Calling all poets and poetry lovers! Spend an evening with the poetry of climate change at a virtual open mike. Rabbi Katy Allen and Dr. Thea Iberall will moderate the evening, sharing some of their poetry, inviting others to share theirs, and facilitating a conversation on what the offered poetry brings up for each of us. Bring your favorite poems about climate, environment, your activism. Let's share. Open mic readers will have about 3 minutes to share.
Rabbi Katy Allen is the co-founder of the Jewish Climate Action Network and also the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope. She received rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2005. She is a Board Certified Chaplain. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of Jewcology.org, Jewish Veg and Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. She has published Loss and Transformation: One Women's Journey Out of Grief to Opportunity, and Earth Etudes for Elul: Spiritual Reflections for the Season, with reflections on Earth and t'shuvah by many writers. Rabbi Katy's most recent book, A Tree of Life: A Story in Word, Image, and Textis “a meditation on our universal journey through trauma toward healing.”
Thea Iberall, PhD has had her poetry published widely in anthologies and journals including in Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. She is a student of history and languages who combs ancient texts like the Bible, Jewish prayers, and archeological reports for ideas. Her poems and stories springboard from the personal and historical to delve deep into moral issues, scientific questions, and emotional truth. She has published a book of contextual poems, The Sanctuary of Artemis, which traces the roots of patriarchal domination through poetry and essays. Also, an ecofeminist novel,The Swallow and the Nightingale. Thea has been featured at over 100 performance poetry and storytelling events. Called ‘a shimmering bridge between heart and mind,’ Thea was inducted into the International Educators Hall of Fame for her eclectic teaching methods.
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