Alison Hawthorne Deming read her poem “The Toothbrush” at the beautiful tribute to poet Steve Orlen (1942-2010), a fellow professor at the University of Arizona. The tribute took place on January 22 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
The goal of the Journey of the Universe is to tell the story of cosmic and Earth evolution drawing on the latest scientific knowledge. It aims to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis. The film evokes a shared sense of wonder as we find ourselves in the presence of the immense, complex, and self-organizing creativity of the universe and Earth. The film was inspired by the New Story of Thomas Berry, a cultural historian who wrote The Universe Story with Brian Swimme.
Alison Hawthorne Deming’s essay, “Culture, Biology, and Emergence,” part of the Georgia Review’s Spring 2009 issue feature entitled “Culture and the Environment—A Conversation in Five Essays,” was awarded the Best Essay Gold award from Magazine Association of the Southeast’s annual GAMMA Awards competition.
Five of Alison’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.