University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent book is the collection of poems "Stairway to Heaven." She is the author of four nonfiction books, most recently "Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit" (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and four additional poetry books. Her first book, "Science and Other Poems" won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She edited "Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology" and coedited "The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World."

Deming's work has been widely anthologized, including in "The Norton Book of Nature Writing" and "Best American Science and Nature Writing." She is an Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona where she is a Professor of Creative Writing and Affiliated Faculty with the Institute of the Environment. She is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and lives in Tucson, Arizona and Grand Manan, New Brunswick.

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Scheduled events:
Conflict and Coexistence: What Animals Teach Us About Our Humanity
Steven Church and Alison Deming look at human relationships with the natural world, examining the many ways animals in particular both challenge and contribute to our humanity.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Steven Church, Alison Hawthorne Deming
Moderator: Christopher Cokinos
Poetry Reading with Alison Deming and Reginald Dwayne Betts
UA English faculty member and Guggenheim Fellow Alison Deming is the author of "Stairway to Heaven." NAACP Image Award winner Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of “Bastards of the Reagan Era.”

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts Cancelled, Alison Hawthorne Deming
Moderator: Sarah Kortemeier

Stairway to Heaven
Penguin Books
September 2016
ISBN 9780143108856
Paperback, 112 pages
$20.00, INSTORE
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A new collection from a poet who "writes with scrupulous and merciful passion about every kind of relatedness--family, place, politics, and wildlife" (W. More/less

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Milkweed Editions
October 2014
ISBN 9781571313485
Paperback, 256 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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"Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time: they were food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, and gods. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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