Clearcutting the Library

Confronting Book Bans and Extractive Economies with Creativity

With Taylor Brorby

Acclaimed Author, Queer Activist, and Environmentalist

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
9:30-11:30 am PT

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Book banning and challenges are back. This year alone, book banning is up twenty percent from 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges in this past twenty years. Together we'll make connections in our discussion between book bans and extractive economies, how both reduce the diversity in the environments we live in and the environment of our minds. How might our activism for the more-than-human world foster a deeper creativity in the stories we tell and the stories that we hope will transform the world? Together, we'll go into the stacks, seeking the stories we need to protect and the stories that will help us flourish.

Bioneers brings together a diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations we host around crucial topics are highly popular and stimulating.

Each session begins with a brief presentation by a noted thought leader as a conversation starter to frame the topic. Structured group discussion follows, supported by world-class facilitators. The conversation and event wraps with a poetic synthesis of the conversation performed by a talented spoken word artist.

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 Taylor Brorby is the author of: Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land; Crude: Poems; Coming Alive: Action; and Civil Disobedience; and is co-editor of: Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Taylor’s work has appeared in many leading publications, including The NY Times, LitHub and Orion, and he has been supported by several prestigious fellowships, including from the MacDowell Colony and the National Book Critics Circle. He also serves on the editorial boards of Hub City Press and, is a contributing editor at North American Review, and teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Alabama.


Amy Lenzo

weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation

David Shaw

Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College


Jahan Khalighi

Spoken word poet, youth educator and community arts organizer

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