Manning the bridge of the mothership is Gillian Parrish, a writer, teacher and student of contemplative practices. You can find her articles on teaching (including one on “jedi training”) at Faculty Focus.
Her writing projects, which mostly get their start by way of walks with a recorder, have been nominated for Pushcarts and have appeared in various journals, including Gulf Coast, Volt, The Missouri Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, and others. A book of poems, of rain and nettles wove, was published by Singing Horse Press in 2018. Read a review of the book by Hank Lazer at Talisman: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics.
At the invitation of the DUSIE Kollektiv, a chapbook, cold spell, was written in honor of Counter-Desecration editor Marthe Reed. Michael Heller wrote of cold spell:
Knocked over by cold spell, as though the environment’s voices talked back to us, beautiful, haunting, admonishing–not from outer space but hovering spirit talk, limned with our contemporary outrages muted but lending authority. Almost a hurt to read, yet redeeming in the beauty and cut of its language and threadings. You use your Hermit Permit well.
(Get your Hermit Permit here, in an interview w/ a wonderful contemporary trickster, “Mr. Howard Zinn Trailblazer” Ori Alon.)
A new book of poems, supermoon, filled with guns and children, Funkadelic and string theory, Moomins and musk ox, all meant as medicine in our wildfire times, was published by Singing Horse Press in 2020. Read a review of the book by Rachel Cualdare in Talisman: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics. Michael Heller wrote of supermoon, that the author is “moving the dial, as with Jack Spicer’s radio poems, picking up interferences and heart cries. You do the voices, beautifully and with a conscious, rigorous conscience.”
Long River, (a long labor of love), selected poems of contemporary Chinese poet Yang Jian, with translator Ye Chun, was published in 2018 by Tinfish Press.
Parrish has written scholarly articles on ecopoetics in Earthlines and in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.
Creative nonfiction and prose poems have appeared anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology Of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press) and Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan University Press).
Written during his centennial year, a small essay on a small poem by Paul Celan is out in Poetry Daily: https://poems.com/features/what-sparks-poetry/gillian-parrish-on-paul-celans-in-the-daytime/. An essay on writing as betweenness will appear in summer 2020 in the anthology Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets edited by Abayomi Animashaun.
Since “re-enchantment is resistance,” as a wise Brit land-lorist notes, Current projects include some witchy ecofiction out in Newfound, Luna Station Quarterly, Your Impossible Voice, and The Sycamore Review.
interview in Luna Station Quarterly
a wee review of wee poems
“woveness” in a collective glossary on ecopoetics in Jacket2
“wovenness” in review of Counter-Desecration
essay on Yang Jian’s ecological poetry
essay on Thalia Field’s Bird Lovers, Backyard
a renga essay
a not me us poem
poem at the new year
another at the new year