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The Poetry of Trees: A Conversation with Dr. Jason Allen-Paisant (online)

Join Jamaican poet Jason Allen-Paisant for a conversation about the transformative power of spending time among trees.

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Join Jamaican poet Dr. Jason Allen-Paisant for a conversation about the transformative power of spending time among trees. From his home in Leeds, England, Dr. Allen-Paisant will talk about the inspiration for the poems in his new book, Thinking with Trees, which explores concepts of freedom, leisure, and race through the human experience of walking in nature. 

After a reading from the book, Dr. Allen-Paisant will sit down with Dr. Andrew Hipp, senior scientist at The Morton Arboretum, for a conversation about giving shape to our relationship to nature through the language of poetry, and the ways in which nature can change our perspectives and lived experiences. 

Thinking with Trees is available at The Arboretum Store or at online retailers. 

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Jason Allen-Paisant

Jason Allen-Paisant is a Jamaican poet and essayist whose work explores the intersections between landscape and the visuality of the Black body. His collection, Thinking with Trees (Carcanet Press, 202) has been praised as ‘a bold and impressive debut’ (The Guardian) and as ‘an expansive, fracturing subversive book’ (The Irish Times). His work has also appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Poetry Review, Callaloo, New Poetries VIII, The BBC, and other venues. His work has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Fellowship and he’s been the recipient of a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Jason holds a Doctorate in Medieval and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and now works as a Lecturer in Poetry and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds.


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