May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Environmental writer and poet Taylor Brorby will read from Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and his new book of poetry, Crude, published by Ice Cube Press.  

In Coming Alive, Taylor Brorby reveals a way to hope during uncertain times. “Taylor Brorby has been as tireless as anyone I know in his fight to protect the planet... This account of his visits to the Bakken oil fields and to Standing Rock, his acts of resistance and subsequent arrest, is a powerful call to action, a primal scream of anguish and love for the original mother we must now link arms to protect.”—Pam Houston

Taylor Brorby is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute, and travels around the country regularly to speak about hydraulic fracking. He is co-editor of the anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, and is Reviews Editor at Orion Magazine. His work has appeared in Orion, High Country News, The Huffington Post, and Hawk & Handsaw.

“In Crude, a stunning poetic debut, Taylor Brorby fights for the environmental landscape of his home in the North Dakota Bakken fields ‘like a pike with a hook in its mouth.’ With a passionate voice, profound courage, and deft imagistic skills, he brings an ‘unrelenting and fierce’ energy to the page in hopes of protecting for all of us a ‘world filled with the necessity of beauty.’”—Mary Swander