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The Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park is an anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry showcasing the beauty of our national park, and the writers who love it. Each piece in the anthology is named after a species in the park.
In August of 2012, the National Park Service and National Geographic held a BioBlitz Festival at Rocky Mountain National Park. The festival promoted citizen science, advocated for stewardship of nature, encouraged artistic expression, discussed natural resource management issues, and engaged youth in questions of biodiversity.
In concert with these events we began A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park. This is modeled after a project launched the previous year in conjunction with the BioBlitz Festival at Saguaro National Park by Eric Magrane, editor of Spiral Orb. Each poet or writer who participated wrote a piece that took as its title a species living in the park. How each writer engaged with that species in their work was their choice. We not only expected but hoped for the resulting work to take many diverse forms.
The project includes work from:
Michele Battiste, Nicky Beer, Amanda Billings, Lowrey Brown, Michael Bussmann, John Calderazzo, SueEllen Campbell, Julie Carr, Shelly Catterson, Serena Chopra, Matthew Cooperman, Sue Ring deRosset, Joan Dickinson, Brian Dickson, Lora Fike, Tirzah Goldenberg, Heather Goodrich, HR Hegnauer, Kristopher Hite, Pam Houston, Laird Hunt, Mark Irwin, Bhanu Kapil, Erika Kleronomos, Rebecca Knox, Michael Knisely, Christopher Kondrich, Chloe Leisure, Charlie Malone, Sara Renee Marshall, Jack Martin, David Mason, Molly McCowan, Steve Miles, Malinda Miller, Rico Moore, Mary Mouser, Kathryn Muus, Ellen Orleans, Veronica Patterson, Janna Plant, Aaron Plasek, Laura Pritchett, Elizabeth Robinson, Mandy Rose, David J. Rothman, Matthew Sage, Reg Saner, Suzanne Segady, Eleni Sikelianos, Todd Simmons, Susan Delaney Spear, Sasha Steensen, Laura Stuckey, J.A. Tyler, Christine Weeber, Kathleen Willard, Ellen Wohl, Jake Adam York, Felicia Zamora, Lisa Zimmerman.
News and Announcements:
***We will host an official release event at the Tattered Cover on Saturday, September 21st @2pm.***
On August 15th, the Park Service has invited the Poetic Inventory in for a evening campground event at 8pm at the Moraine Park Campground.
The Poetic Inventory will be featured at an event at Bas Bleu Theater on August 19th.
We will be sharing the Inventory at the 17th Annual Rist Canyon Mountain Festival on September 1st.
Todd Simmons was captured working with the inventory via Wolverine Farm’s Literary Roulette Wheel here:
(Thanks to SavageYardTV)
To get a bit of a history and perhaps future of the project visit Ecological Reflections.