Everyone is invited to the second annual “Listening to Nature” event, 5:15-8 p.m., Friday, November 9, at the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

Enjoy world-class artwork and a lively set of brief, nature-based readings by students and alums of the University of Wyoming Creative Writing program, faculty in the arts, sciences and humanities, and members of the local community.

There will be a reception starting at 5:15 p.m. in the lobby, followed by readings in the auditorium at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Featured readers will be Kristen Gunther, Chris Madson, Emilene Ostlind, and Carlos Martinez del Rio.

The Wyoming Outdoor Council will be co-hosting the event with the UW Creative Writing Program, and the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Listening to Nature is meant to showcase local and regional artistic talents, stimulate new thinking about human relationships to the environment, and cultivate a community engages with artists to understand our surroundings. For more information on “Listening to Nature” please click here or call Gwen Lemler at (307) 766-6453.

Featured Readers

Kristen 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.

Chris Madson has been the editor in chief of Wyoming Wildlife magazine, a publication of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, for TK years where he, among many other tasks, pens the monthly “Land Ethic” column. He lives in Cheyenne.

Emiline 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.

Carlos Martinez del Rio directs the University of Wyoming’s new Biodiversity Institute and is faculty in the Zoology and Physiology Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Zoology, is associate editor of The American Naturalist, and is a fellow of the America Ornithologists’ Union.

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

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