An Evening of Eco-Poetry: What You Missed

Today’s post was written by library student assistant Lia Chen.

On Friday, March 24, the William H. Hannon Library hosted an event in an early celebration for Earth Day. In partnership with the English and Environmental Studies departments in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts as well as the Art department in the College of Communication & Fine Arts, there was a collaborative eco-event that highlighted student works.

The first portion of the event consisted of students from Sarah Maclay’s fall 2022 EcoPoetry class each sharing two poems they had written. These poem topics ranged from climate change devastation to green-washing to eco-anxiety. Throughout the readings, I was extremely moved by the passion and artistry of the student poets. The students used a variety of tones to convey their messages including fury, humor, and despair. The poem below about climate change really resonated with me and was written by Zoe Strickland, a junior environmental studies major and peace and justice studies minor.

students looking at ceramic platesThe second half of the event focused on the works from Glenn Grishkoff’s spring 2023 EcoArt class. These students were guided to design and paint something that connected animals to nature. They painted their designs onto ceramic plates and were instructed to connect the front side to the back side, utilize all space, and encourage the viewer to turn the plates over. The artistry and creativity of students was displayed in these plates, as there was a wide variety of compositions and techniques. As a fellow environmental studies student, this unique event really resonated with me and showed how students can be involved and cherished through library programming.