Grazing the Fire: Poetry of Rangeland Science
Editor: María E. Fernández-Giménez
Format: Paperback, 72 pages
Release Date: February 8th, 2019
Grazing the Fire: Poetry of Rangeland Science is a collection of poems crafted and inspired by published scientific research papers, alongside visual art, in celebration of rangelands worldwide.
History of Grazing the Fire (excerpted from the Introduction by the Editor)
To satisfy the reader’s curiosity about our process, here is the thumbnail version. In January 2017, I reached out to fellow scientists in the Society for Range Management (SRM), to ask if they would contribute one of their published research papers and pay a fee for their paper to be turned into a poem. All proceeds from these fees and 50% of book sales support scholarships for indigenous, international, and low-resource students to attend the SRM Annual Meeting. Thirteen researchers participated, providing 16 papers from subdisciplines such as rangeland ecology, policy, and social science. Every poet contributed 1-5 poems, each inspired by a particular publication. One exception is the series of poems by Jeff Thomas, which was inspired by his role as a research technician in the Adaptive Grazing Management (AGM) project. Several poems were written collaboratively by multiple members of the group. Felicia Zamora, former Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, facilitated two writing workshops to help the poets generate and revise our work. Poets Cedar Brant, David Mucklow, and Rico Moore engaged, encouraged, and provided helpful feedback. The contributing artists created works inspired by the poems.