As the issue of climate change reveals itself more and more, artists and writers are finding the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment to be fertile creative ground.
Writer Brittney Corrigan’s current projects are an exploration of and commentary on what is being called the Anthropocene age.
Corrigan will read from new work at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in the first in-person First Draft Writers’ Series event of the year on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and masks are required.
Corrigan was raised in Colorado but has called Portland her home since 1990. She holds a degree from Reed College, where she works organizing faculty and academic special events. Corrigan also serves as an editor at Airlie Press, a nonprofit publisher run by writers and dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry and promoting Pacific Northwest poets. She is also the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the autism spectrum.
Her poems and stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of the collection Navigation and the chapbook 40 Weeks. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Her chapbook, Breaking, a collection of poems that respond to current events in the news, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions in April 2021. Her newest collection, Daughters, a series of persona poems in the voices of daughters of various characters from folklore, mythology, and popular culture, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in September 2021. She is the recipient of residencies at Soapstone: A Writing Retreat for Women, Mineral School, and PLAYA.
Corrigan is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript and a collection of short stories that examine the impact of human beings on our planet and the species with whom we share it.