Poetry lunch

Location: Tieva, Lappia Hall
Date: Thursday October 11, 2018
Time: 12:45-13:15


Dialogues of Silence: Poetry performance by Mia Rönkä

Photo: Antti-Pekka MajanenPhoto: Antti-Pekka MajanenDialogues of Silence merges poems and performative elements to ponder the relationship between man and Arctic nature and to reflect human relations through the imagery of Arctic nature. The poems have been inspired by Greenland, Spitsbergen, the Faroe Islands and Varanger in northern Norway. The performance will be given with a 50-year old Raven taxidermic specimen borrowed from the Turku University Zoological Museum.

Mia Rönkä, PhD., is a researcher, science writer and poet. Mia is Chair of the Circumpolar Seabird Expert Group under CAFF, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku, and an active birdwatcher and photographer. In her research, Rönkä has specialized in environmental ecology, ecosystem services and ornithology.

The texts in the performance are based on Mia first poem collection Maanalaiset linnut (Underground birds), published by Sammakko in 2016, and on her newer, unpublished material. The poem collection was nominated as a Tiiliskivi Literature Prize finalist in 2017.


The Poetics of Arctic Conservation: Poetry performance by Jamie Reaser

Jamie K. Reaser's award-winning writing explores the interface of Nature and human nature. The poems shared during this session have been inspired by the Arctic's unique voice and story. They are drawn from her six published poetry collections.

Jamie K. Reaser, PhD., is an executive, ecologist, communication psychologist, farmer, nature photographer, and poet. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the US National Invasive Species Council and Co-chair of the Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) Strategy and Action Plan Implementation Coordinating Group (ICG).

Jamie's poetry can be found at the Talking Waters blog, Talking Waters on Facebook, and through online retailers. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers.

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