Androscoggin Land Trust is thrilled and honored to announce that Writing the Land has chosen our organization to feature in their next edition of Writing the Land. Writing the Land is a collaboration between poets and land trusts in the northeast. The publication will highlight properties from multiple land trusts in New England along with poems and art created in response to each property. We have lovely poems for French Falls, Katherine Breton, David Rancourt, and Hooper Pond. As well as some photography pieces. We’re hoping to feature some of these works at future events such as our upcoming Annual Meeting and special events in 2023. Stay tuned on this exciting project.
Writing the Land is a collaborative outreach project for land protection organizations. Through our anthologies, poets help raise awareness of the importance for land conservation.
Our project partners with various nonprofit and environmental organizations to coordinate the “adoption” of conserved lands for poets. Each poet is paired with a land for nearly an entire calendar year, and they visit the location to create work inspired by place and preservation. This project emphasizes the importance of individual connection to land and place, and includes event-sharing experiences of poets reading on behalf of conservation and environmental awareness—inspiring others to visit or donate toward the protection of these ranches, farms, ecosystems, habitats, sanctuaries, and wilderness preserves.
Poems created for Writing the Land are available to the land protection organizations indefinitely for use in their media and outreach, and through the anthologies produced. Poets retain their individual copyrights for their work.
Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. As poets and advocates, we declare our intention that the scope of this project be as inclusive—to humans and places—as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be. Our work in writing the land will never be complete but rather gains strength, depth, beauty, and energy from a multitude of voices.