Essays by Su Cummings, Deborah Dutta, and Adithi Muralidhar plus new artwork by Sara Kian-Judge

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Dear Reader,

As we enter the second month of this new year, we’re happy to bring you two new essays and new artwork.

The first essay, “A Glossary of the Unthinkable,” is by Su Cummings, a Seattle-based writer and visual artist who uses both forms of creative expression in order to excavate the space where bright humanity shades into dark. Her essays have been published in The Write Launch, Ground Zero and Carve Magazine (forthcoming), and on her creative sites including

The second essay we’re sharing is “Sacred and Sacrilege: Weaving Resilience and Exploitation through Forest Assemblages,” an essay co-authored by Deborah Dutta and Adithi Muralidhar. Deborah Dutta is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Rural Management Anand. She completed her PhD from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. Adithi Muralidhar did MSc in zoology and specialized in environmental sciences, and subsequently completed an MA in educational communication. She is a Scientific Officer at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR, Mumbai, India.

Below you’ll also find new artwork by Sara Kian-Judge, which accompanies the audio story, “Upside Down People: Bats and Autism.” Sara is a Walbunja-Yuin autistic artist whose work aims to generate conversation and change around the recognition of personhood, self-determination, and intrinsic rights of existence frequently stripped from marginalized people, places and species. Sara’s work is guided by her relationships with animals and nature, her Indigenous cultural education, and her lived experience of sensory synesthaezia and autism.

Finally, included at the close of the newsletter are details about our exhibit space at this week’s 2024 AWP Conference; our 2024 open call; and our book series, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations

Read this week’s full newsletter here.

Much love,
Center for Humans and Nature

Artwork by Sara Kian-Judge.

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