J. Drew Lanham: Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves

J. Drew Lanham: Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves

April 23rd 2024 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join us in celebrating the release of J. Drew Lanham's latest collection Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves with a reading and signing at Daniel Recital Hall at Converse University! Tickets include a copy of Joy is the Justice. This book, along with Sparrow Envy, will be available to buy at the event. Students and staff of Converse University will receive free admission with valid ID.


A limited number of VIP tickets will grant admission to the reading as well as a sunrise nature walk led by J. Drew Lanham on the morning (7 AM) of the 24th at The Cleveland Preserve. The Cleveland Preserve is a beautiful, private 300-acre property, located just 10 minutes away from downtown Spartanburg, that is owned and managed by SPACE. Most of the property is pastoral and untouched which also provides quality forage for our local wildlife. The pond and wetlands area on the property, help the Cleveland Preserve draw regular visitors from near and far including rare migrating birds like swallow-tailed kites, egrets, herons, a wide variety of ducks and waterfowl. Keep in mind that this is a natural surface trail, so plan to dress accordingly and don't forget to bring your binoculars, cameras, or nature journals for this special experience!
VIP tickets

About the Book

From J. Drew Lanham, MacArthur "Genius" Grant Recipient and author of Sparrow Envy: A Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts, comes a sensuous new collection in his signature mix of poetry and prose.
In gorgeous and timely pieces, Joy Is the Justice We Give Ourselves is a lush journey into wildness and Black being. Lanham notices nature through seasonal shifts, societal unrest, and deeply personal reflection and traces a path from bitter history to the present predicament. Drawing canny connections between the precarity of nature and the long arm of racism, the collection offers reconciliation and eco-reparation as hopeful destinations from our current climate of division. In Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves, Lanham mines the deep connection to ancestors through the living world and tunes his unique voice toward embracing the radical act of joy.

About the Author

J. Drew Lanham is the author of Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. He has received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant as well as the Dan W. Lufkin Conservation Award (National Audubon Society), the Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award (North American Association for Environmental Education), and the E. O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation (Center for Biological Diversity). He served as the Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina in 2022. He is a bird watcher, poet, and Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

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