBN 978-1-59534-912-5 (paper)
ISBN 978-1-59534-913-2 (ebook)
Press contact: Leslie Barrett 512-481-7681

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