‘Paperbark’ Launches Issue 04 Featuring an Interview with Chancellor Subbaswamy

Through science and art, “Paperbark” Literary Magazine explores ecologies in crisis and ways to address the climate catastrophe

The editors of “Paperbark” are pleased to announce the publication of issue 04 featuring poetry, prose, visual art and interviews by internationally renowned and emerging artists. “Paperbark” lives at the confluence of text and image, science and art. The editors’ mission centers on an obligation to a livable future nurtured through sustainability and collaborations between generations, populations and fields of thought. Rooted in stewardship and committed to art’s transformative capacities, Paperbark gathers portrayals of ecologies in crisis—as well as evidence of life’s flourishing intricacies.

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Issue 04 includes an interview with Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy discussing the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Net Zero Project, the price of burning fossil fuels, climate devastation, and what we owe the next generation. The issue also features interviews with Sama Ahm, CAConrad, Cima Khademi, Z Yan Wang and Shin Yu Pai.

Painter and interdisciplinary artist, Ashely Eliza Williams created the cover art and makes work about interspecies communication, non-human language, as well as empathetic ways to engage with nature and each other. Issue 04 features artists and writers including Abigail Chabitnoy, Robin Gow, Martín Espada, Lauren Camp, Krista Leigh Steinke, and others.

“Paperbark” is itself a collective effort. Begun in 2016 in the School of Earth and Sustainability, the magazine is a collaboration among students, faculty, and staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Issue 04 is largely heralded by the MFA for Poets and Writers, and fortified by the tremendous efforts of students, staff, and faculty in the Studio Arts program, Department of English, School of Earth and Sustainability, Fine Arts Center and UMass Libraries.  Paperbark is purposive and eclectic. It educates and delights.

The launch of Issue 04 will be on Feb. 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery and will feature readings from poets Martín Espada, CAConrad and others. The event is free and open to the public.

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