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Listening to Nature: An evening of artwork and readings at UW

October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012 -- The second annual “Listening to Nature” program will showcase works from scientists, artists and writers reflecting on human perceptions of the natural world on Friday, November 9, at the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center on the University of Wyoming campus. The evening begins with a reception at 5:15 p.m. in the lobby, followed by readings in the auditorium at 6 p.m.

The Wyoming Outdoor Council, the UW Creative Writing Program, and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources are sponsoring the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

The featured artists are Melanie Matthews and Alexandre Latchininsky. Matthews, a photographer, earned her masters in environment and natural resources and rangeland ecology and watershed management from UW last spring. Latchininsky, who makes unique collages from natural materials, is associate professor and Extension Entomologist in UW’s Ecosystem Science and Management Department.

Featured readers are Kristen Gunther, Chris Madson, Emilene Ostlind, Carlos Martinez del Rio, and Harvey Hix. Gunther is a doctoral student in the Program in Ecology; she also recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at UW. In her research and creative work, she explores and describes the complex interactions between humans and their environments, including how language can facilitate an understanding of those complexities.

Madson, of Cheyenne, has been the editor in chief of Wyoming Wildlife magazine, a publication of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, for 29 years, during which time that magazine has won more than 100 national awards for excellence in communicating issue of conservation, wildlife management, and ethics.

Ostlind earned her MFA in creative nonfiction writing and environment and natural resources from UW in 2010 writing a collection of essays about pronghorn migration in western Wyoming. She worked as an environmental reporter for High Country News and WyoFile before becoming the Public Relations Coordinator for the Haub School.

Martinez del Rio is a practicing scientist and teaches at the University of Wyoming, where he is faculty in the Zoology and Physiology Department. He loves poetry almost as much as he loves fellowship with wild, feral, and domestic creatures, which is a hell of a lot. The chemistry of his body is that of the place where the mountain meets the prairie.

Hix has authored several acclaimed collections of poetry, considers a modest nip of good scotch a fine complement to the whole fireplace-and-good-book experience, and teaches creative writing at the University of Wyoming.

Gary Beauvais, Director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, will emcee the program.

“Listening to Nature” is meant to showcase local and regional artistic talents, stimulate new thinking about human relationships to the environment, and cultivate community engagement with artists to understand our surroundings.

The Wyoming Outdoor Council protects Wyoming’s environment and quality of life for future generations. The MFA Creative Writing program aims to mentor a new generation of writers. The Haub School advances the understanding and resolution of complex environment and natural resource challenges through interdisciplinary teaching, research and policy analysis, and collaborative decision making support.

For more information on “Listening to Nature” please visit UWYO.EDU/ENR/UPCOMING-EVENTS or call Emilene Ostlind at or (307) 766-2604.

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