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Life in the Tar Seeps: Overlooked Ecologies at Great Salt Lake & Beyond is forthcoming from Trinity University Press. Learn more:

Gretchen Ernster Henderson, “Toward a Bird’s Eye View: Beyond mine, extracted” (2021): 12-minute film invited for Mining the West (2022): a digital exhibit @ Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library @ University of Utah.

To explore Life in the Tar Seeps as it melts across material & digital terrains::

  • “Life in the Tar Seeps”: essay published in Ecotone (Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2020), Winter 2019/2020.

  • “Toward a Bird’s Eye View: Beyond mine, extracted” (2021): 12-minute film invited for Mining the West (2022): a digital exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library @ University of Utah.

  • Print essay on “Pelican” for becoming-Feral (print volume), sponsored by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UCSC, and UWM, 2021.

  • Digital photo essay on “Toward a Migratory Point of View” for becoming-Feral (digital gallery), sponsored by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UCSC, and UWM, 2021.

  • ASLE Spotlight on “A Sense of Urgency” (Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment), May 2021.

  • Presentation on "Narratives of Climate and Change: Life in the Tar Seeps," ASEH's Environmental History Week, April 2021. 

  • Presentation on "Spiral Jetty: Resisting Reduction by Visual Reproduction" at ASLE Conference on EmergencE/Y, August 2021.

  • Scholarly Text on "Here Before & Where Beyond: Dark Star Park" for Holt-Smithson Foundation (February 2022).

  • “Walking the Tar Seeps at Spiral Jetty: A Meditation on Time in Space,” for special issue of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism themed "A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in Times of Pandemics and Climate Crisis" (forthcoming Fall 2022; also presented at virtual conference at Mid Sweden University, December 2020).

  • Am I on Mars or Great Salt Lake?” Salty Science Series with Great Salt Lake Institute, January 2021.

  • "praise to the tar seeps": a chorus in irreplaceable: a collective poem in praise of Great Salt Lake (February 2022).

  • Photographic Field Notes from Life in the Tar Seeps selected for exhibition on Critical Mass at Platform Gallery @ Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2019-2020.

  • This project also led to participation in the Luc Hoffmann Institute/World Wildlife Fund’s Biodiversity Revisited (2019-2021). Activities and publications included the Boston Biodiversity Talks and Seeds of Change: Provocations for a New Research Agenda, along with convenings in Vienna, Austria, and at the Rockefeller Center’s Bellagio Center in Italy, resulting in co-authored articles in Nature Sustainability and Conservation Biology, and an essay on "Reimagining Biodiversity Narratives and Pandemics" the LHI blog.

  • Related to material-digital forms includes an essay on "Intermedia Genres: Breathing Lessons in Changing Climates," Notre Dame Review, Summer/Fall 2019: part appears online, another part in print journal (also first presented in 2018 at &NOW Festival of New Writing, University of Notre Dame, IN).

  • Gretchen is teaching annual workshops on “Writing the Landscape” at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia (October 2021, March 2022, stay tuned for dates in 2023). She is a Senior Lecturer in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches "Literature & Environmental Justice: Reimagining Our Places in the World" and is a 2020-2022 fellow in UT's Humanities Institute focusing on Environmental Humanities.

  • Life in the Tar Seeps was supported by fellowships including the Annie Clark Tanner Fellowship from the University of Utah (2018-2019), writer & artist residencies at the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities in Montana (June 2018) and the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing & Literature in Switzerland (May 2019), with presentations in related venues, also commended by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies (2019).

  • For my earlier research on material/digital books, see "This is -N-o-t- a Book: Melting Across Bounds," published in Journal of Artists' Books/JAB, Spring 2013.

 

Background photograph © Gretchen Ernster Henderson, “Field Note: aerial flyover over Great Salt Lake mineral ponds,” GSL, Utah, 07/26/2015.

 

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