Rag Radio: Taylor Brorby, Editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America

A poet talks about how creative writing can help us address the environmental crisis.

Taylor Brorby

On Rag Radio this week we visit the intersection of literature and the environment. Taylor Brorby, an award-winning essayist and poet, is editor of the anthology, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America from Ice Cube Press.

Lynn Stegner wrote about Fracture: “Symphonic in form, euphoric in heart, this volume brings together a great, sometimes-desperate chorus that ought to be heard world-over, wherever there is oil and gas-rich shale below, and living things above.”

On the show Taylor discusses the anthology and how it was put together, reads some poetry for us, and talks about the special role that creative writing can play in addressing the growing concerns about our environment. We also discuss the current state of fracking — and the destruction it is causing — in the Bakken oil boom and across the country.

Taylor Brorby’s work has appeared in High Country News, Canary, Written River, the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, and The Huffington Post. Taylor speaks regularly around the country about issues related to fracking and the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota and is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. His chapbook of poems, Ruin: Elegies from the Bakken, is through Red Bird Chapbooks. He is currently at work on a collection of poetry as well as a collection of essays.

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