Writing the Land is a project connecting authors and poets to conserved landscapes across the Northeast. Four poets—Rachelle Parker, Kathy Kremins, Sylvia Karman, and David Crews—are visiting Northeast Wilderness Trust’s Ambassador Preserves, which are wilderness landscapes more easily accessible to the public for reciprocal, responsible experiences of wild nature. In this evening of words and images, each poet will share their lyric offering to Nature in the Northeast, accompanied by images of the land, water, plants, and animals who inspire them.
Rachelle Parker is a Nassawadox born, Brooklyn bred writer. She was selected the winner of the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and Pat Schneider Poetry Contest; placed third in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest; and was an honorable mention in the Pat Dobler Poetry Award. She is a fellow of Tin House Summer Workshop Poetry, Callaloo Creative Writing at Brown University, and Willow Arts Alliance. Her work appears in Obsidian: Literature and Art in the African Diaspora, The Adirondack Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Lips, The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Journal, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic, and The Poeming Pigeon: Poems About Food. She serves as poetry editor for Peregrine.
Kathy Kremins is a retired public school teacher and coach, adjunct professor, poet, and author. Most recently, her poem “The Curve of Things” was part of Arts By The People’s MOVING WORDS 2020 project. Her poems have appeared in The Night Heron Barks, The Paterson Literary Review, and other publications. She is the author of “The Ethics of Reading: The Broken Beauties of Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, and Nawal el Sadaawi” and is an essay contributor to “Too Smart to be Sentimental: Contemporary Irish American Women Writers.”
Sylvia Karman is a writer in the northern Adirondacks with roots in central Maryland. A lifelong disciple of the wilderness, her love for hiking and forest bathing inspire many of her pieces. Her work has appeared in literary journals, such as Delmarva Review and Blueline. She has been a guest reader for literary events including The Scheherazade Project #101Nights. She recently completed her first novel, Ghosts of Vienna, and is working on her next book. Sylvia is member of the Adirondack Center for Writers, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Maryland Writers’ Association, and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
David Crews is author of Wander-Thrush: Lyric Essays of the Adirondacks and High Peaks, a poetry collection. He holds an MFA from Drew University. Crews edits various publications including Adirondack PEEKS, Wild Northeast, Moving Words, and ARTS By The People’s Platform Review and Platform Chapbook Series. His poems and essays have been published in journals such as The Carolina Quarterly, Greensboro Review, Southeast Review, Paterson Literary Review, Tar River Poetry, Tiferet, The Stillwater Review, and others. Included in his recent work is an essay published in The Hopper written in fellowship with Northeast Wilderness Trust about Howland Research Forest.