Join us for a virtual celebration for the release of Our Basin of Relations: The Art & Science of Living with Water!
Water does not lie. Here in the Champlain Basin--a flowing landscape of mountains and rivers, forests and farms, towns and cities--it is the water that whispers difficult truths. From erosion, pollution, and habitat loss, to the toxic algae blooms that close Champlain's beaches every summer, this once vital ecosystem is coming undone. And while there is no shortage of proposed technical and legislative solutions, it is clear that we also need distinct cultural responses to the problem--ways to see, hear, feel, and understand what the water is telling us. That is where this book comes in. Featuring the fine art photography of M.E. Sipe, the curating vision of Trevien Stanger, and over a dozen essays written by thinkers, academics, poets, farmers, and activists who call this region home, Our Basin of Relations presents new ways of thinking and old ways to remember, helping us chart a more honest path forward toward preservation and renewal. With open hearts, wild minds, and attentive bodies, these essayists deepen our insights and advance our sense of the possible for all of the beings, and for all of our relations, that constitute our home: this beautiful place, the Champlain Basin.
Contributors to this anthology include:
Mary Abele – Pastor Emerita, All Souls Interfaith Gathering
Chief Donald Stevens – Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation
Michael Colby – Regeneration Vermont
Doug Facey – Professor of Biology, Saint Michael’s College
Rich Holsuch – Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs
Mark Krawcyzk – Keyline Vermont
Declan McCabe – Professor of Environmental Science, Saint Michael’s College
Rich Redman – The Sun Community News
Meg Reynolds – Burlington Poet, Writing Inside Vermont
Kris Stepenuck – Professor of Natural Resources, Rubenstein School, UVM
Corrina Parnapy – Clean Water Specialist
Patrick Standen – Instructor of philosophy at Saint Michael’s College
Abbie Corse – Organic Dairy Farmer, Corse Farm Dairy
Jess Rubin – Mycoevolve
James Ehlers – Humanitarian Activist
Benjamin Aleshire – Poet and Editor at Green Mountains Review
Eric Howe – Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program
M.E. Sipe has been a serious amateur photographer for over thirty years, gracing personal walls with images that have staying power. His objective is using natural light in capturing gifts of images--by being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment--which evoke a magical light and an interesting confluence of elements. Since his retirement from private practice as a Life-Wealth Planner in 2013, and completing the publication of his gift edition of Advocate Planning: To Do What You Love To Do, he is driven with a passion for the Lake Champlain region to pursue photography full time. The region is his unparalleled muse; the beauty of the lake, skies, mountains, valley and the people enjoying its splendor. Mike doesn't have to travel the world to find world-class beauty; it is here, in his back yard. He loves to capture area vistas with just the right light accenting a center of interest, the affects of natural elements and motion, and when he finds a wide tonal range, the elegant impression of black and white.
Trevien Stanger is a poet, tree-planter, educator, and writer living and working in the Champlain Basin of Vermont and New York State. Since his early twenties, Trevien has worked seasonally for the Intervale Conservation Nursery, where he leads crews in completing ecological restoration projects along Vermont's rivers and wetlands. Throughout this decade of tree-planting, he has witnessed first hand the realities of Lake Champlain's clean water issues, while also helping play a small, direct role in generating new technical and cultural responses to the situation.
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